The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke to some students who were admitted to the Class of 2023 on March 28. Here are their stories.
Penn has admitted 3,345 students for the Class of 2023 after receiving 44,960 applications, the largest applicant pool to date.
As the admissions process wraps up for high school seniors, and Penn's regular decision results set to be sent out March 28, prospective and admitted students of the Class of 2023 are coming to terms with their own experiences with wealth and privilege in the admissions process.
Jerome Allen, a former Penn basketball star player and coach, admitted to receiving approximately $300,000 in bribes from Philip Esformes to recruit his son to play basketball for Penn.
Students said the national admissions scandal and the Jerome Allen case have generated discussions on the role that money plays in college admissions. College junior Luke Yamulla referenced the bribery allegations as well as recent tuition hikes in a recent post on Penn’s meme page, Official Unofficial Squirrel Catching Club.
Bank records were analyzed by the witness to show the money trail from Esformes' account to the Key WorldWide Foundation, which prosecutors allege was fraudulent and used to launder bribes from parents trying to gain college admission for their children, Law360 reported.
Legend, who studied English while at Penn, mentioned that he went to a "good school" and added that others are viewing the scandal "rightly as fraudulent and dishonest." He and his wife, Christine Teigen, also posted a photo on Twitter with their heads photoshopped onto professional soccer players’ bodies.
The new ties between Philip Esformes and William Singer were introduced in Miami federal court a few days after more than 50 individuals were indicted in the national admissions scandal.
Penn hired an outside consultant to review procedures after former men's basketball coach Jerome Allen pleaded guilty in October 2018 to accepting bribes to help a current Penn senior gain admission.
Among the 50 individuals charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and fraud are famous actors, college coaches, and university administrators.
Penn Admissions revamped their information sessions and admissions tours, run by Kite and Key Society, to be less focused on "facts and figures" and more on personal anecdotes of Penn.
The number of applications Penn received is about a one percent increase from last year's numbers. By comparison, the Class of 2022 saw above a 10 percent increase in applications.
Admissions officers say there is no formal fact checking process in place and they do not intend to implement one.
Across the Ivy League, early admission rates dropped this year for the Class of 2023.
International students were admitted from 48 different countries, a drop from last year's 54 countries. The number of states with admitted students dropped from 45 last year to 42 this year.
Across the Ivy League, schools have recently experienced a plateau in terms of Early Decision applicant numbers.
Penn's early decision applicant pool has been steadily growing every year since 2011.
Of the current first-year students at Penn Law, 75 percent have spent one or more years out of college before enrolling in law school.
There are approximately 150 guides currently in the Kite and Key Society, each of whom are expected to lead one campus tour a week.
Penn announced it would give students living in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle an extension until Nov. 12 to send in their ED applications, as well as waive the $75 application fee.