Admissions

02/25/15 1:29am
College applicants who want to round out their application with a high class rank can forget their troubles for a while.
02/18/15 11:24pm
One college consultant encourages applicants to write "love letters" to their dream schools.
02/18/15 10:31pm
The University should work on promoting its Early Decision policies to lower-income communities. Penn should work with organizations like QuestBridge, which works with high-achieving, low-income students, and others that help underserved groups through the college admissions process.
02/13/15 1:00pm
The words used in college essays may be more important than applicants expect.
02/12/15 4:19pm
A second round of likely letters will be sent out in March.
02/12/15 3:32am
Penn’s Quaker Days Program – now in its second year – aims to give prospective students a real taste of Penn.
02/05/15 12:04am
With over half of the Class of 2019 admitted early decision, Penn’s commitment to forming a socioeconomically diverse class is called into question.
02/03/15 1:42am
While the Admissions Office continues to work towards its goal of interviewing 100 percent of applicants, the effectiveness of the program remains unclear.
01/22/15 1:58am
When a group of Stanford students publicized a method of obtaining one's admissions file, Penn's admissions office saw an explosion of requests for access to their files.
11/24/14 4:00am
The new application platform — which would serve as an alternate to the Common App — intends to increase flexibility for member colleges by reducing the number of required items for all schools.
11/20/14 2:52am

Alumni give back by interviewing applicants

College application does not end with clicking the submit button on the Common App. Alumni interview is another procedure most Penn applicants go through. “Students are pretty nervous about the interviews,” Laurie Weingarten, a Penn alumna and director of One-Stop College Counseling said.
11/11/14 2:56am
Every day, hundreds of students and parents flock in and out of Irvine Auditorium to go on a campus tour.
11/05/14 3:47pm
This is the second year in a row that more than 5,000 applicants have applied early.
10/28/14 1:23am
There is less than a week remaining before early decision candidates for the Class of 2019 have to submit their applications. 
10/22/14 2:02am

Penn, unlike peers, rejects Common App competitor

Several selective universities are accepting alternative application options after last year's technical problems in the Common Application, but Penn has not changed its admissions policy.
10/08/14 1:48am

After program shake-up, number of applicant interviews soars

In 2011-2012, 55 percent were interviewed. Last admissions cycle, the number climbed to 86 percent.
09/25/14 11:28pm
Office of Admissions reinforced its effort in Penn’s commitment to creating a diverse community.PEEP – Penn Early Exploration Program – launched its first application earlier this month with the goal of having talented high school seniors from historically underrepresented population learn about Penn and its application process.This equity and access initiative definition “historically underrepresented” population includes first-generation Asian Americans and LGBTQ in addition to its usual minority groups.“This year we reached out directly to prospective students in our database and community-based organizations like Questbridge, KIPP and National Hispanic Institute to promote the program to their students,” Vice Dean of Office of Admissions Yvonne Romero Da Silva said in an email statement.There were previous programs similar to PEEP, but the new program approaches the students more directly than counselor nomination based program before.
08/26/14 11:00pm
On Tuesday night, the Class of 2018 gathered on College Green for Convocation. 
04/17/14 7:56pm
The new admit survived the Rwandan Genocide. Today he’s passionate about painting and business.
04/15/14 6:14pm

Penn's health care management applicant pool increases 360 percent

The program typically sees about 28 applicants; this year about 130 applied.
04/02/14 10:52pm

More male volunteers need to host new admits, Dean Furda says

Multicultural Scholars Days runs from April 6-7, which then becomes Quaker Days for all students admitted regular decision from April 7-9.
03/18/14 8:22pm

Coursera course inspires student to apply to Penn

For College freshman Taha Tariq, an online course offered a path to Penn.
02/10/14 10:30pm

Penn absent in top ten best value private colleges

The Princeton Review has ranked Penn in its top 75 best value colleges for three years in a row. The study takes into consideration factors such as GPA, academics, and financial aid.
01/09/14 4:10pm
Penn received 35,788 regular decision applications, a 14 percent increase from last year’s 31,250 apps.
01/03/14 3:52pm

Regular decision deadline pushed back for Penn applicants

The Office of Admissions will accept Regular Decision applications until Jan. 6.
12/02/13 2:53pm
The Office of Admissions is now instructing tour guides, who are members of the Kite and Key Society, to say less about starting new clubs or language courses.
11/14/13 1:36pm
The University received 5,133 applications, which is a 41 percent increase from 2008.
10/30/13 4:53pm
Furda cited ongoing technical issues with the Common Application as his office’s reasoning for pushing the ED deadline to Nov. 11.
10/20/13 6:24pm

Penn keeps deadline amid Common App glitches

Even though the Common Application has been afflicted with technical issues this year, Penn still maintains that all early decision candidates send in their applications by Nov. 1.
08/27/13 11:32pm

Class of 2017: At a Glance

Stats and numbers on your newest class of freshmen.