General Information

Visiting LSM

Prospective students and their families are welcome to come by the LSM program office when visiting campus. The office is located in room 101 of the Stephen A. Levin Building, However, prospective students wishing to meet with the LSM program directors, and with a current student, are encouraged to call ahead of time to set up an appointment: 215-746-3035. Appointments for a phone conversation are also available.

General information on visiting Penn is available via Penn Admissions, and information sitting in on a class while visiting Penn can be found via this link. We suggest sitting in on a Biology or Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB) course, or any available Wharton course.

Class Size

The LSM freshman cohort is limited to 25 students each year, and the admissions committee seeks to admit committed students with diverse backgrounds and interests.

Preparation, and Completing the Application

Given the program's focus in the life sciences, LSM applicants are strongly encouraged to have undertaken a high school curriculum that includes the most rigorous sequence of coursework in the sciences and math (including calculus) available to them. Applicants to LSM must submit the Common Application, indicating LSM as their desired course of study, along with the Penn Writing Supplement and the LSM Supplemental Essay.  Additionally, LSM applicants must submit the same test results as any other applicants to the University, namely either a) the SAT (and it is recommended also to submit scores for two SAT II Subject Tests), or b) the ACT. The essay portion of the new SAT is not required, nor is the writing portion of the ACT.

The University of Pennsylvania practices need-blind admissions for applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Penn is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of admitted students for four years with no-loan financial aid.

Review Process

In reviewing applications, the committee—consisting of Penn admissions officers and the LSM program directors—will be looking for a good fit between the applicant and the program.  In particular, successful applicants will demonstrate high achievement in academic and co-curricular activities (especially in the sciences), leadership potential, and a robust interest in exploring the connections between science and business. Actual business experience is not required. The supplemental essay gives applicants the opportunity to discuss the nature and extent of their interest in detail.

Applicants not selected for LSM can be considered for admission to either the College of Arts & Sciences or the Wharton School as a single-degree candidate.  Students may identify either single-degree option (College or Wharton) as an alternative on the application.  Those not admitted to the LSM program will be reviewed automatically for the indicated single-degree program.


For general questions about Penn’s admissions policies and procedures, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Prospective students seeking admissions statistics or other detailed information may wish to get in touch with their Regional Admissions Director.  Questions relating specifically to the LSM program should be directed to the LSM Program Office. You can call 215-746-3035 or email Peter Stokes, the Director of Advising and Administration.


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