Although students will be able to submit standardized test scores, those who do not submit will not be at a disadvantage.
Brian Taylor, managing director of New York City-based college admissions consulting firm Ivy Coach, believes the decision will influence other universities, and said it is likely that highly selective universities, such as Ivy League institutions, will be test-optional in the future.
College Board and ACT testing agencies canceled and postponed multiple test dates in response to the pandemic, prompting many universities to change standardized test requirements for future applicants.
Each tour is capped at 50 students, and led by two Kite and Key tour guides and up to four admissions officers to ensure all questions asked through the Zoom platform’s chat feature are answered.
Admissions experts say schools are anxious about international students possibly not being able to arrive on campus for the fall semester, and about domestic students who may choose to take a gap year instead of enrolling amid the coronavirus.
Because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services suspended routine visa services at all embassies and consulates due to COVID-19, it is unclear if new international students will be able to secure visas in time for the fall semester.
The Daily Pennsylvanian spoke with some of the admitted students of the Class of 2024. Here are their stories.
Penn admitted 3,404 out of 42,205 applicants for the Class of 2024. At 8.07%, this year's acceptance rate is slightly higher than last year's 7.44%.
This year's Quaker Days events, which were planned for April 6 and April 15, and the Multicultural Scholars Preview program on April 14, have been canceled, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda wrote in a press release.
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.