While upperclassmen advisors relish the opportunity to help younger students, some feel that their helping hand is not always reached for. They would like to see improvements in the program that encourage additional interaction throughout the school year.
Without the option of merit-based scholarships, Penn cannot lure outstanding athletes or writing prodigies with money — but recruited students do find value in community.
As of February 22, the admissions office had received over 140 FERPA requests.
Each spring, a small contingent of Penn applicants receives a piece of exciting news weeks in advance of regular decision release.
College applicants who want to round out their application with a high class rank can forget their troubles for a while.
One college consultant encourages applicants to write "love letters" to their dream schools.
The University should work on promoting its Early Decision policies to lower-income communities. Penn should work with organizations like QuestBridge, which works with high-achieving, low-income students, and others that help underserved groups through the college admissions process.
The words used in college essays may be more important than applicants expect.
A second round of likely letters will be sent out in March.
Penn’s Quaker Days Program – now in its second year – aims to give prospective students a real taste of Penn.
With over half of the Class of 2019 admitted early decision, Penn’s commitment to forming a socioeconomically diverse class is called into question.
While the Admissions Office continues to work towards its goal of interviewing 100 percent of applicants, the effectiveness of the program remains unclear.
When a group of Stanford students publicized a method of obtaining one's admissions file, Penn's admissions office saw an explosion of requests for access to their files.
The new application platform — which would serve as an alternate to the Common App — intends to increase flexibility for member colleges by reducing the number of required items for all schools.
College application does not end with clicking the submit button on the Common App. Alumni interview is another procedure most Penn applicants go through.
“Students are pretty nervous about the interviews,” Laurie Weingarten, a Penn alumna and director of One-Stop College Counseling said.
Every day, hundreds of students and parents flock in and out of Irvine Auditorium to go on a campus tour.
This is the second year in a row that more than 5,000 applicants have applied early.
There is less than a week remaining before early decision candidates for the Class of 2019 have to submit their applications.
Several selective universities are accepting alternative application options after last year's technical problems in the Common Application, but Penn has not changed its admissions policy.
In 2011-2012, 55 percent were interviewed. Last admissions cycle, the number climbed to 86 percent.