The Penn Medicine Application & The Financial Aid Application
After completing the initial application form, paying the application fee, and creating your online account, you will be able to log back in with those credentials to complete the supplemental application materials.
Teachers will either complete a recommendation via a link that you will give to them, or they may write a standard recommendation letter on letterhead. Very detailed instructions, including the link, can be found within the application forms when you apply.
After paying the application fee and submitting your online application form, you will receive an e-mail within 24-48 hours to confirm receipt. You will then have to log in to complete the supplemental application forms until your application is complete (by the published deadline) and ready for review by the admissions team.
Admission decisions will be released before the end of March by email to the primary parent email address in the application.
Depending on your home country, you may need to apply for a visa to enter the United States. When doing so please apply for a tourist or visitor’s visa, not a student visa. It is important that you indicate that you will be attending a “summer camp” in the United States.
No. This is a non-credit, enrichment program.
Yes, but financial aid is very limited for this program. Our goal is to afford the accepted students with the ability to attend this program. To be considered for need-based aid, you are required to submit the financial aid application and corresponding forms at the time of application. Financial aid awards are determined after acceptances have been made.
You will use your username and password each time you log into your online account to complete forms, register as an accepted student (if accepted) and upload important forms. The confirmation email you receive will have the application link or registration link included for you to click on.
Penn Medicine Summer Program Housing
Our goal is to have students develop new friendships and become part of a broader learning community. Rooming requests will be considered if submitted early enough, but are not guaranteed. Penn’s Hospitality Services assigns the rooms, and changes cannot be made after June 1st.
You will need to provide credit card information when making payment for the program. The credit card on file will be charged if you lose your key, your access card, or cause damage to your room or campus property.
Students will live in one of the air-conditioned dormitory-style residence halls on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Students will walk from the residence to the dining halls and then to Penn Medicine each day.
Laundry machines are in the dorm buildings and are free to use. Students will need to provide their own laundry detergent. There is a local dry cleaner store near the dorms which will send laundry away to be done at your own expense and risk. Cost is a per pound cost.
No. You will need to provide your own bedding, pillow and towels. If you are unable to bring your own, we can order a rented linen package for you. This includes: 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 2 bath towels, 1 washcloth, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase and 1 blanket. Select this option when completing your pre-summer forms. The cost of this package is $110.
You will be provided with a suggested packing list prior to the start of the program. There are 2-3 instances where you would wear business casual clothing, but most class days at Penn Med are casual, but keep it respectful. (example: no overly short or revealing attire)
The amount of spending money you will need is at your discretion. We suggest that you bring approximately $150 per week for: off-campus meals, coffee shops, food trucks, bookstore purchases, snacks and personal items. It is preferable to use a debit or credit card versus all cash. Keeping your cash safe will be your own responsibility.
Penn Medicine Summer Program Health and Safety
Penn’s campus is very safe. The residences are staffed by Penn Security, and our directors and residential advisors are also trained by Penn Public Safety. UPenn has 24/7 Campus Security in place. Only program residents will have access to the dorms and academic spaces.
All students should provide proof of health insurance prior to arriving to campus. Students living outside of the USA should purchase health/travel insurance through an independent company by contacting them directly.
A medical team including a nurse and general doctor are always on call. Urgent Care sites and walk-in Clinics are also used, and are close by. For more serious emergencies, injuries or incidents after hours, the Children’s Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are on campus, and a short walk from the dorms. All students must have health insurance in place or have the ability to pay in full for services in order to be seen by most medical professionals.
We have a zero-tolerance policy for the possession and/or use of alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapor devices, drugs and/or weapons of any kind. Use or possession will result in immediate expulsion and any travel costs associated will be at your expense.
If a health condition would negatively affect a roommate’s experience or sleep, we suggest you request a single room. If you have prescription medicines to take on a regular schedule, it will be your responsibility to keep taking those medicines, and keep them safely stored in your dorm room.
Penn Medicine Summer Program General Questions
Learn from doctors and other medical professionals in several specialties. Hear about different medical careers. Gain an in-depth perspective on the many different pathways to becoming a doctor. The program also features lectures, demonstrations, discussions, hands-on practical sessions, and a field trip.
Most meals! During the week, you'll eat breakfast and dinner in the university dining halls. You will be given a weekly cash stipend for lunch. You will purchase three meals per week. One dinner during the week. Saturday Lunch. Saturday Dinner. Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are always available. A strictly kosher menu is not available in the summer.
BOLD Summers and the Perelman School of Medicine (Penn Med) have a professional partnership where BOLD provides all the administrative support, student life experiences, and the residential services needed for the four-week stay, and Penn Medicine is responsible for the admissions review and decision process, and delivers all academic content for the program.
There is no correlation between participation in the program and favorable admission to the University of Pennsylvania. However, you will have the opportunity to write about your experience in the program in your essay, include it as one of your extracurriculars or to prove your interest in attending the University of Pennsylvania.
We offer transportation to and from Philadelphia International Airport or Philadelphia's 30th Street Amtrak Train Station for a fee of $70 one way. If you arrive to JFK or any other airport or location, you will need to hire a driver or shuttle service. An example of a professional driver our clients have used in the past is Robert Folz 1.610.636.4530. An example of a shuttle service from JFK is Dave’s Best Limousine 1.215.288.1000.
While cell phone use is permitted, please notify the residential director or your residential counselor immediately, rather than calling home with a problem that might arise. Problems can be resolved efficiently and in the most professional manner, when brought to our attention as quickly as possible.
It is required that you attend the entire program, however if this just involves one or two days, we can address that on a case-by-case basis with you.