Penn Will Have First Online Bachelor’s in the Ivy League

The University of Pennsylvania this summer announced its first online master’s degree. Now it will be offering an online bachelor’s degree, too, and says it’s the first Ivy League university to do so.

The new bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree, targeted to working adults and other nontraditional students, will be offered through Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies and will launch in 2019, the university announced Tuesday morning.

The Liberal and Professional Studies College for years has offered an alternative path into the highly competitive Ivy League university, often taking students who transfer in from community colleges. Students had access to the same classes on campus and the same faculty as other students.

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