Pre-Freshman Program (PFP) Testimonials

"Even though the move 2,000 miles away from home came a month earlier because of PFP, I don't regret participating at all. PFP was a nice way of becoming familiar with campus and the new freedoms and responsibilities that come with college. Plus, we got to take fun trips and make memories during our summer! I met people who were friendly faces on Locust Walk and good friends to talk to when I felt lost and overwhelmed. There were a lot of feelings of anxiety and homesickness, but it was comforting knowing that I have at least one genuine support system as a result of PFP."

Daisy Angeles, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

"PFP was easily the best choice I could have made coming into Penn! The program offers such an incredible support network for students. Students who enter the program immediately see how awesome it is to meet other students in a more intimate setting before NSO and begin to acclimate themselves to life at Penn. The true value of the program is in the support network that students have well after PFP. I didn't know it at the time I entered PFP, but having that network to rely on throughout my time at Penn has been invaluable."

Brandon Gonzalez, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Class of 2020

"During PFP, I made lifelong friends and built solid relationships with faculty. In addition, the helpful--albeit brutal--9AM to 8PM engineering schedule demonstrated the rigor of the curriculum and provided me with the academic focus necessary to get through my first year at Penn."

Weihao Huang, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Class of 2020

"Participating in the Pre-Freshman Program was an eye opening experience. The program replicated the rigor of Penn and tested my level of preparation. Attenting the program will provide you greater insight into how best to prepare for classes in the fall, but you'll also find a group of friends that will be there for you--friends that will become your family."

Dave Joseph, The Wharton School, Class of 2020

"I met my best friends who would carry me, throughout my time at Penn, during PFP. One thing that is extremely important here is to have a great support system. Before I started my official Penn journey, I already had a close-knit group of friends that I could always rely on. I felt ready to tackle anything."

Faty Kane, The Wharton School, Class of 2019

"It was such a fulfilling experience, but I must say that the greatest benefit of PFP manifested itsself after the program ended. When the semester came into full swing, I had already developed a network of peers who I could greet on Locust Walk and sit next to in class. As a student from Zimbabwe, PFP eased me into a system that would otherwise have been a shock to me."

Angela Kumirai, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

"PFP was a taste of Penn without the full bustle of campus. The PFP writing course gave me a love for literature and literature analysis. The PFP nursing class gave me an advantage over non-PFP nursing students because so much of what we learned over the first semester of classes was taught during PFP. Nursing lab offered an opportunity to do non-nursing specific experiements that deepened my knowledge of chemistry. PFP was not all work and no fun, however. The weekend activities exposed me to things I never had the opportunity to experience. In all, PFP was amazing and I encourage anyone who is able to apply."

Mercy Kuye, The Nursing School, Class of 2021

"I was inititally nervous about going into a space like Penn, where it's hard to find people who share my experiences. PFP introduced me to people who shared important aspects of my identity. Additionally, PFP gave me the chance to explore a ton of resources that I continued to use throughout my first year. Lastly, being in Philly for the summer was an incredible opportunity to see the city at its livliest, with PFP sponsoring trips to sports games, Center City, and more."

Cindy Reyes, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2021

"PFP was an essential aspect of my undergraduate transition. It introduced me to vital student resources and other inspiring students. I truly would not have succeded at Penn without the continuous support of the PENNCAP community. Beause of PFP I found my future roommate, became more comfortable with college classes, and gained confidence in my belonging at Penn. Penn has numerours resources and opportunties, but none have been as essential to my college experience, success and enjoyment as PFP."

Hannah Sweeney, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2019

"Not only did the Pre-Freshman Program prepare me for the academic rigor that accompanied my first year at Penn Nursing, but it also provided me with a close-knit group of friends without whom I would not have survived. I'm grateful for all of the social events, networking and mentoring opportunities. PENNCAP and PFP were two factors that made my time on campus, and in Philly, unforgettable."

Hue Truong, School of Nursing, Class of 2019

"I am an international student, and coming to Penn was my first time leaving the country and encountering a different culture. I experienced real culture shock; however, participating in PFP was the best decision I made last year. Not only did PFP prepare me for the rigor of engineering, but in a class of eleven engineers, five became my closest friends. At the beginning of the program, I was told that I would create lasting relationships at Penn. At first, I did not believe it; however, I guarantee you that it is true."

Hyacinthe Uwizera, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Class of 2021