Each year, about 200 students transfer into Penn’s four undergraduate schools, selected from a pool of approximately 2,000 transfer applicants. These students come from a variety of educational backgrounds—community college programs, state schools, private liberal arts colleges, and other Ivy League institutions. Some have developed interests that their present institutions cannot satisfy. Many are drawn by the diversity of Penn’s campus community, course offerings, vibrant urban setting, and cultural opportunities. All seek intellectual challenge and are intrigued by the depth and breadth of academic opportunities at Penn.
The Admissions Selection Committee gives careful consideration to academic preparation and achievement, and all candidates for admission are expected to have demonstrated rigor in their undergraduate curriculum at their current higher education institution and in high school. In accordance with our desire to maintain diversity of background, intellectual interests, and accomplishments within the student body, the Committee pays close attention to all aspects of the application for admission. Penn is among the most highly selective institutions; as such, the most competitive applicant for transfer is the student with superior college and high school records and testing.