FAQs


Are continuing education credits offered for Penn Alumni Education programming?

Although continuing education credits are not offered for Alumni Education programming, the following schools offer programs leading to continuing education credit:

Penn Dental Medicine
Penn Veterinary Medicine
School of Nursing
Wharton Executive Education

Do I have to be a Penn alumnus/a to participate in Alumni Education programming?

Unless specified with event registration information, you are not required to be an alumnus/a of the University to participate in Alumni Education programming. We look forward to having you join us soon!

 

How do I become a presenter or speaker at an Alumni Relations sponsored event?

If you are interested in presenting at an Alumni Relations sponsored event, please submit your topic and credentials to Alyssa D’Alconzo, Director of Alumni Education, Travel, and Career Networking, dalconzo@upenn.edu.  

 

How do I suggest a particular faculty member I would like to hear present, either at a live event or in a Live Faculty Lecture webinar?

Please send faculty members’ names, topics of interest, and recommendation rationales to Alyssa D’Alconzo, Director of Alumni Education, Travel & Career Networking, dalconzo@upenn.edu.

 

What is Online Learning Initiative/Coursera/edX and how can I learn more about it?

Coursera and edX are online platforms for open-access, non-credit classes, available at no cost to audiences around the world. Penn is strongly committed to open learning — a vital part of our mission to increase access around the world, to the educational resources that can change people’s lives. The University’s goals as early adopters of massively open online courses are to create and disseminate knowledge, drive teaching innovation, and expand Penn's global presence. We invite you to learn more about our Coursera and edX courses and the outstanding Penn faculty members who teach them at http://onlinelearning.upenn.edu/.

 

Can alumni take classes at the University?

Yes! There are a number of ways alumni (and non-alumni) can take classes.

Penn Alumni Program
Penn alumni may apply to take courses through the Penn Alumni Program.  Participants enroll as Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate students, but have a simplified application process.  Similar to the Auditing Program (below), alumni need only to complete a simple form to apply. Once they are in the program, they have access to Penn-In-Touch (Penn’s online course registration tool) to register for undergraduate courses.  They may register for credit, audit, or pass/fail.  There are no discounts on tuition.  For additional information, click here.
    
Senior Auditing Program
The Senior Auditing Program is for people aged 65 and over who are interested in being "silent auditors" in Penn lecture courses at reduced tuition.  Participants do not need to be alumni or otherwise affiliated with Penn to participate, but they must be at least 65 years old or turn 65 during the semester.  The senior auditors do not write papers, take tests, or participate in recitation sections; although, they may observe the recitation section of their choice if it is part of the course.  The course fee is $500 per course, and senior auditors may take up to two courses per semester.  The course fees support undergraduate scholarships for Liberal & Professional Studies (LPS) students.  Course selection is limited to undergraduate Arts & Sciences courses that have been vetted for instructor support for the program and for keeping a balance between the needs of undergraduates and the interests of the senior auditors.  For additional information, visit http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/senior.

General Auditing Program
Alumni and non-alumni under the age of 65 who would like to audit a course may apply to the Auditing Program.  There is a simplified application process and no requirements exist for admission to the program.  Auditors simply complete the Auditor Registration Form and return it to the Liberal & Professional Studies Office. Auditors may take undergraduate courses through the 599 level and instructor permission is required on the registration form.  Auditors in this program have access to all the course activities that a graded student would have and may fully participate if they choose to do so, but they receive a grade of “AU” (audit) instead of a letter grade or pass/fail grade.  The course tuition is the same tuition rate as graded courses.  The Auditor Registration Form is available online at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/resources.

Graduate Level Courses
Many Penn graduate and professional schools offer non-degree course taking opportunities. Interested participants should contact their schools/programs of interest directly for additional information.