“I was really curious about what went through the minds of the admissions people when they decided to let me in here,” Mandyam said. “Maybe this could shed some light.”
The wealthiest colleges in America may soon need to give a quarter of the donations they receive to middle-class financial aid or risk their charitable status.
Dean of Admissions Eric Furda noted that housing and staff restraints prevent ConnectED from becoming an overnight program.
According to the New York Times, Penn undergraduates’ median family income of $195,500 represents the 82nd percentile amongst U.S. families.
Students will have a chance to participate in an interactive website where they will be able to annotate the text and share their comments with the rest of the group over the summer. The groups will still meet during NSO to discuss the text in person.
Penn received a record 40,394 applications to the Class of 2021, including 6,147 applicants who applied through the early decision round. The Class of 2021 applicant pool increased four percent from last year, continuing the trend of two to four percent increases every year.
“Our approach is going to be one in which how can we make sure that students are aware of Penn,” Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said. “How can we work with organizations that are supporting students ... what can we learn overall about students transitioning into college?”
Don’t expect an influx of students next year: Penn’s target freshman class size will remain at 2,445 students for the Class of 2021.
For the first time in Penn's history, half of students admitted to the School for Engineering and Applied Sciences in the Early Decision round are female.
Among 1,113 randomly selected Penn undergraduates, zero came from a ZIP code with a median household income in the lowest quintile of income groups.
Students who complete the ten weeks of modules will learn how to research, apply to and make the transition to colleges.
This year, Penn received 5,999 applications in the Early Decision round.
Penn is encouraging other universities to pilot a team admissions strategy that Penn implemented four years ago.
Former Yale interviewer criticizes college application systems at top US universities, claiming it is "unpredictable, opaque and ... disappointing".
Harvard is releasing years of applicants' private information to federal court for an affirmative action lawsuit.
Pennsylvania is a key swing state for the 2016 election season and throughout Penn’s campus numerous advocacy groups have been registering students to vote in the Keystone State.
A college admissions counselor estimated, however, that 30 to 40 percent of colleges do use social media to judge its applicants.
Penn First, the student organization for first generation, low income (FGLI) students on campus, implemented a range of projects after their inaugural summit in April this year.
Penn “encourages applicants from a growing number of homeschool students”. Although homeschool has been a growing trend for the last decade, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda estimated that Penn receives only about 20 applications per year from homeschooled students. He stressed that the figure was not exact.
The change, which was enacted over the summer, restricted students from applying Early Action to private schools while simultaneously applying Early Decision to Penn.