More than 270 years later, our students continue to use the new discoveries, theories, and knowledge produced every day on our campus to solve problems in the world. As an office, we serve this mission by seeking students who care deeply about the world they will inherit and who aspire to use their education to effect positive change.

It is with great purpose that we approach the charge of helping students find the right college -- a sentiment we know you share. Working closely with you, our goal is to identify those students most likely to thrive in and contribute to the Penn community. 

We aim to be a helpful presence in your communities throughout the year and look forward to a strong partnership and shared engagement.


2019 Virtual Counselor Update

In the following update, Dean Eric J. Furda explains the ways in which Penn nurtures a multifaceted campus community and shares resources for counselor use in advising.

  • 0:41: How students can reframe the idea of “fit” to think about community values and resources offered at different schools on their list
  • 2:09: student wellness and community, including Thrive at Penn (TAP)
  • 3:25: student development resources, including the new PAIDEIA program
  • 4:02: Updates on the creation of the Second Year Residential Experience
  • 4:57: Brief updates on ongoing initiatives around First Gen/Low Income students, a new Chief Wellness Officer, Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs), and Penn’s recognition through the Healthier Campus Initiative


2018 Virtual Counselor Update

Content Highlights

  • 0:38: Class of 2022 numbers, early decision, financial aid, and Penn’s commitment to First Generation and Low Income (FGLI) populations
  • 2:15: Nuances of applying to Penn’s academic ecosystem; applying to computer science programs
  • 3:48: What we mean by “fit” in the admission process; how students can become self-aware
  • 4:36: campus updates: new admission website which highlights student stories, a university wide emphasis on wellness, and new physical spaces on campus

Each year, the University of Pennsylvania Admissions Selection Committee seeks to enroll a class of 2,445 scholars, scientists, artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs.

Statistics for the admitted class, including the total number of applications, admitted student demographics, diversity, sex, and testing ranges.

An introduction to and resource for the world of higher education presented by Eric J. Furda, Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn class of 1987.

Annual research funding in excess of $851 million means that there are opportunities for every Penn undergraduate to engage in research.

We welcome you to contact your regional admissions officer with any questions about the admissions process.

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