The College Search

In your college process, you will make profound discoveries, build a supportive community, and experience joy, connectedness, and excitement. How does this promise change your perspective on the challenging work ahead?  

Navigating the college search and application process is a meaningful journey with the capacity to teach you about yourself, your family, your community, and the many new and different communities that might become your undergraduate home.

In the continuum of this work, there are distinct phases. At the beginning of the process, it’s important to create time and space for reflection. Strive to better understand who you are as a leader and thinker and the contributions you hope to make to the world. In time, you will learn about potential college matches by doing research online, speaking with mentors and guidance counselors, and perhaps making campus visits. Come senior year, you familiarize yourself with logistics, the steps needed to complete your college applications. You record deadlines, start writing and proofreading essays, and organize school-specific requirements. The college process does not end until after you receive your acceptance letters and decide which campus community best supports your identity, ideas, and goals.

A curious mind, open communication with mentors and supporters, patience, and initiative are important tools to bring to this journey. The resources below, including my blog Page 217 and the Penn Admissions Blog, are designed to further guide your college process and your research into the varied and brilliant opportunities at Penn.

Stay connected, and best of luck,
Eric J. Furda, C’87
Dean of Admissions