Our admissions process has always relied on what we call “whole person review:” the practice of considering each student’s individual context and environment as we learn through their applications about their lived experiences, their achievements, and the academic and personal contributions they have made in their respective communities. This philosophy will continue in the age of COVID-19.
Please see below for answers to some of our frequently asked questions.
Will we require official test scores for transfer applicants?
Yes. All transfer applicants are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 5 years.
With the March testing cancellation, I will not be able to submit test scores. Can I still be admitted as a transfer applicant?
It is unlikely that we will admit a student without official testing. If you are not able to submit testing, and you would like to withdraw your application and receive a refund for your application fee, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds may take up to 10 business days but we may experience some delays due to the impact of COVID-19.
Will we accept unofficial transcripts (high school and/or college) from transfer applicants?
You will be permitted to send unofficial high school transcripts or grade reports if official transcripts are not currently available. We will use these unofficial documents to review your application in the interim. Your checklist will still indicate official documents are missing until official documents are received. Please upload these documents through the Upload Materials section of your Penn Applicant Portal. All admitted students must submit official documents prior to enrolling at the university. Penn reserves the right to rescind admission in the case of applicant misrepresentation including discrepancies between unofficial and official transcripts.
Will we accept unofficial/self-reported mid-term reports from transfer applicants?
You will be permitted to submit mid-term reports without professors’ signatures based on your current grades in the class if you are not able to obtain these signatures. Please upload these documents through the Upload Materials section of your Penn Applicant Portal. Your checklist will still indicate official documents are missing until official documents are received. All admitted students must submit official documents prior to enrolling at the university. Penn reserves the right to rescind admission in the case of applicant misrepresentation including discrepancies between unofficial and official mid-term reports and transcripts.
Will we accept an unofficial/self-reported college report from transfer applicants?
All applicants are required to have a college report. Typically, we require these reports come directly from your current or most recent institution via a sealed envelope or from an email directly from a school employee. For now, we are permitting students to send those documents in themselves instead of requiring they come directly from your school. Applicants are not permitted to fill this document out themselves. You can upload your copy through the Upload Materials section of your Penn Applicant Portal. Otherwise, you can direct your school official to send these to email@example.com.
I am applying as a transfer applicant. Is it ok if my recommendation letters are not submitted by the deadline?
We understand that your recommendation letters may be delayed and will be flexible regarding receipt of these materials. Please have your recommenders submit their recommendations as soon as possible via the application systems or via email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.