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Penn Admissions saw record low admit rates this year.

Just under 200 applicants to the Class of 2019 will receive likely letters on Thursday, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said. The letters will be sent in the form of an online message through applicants' portals.

Likely letters, which are sent out prior to regular decision release in late March, inform applicants that they are “likely” to be admitted to Penn. Generally, likely letters mean that applicants will receive an acceptance.

The purpose of such communication is to ensure that Penn is at the forefront of outstanding students’ minds when considering their options later in the spring, Furda said.

In early March, a second round of likely letters will be sent out to applicants. In total, around 400 applicants will receive likely letters. All other applicants will find out their admissions decisions on March 31 at 5 pm.

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