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Comprehensive Review

When our Admissions Selection Committee reads applications (and we read all of them), we look for students who are inspired to emulate our founder Benjamin Franklin by being in service to society — to our community, the city of Philadelphia, and the wider world.

We take your desire to come to Penn as seriously as you do. We meet in teams to discuss all parts of your application, so we can look beyond the words on the page to discover the intangible qualities that make you uniquely you.

We have real conversations about your record of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity, your passions, hobbies, leadership skills and potential impact on our campus. We want to know what you’re like as a student, friend, family member, and innovator, so we can understand how you might fit in as a Penn classmate, leader, roommate, citizen and future world-changer.

So, be open when you’re applying. Let your application be yours, and yours alone. Help us discover who you are. Tell us your dreams. Share what’s important to you, and how you would flourish on Penn’s campus. Tell us your story, we’re listening.


 “What you seem to be, be really.” - Benjamin Franklin