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.

Essential Messages 

Welcome to the first installment of our “Essential Messages,” where we have distilled the most important themes from our on-campus information session into a series of animated videos. This first video describes Penn’s comprehensive application review process, including useful tips and practical advice for students completing their college applications. This new asset can be viewed as one long video or as four shorter segments, addressing academics, activities, essays, and interviews. 

We hope this will be a helpful teaching and advising tool for your work with students, families, and other educators. Please note that subtitles are provided in both Spanish and English.

Advice on Academics

Advice on College Essays

Advice on Activities 

Advice on College Interviews 

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.

2019-2020 Counselor Newsletter
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