Regular decision applicants await admissions results

Seth Zweifler

March 27, 2011

Regular decision applicants are waiting anxiously to learn whether they will have a spot in Penn’s Class of 2015. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 26,000 students — the largest regular decision applicant pool in the University’s history — will find out their admissions fate.

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Penn Previews to get a facelift

Seth Zweifler

February 22, 2011

This year, admitted students attending Penn Preview Days can expect to see “a more exciting, vibrant and informative program than ever before,” Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said.

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Penn students adjust to college life after prison

Elena Gooray

November 9, 2010

Just like his classmates in the College of Arts and Sciences, he has to labor over Renaissance literature he doesn't enjoy and waits eagerly to study an author he actually likes. But unlike most of his classmates, he's past the age of 30 — and before enrolling at Penn, he spent time in prison.

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Page 217 essay no longer on Penn admissions application

Ellie Levitt

September 22, 2010

For the first time in decades, Penn removed its famous essay prompt — "write page 217 of your 300 page autobiography" — from its supplemental application. (Bev) Taylor said she thinks Penn removed the prompt to increase the number of applications they receive. "The more applications they get, the fewer students they ultimately accept out of the applicant pool."

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Virtual tour nearly as good as a visit to campus

Jesse Rogers

February 26, 2007

"College admissions counselors say that the model, if completed, would indeed help students who live far from Penn to get a feel for campus. Bev Taylor, director of the New York-based Ivy Coach, said the program has the potential to be helpful, but "to a degree." "It's certainly helpful with international students, and with students that live far away," she said."

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Applicants unfazed by Robb’s charges

Seth Zweifler

January 17, 2007

The avalanche of national media coverage surrounding the murder case of Economics professor Rafael Robb likely won't detract from Penn's admissions numbers - and, in fact, it could even help, one expert says.

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High Schools Learn When To Hide Info

Zoe Tillman

April 5, 2006

"Bev Taylor -- who runs Ivy Coach, a New York-based independent college-counseling firm -- said many colleges determine the overall academic quality of a student by calculating an "academic index," a mathematical formula using SAT I and SAT II scores and class rank."

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Applications Up Across Ivies

Meagan Steiner

February 6, 2006

"Independent college counselor Bev Taylor said that in recent years her students have begun applying to more institutions, specifically to more Ivy League schools. She said most of her students apply to six or seven schools, but some apply to as many as 16."

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Early Applications Surge

Nicholas Joy

November 18, 2005

"Bev Taylor, an independent college counselor and creator of theivycoach.com, also emphasized this aspect of Penn's admissions. "If you're going to apply to Penn, apply early," Taylor said. Many prospective students "love [Penn], but they know that they don't have a shot regular-decision."

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