The Provost's Summer Mentorship Program began in 2006 as a summer college preparatory program for Philadelphia 10th and 11th grade public and charter school students. The students were paired with participating Penn professional schools. Currently five of Penn's schools  PSOM, Nursing, Engineering, Law and Dental engage these students in specially created curricula and activities that give them opportunities to explore possible career choices. Each year 60-70 students share in these experiences. In addition to the curriculum in the school to which they are assigned, the students are offered test prep, financial literacy, life skills, college application process assistance/information and other services that help them to hone their skills and strengthen their self-confidence.



The Provost Summer Mentorship Program (SMP) is a signature initiative of Penn's Equity and Access Programs and designed to increase college access for under-represented rising 11th grade students.

SMP was developed to inspire and encourage these students to seek enrollment in four-year baccalaureate educational institutions. Our program provides students an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on experience through specially designed curricula in one of the five University of Pennsylvania's professional schools that participate in the program (i.e. - Dental, Medicine, Engineering, Law, and Nursing).