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PennArts is one of the University's five pre-orientation programs. (Photo from PennArts)

All Penn pre-orientation programs will proceed virtually for the 2020-21 academic year.

Applications are now open for the Class of 2024 and fall 2020 transfer students to apply for any of the University's five pre-orientation programs — PENNacle, PennArts, PennCORP, PennGreen, and PennQuest — according to a July 21 email sent to incoming first-year and transfer students.

All of the programs will take place from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20 except for PennQuest, which will run from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21. Penn Quest, which is traditionally a hiking and camping trip along the Appalachian Trail, is the only program that may have the option of in-person activities.

The fee for each virtual program will be $25 per participant, although some programs may need to charge additional fees depending on their final schedule. Those who choose to participate in PennQuest will be charged between $25 and $60, depending on University approval for in-person activities, according to the email. 

In recent years all of the programs cost $375, excluding PennQuest which cost $395, for the full in-person experience.

Scholarships are available to eligible students who qualify for financial aid through Penn. 

Applications will remain open through Aug. 2 and programs will notify applicants of their acceptance  on Aug. 7. Students are permitted to apply to multiple programs, the email read, and can apply by completing a short online application with demographic information and responses to program-specific questions. 

New Student Orientation, an annual week-long orientation program for all first-year and transfer students, will also be conducted mostly online this year with virtual content available from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31. 

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