Penn received a record 40,394 applications to the Class of 2021, including 6,147 applicants who applied through the early decision round. The Class of 2021 applicant pool increased four percent from last year, continuing the trend of two to four percent increases every year.
“Our approach is going to be one in which how can we make sure that students are aware of Penn,” Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said. “How can we work with organizations that are supporting students ... what can we learn overall about students transitioning into college?”
Don’t expect an influx of students next year: Penn’s target freshman class size will remain at 2,445 students for the Class of 2021.
For the first time in Penn's history, half of students admitted to the School for Engineering and Applied Sciences in the Early Decision round are female.
Among 1,113 randomly selected Penn undergraduates, zero came from a ZIP code with a median household income in the lowest quintile of income groups.
Students who complete the ten weeks of modules will learn how to research, apply to and make the transition to colleges.
This year, Penn received 5,999 applications in the Early Decision round.
Penn is encouraging other universities to pilot a team admissions strategy that Penn implemented four years ago.
Former Yale interviewer criticizes college application systems at top US universities, claiming it is "unpredictable, opaque and ... disappointing".
Harvard is releasing years of applicants' private information to federal court for an affirmative action lawsuit.
Pennsylvania is a key swing state for the 2016 election season and throughout Penn’s campus numerous advocacy groups have been registering students to vote in the Keystone State.
A college admissions counselor estimated, however, that 30 to 40 percent of colleges do use social media to judge its applicants.
Penn First, the student organization for first generation, low income (FGLI) students on campus, implemented a range of projects after their inaugural summit in April this year.
Penn “encourages applicants from a growing number of homeschool students”. Although homeschool has been a growing trend for the last decade, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda estimated that Penn receives only about 20 applications per year from homeschooled students. He stressed that the figure was not exact.
The change, which was enacted over the summer, restricted students from applying Early Action to private schools while simultaneously applying Early Decision to Penn.
Penn's rankings fluctuate from year to year and across publications.
The new policy aims to ensure that early applicants are as committed to Penn as possible.
Penn reversed its position on Score Choice, which obliged students to include all of their recorded standardized test scores on their application.
An incoming Penn freshman was accused of sexual assault in a legal complaint, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Predicting yield is proving challenging as students’ application habits are changing. This past spring, nearby Pennsylvania State University was faced with an unexpectedly large incoming class. Nearly a third of admitted students accepted their offers by the decision deadline, up 30 percent from the year before.
Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to the school, brought the case against University of Texas at Austin in 2008.
This year, between 68 and 69 percent of students admitted to Penn's Class of 2020 committed to the school.
Plans that hopeful high school seniors write on their college applications rarely end up falling in line with what they actually do at Penn.
In early April, around 200 accepted LGBTQ students and allies received emails from members of Penn's queer community, telling them about the wide variety of LGBTQ resources that Penn offers.
The The Daily Pennsylvanian caught up with three incoming students to talk about their how they decided to come to Penn.
The Graduate School of Education won a $138,000 grant earlier this month to study the law school admissions market.
Some classes, especially this far into the semester, may prove challenging for prospective freshmen.
For the admissions office, these three days are the result of months, even years, of planning, as well as a large amount of money.
See how this year's rate of 9.4 percent compares to the other schools in the Ivy League.
Penn received 38,918 applications this year, and 3,661 students were admitted.