The Dean’s Desk

September 17, 2020
Read, College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?

College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?

The following essay was originally published in a piece in The Washington Post (“College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should […]
September 10, 2020
Read, Making the Most of Your Virtual College Visit

Making the Most of Your Virtual College Visit

Visiting colleges virtually is new for a lot of us. While there are some things that are impossible to recreate from an in-person campus visit, there are many other ways to […]
September 1, 2020
Read, (Virtual) Convocation 2020

(Virtual) Convocation 2020

Last night, President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett officially opened the 2020-2021 academic year by hosting an online convocation ceremony. You can watch the video […]
August 6, 2020
Read, Looking for Something To Do? 10 Pandemic-Friendly Ways to Spend Your Time

Looking for Something To Do? 10 Pandemic-Friendly Ways to Spend Your Time 

This summer looks different than we all imagined it would. The coronavirus pandemic continues to upend many aspects of daily life, and a nationwide movement protesting systemic racism has coalesced across the […]
July 6, 2020
Read, The College Conversation, Book Announcement from Dean Furda

The College Conversation, Book Announcement from Dean Furda

Jacques Steinberg and I are excited to share that the book we co-authored — The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children […]
July 1, 2020
Read, Financial Aid Advice: Part II

Financial Aid Advice: Part II

Read on for a second guest post written by Erick Herrera, Deputy Director of Student Financial Aid at Penn, on navigating the financial aid process in […]