Penn Welcomes a Vibrant New Class

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Thursday, March 30, at 5:00 p.m., the University of Pennsylvania will announce admission decisions for Regular Decision applicants to the Class of 2021, the institution’s 265th class.

The admitted cohort of 3,699 was selected from a pool of 40,413 applicants. Penn enrolls a freshman class of 2,445 students across the College of Arts & Sciences, Penn Engineering, the Wharton School, and the School of Nursing.

“As we got to know the applicants this year, we were truly humbled. The breadth of their academic achievement was exciting, as was the honesty with which they communicated their own strengths and experiences. Students shared their desire to create positive change in their communities, referencing Penn’s commitment to civic engagement. We also saw incredible passion for the arts and humanities. With resources like the Platt Student Performing Arts House, Penn Museum, and Kelly Writers House – and, of course, the City of Philadelphia, these genuine passions can be realized,” said Penn’s dean of admissions Eric J. Furda C’87. “Whether a student has a particular area of study in mind, or they are still searching, their ability to articulate what draws them specifically to Penn was critical.”

The University will continue to be strengthened by a diversity of perspectives, identities, and experiences. To ensure that our community is accessible and inclusive, Penn has awarded nearly $1 billion dollars in grant-based financial aid since 2009, and the average net cost for aided students to attend Penn today is almost $2,700 less than it was in 2005.

Members of the Class of 2021 hail from all fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam, with the highest representation from Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas. 172 students in the admitted class are current residents of Philadelphia. 46 percent of United States Citizens in the class self-identified as students of color. One out of eight admitted students are first-generation college students.

2,145 high schools are represented in the class. The class is comprised of students from 94 countries. This year, the number of international applications increased by 10 percent.

In the fifth year of a partnership with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), 17 admitted students attended a KIPP school. In the ninth year of a partnership, 171 admitted students applied through Questbridge, a national program that aims to increase undergraduate enrollment of high-achieving, low-income students at top universities. In addition to these partnerships, 225 students are affiliated with our many partners from community-based organizations, including Chicago Scholars, College Possible, College Track, Philadelphia Futures, Steppingstone Scholars, and Say Yes to Education.

In recognition of the spirit of Penn tradition, 14 percent of the Class of 2021 have a parent or grandparent who attended Penn. More than 9,200 Penn alumni from the Classes of 1951-2016 volunteered their time by offering interviews to 90 percent of Penn’s applicant pool.

Admitted students will be visiting campus throughout the month of April and will make their final decisions by the candidate’s reply date, May 1.

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