The University of Pennsylvania was not among the higher education institutions named in court documents unsealed by the Justice Department on March 12 charging 50 people — mostly parents, including two celebrities — for taking part in a far-reaching bribery scam to get prospective students into elite schools…
In light of the nationwide bribery scandal involving admissions procedures at elite institutions, Penn Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said the University will once again consider revising its processes related to recruitment and evaluation. 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…
The College received a total of 20,021 applications for the Class of 2021, a 3.2 percent decrease from the 20,675 applications received for the class of 2020. In comparison, early-decisions applications saw a 3.7 percent increase over last year, comprising a record-large early-decision pool of 1,999, of which 555 students were accepted…
Don’t expect this ‘award’ to help you enter college The official-looking Certificate of Selection for Award comes in a thick red envelope along with a three-page letter and supporting materials.
Admissions to focus on character Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan announced Wednesday that Yale would be making changes to next year’s application to emphasize ethical conduct and authentic academic and extracurricular engagement over laundry lists of achievements.
Early apps increase at peer schools Though the number of early action applications the University received for the class of 2020 differed little from last year’s figures — dropping by just 0.6 percent — many of Yale’s peer institutions have posted increases in the number of early applications they received.
Experts discuss College tuition hike Despite being around a percent higher than the 2.9 percent tuition increase for the 2015-2016 academic year, experts say that the 3.8 percent increase in tuition, mandatory fees and room and board approved by the Board of Trustees for the 2016-2017 academic school year…
Yale alters testing requirements With a redesigned SAT set to launch in the spring, certain Ivy League schools — Yale included — have altered their testing requirements in order to accommodate the new exam…
Penn unlikely to follow Cornell’s new spring admissions program For college freshmen, the fall semester typically marks a series of welcoming activities — orientation, student trips and floor events. But at Cornell University, approximately 125 students will join the community in January 2016 through its First-Year Spring Admission program.
Admissions turnover unlikely to affect applications As the admissions office prepares for a swell of applications in the run-up to the Nov. 1 early decision application deadline, college counselors and prospective members of the Class of 2020 said that they do not anticipate that the transition from former dean of admissions and financial aid Maria Laskaris’s leadership to the new interim dean Paul Sunde will affect this year’s admissions process.
Penn drops in US News rankings, but experts call them overrated Although Penn dropped a spot in U.S. News & World Report rankings this year, experts say not to take the hit too seriously.
Yield Marathon Counselors Effect Despite the cancellation of Harvard’s admitted student weekend in the wake of a week of chaos following the Boston marathon bombings, admissions counselors and prospective students agree that the yield for the Class of 2017 will likely be consistent with that of years past.
Admit Rate Lower Increased application rates of highly selective schools and the fixed number of spots available have led to speculation that the recent decline in Harvard’s acceptance rate shows no signs of slowing anytime soon.
Yale ranks first, third in different lists According to a list of rankings released by College Factual on Tuesday, Yale is the top university in the country. But in a separate ranking, released the following day by U.S. News & World Report, Yale is slated at number..
Early applications show increased diversity While the number of students applying through Yale’s Single-Choice Early Action program remained stable this year, the pool was more diverse, with more applicants from underrepresented groups.
Gifts with Strings Attached Sure, giving feels good, particularly at this time of year. And it feels even better when your donation pays off for you, too. “Both you and the cause can benefit,” says Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Gifts with Strings Attached A caveat: To help minimize any resentment later, explain to your children that you’ll continue the funding as long as you can and that if a change in your finances forces you to stop, you’ll give them as much notice as possible.
Former admissions officer mocked applicant essays A former Penn admissions officer who had shared excerpts from applicants’ essays on her personal Facebook page is no longer employed by the University.
Penn’s early decision numbers compare favorably to other Ivies While Penn’s number of early decision applications rose by over 5.9 percent from last year, application trends around the Ivy League and elsewhere have varied substantially.
Former Professor Accused of Swindling Harvard Hopefuls Soaring numbers of applications and plummeting admissions rates at top-ranked U.S. universities leave many applicants searching anxiously for a spot at a premier institution.
Quest for Harvard entry ends in $2m tangle Students pass in front of Harvard’s Widener Library. To Gerald and Lily Chow, education consultant Mark Zimny must have seemed like the answer to many parents’ prayer.
For admissions hopefuls, wait on the list ends Over the month of April, the 2,095 students who were offered admission to the Class of 2016 have been weighing the pros and cons of Princeton relative to other schools, trying to decide whether to accept or reject Princeton’s offer.
UP CLOSE | Building the ‘new’ New Haven When Joshua Adler ’96 first stepped onto Yale’s campus as a freshman in 1992, New Haven was “a very different place.
Class of 2016 more than half minorities among domestic students For only the second time in Penn’s history, the majority of domestic students admitted to Penn’s Class of 2016 are minorities.
3 states absent from Class of 2015 The 1,304 freshmen that moved onto campus this past September began their journeys from 47 different states across the country. But three states — Wyoming, Alaska and South Dakota — were left out.
Regular Admits May See 3% Acceptance Rate Although Harvard College saw 1.9 percent fewer applications this year, the acceptance rate looks likely to decrease nevertheless.
Penn waitlists over 2,000 students for Class of 2016 Though most students have heard a definitive “yes” or “no” from the Office of Admissions, more than 2,000 students have received a “maybe” from Penn.
Admissions Office looks for signs of senioritis As high-school seniors across the country are preparing to learn of their Penn admissions decisions at 5 p.m.
AP pilot program to bridge divide between AP and IB A new Advanced Placement pilot program could close the gap between AP exams and the International Baccalaureate, another popular option for prospective Penn students.
Penn targets prospective students with likely letter campaign Regular decision applicant Caroline McCue — a senior at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Md. — had put Penn out of her mind temporarily until the end of March.
Students Ask, College Counselors Answer Two common red flags are exaggerated extracurricular and over polished essays. The University of California has a ‘truth-in-application’ program, which randomly samples a ‘statistically significant’ number (around 1,000), to verify activity claims.
College students to connect with admitted applicants This spring, newly admitted students may begin thinking about College of Arts and Sciences majors before they even set foot on campus.
Harvard Ties with Princeton for No. 1 Harvard topped the list of the best colleges in the U.S. for the sixth year in a row, but it will now share the title with Princeton, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 ranking.
Application dip prompts competing explanations Though the early consensus by administrators and college counselors is that the reinstatement of early action programs at Harvard and Princeton universities contributed to a decline in Penn’s applicant pool.
Class of 2016 early admissions decisions to be released Friday Today, more than 4,500 early decision applicants will find out whether they have a place in Penn’s Class of 2016.
Penn sees slight drop in early decision applications Penn received 4,510 early decision applications this fall, a 1.3-percent decrease from last year’s total of 4,571 applications.
SAT remains for Penn applicants despite potential unfairness The bane of every high school student’s existence — the SAT — isn’t going away anytime soon.
Penn places fifth in ‘U.S. News’ ranking For the second year in a row, Penn came in fifth on U.S. News and World Report’s list of top national universities for 2012. The Wharton School placed first in the ranking for undergraduate business schools.
Gender ratio flips for 2015 Despite the recent media buzz surrounding sexual culture at Yale and a majority-male freshman class, freshmen women interviewed said they doubt the University is significantly different from its peers.
Wharton adds essay component for undergraduate transfers Penn students looking to transfer into the Wharton School now have to prove themselves through words, not just numbers.
International admit faces full tuition For Johannes Ferstad, a few thousand miles and dollars are currently separating him from joining Penn’s Class of 2015.
Racism concern may affect admissions yield With less than 10 days to go before May 1 — when admitted students must decide whether to attend Penn — some are wondering if recent claims of racism on campus could deter minority students from matriculating into the Class of 2015.
Decisions on Hold: Examining the Waitlist Ellen C. O’Leary ’14 had just learned the name of her future roommate and was feeling excited for her first year in college at Washington University in Saint Louis.
West Philadelphia draws students to Penn When College sophomore Allyson Even decided on Penn as her top school, she wasn’t sold by the University’s academics, extracurriculars or campus life.
Early admissions return to Harvard, Princeton The early admissions option is coming back to Harvard and Princeton universities.
Admissions integrates undergrads in U. recruitment The future of Penn admissions may depend largely on one group — current Penn undergraduates.
After Four Year Hiatus, Early Action Admissions Policy To Return to Harvard College This Fall In a reversal of a bold policy that College administrators once touted as a boon for lower-income students, Harvard and Princeton University both announced yesterday that they will resume the early admissions program for students applying this fall.
Penn sees record high apps for class of 2015 As Penn students begin a new semester, regular decision applicants from high schools around the world are waiting to hear if they’ll be joining them on campus in the fall.
College fares poorly in international rankings Although Dartmouth has shown improvement in certain university ranking reports — the College improved two places in the 2011 U.S.
New criteria for ‘U.S. News’ rankings might explain Columbia’s jump With the release of U.S. News and World Report’s university rankings, Columbia University outranked Penn for the first time in recent memory.
International students weigh the cost of college As high schoolers apply to colleges this fall, many international students weigh the costs of attending an American university.
Around 60% accept waitlist spots Penn’s waitlist of 3,000 is one of the largest seen among peer institutions.
Shedding light on the surge in apps This year, 30,136 students — 20.6 percent more than last year — filled out applications for undergraduate admission, painstakingly responding to the required short answer, “Why does Brown appeal to you?”