Admissions

College admissions in crisis

Admissions Dean Eric Furda on the Varsity Blues scandal, civil litigation, and rising disgruntlement over the way elite universities select their students.

Penn Today Staff

Academic ‘boot camp’

A group of 13 active-duty service members and veterans took part in the Warrior-Scholar Project, which introduces enlisted personnel toward an undergraduate program at a top-tier institution with a weeklong academic program.

Jill DiSanto



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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn is the latest university to drop the SAT requirement for admission amid coronavirus

Penn has announced that it will not require standardized test scores from next year’s applicants.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Wharton MBA offers deferred admission for non-Penn applicants who want to work first

MBA admissions officer Blair Mannix spoke about the Wharton School’s new deferred admission program, which allows students in their final year of undergraduate or graduate study to apply for a guaranteed spot in a future MBA class, allowing them to work for two to four years prior to enrollment.

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Forbes

Love and college admission

In an article comparing college acceptances to valentines, Dean Eric J. Furda of Admissions said “the concept of the ‘ideal partner’ may not have a place in the college search process, lest we set ourselves up for disappointment and denial.” However, he said, “in the end, I do believe the vast majority of students find their true love; it just may come from previously unexpected places and takes an open-minded person.”

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Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

UPenn provides support services for first-generation and low-income students

Admissions Dean Eric J. Furda and Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, vice provost for university life, discussed Penn’s support system for first-generation and low-income students.

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Inside Higher Ed

The dawn of a new meritocracy

Ezekiel Dixon-Román of the School of Social Policy & Practice wrote about the consequences of breaking away from standardized testing requirements in college admissions.

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The Atlantic

The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less

Dean of Admissions Eric J. Furda recommends college applicants and their parents rethink grades and test scores as the sole measures of their eligibility. Furda encourages his admissions counselors to balance those markers with the “relative growth and trajectory” of potential students.

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