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Application Process Overview:

Before beginning the application below, please review the SAAST Application Checklist in order to gather all of the necessary materials for both the online and mail-in portions of the application. Complete the online application below and then submit the additional materials by US Mail (instructions for this portion are provided once the application form is submitted). Your application will be reviewed only after all materials have been received. If you are applying for financial aid, click <here> to download the forms.  Be sure to mail the financial aid forms when you submit your application but to expedite the process, you can scan and email the forms to saast@seas.upenn.edu or FAX to 215-573-5577.

Required Forms:
Signature Form

Recommendations Form

Deadlines: The priority deadline to submit your application is March 13, 2014. If space remains available, applications received after the submission deadline will be reviewed on an ongoing (rolling) basis. Final deadline for all applications is May 15, 2014. For applications received after the March priority deadline, please allow 3 weeks processing time from the Application Complete date. An email confirmation will be sent when all application materials are received.

Admission Decisions: Admission is selective, and based on our assessment of your academic interests, abilities, past achievements, your potential to actively contribute to your peers in the program, and your potential to gain a substantial learning experience through the program. You will be informed of the admission decision by April 7, 2014 if you submit by the priority deadline date, or three weeks after your application is complete if your application is submitted between March 13 and May 15, 2014.

Online Application Form:

Note: This form does not save your information. It is STRONGLY suggested that you make a draft of the required information in a separate document first, then fill in all the fields when you are fully prepared to submit your application. An * denotes required fields.

PART 1: PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name
Family/Last Name:
First Name: *
 
Home Address
Street Address: *
Address Line 2:
Province/City: * State:    
Postal Code: *  
Country: * Other Country:
Home Telephone: * (XXX-XXX-XXXX)
Fax:   (XXX-XXX-XXXX)
Mobile Phone: *  (XXX-XXX-XXXX)
Email: *
Please retype your email: *
Date of Birth: *
(MM/DD/YY -- 12/20/91 is Dec. 20, 1991)
Sex:   
Country of Birth: * Other Country:
Country of Citizenship: * Other Country:
Race:
optional
White
African origin
Asian/Pacific Islander
Native American
Hispanic
Other:
 
Do you intend to apply for financial aid? *
T-shirt size: *
 
Name of Parent or Guardian
Title: * First Name: Last Name: *
Mailing address, if different from applicant address:
Street Address:
Address Line 2:
Province/City: State:    
Postal Code:  
Country: Other Country:
Parent Email: *
Please retype Parent email: *
Phone #: * Type:
Alternative Phone #:   Type:
 
Please tell us if anyone in your family has attended Penn.
Last Name: First Name: Relationship to you :
Last Name: First Name: Relationship to you :
Last Name: First Name: Relationship to you :

PART 2: PROGRAM CHOICE

Please indicate the program to which you are applying: *
Biotechnology
Computer Graphics
Computer Science
Engineering Complex Networks
Nanotechnology
Robotics

Please indicate a second choice if we cannot admit you to the program indicated above: *
Biotechnology
Computer Graphics
Computer Science
Engineering Complex Networks
Nanotechnology
Robotics

PART 3: EDUCATION

High School
Name*
City and
State/Province*
Dates Attended
(From/To)*
Expected Year
of Graduation*

PART 4: UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE TESTS

You must submit official copies of all the following exams, if you have taken them.

Have you taken the PSAT Exam?
(Skip if you've already taken the SAT)
YES        NO   *

If Yes, Date Taken:
Verbal Score:
Math Score:
Writing Score:  

 

Have you taken the SAT Exam? YES       NO   *

If Yes, Date Taken:
Verbal Score:
Math Score:
Writing Score:

 

Have you taken the ACT Exam? YES       NO   *

If Yes, Date Taken:
Verbal Score:
Math Score:
Writing Score:

 

Have you taken the SAT 2 Exams? YES       NO   *

If Yes, Dates Taken:

Subject
Score

PART 5: RECOMMENDATIONS

Please provide the following information regarding your two recommendations.

Academic Recommendation Second Recommendation
Name: * Name: *
Position: Position:
Institution: Institution:
Address: Address:
Email: * Email: *
Telephone: * Telephone: *
Subject Area: * Subject Area: *

PART 6: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • List, in order of importance, the major extracurricular or community service activities that currently occupy your time. Indicate number of hours spent per activity, per week.

*

  • Please tell us what you like to do for fun in 1 to 2 sentences.

*

  • In 2 to 3 sentences, please describe what sets you apart from other high school students.

*

  • Please indicate any special awards, honors, or prizes you have received during high school.

*

PART 7: PERSONAL ESSAY

Your personal essay allows us to better understand your personality, interests, and thought process beyond factors such as grades and test scores. Please write a thoughtful, concise essay that reflects who you are. You may choose from one of the following essay questions. Please limit your response to no more than 400 words.

  • Essay Option 1: It's the year 2050, and you and your team of researchers have been awarded an internationally recognized award [e.g. Draper Prize] for outstanding work in the field of engineering. What is your invention or research finding, what do you imagine it took to achieve it, and what makes your work so important?
  • Essay Option 2: What excites you about the field of engineering? Discuss an experience you have had or a concept you have learned about that has led you to consider engineering as a future career or field of study.
*

PART 8: SHORT ANSWERS

Please answer the following questions in no more than 200 words each (responses are required for both questions):

  • The ability to work on a team is highly valued in engineering. Describe a conflict you have faced and the approach you took to resolve the issue. What insights did you gain?

*

  • Discuss, in order of preference, your interest in the SAAST courses you indicated as your top 2 choices. What draws you to each course, and what do you hope to learn/achieve?

*

  • Optional: Is there anything not covered here that you think we should know about you?

PART 9: FEEDBACK ABOUT OUR ADVERTISING AND OUTREACH

How did you hear about the SAAST Program? (Check all that apply)

Teacher / Guidance Counselor
University Advisor / Campus Visit
Family or Friend
Camp Fair
Internet Search
Received a brochure in the mail.
Print ad in a newspaper or magazine
Which one?
Other:

PART 10: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Foreign nationals are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper legal documentation or permission to study in the United States. Most international students will fall into one of the following two categories:

1. If you are already in the U.S., you must ensure that the rules of your immigration status (or visa) permit summer study at SAAST at the University of Pennsylvania. Please contact us if you are unsure of whether your immigration status allows you to participate in SAAST.

2. If you are currently outside the U.S., you must obtain an F-1 visa to attend SAAST. Please be sure to check the box below, so that an I-20 form can be processed if you are accepted to SAAST. Failure to do this may result in delays, and ultimately in your inability to get the documentation you need to travel to the US.

  I intend to apply for a F-1 visa in order to attend SAAST.

PART 11: STUDENT AND ACADEMIC CONDUCT AGREEMENT

The University of Pennsylvania maintains the highest standards of academic integrity and overall ethical conduct. Please read the following documents regarding student and academic conduct at Penn.

Click on each link to open the document in a new window/tab.

*1. Student Code of Ethics
  I have read the Student Code of Ethics and agree to abide by it.

*2. Code of Academic Integrity
  I have read the Code of Academic Integrity and agree to abide by it.

*3. Code of Student Conduct
  I have read the Code of Student Conduct and agree to abide by it.

PART 12: APPLICATION FEE PAYMENT

Before your application can be reviewed, the application fee of $75.00 (US Dollars) is required (by credit card only). This fee cannot be waived or deferred, and is non-refundable. Please remember to enter the STUDENT name (as it appears on the application) on the payment page along with the Payment Confirmation Code, which will be generated after your payment is made. All charges made to your credit card will appear as "Penn Housing / Conf Svcs".

Click on the payment link below to open the website for making the payment in a new window/tab. The application fee of $75.00 (US Dollars) is required (by credit card only) in order to process your application. This fee cannot be waived or deferred, and is non-refundable. After you've completed the payment, return to this page and enter below the confirmation code you receive on the payment site. Be sure to enter the STUDENT name (as it appears on the application) on the payment page along with the Payment Confirmation Code, which will be generated after your payment is made. All charges made to your credit card will apear as "Penn Housing/Hospitality Services".

Make Application Fee Payment

*Payment Confirmation Code

Before submitting this form, please review your application thoroughly and make sure all required sections have been filled in completely and accurately. You will not have the opportunity to make any changes to your application after submitting this form. Upon submission, instructions are provided for the mail-in portions of the application.