Three to four times a week, College senior Kristen Jackson takes a break from her life at Penn to interact with a completely different set of students — West Philadelphia public school students.
Many of the students Jackson mentors bounce from home to home, sleeping at different places every night.
Last Friday, President Barack Obama’s administration urged higher-education institutions to promote diversity on their campuses — a move that Penn administrators say will benefit the University, as well as colleges nationwide.
Occupy Wall Street’s nationwide student loan refusal pledge proposes that debtors stop paying off loans when the petition reaches one million signatures. Some administrators oppose the plan, arguing students have a legal obligation to repay loans.
This fall, the reinstatement of Harvard and Princeton universities’ early action programs, which were eliminated in 2006, may have contributed to diminished applicant pools for many of their competitors, including Penn.
Wharton and College senior Corey Metzman and 2009 College graduate Michael Poll were two of around 40 students who won the scholarship, which pays for two years of graduate studies in the United Kingdom.
“We’re extremely disappointed. Penn put forward several stellar candidates,” Aaron Olson, assistant director for communications at the Center of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, wrote in an email.
A Georgetown University study found that less than half of undergraduates with engineering or science majors pursue a career in the field of science. These students may be attracted to business career paths because of salary and location.
In the third part of a series following students applying early decision to Penn, we caught up with Ontario high-school senior William Xiao, who started preparing to apply to an American university in tenth grade.