Penn's founder, Benjamin Franklin, once said, "Weighty questions ask for deliberate answers." For students embarking on their college search, few questions carry as much weight as those that frame their discussions with you. What education is best for them? Where will it inspire them to go? How will they and their families make it happen? We continue to see clear indications that, for more and more young scholars, compelling answers can be found on our campus here in Philadelphia.
At the University of Pennsylvania, we offer a rigorous and relevant education, firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and coupled with opportunities for study in engineering, business, and nursing. Our integrated curriculum fosters exploration and innovation, allowing students to test-drive new ideas in real-world settings and preparing them to make an impact in a variety of established and emerging fields. We make this experience accessible to students from all backgrounds through our commitment to all-grant, no-loan financial aid.
This year presents many new possibilities for shared engagement, and my staff and I are dedicated to strengthening our partnership with you. We aim to be a helpful presence in your communities throughout the year, offering interactive sessions and workshops on selective admissions. Working together, we can help your students define the answers to their own weighty questions.
Eric J. Furda C'87
Dean of Admissions
We value relationships with our partners on the other side of the desk and look forward to working with you.
We evaluate applications in committees, so all of our staff are able to answer general questions or assist in navigating the admissions process.
Each year, the University of Pennsylvania Admissions Selection Committee selects a class of 2,420 scholars, scientists, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs—and more—who hail from all corners of the world and a wide range of backgrounds.
• Applications increased 15% to 35,866---The Most Applications in Penn’s History
• 10% of the applicants were admitted---The Most Selective in Penn’s History
• The Average ACT score of enrolled students is 32/36; the average SAT of 2181/2400, a 9 point increase, The Highest in Penn’s History
• The Yield on admitted freshmen is 66% matching the Highest Yield in Penn’s History
• The yield on admitted transfers is 72%, The Highest in Penn’s History
• Students in the class of 2018 will enter a community with 16% more minority students on campus than when the class of 2014, our most recent graduates, started their Penn education
• 13% of the incoming lass of 2018 requested a waiver of Penn’s $75 application fee (a 28% increase over the prior year)
• 11% of the incoming class are First Generation College Students
• 129 Philadelphians will stay local for college
• 14% of the class were raised outside the United States
• 55 Questbridge Scholars will enroll from 26 states
• 12 KIPP Students will enroll as the second cohort to join the community of scholars in the Greenfield Intercultural Center