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.
02/20/12 10:31pm
Penn’s efforts amount to little more than a band-aid on a gushing wound.
02/20/12 8:28pm
Every year, Penn sends academic likely letters to students the University believes will be competitive in the applicant pools of peer institutions.
02/16/12 1:22am
On Wednesday night, Ware College House hosted the East Coast premiere of First Generation, a documentary that follows the lives of four first-generation college applicants.
02/15/12 8:00pm

Penn applicants seek help from advisers

Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said there is “a growing public need for people who are willing to give advice” about colleges, which often comes in the form of college counselors.
02/14/12 7:44pm

Admissions to focus on first-generation applicants

Tonight, Ware College House will host the East Coast premiere of First Generation, a documentary that follows four first-generation college applicants as they make their way through the admissions process.
02/06/12 9:26pm

Penn sees increase in LGBT-flagged early decision applications

“Penn consistently, and more recently, has been seen as an environment that is supportive and welcoming across the board of LGBT students and allies,” Furda said. While the Common Application does not include a check box for applicants to indicate their sexual orientation, many students may choose to self-identify as LGBT through their essays and other written material.
02/05/12 8:24pm

Common Application schedules makeover for 2013

About thirty-five years later in the digital age, the Common App announced last month that its online system is scheduled for a makeover in 2013 to better handle the projected increases in application volume.
01/25/12 11:03pm

Wharton School eliminates alumni interviews for MBAs

Recently, Wharton’s MBA program opted to send its admissions officers around the world to interview applicants who cannot physically attend an on-campus interview, replacing alumni who previously filled this role.
01/25/12 10:09pm

Admissions to launch new likely letter campaign

The Admissions Dean’s Advisory Board — which Dean of Admissions Eric Furda brought together last year to involve undergraduates in the University’s recruitment process — is currently piloting a program for academic likely letter recipients.
01/18/12 10:49pm
Dean of Admissions Eric Furda believes there may be more to the numbers than meets the eye.
01/18/12 10:29pm

'Too soon to tell' if financial aid calculator will impact application numbers

As part of an effort to remain in compliance with the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the University released its own version of the calculator in late October.
01/17/12 9:11pm

Common App limits application essays to 500 words

Last spring, the Common Application — the organization that provides the application platform for more than 450 colleges and universities worldwide, including Penn — implemented a 500-word limit for essay length.
01/17/12 4:55pm

Applications to Penn drop by nearly 2 percent

Penn received 31,127 overall applications to its Class of 2016 — a 1.7-percent drop from last year’s total, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda announced on Tuesday.
01/11/12 9:04pm

Furda continues efforts to reach applicants in nontraditional ways

Last week — for the second time ever — Furda contributed a post on The New York Times’ “The Choice” blog, which provides news stories and advice to college applicants and their families.
01/10/12 7:40pm

Harvard, Princeton early action affects Penn

Admissions officers in the Ivy League watched as many universities, including Penn, saw some slowing in their previously nosediving early admission rates, as both Harvard and Princeton universities reinstated early action programs for the first time since 2006.
12/09/11 5:09pm
This year, Penn’s early decision acceptance rate declined by almost 1 percent, from 26.1 percent last year to 25.4 percent, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda announced on Friday. INTERACTIVE: Penn early decision
12/08/11 9:13pm

Class of 2016 early admissions decisions to be released Friday

Today, more than 4,500 early decision applicants will find out whether they have a place in Penn’s Class of 2016.
12/08/11 7:30pm

Obama's push for diversity unlikely to dramatically affect University policies

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. WORD ON THE WALK: Racial Diversity