Admissions

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.
04/15/12 10:50pm

First-generation college students face additional difficulties

According to the Office of Admissions, 14 percent of Penn’s newly admitted Class of 2016 are first-generation college students whose parents have not attained college degrees.
04/11/12 8:47pm
Students who have been admitted to Penn’s Class of 2016 will begin arriving on campus April 12 for Penn Preview Days.
04/02/12 8:47pm

Penn waitlists over 2,000 students for Class of 2016

The Admissions Office waitlisted 2,017 students this admissions cycle, continuing a trend of shrinking the waitlist over the past few years. Penn waitlisted 2,400 students last year and more than 3,500 students three years ago.
03/28/12 9:32pm

Admissions Office looks for signs of senioritis

Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said the Office of Admissions usually sends warning letters to newly admitted students and their high-school counselors after a “pattern of lower grades” or a failing grade.
03/28/12 4:42pm
Penn’s overall acceptance rate of 12.3 percent for the Class of 2016 is the exact same as the initial acceptance rate last year. INTERACTIVE: Penn Admission Rates Over Time VIDEO: Your Admissions Memories LAST YEAR: Penn admissions drops to 12.3 percent
03/27/12 11:58pm
It’s been almost a year since I, along with other regular decision applicants, got into Penn. Even though March 30, 2011 seems like a while ago, I try to remind myself how fortunate I am to be at Penn.
03/14/12 8:05pm

Alumni interviewers question admissions process

According to the Office of Admissions, the alumni interview is completely optional and about 6,500 Penn alumni will interview only half of all applicants per year based largely on geographic location and the number of volunteer interviewers.
03/11/12 11:31pm

VIPER receives high volume of competitive applications

VIPER — the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research — was announced in the fall and is currently working to finalize its curriculum and admit its first freshman class ever. VIPER will combine courses from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science to educate students on alternative energy resources.