Penn received a total of 44,482 applications for admission to the Class of 2022, a drastic increase from last year’s 40,413 applications and the most in Penn’s history.
Of those applications, 37,409 were submitted in the Regular Decision process while the remaining 7,073 were part of the early decision batch.
Last year’s applicant total was also the highest ever at the time, yet it was still easily topped this year.
The total amount of applications received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has increased by 10 percent since last year alone and has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.
The total number of applications was first published as “44,000+" in a post on page 217 of Dean Eric Furda’s official blog.
Kathryn Bezella, Penn Admissions vice dean and director of marketing and communications, clarified that the exact total was 44,482 in an emailed statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Noting the record-breaking application total, Furda added that this year’s applicant pool saw “notable increases across broad geographical boundaries and within programs including Artificial Intelligence, behavioral economics and STEM fields broadly defined.”
The release of the total number of applications comes several months after Penn announced its lowest early decision acceptance rate to date of 18.5 percent.