Dean of Admissions Eric Furda believes there may be more to the numbers than meets the eye.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Today, more than 4,500 early decision applicants will find out whether they have a place in Penn’s Class of 2016.
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
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
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
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
Yes, I did get accepted into Penn because of affirmative action. But so did you — and everyone else.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
India has roughly 600 millions citizens under the age of 25. As a result, the country’s universities have become overwhelmed with applicants, The New York Times reported last week.
A week after placing 16th on the annual “World University Rankings” by Times Higher Education, Penn was named the ninth best higher-education institution in the world by U.S. News and World Report.
INTERACTIVE: 2011 college rankings