As reported in the Daily Pennsylvanian, U Penn received 17 percent more early decision applications this year, according to Dean of Admissions Eric Furda.
This brings the total to approximately 4,500 — up from 3,851 last fall.
Furda attributed this increase to Penn’s no-loan aid policy and the university’s commitment to research and civic leadership.
The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that Penn typically fills half of the incoming freshman class with early decision applicants by accepting around 1,200 students, all of whom are committed to attending Penn because the early decision program is binding. According to the publication, if Penn were to accept 1,200 of the applicants from the current pool, the early decision acceptance rate would be 26.6 percent — an all-time low.
According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, for the Class of 2014, Penn accepted 31.2% of of applicants were accepted under early decision. An additional 1,186 were deferred, and 119 of that group were admitted under regular decision.
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