Admissions

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
11/29/11 11:27pm
This is the largest first-time applicant pool since it began tracking in 1989, according to AAMC. Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine has not yet released its application numbers for this year. WORD ON THE WALK: Med school popularity
11/27/11 10:29pm

Drop in early apps at Penn, peers may be tied to Harvard and Princeton

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. INTERACTIVE: 2012 early admissions at peer schools
11/22/11 12:00am

Panel will address economic diversity on campus

Prompted by a series of opinion pieces that appeared in the Penn Almanac earlier this school year, the panel — which is part of Ware College House’s ongoing “Dinner with Interesting People” speaker series — will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in McClelland Hall. INTERACTIVE: Pell grants around the Ivies
11/18/11 12:23am
Yes, I did get accepted into Penn because of affirmative action. But so did you — and everyone else.
11/07/11 9:14pm

Snow stalls early decision applications

Since many students were affected by last week’s storm, Penn’s Office of Admissions extended its early decision deadline from Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 4.
11/07/11 8:15pm

Value of college rankings brought into question

At a meeting in September, a NACAC committee formed in 2010 to research the annual rankings made a series of recommendations to U.S. News.
11/02/11 11:24pm

Feeling link to U.S. culture, Canadian student applies early

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.
11/02/11 12:13am

Early decision deadline extended due to snowstorm

Penn extended its ED application deadline from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 4 due to last weekend’s Northeastern snowstorm, along with peer schools like Yale and Columbia.
11/01/11 9:08pm

Jewish community at Penn attracts early decision applicant

Lauren Shapiro, a senior at Doris and Alex Weber Jewish Community High School in Atlanta, Ga., said “it’s absolutely necessary that [the college I attend] has some Jewish population.” Of 10,000 undergraduate at Penn, around 25 percent are Jewish.