The Tutoring Center offers qualified students excellent pay and flexible hours.

  • Salary: $14.00 per hour
  • Requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • We seek individuals who want to mentor & give back to other Penn students
  • Time Commitment – Initial training, occasional ongoing training, minimum of 3hrs per week
  • Grade requirements to become a tutor depend on your primary school of enrollment 
    • The School of Arts & Science & School of Nursing
      • 3.25 overall GPA and a grade of A- or higher in the specific course
    • The Wharton School
      • 3.25 overall GPA and a grade of B+ or better in the specific course
    • The School of Engineering
      • 3.0 overall GPA and a grade of B+ or better in the specific course
  • Courses must have been taken at Penn to count towards this requirement.

If you have the qualifications listed above, review the following:

  • Complete an online Tutor Application and submit.
  • After review of your application, if selected to move forward you will be contacted with information on next steps
  • Applicants selected to move forward are based on a combination of candidate qualifications and the centers hiring needs
  • If you are not selected in a particular term, your application will stay on file for future consideration
  • Any candidate selected will be required to complete hiring paperwork required by the university, including a verification of SSN, and a paid training session before being eligible

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FAQ about Tutor Hiring

  • Once I submit my application, how long should it take to hear back?
    • This partially depends on the time of year that you apply.  Our major hiring periods are the beginning and ends of terms.  If you apply at any other time, your application will likely not be reviewed until the next major hiring period.
  • My application status says “New Hold” what does that mean? 
    • This means that your application was received.  It may or may not have been reviewed yet.  Applications that say “New Hold” simply mean that they are potential tutors.  This status applies to unreviewed applications AND applications that have been reviewed but have not yet been chosen for a tutoring position.  If your application is no longer under consideration it will say “Reviewed- Not hired”
  • I submitted an application and would like to make changes to it- how do I do this? 
    •  Submitted applications are not able to be edited by the student.  In order to make changes please email
    • Information that you can update include: classes you wish to work with, availability for a new term, your email, or a reference contact.
  • I took a class at another university and would like to tutor here; can I? 
    • If you have transfer credit or other qualifications that think make you qualified to tutor a course at Penn, we ask that you seek verification from a faculty member or department representative.  Please use this form Faculty verification to provide confirmation; you can fill out the “student information” component but the rest should be completed by the faculty or department representative. Submit to
  •  What is covered in tutor training? 
    • Tutors receive training in a variety of topics geared towards three major areas.  They are policies and procedures, interpersonal skills, and the facilitation of learning.  Specific topics include critical thinking, the structure of a tutoring session, active learning techniques, boundary setting, and inclusive tutoring practices.

If you have other questions about your application or how to become a tutor, please reach out to us at: