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University of Pennsylvania Class of 2025 Early Decision Program
Penn Admissions | December 16, 2020

The University of Pennsylvania received 7,962 applications under the first-choice Early Decision Program for the entering class of 2025. From this group of highly talented and compelling students from around the globe, 1,194 students were offered admission, approximately 50% of the expected enrolling class in the fall of 2021.

Nationally, 43 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam are represented in the class with the highest concentration of admitted students from Pennsylvania (198), New York (152), California (122), New Jersey (113) and Florida (48). Fifty-six students reside in the city of Philadelphia.

13% of the class are international students based on their citizenship, hailing from 56 countries from Australia to Zimbabwe.

54% percent of the admitted students are female, 50% of the admitted students are U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents self-identifying as a person of color, and 12% are first-generation college students.  22% of the admitted students had a parent or grandparent attend Penn in prior generations. 13% are estimated to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.

Admitted students have pursued a most demanding secondary school curriculum in a range of educational settings. The University of Pennsylvania adopted a test-optional policy with regard to standardized tests for the 2020-2021 application cycle. 24% of the Early Decision admitted students did not include testing as part of their application. For the admitted students including testing in their application, the middle 50% testing ranges are 1470-1560 on the SAT and 34-35 on the ACT.

Eric J. Furda C’87, Penn’s Dean of Admissions, commented, “After a year as unusual and challenging as this one, my colleagues and I were inspired by the resilience, creativity and hopefulness exhibited by these applicants to Penn. We are humbled by their commitment to their studies and to their communities despite the extraordinary circumstances of this past year. We look forward to that spirit enriching the Penn community.”

The University of Pennsylvania enrolls a first-year class of 2,400 students across the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School and the School of Nursing. Applications for Regular Decision may be submitted via the Common Application or the Coalition Application by January 5, 2021.

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