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, the University of Pennsylvania, and Haverford College. Students are paired with research mentors for 8 weeks during the sophomore and junior summers. Participants stay in close contact with HPA advisers, who support them in the linkage process to Penn Med in their senior year.

2019-20 PASS brochure (pdf)

2019-20 application (doc) (pdf)


Eligibility Requirements

  • Sophomore (rising junior) at Princeton
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative and science GPA.
  • This program is designed to support students from groups who are underrepresented in medicine.

Princeton Application Procedure

All applicants must submit:

  • Resume including intended concentration and significant high school and college activities
  • Two 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

Resume and short answer questions are due by 9am on Monday, February 3. Letter of recommendation may be received by February 15.

PASS Timeline

Feb 3, 2020 Resume and short essay responses due to HPA
February Letter of recommendation due to HPA
Interviews with program finalists
March PASS finalists forwarded to U Penn
Finalists submit application materials to Penn
Summer 2020 First PASS summer research experience
2020-21 PASS Scholars meet with Princeton HPA advisers to discuss summer experiences and academic progress.
Summer 2021 Second PASS research summer experience
Fall 2021 PASS Scholars who intend to link attend HPA Applicant Info Session
January 2022 PASS Scholars participate in HPA Preapplication Interview
Fall 2022 Linkage students matriculate at Penn