Admissions

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.
08/27/13 9:45pm

Common App drops ‘topic of your choice’ essay, adds five prompts

Penn has changed its supplement to focus on academics in response to the new essay prompts.
07/31/13 10:26pm

Penn sees rise in Forbes rankings

Penn has jumped from 17 to 11 in Forbes’ top college rankings, which were published last Wednesday.
07/17/13 10:39pm

Penn waitlist admissions sees five-year low

The University has admitted 43 students into the Class of 2017 from the waitlist this year in its lowest number of acceptances from the waitlist since 2008.
06/24/13 11:44am
In a 7-1 ruling delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court ordered that Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin be reheard by a lower court because the fifth circuit court of appeals failed to “hold the University to the demanding burden of strict scrutiny” in its original decision.
03/24/13 11:51pm

Admissions consulting firms cater to MBA programs

Admissions consulting firms have been around for a while now, and with a constant flow of demand from both undergraduate and graduate students seeking advice on how to perfect their applications to various programs, the industry is flourishing.
03/18/13 1:11am
The University prides itself on elevating groups that have faced discrimination, but it is penalizing Asian Americans for their success despite prejudice.
03/14/13 10:54pm

SAT to undergo facelift to better reflect college work

The SAT, a rite of passage for many college-bound students throughout the country, will be undergoing a redesign.
02/12/13 9:24pm

Common Application to feature new set of essay questions

A completely new set of essay questions await next year’s pool of applicants on the 2013-2014 Common Application.
02/12/13 7:07pm

Dean of Admissions to appear on Today Show

Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., Dean of Admissions Eric Furda will be speaking about the college admissions process with Al Roker on the Today Show.
01/18/13 7:09pm

Penn application numbers increase by one

This is the third straight year that Penn’s applicant pool has remained above 31,000, after a 39 percent increase from 2009 to 2011.
10/28/12 7:27pm

Hurricane Sandy prompts Penn to extend early application deadline

In response to the looming severe weather threat of Hurricane Sandy, the Office of Admissions has extended the deadline for early decision applications to 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 6.
10/09/12 11:09pm

Admissions launches new site to showcase life at Penn

The new site, launched on Oct. 3, features new tabs about various aspects of life at Penn, including interdisciplinary learning, extracurricular activities and the city of Philadelphia.
09/12/12 12:11am

Penn drops to eighth on U.S. News rankings

Penn dropped three spots to eighth place in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation’s top colleges and universities. The Wharton School retained its spot as the top undergraduate business school.
05/10/12 6:01pm

Penn's overall yield remains constant for fifth consecutive year

The yield for both the regular and early decision admits was 63.3 percent this year, similar to the yield rate of 62.7 percent for the Class of 2015.
04/19/12 12:22am

Parent recommendations a trend at small schools

Additional recommendation letters may boost or harm an application, according to admissions experts.