The Course Search and Mock Schedule tools allow students to search for courses by criteria such as course number, department, keyword, time of day, instructor, or College requirement, and to develop potential schedules for their next semester. Students still need to register using Penn InTouch.
Academically Based Community Service Courses (ABCS) are service courses rooted in, and intrinsically linked to, teaching and research. With an emphasis on student and faculty reflection, ABCS is committed to linking theory and practice through activities that make a significant difference in the community of West Philadelphia and at Penn.
Supported by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses involve hands-on, real-world problem solving and work to build a sustained engagement that transforms students into active community members and citizens. Through their work with West Philadelphia public schools, communities of faith and community organizations, ABCS faculty and students work to solve critical community issues in a variety of areas, such as the environment, health, arts and education. Over 160 ABCS courses from diverse schools and disciplines across the University have engaged in work in West Philadelphia through the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
Courses affiliated with Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC) offer a variety of speaking assignments and are housed in a number of departments. Every affiliated course requires students to work with the CWiC advisor assigned to the course to improve their classroom presentations.
The University of Pennsylvania offers students direct access to some of the finest collections of art, artifacts, and rare books and manuscripts in the world. The incorporation of these objects into course instruction exposes students to these collections and enhances the learning environment of the classroom.
Here is a list of courses that plan to have at least two class sessions at the Penn Museum, Kislak Center for Rare Books and Manuscripts, or another cultural institution. Note that this list is not comprehensive.
The College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) is a division of the School of Arts and Sciences. LPS administers programs for adult, professional and part-time students, and offers late-afternoon, evening and Saturday courses at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate levels.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may register for LPS courses through Penn InTouch.
Note that a certain number of spaces may be reserved for LPS students until the first week of classes, and some classes have restricted enrollments for LPS students only.
College students may direct questions about enrollment policies for specific LPS classes to the LPS office.
Students can find LPS courses using the Course Search tool on Penn InTouch. A complete LPS course guide, with full descriptions of courses offered, is available at the LPS office and on the website.
Some students enter Penn having already taken college-level courses during high school, either in competition with college students or as part of a special program taught at their high school. Penn treats these two cases differently, and students must be careful to observe the criteria below.
In order to seek credit for college work completed prior to matriculation at Penn, a student must log in to XCAT and submit a course syllabus to the appropriate Penn department. Students should be sure to check "pre-college course" when they make the request in XCAT.
Any college courses used to fulfill high school graduation requirements are not eligible for credit at Penn.
The college or university must be a fully accredited four-year institution.
The course must correspond to a course offered by Penn or be deemed equivalent in depth and intensity.
A grade of C or better must have been received.
The course must be part of the normal curriculum published in the college’s catalogue.
The course must be open to enrollment by, and graded in direct competition with, regularly matriculated undergraduates at that college.
The student must request that the external college or university send an official transcript directly to Ms. Eddrena Owens in the Undergraduate Admissions Office (215.898.7507, email@example.com) along with a letter stating that the course was part of the normal curriculum published in the college’s catalogue, taught by the regular faculty on the college campus and was open to enrollment by, and graded in direct competition with, regularly matriculated undergraduates at that college.
Please note: Acceptance of pre-college credit is at the discretion of the individual Penn department or program. Instead of awarding pre-college credit, some departments may provide an assessment exam that may result in Penn credit. Please contact the undergraduate chair of the department or program for confirmation.
While not required, freshman seminars are an excellent introduction to academic life in the College and are highly recommended for first- or second-semester students. The primary goal of the freshman seminar program is to provide every freshman with the opportunity for a direct personal encounter with a faculty member in a small class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. Freshman seminars also fulfill College General Education Requirements.
While primarily intended for graduate students, courses numbered 500-599 are also open to undergraduate students. Registration for courses numbered 600 and above requires permission of the instructor, a letter from the chair of the department in which the course is offered, and the endorsement of the Dean of the College.