Articles tagged with: University of Pennsylvania

11 December 2015

University of Pennsylvania Admits 1,335 Early Decision Applicants to Class of 2020

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2020

upenn logoThe University of Pennsylvania admitted 1,335 early decision applicants to the Class of 2020.  

Early decision applications rose 5% from the previous year to 5,762, but the admission rate remained essentially unchanged at 24%.

This year's early admittees are expected to comprise 54% of this year's targeted class of 2,445 students.

Click here for the news release.

 

05 November 2015

University of Pennsylvania sees slight rise in Early Decision applications

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission, Class of 2020

upenn logoThe University of Pennsylvania reported a slight rise in Early Decision applicants for the Class of 2020.  A total of 5,629 early decision applications were received this year, up 140 from last year.

Decisions will be posted on Friday, December 11.

 

Click here for the article.

 

28 September 2015

Coalition of 80 Schools to Introduce New Alternative to the Common App

Posted in Perspectives

TheCoalitionA group of 80 higher education institutions called the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success will be introducing a new alternative to the Common Application in 2016.  Designed to level the playing field for college admissions, the Coalition will deliver free tools to increase transparency around admissions and financial aid and promote awareness and engagement prior to senior year.

Details to come later this year, with more insight expected at this week's NACAC Conference in San Diego.

Click here for the press release or here for the related article from the Washington Post.

17 September 2015

Common App Extra Essay Requirements

Posted in Your College List

Update #6

commonapplogoThe Common App for 2015-16 was posted earlier today, and we've just wrapped up our analysis on the real number of short answer/essay prompts required for each school.  If you've been through this process before, you know that just because a school lacks a writing supplement doesn't mean there are no additional essays to complete.  Many schools in fact simply embed these prompts in the main application itself.

This post summarizes the prompts required for 200+ Common Application schools in our coverage universe.  Our definition of a prompt is a question that requires more than a one word or one sentence answer.  It's not perfect, but it should help you gauge the amount of writing you'll need to get through over the next few months.  It'll also help you identify schools that you can apply to without the need for extra essays!

Click on Continue Reading for the list.

16 September 2015

Class of 2019 Early Admission Results

Posted in Early Admission, Class of 2019

Update #10

college-studentsHere's an updated list of reported early admission rates for the Class of 2019.

This list includes several popular private and public schools, including Amherst, Bates, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Colby, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Emory, Emory (Oxford), George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Hamilton, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Middlebury, MIT, Northwestern, Notre Dame, NYU, Pitzer, Pomona, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, Trinity College, Tufts, University of Chicago, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Williams and Yale.

Click Continue Reading for the list.

16 September 2015

Class of 2019 Admission Results

Posted in Class of 2019

Update #12

gradcapsairHere's an updated list of reported admission rates for the Class of 2019. This update adds several popular private and public schools to the list, including Clark University, DePauw, Oberlin, Smith, University of Richmond and Washington & Lee University.  

Click Continue Reading for the list.

08 September 2015

U.S. News & World Report Posts 2016 College Rankings

Posted in College Rankings

usnwr bestcollegesU.S. News & World Report released their 2016 college rankings earlier today.  Nearly 1,800 schools were covered nationwide and evaluated on multiple measures of academic excellence and outcomes to produce the final rankings.

Princeton retains sole posession of the top spot for National Universities, and Williams College tops the list of Liberal Arts Colleges.  

Click on Continue Reading to see the rankings changes. 

27 August 2015

Colleges with Early Admission Plans

Posted in Your College List, Early Admission

College Kickstart Logo 200x63With your college list more or less finalized, give some consideration to early admission—many schools offer it and can be a terrific way to boost odds and minimize wasted motion.  All you need to do is apply 45-60 days earlier than you normally would. 

Here's a list of competitive 4-year institutions offering early admission to applicants.  Depending on the school, these options range from Early Decision (binding) to Early Action (non-binding) and Restrictive Early Action (non-binding with restrictions on where else you can apply).  

The first wave of deadlines is coming up in November, so take a quick look to see if any of your schools offer something worth considering. Or click here to find out how College Kickstart can help you fully capitalize on it.

29 June 2015

Colleges with Terrific Retention and Graduation Rates

Posted in Your College List

student-studyingIn search of schools that do a great job of keeping your interest and getting you graduated?  

Look no further, here's a list of 50 public and private institutions that do just that. To make the list, each institution has to have freshman retention and six-year graduation rates of 90% or better. 

Many of the schools listed will come as no surprise, but others—in particular the public institutions—will!  We've also included admit rates and mid-50th percentile SAT and ACT ranges to help you narrow down your choices.

02 June 2015

Affordable Alternatives to California Public Universities

Posted in Your College List, Financial Aid

financial-aidIf you're a California resident with financial need, don't assume that it's always cheaper to attend a University of California or Cal State University campus.

Depending on your academic credentials and financial situation, there may be many excellent private school options to consider. Read on to see our list of 50+ affordable alternatives to UC/CSU campuses.  

13 May 2015

Waitlist Admission Rates and Notification Dates

Posted in Class of 2019, Waitlist

UPDATE #1

waitlistpie1415b127For those of you that have been waitlisted at one of your top choices, here's a list of waitlist statistics for several popular private and public schools, along with notification dates and links for more detail if available.  

Our sample of waitlist statistics from 127 private and public institutions paints the following picture:

  • On average, 18% of students accepting a place on a waitlist were admitted
  • Half of the schools admitted 10% or less of the students accepting a place on the wait list last year
  • 35% of the schools admitted 5% or less
  • 9% admitted no one

There are several factors driving the low rates, including the size of the waitlist (often very large), and how well a school anticipates its admissions yield. 

Click Continue Reading for the list.

31 March 2015

Class of 2019 Regular Decision Notification Dates

Posted in Class of 2019

Update #3

student-questionsLots of big-name schools post their decisions over the next 48 hours, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Rice, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

Continue reading for the updated list of regular decision notification dates for several popular private and public schools. Good luck, seniors!

11 February 2015

A Whirlwind Tour of the Ivy League

Posted in Whirlwind Tours

How to see all 8 schools in 5 days

tour ivy league schoolsSpring break is around the corner and you're gunning for an Ivy League education.  Which schools should you visit?  

We say (wink-wink) why choose, when you can see them all? 

We challenged ourselves to come up with an itinerary that would cover all eight schools in the span of a week, and we discovered it's possible to do in as little as five days.  No helicopter required.

Read on for the itinerary, commentary and tour times.  And feel free to slow down the pace and vary the schools while you're at it! 

20 December 2014

Class of 2019 Early Admission Results (12/22)

Posted in Early Admission

Second Update

Early admission results continue to roll in.  Here's a summary of what's been reported as of 5:00pm PST December 20:

InstitutionDateEarly Applicants (2019)AdmittedAdmit RateSource
Brown (ED) 12/11

3,016

617

20%

Link
Dartmouth (ED) 12/12

1,859

483

26%

Link
Duke (ED) 12/11

3,180

815

26%

Link
Georgetown (REA) 12/15

6,840

907

13%

Link
Harvard (REA) 12/12

5,919

977

17%

Link
Johns Hopkins (ED) 12/12

1,865

538

29%

Link
Middlebury (ED) 12/19

667

280

42%

Link
MIT (EA) 12/13

6,519

625

10%

Link
Northwestern (ED) 12/13

2,793

1,011

36%

Link
Notre Dame (REA) 12/18

4,700

1,400

30%

Link
Princeton (SCEA) 12/15

3,850

767

20%

Link
Stanford (REA) 12/12

7,297

743

10%

Link
University of Pennsylvania (ED) 12/15

5,489

1,316

24%

Link
Williams (ED) 12/12

593

244

41%

Link
Yale (SCEA) 12/16

4,693

753

16%

Link

11 September 2014

Private Schools that Practice Need-Blind Admission

Posted in Your College List, Affordability

Full consideration without regard to financial need

needblindNeed-blind schools do not take financial aid into consideration when making admissions decisions.  Knowing these schools can be invaluable for making sure you or your teen's application is getting maximum consideration with regard to financial aid.

Here we've compiled a list of private schools that practice need blind admission for full-time, first year, U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Please note that not all of these schools offer financial aid to meet 100% of demonstrated need. Note also that the list isn't exhaustive—it's meant to cover the more competitive 4 year institutions in the nation.

This list is integrated into the latest update to College Kickstart. 

 

Need-Blind Schools

SchoolSchool
Allegheny College Amherst College
Babson College Bard College
Barnard College Biola University
Boston College Bowdoin College
Brigham Young University - Provo Brown University
Bucknell University California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University
Centre College Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster Columbia University
Cornell University Dartmouth College
Davidson College Denison University
DePauw University Duke University
Elon University Emory University (Emory)
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Georgetown University
Gonzaga University Grinnell College
Hamilton College Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College Haverford College
Hendrix College Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University Kalamazoo College
Knox College Lehigh University
Middlebury College Mills College
Millsaps College MIT
New York University Northwestern University
Pepperdine University Pomona College
Princeton University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College Rice University
Santa Clara University Sewanee: The University of the South
Soka University of America Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University Spelman College
St. Marys College of California Stanford University
Swarthmore College Syracuse University
Tulane University University of Chicago
University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond University of Rochester
University of San Diego University of Southern California
University of the Pacific Vanderbilt University
Vassar College Wellesley College
Willamette University Williams College
Wofford College Yale University
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