QuestBridge Finalists Ranking Penn

If you :

  1. Are a QuestBridge Finalist
  2. Are participating in the National College Match
  3. Ranked Penn among your College/University preferences

Below are the application requirements to be eligible for the National College Match at Penn. 

Please note that students who rank Penn and do not match at any partner school will automatically roll into Penn’s Regular Decision pool.  Additionally, students who rank Penn and do not match will have the option of being considered for Early Decision.  Information on the Early Decision option will be sent out to eligible students in December. 

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Application Fee   Application fees are waived for all QuestBridge Finalists

QuestBridge Application & Penn Supplement


Common Application & Penn Writing Supplement


Coalition Application & Penn-specific Essay

November 1 deadline

If applying with your QuestBridge application, the Penn Supplement will be available through the Penn Applicant Portal. You will receive log in instructions for how to access the Penn Applicant Portal once your QuestBridge application has been forwarded to Penn.

If applying using the Common Application or Coalition Application, you should select Regular Decision when submitting your application. Students can reuse essays from QuestBridge Application for the Common Application or Coalition Application personal statement. 

Applicants must write an original essay for the Penn-specific essay or Penn supplement. Essay topics can be found on our website.

Official High School Transcript


If an official transcript was submitted through QuestBridge, it will be accepted. If an unofficial transcript was submitted, please have your guidance counselor or registrar submit your official transcript directly to Penn.

School Report We will use the School Report that your school submitted to QuestBridge. You do not have to submit this form again.
Counselor Recommendation We will use the Counselor Recommendation that your counselor submitted to QuestBridge.  You do not have to submit this form again.
Academic Teacher Evaluations (2) We will use the teacher recommendations that your teachers submitted to QuestBridge.  You do not need to submit these again.
SAT or ACT (required) Last Test Dates Accepted:
September 2017 (ACT) -or-     October 2017 (SAT)
  • Request official scores from the College Board and/or ACT. Do NOT use the rush reporting service.
  • Penn requires either the SAT or ACT.  Penn recommends 2 SAT Subject Tests. 
  • SAT code: 2926
    ACT code: 3732

SAT Subject Tests (optional) Last Test Dates Accepted: October 2017

Note for students taking SAT Subject Tests:

Applicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the Wharton School are encouraged to take a Mathematics SAT Subject Test. Applicants interested in science-related fields (including engineering or nursing) are encouraged to take a science SAT Subject Test (preferably Physics for engineering, Chemistry for nursing).

Interview Mid October - Early December Offered based upon availability. 
2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE 

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of their 2016 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 Forms, and other earnings statements. Submit directly to Penn using this cover sheet.
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.
  • CSS code: 2933
    Available Oct. 1

A copy of your parents’ 2016 federal income tax returns
  • Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms and other earning statements. Include personal and corporate partnership tax returns. Also include copies of your parents' recent paystubs or other verification of current-year income. Submit directly to Penn using this cover sheet.
  • Mail or fax to the Student Financial Services Office.

2018-2019 Penn Financial Aid Supplement (PFAS) 

Deadline: November 7

  Submit the PFAS online. Login access to the PFAS will be available once you receive your Penn Applicant Portal access from admissions.