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Welcome, Admitted Class of 2028!
Dean Whitney Soule | March 28, 2024

Today, the University of Pennsylvania announced admission decisions for Regular Decision applicants to the Class of 2028 across Penn's four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School, and the School of Nursing. These remarkable students will comprise Penn's 272nd undergraduate class.

Penn received more than 65,000 applicants this year—the largest first-year applicant pool in its history—with students admitted through QuestBridge Match, Early Decision, and Regular Decision. This year’s admitted students represent one of the largest cohorts from the city of Philadelphia, along with students coming from 109 countries and all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Marshall Islands, and the military APO.

This year's admitted class embodies Penn's tradition of academic and personal excellence across many dimensions. Through their applications, students shared intellectual pursuits already underway and those they hope to undertake with Penn's faculty and with each other when they arrive in the fall. They also described how they contribute to their communities, whether through caring for family members, leading clubs, starting organizations, or acting as connectors among friends.

For the second time, as part of Penn's application process, every student also wrote a thank-you note to someone in their lives, sharing inspiring encounters, relationships, and observations that impacted them and filled them with gratitude.

Each of these students exemplifies a unique combination of academic excellence, determination, curiosity, and joy. The Penn community cannot wait for them to meet each other when they arrive in the fall. Hurrah, hurrah for the Class of 2028, and welcome to Penn!

About the author
Dean Whitney Soule

I’ve worked in college admissions for over 30 years, and I focus on building bridges between what ‘has been’ and what ‘can be’ so that the whole process can become less complicated yet still effective for students to find their way into college.  I especially love meeting new students when they arrive each year because it’s so fun to match them to the stories and information that we know from their applications!

I love coffee, running, snacking all day, and laughing.  I also adore dogs.  I spend a lot of time with my nutty English Bulldog, Stella, and I can be very easily distracted by silly dog memes. My favorite location on Penn's campus is the entire stretch of Locust Walk, and I love authentic Philly cheesesteaks. You can reach me at

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