Provost’s SMP 2021 COVID-19

Frequently asked questions

“Will the Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program be taking place this Summer?”

At this time YES, the Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program will be taking place virtually. As of now, the programming schedule for SMP 2021 is July 12, 2021 –  August 6, 2021, Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm (Attendance is Mandatory).

“When will the Provost’s SMP 2021 Application be due?”

The Provost’s SMP 2021 Application is DUE May 14, 2021.

“Is there a way to digitally submit my application materials?”

YES the Provost’s Summer Mentorship Application will be available via this website on March 1, 2021.

Please be advised, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, physical applications will not be accepted through the mail!


The Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program began in 2006 as a summer college preparatory experience offered to rising 10th grade students (interested in Engineering only) and rising 11th grade students (interested in all five SMP professional school offerings) attending Philadelphia Public Schools and Philadelphia Charter Schools.

Admitted participants are paired with one of our five affiliate professional schools determined by their interests expressed in their completed application. Please find the current University of Pennsylvania Provost’s SMP affiliate Schools listed below:

Perelman School of Medicine

Nursing School

School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Carey Penn Law

School of Dental Medicine

Participants experience hands-on, experiential learning, through a creatively designed virtual curricula developed to highlight and offer exploration in various career choices and featured professions offered by the Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program.

Each year 70-80 participants share in this experience. In addition to the curricula provided participants are also exposed to SAT test preparation, financial literacy, life skills and post-secondary educational access workshops, as well as other services provided to help them hone their skills and strengthen their self-confidence and ability whilst fostering the understanding that

College is an attainable goal, well within their grasps!!


The Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program was developed to inspire and encourage participants to seek enrollment in a four-year baccalaureate educational institution of their choosing.



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