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Penn accepts 15.6% of early decision applicants to the Class of 2026Penn released its early admissions decisions for the Class of 2026 on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
Penn’s new admissions dean talks goals for tenure, updates to application processIn the current admissions cycle, Penn will require only one teacher recommendation instead of two. The other letter of recommendation can come from anyone who can comment on the student's character.
Penn accepts record-low 5.68% of applicants to the Class of 2025This year marked Penn's largest application pool in history, with 56,333 — a 34% increase from last year. Penn offered admission to 3,202 of these applicants
Penn receives record-breaking 56,000 applications to Class of 2025, up 34% from previous yearThe large applicant pool, likely influenced by test-optional policies enacted in the wake of COVID-19, is set to result in Penn's lowest-ever acceptance rate, according to Penn Admissions.
Penn accepts 15% of early decision applicants to Class of 2025, a record lowThe early decision acceptance rate for the Class of 2025 marks a 4.7 percentage point decrease from last year. This year, 7,962 students applied through the University's early decision program, a 23% increase from last year's 6,453 applicants.
Experts worry that Penn's test-optional application process will benefit wealthier studentsWhile most colleges assure students that they will not be at a disadvantage if they do not submit test scores, some college counseling specialists question the assertion.
Online visits and remote info sessions: admissions transitions to virtual programmingThe admissions office decided back in March that their fall programming – like tours and information sessions, as well as traveling to speak at high schools – would be virtual, five months before the University went fully online.
Students grapple with reduced financial aid packages and re-evaluation delays amid pandemicSome students who submitted aid re-evaluation forms did not receive their re-evaluated package before the fall tuition bill's Aug. 30 deadline, and consequently could not pay for the semester on time.
‘You really can’t distance to play slap cup’: Off-campus parties spark social media outragePenn currently reports at least 42 active coronavirus cases in the community, but many students fear potential virus clusters in the next fews weeks and are taking to social media to share their concerns and call out partygoers.
'Not even the bare minimum': Penn students demand more than just tuition freezeAfter switching to a completely remote semester, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett froze tuition – keeping it at the same value as the previous year – and decreased the fall general fee by 10%.
SRFS launches financial wellness program to teach students how to budgetThe program, known as Financial Wellness at Penn, is part of the University's larger wellness initiatives and will feature a series of monthly events, including in-person workshops and online modules, focused on preparing students to make better financial decisions after Penn.
Penn's RD applications drop by nearly 3,000 for the Class of 2024, a year after record highPenn 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.
Tutoring center merges with Weingarten to help centralize learning resource informationThe Tutoring Center, which was previously an independent entity, became part of Weingarten last summer, joining the Office of Learning Resources and Student Disabilities Services.
Wharton MBA student charged with $1 billion fraud schemeFormer executives at health care technology company Outcome Health falsely inflated data and billed clients for advertisements on more screens than installed, according to the indictment unsealed Monday.
Penn says it hopes to expand first-gen., low-income NSO course to all freshmenThe board also proposed a potential joint master’s degree program that would involve collaboration from the Graduate School of Education, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Weitzman School of Design.
Penn Labs launches website integrating mock schedules and course reviewsManaged by Penn Labs, Penn Course Plan compiles the information from Penn Course Review and Penn InTouch all on one webpage.
Annenberg study finds intervention method to diminish anti-Muslim sentimentThe study found that white participants were less likely to blame all Muslims for terrorist attacks after reading about terror committed by white Europeans.
Center for neuroscience & society talk looks at impact of public health ads on behaviorThe event was the first Center for Neuroscience & Society Public Talk of the 2019-2020 academic year.