Overview & 2021 Courses

The Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen provides a rigorous introduction to the academic and co-curricular life at the University. Graduate Fellows assist students with course work and provide general mentoring. Participating students have access to a network of faculty, graduate students and fellow undergraduate students who that support them throughout their Penn careers. Additionally, students who participate in the Institute enhance the leadership skills essential to their success at Penn and beyond. The Institute is free of charge and includes room, board, books, and course tuition.

Who Is Eligible?

All incoming freshmen interested in African, African American and other African diaspora studies are eligible to apply for admission to the Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute.

2021 Courses

Questions? Please email Ms. Teya Campbell at afrc.summerinstitute@gmail.com

Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Students are encouraged to apply early to secure admission into the 2021 Africana Studies Summer Institute cohort.

Campus Compact Compliance for the Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen

Consistent with University health guidance to students, all program participants will be required to submit their documentation of vaccination to Student Health Services using their online portal by June 10, 2021 in order to attend the Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen (SI). While this is two weeks earlier than the University deadline, it coincides with the Summer Institute’s deadline for our required forms, waivers, and diagnostic exams. Students who are in the process of being vaccinated will need to attain any necessary second dose and submit their documentation by July 2, 2021, to ensure it is effective in time for arrival to SI on July 17, 2021

Students who express interest in SI but are not able to obtain a fully vaccinated status in time and/or the vaccination available to them locally is not accepted by Penn are encouraged to connect with the Center for Africana Studies for information on programming, ways to get involved, course offerings in Africana Studies, and for community.

Beginning at least two weeks prior to the start of the Summer Institute (Friday, July 2nd), students will be expected to begin completion of their PennOpen Pass (https://pennopen.med.upenn.edu/) on a daily basis. At program check-in, and all other in-person events, a green PennOpen Pass will be required for participation. PennOpen Pass status will be checked daily by program staff. For more information, please visit the PennOpen Pass website (https://pennopen.med.upenn.edu/faq).

Students will be required to submit to COVID screening at registration/check-in, and again 4-5 days later. This screening protocol mirrors University requirements for all residential students. 

Throughout the program, students will be held to all other elements of the Campus Compact (https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/content/student-campus-compact), including restrictions on in-person gatherings, mask wearing, hand hygiene, and physical/social distancing. These requirements are outlined in a form students will be required to sign and submit prior to arrival. Violations of the Campus Compact can carry serious consequences, including referral to the Office of Student Conduct, restriction from participation in in-person programming and, in extreme instances, being sent home before the conclusion of the program. 

Students will also be provided with 2 reusable masks and hand sanitizer upon check-in to assist with accommodating the above expectations.

We have filled our available slots for the 2021 CFAS Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen cohort. Thank you for your interest in our program.


Please note that the location of the program (on campus or on-line) is to be determined.