Parents & Families
Dear Parent & Family Member,
I am pleased to welcome you and thank you and your child for including Penn in your college search. It is with a great sense of purpose that we approach our goal of identifying those students most likely to thrive in and contribute to the Penn community.
Benjamin Franklin founded this university, the nation’s first, on the principle that all the best minds should have access to the finest education, regardless of ability to pay. Some 270+ years later, Franklin’s principle, and his vision of Penn as a university committed to service to society, remain our focus. We are proud that Penn meets a family’s demonstrated financial need without the use of loans, empowering students to graduate debt free.
At the core of Penn’s Ivy League education is a rich exploration of the liberal arts and sciences alongside pre-professional studies. Penn provides students with the intellectual flexibility, practical skills, and real experiences needed to thrive in an increasingly complex world. The Penn community is remarkably dynamic-and the resources of our Philadelphia hometown are wide-ranging.
We sincerely appreciate your interest and the trust you place in Penn Admissions by including us in your family's journey.We hope you'll find this information helpful as you and your child discover Penn.
Best wishes for your student's success,
Eric J. Furda C'87
Dean of Admissions
Prospective Students and Families
College Search Tips and College Search Resources included on the menu (at right) may help your family navigate the college search process. We may or may not be the right "fit,” but your son or daughter may be among those we seek. We invite you to enjoy these additional ways to get to know Penn:
View the Experience Penn video.
Peruse our Publications Rack.
To visit Penn, attend an event near you, and learn more about Penn and the many resources available for your family, please click on links on our Parents & Families page and on Penn’s home page.
Admitted Students and Families
Welcome proud parents of admitted students into our extended Penn family!
In the coming months, we hope you’ll continue to encourage your admitted student to work hard in the classroom, impact school and community, thoroughly enjoy senior year milestones, and prepare well for the independence attending college will inevitably bring.
Students admitted under our Early Decision Program will receive additional communications: an invitation to an on-campus program for Early Decision admitted students and families, and at the end of March, an admissions packet with details on college house registration and other pertinent information.
Students admitted under our Regular Decision Program have until May 1 to let us know their plans to matriculate.
We invite you to click on links on our Parents & Families page and on Penn’s home page to learn more about us and the many resources available for you and your family.
Matriculating Students and Families
Welcome proud parents of matriculating students into our extended Penn family – a uniquely Red & Blue universe filled with extra special relationships, affiliations, intellectual bonds, lifetime experiences, and highest expectations for success. Penn faculty and staff look forward to guiding your student on a transformative journey of academic exploration and personal growth.
In the coming months, we hope you’ll continue to encourage your student to work hard in the classroom, impact school and community, thoroughly enjoy senior year milestones, and prepare well for the independence attending college will inevitably bring.
We invite you to visit the Parent Parents website, the University of Pennsylvania’s home page, and suggested links on this page to learn more about us and the many resources available for your family.