Penn Access Summer Scholars

Penn Access Summer Scholars (PASS) at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is a highly selective program for sophomores at Princeton, Haverford College, the University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, Morehouse College, Oakwood University, Spelman College, and Xavier University. 

HPA advisers nominate finalists to Perelman, and Perelman faculty make the final selection of PASS Scholars. Participants stay in close contact with HPA advisers, who support them in the linkage process to Penn Med in their senior year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Sophomore (rising junior) at Princeton
  • Minimum 3.5 science and cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants from a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in medicine, from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or first-generation collegegoers are especially encouraged to apply..

Application Procedure

All applicants must submit:

  • Resume including intended concentration and significant high school and college activities
  • PASS Application
  • Short essay responses
  • One letter of recommendation from a Princeton professor, preceptor or adviser who can speak to the applicant's academic abilities and readiness for a career in medicine. Up to one additional letter may be submitted.

Application materials

  • Applications for Summer 2023 are closed. Applications for Summer 2024 will be available in November 2023.


student at Penn Med

Korlekuor Akiti '19 at Penn

PASS in the News

PASS Timeline

January 21, 2023 Application, resume, essays due to HPA
Jan 24 - 28  Interviews with selected applicants
January 30 Letter(s) of recommendation due to HPA
February PASS finalists forwarded to U Penn
Summer 2023 First PASS summer research experience
2023-24 PASS Scholars meet with Princeton HPA advisers to discuss summer experiences and academic progress.
Summer 2024 Second PASS research summer experience
Fall 2024 PASS Scholars who intend to link attend HPA Applicant Info Session
January 2025 PASS Scholars participate in HPA Preapplication Interview
Fall 2025 Linkage students matriculate at Penn