Penn received 42,191 applications for the Class of 2024, nearly 3,000 less than last year's applicant pool, breaking nearly a decade of steady growth.
Legacy students comprised only 5% of Johns Hopkins University's incoming freshman class in 2014, down from 12.5% in 2009.
Penn saw a 9% decline in number of ED applicants from last year’s 7,109 applicants. Harvard and Yale also experienced a decline in early action applicants from last year.
The 1,269 students offered admission account for approximately 53% of the expected enrolling class. This year, Penn received 6,453 early decision applications, a 9% decline from last year’s 7,109 applicants.
For the 2019 early decision deadline, Penn received 6,088 applications, while 2018 saw 7,109 applications.
The program, called Wharton MBA Advance Access, now allows student in their final year from any university to be accepted early to the full-time MBA program after working for two to four years after graduation.
“Plot twist: turns out that man is Eric Furda, the University of Pennsylvania’s dean of admissions,” Colbert said to horrified laughter from the audience.
The study found that 43% of white students admitted to Harvard between 2009 and 2014 were legacy, children of faculty and donors, or athletes.
This year, 70% of 3,345 admitted students accepted their offers, the highest yield rate since the 2009-2010 academic year.
Authorities discovered the college consultant at the center of the national scandal in 2016 while investigating Philip Esformes, the parent who bribed a former coach to help ensure his son's admission to Penn, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The acceptance rate of 5.9% constitutes a marked decrease from recent years with an acceptance rate of 7.6% last year and 8.1% in 2017.
The admissions center moved to the basement of Claudia Cohen Hall in late May after nine months of construction. The new center offers a bigger space and its design reflects Penn Admissions' recent re-branding.
2019 Engineering graduate Dayo Adetu sued her high school after failing to receive an unconditional college acceptance in 2014.
Wharton will increase its MBA tuition while Harvard University and the University of Chicago freeze theirs.
The Penn activist groups distributed flyers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around locations near Irvine Auditorium, Houston Hall and on Locust Walk. Meanwhile, a teach-in occurred at noon at the Perelman Quadrangle steps.
Scrapping the early decision student preview day, ConnectEd, this past February, Penn Admissions is changing the Quaker Days model – inviting ED students to join regular decision students on April 8, 10, and 17.
Philip Esformes was convicted of 20 federal charges, including bribery, after being charged with 26 counts. With over $1.3 billion in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims, Esformes’ trial marked the largest health care fraud case ever charged by the federal government.
Jeramy Botwe, a high school senior from Texas, was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. Botwe's father is originally from Ghana and came to the United States as a teenager.
Penn, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, and Dartmouth all saw their lowest admission rates in history – with four of the schools dipping below 6 percent.
The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke to some students who were admitted to the Class of 2023 on March 28. Here are their stories.