While Penn wasn’t the only Ivy League university that became more competitive this year, it experienced the largest relative decline in percentage of students accepted.
Of the early decision applicants accepted this year, 25 percent had a parent or grandparent who had attended Penn and 11 percent are first-generation college students.
“We try to be very up front about these things. Before we get even asked a question on tours, we outwardly mention mental health resources that are available on campus.”
Experts have suggested that this dip in numbers is associated with the rise of President Donald Trump, who has implemented a range of controversial immigration reform policies.
In a letter, the Asian American Coalition for Education called on the Common App to "stop the practice of subdividing Asian American applicants into 10 subcategories."
The University received 6,731 applications, a 9.5 percent increase from last year's record-breaking number of 6,147 applications.
Brown has helped victims of natural disasters multiple times in the past, including after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Other schools like Yale and Cornell have also extended early admissions deadlines for students affected by natural disasters.
"Our non-profit membership association has spent several million dollars defending itself against these frivolous claims by a for-profit, privately-held company."
A freshman who applied to the University of Rochester as a home-school student was recently expelled for falsifying her transcript.
Some higher education experts said the new platform may just add to the list of things prospective students have to do, instead of easing the admissions process.
In the 2017 ranking, Penn tied with Duke University for the eighth spot, but Duke dropped to No. 9 this year.
Sixteen percent of Penn undergraduates are legacies. That's more than the percentage of black students or first-generation students.
Director of college preparation group One-Stop College Counseling Laurie Kopp Weingarten described Big Data as “the wave of the future” for college admissions. “Many times now instead of just meeting a Director of Admissions, I meet the Vice President of Enrollment Management,” she said.
The Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool, which allows Americans to upload tax-return information without having to manually enter it, has been disabled until October.
Cassandra Hsiao, a first-generation Malaysian immigrant, wrote about her struggles with the English language.
“I went over to the physics table, and I’m not even interested in physics,” Class of 2021 admit Neelu Paleti said. “But seeing their enthusiasm really made me want to do something in that field.”
"The Class of 2021 Facebook group will remain active this year, barring any unforeseen issues,” Vice Dean and Director of Marketing and Communications Kathryn Bezella said in an emailed statement.
Virtually all schools cited their admission percentage and the size of their applicant pool.
“I personally have not noticed discrimination against Asian-Americans in my practice,” Laurie Kopp Weingarten, director of One-Stop College Counseling, said.
“I kind of cloistered myself because I was scared of what would happen,” Victoria Mak said. “Those ten minutes before I found out were the longest ten minutes of my life.”
Penn has admitted 3,699 students among 40,413 applicants to the Class of 2021 — a record-low 9.15 percent acceptance rate.
“What are we offering to the middle-range student, the student that can afford to pay some money towards education, but not enough to cover the full bill?” University Director of Financial Aid Elaine Papas-Varas asked. “Does that mean loans for a middle-income student?”
On average, research has shown that homeschooled students have higher average scores on standardized testing than their peers in formal educational institutions.
A positive experience during Quaker Days was a major motivating factor for many students when deciding whether to volunteer to be a host for admitted students for the event this year.
Credit for Biology 091 and Chemistry 091 will no longer be offered to students enrolling in fall 2017.
Penn's School of Nursing and the Wharton School took the top spots on U.S. News & World Report and QS World University Rankings.
Some universities — most recently Columbia — have accidentally sent congratulatory acceptance letters to students who were in fact rejected.
Student Financial Services blames the abrupt shift in policy on the Department of Education, but some students suspect Penn’s financial aid officers made the mistake.
College freshman Michelle Lu, who receives financial aid for approximately half the total cost of attendance, said that while the $3,000 tuition increase doesn’t seem like a lot incrementally, it will be significant by the end of her four years at Penn.