Nine reasons why you should make summer plans with Penn

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It’s never too early to start making plans for your summer, and the University of Pennsylvania is the perfect place to start. With Ivy League academics, an expansive global network and a convenient location right in the heart of University City, there are plenty of reasons to explore all that Penn has to offer this summer – enroll in courses online, on campus and abroad to get ahead on credits and expand your academic horizons.

  1. You can enroll through open admissions
    If you want to take classes online or on campus, there’s no need to worry about completing a formal academic application. Admissions for summer courses are open for visiting undergraduates.
  2. You can earn all the credits in nearly half the time
    Summer at Penn is designed with flexibility in mind. You can receive college credit in 11 weeks or in just five-and-a-half weeks during one of the accelerated sessions.
  3. You can make the poolside your classroom
    Online classes provide you the opportunity to experience the Ivy League from anywhere in the world, including your own backyard.
  4. You can actually get a seat in the library
    When you take summer classes on campus at Penn, you can enjoy historic libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories and modern study spaces—with leg room to spare.
  5. You can travel across the globe and earn credit while doing it
    Did you know that applications for Penn Summer Abroad are open to students outside of Penn? From Havana and Buenos Aires to London and Madrid, Penn takes you on thrilling academic journeys. Many of the programs take place over a span of weeks, so you have plenty of time to soak up summer at home.
  6. You can still sleep in as late as you want
    Evening and online courses mean you can catch up on z’s. The flexibility of summer offerings provides room in your schedule for a summer job, internship, road trip and the all-important TV-watching marathon.
  7. You can experience a lush urban oasis
    With thousands of trees along Penn’s sprawling green campus, the University is an accredited arboretum. Lounge on College Green, play soccer in Penn Park and cycle through University City’s protected bike lines while studying at one of the nation’s top institutions.
  8. You can dive into fascinating and out-of-the-ordinary topics
    There are more than 300 courses available on campus and online, so there is something for everyone at Penn in the summer. From visual neuroscience and Beyoncé to witchcraft and human evolution, you can get ahead on your degree requirements and explore what excites you.
  9. You can enjoy your favorite lunch truck without the wait
    Last, but certainly not least, summer is the perfect time to finally figure out who really serves West Philly’s best burrito. Without the crowds, you can indulge in global fare from the famous food trucks that line almost every block of Penn’s campus.

Visit the Penn Summer website to learn more about online, on-campus and abroad programs.