The Penn Early Decision admit rate has improved this year by less than one percent. With an admit rate of 24.9%, it’s down from 25.4% last year. Approximately 1,000 applicants during the Early Decision round were deferred to the Regular Decision round. According to “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” “Each of the 4,812 early decision applicants — the highest total in the University’s history — committed to attending Penn if admitted. The 1,196 students who are accepted Wednesday will make up just under half of the target class of 2,420, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said.
As our Founder, Bev Taylor, states in the article, Penn is a school that heavily favors Early Decision applicants. Just think about it. They’ve already filled 49% of the class after the Early Decision round is over. So all of the thousands of Regular Decision applicants are competing to fill only 51% of the class. In all, 4,812 candidates applied Early Decision to Penn. Of those applicants, 1,196 earned admission. 1,000 were deferred. And 2,616 were denied admission. That makes for a 54% rejection rate and a 21% deferral rate.
What do you think of Penn’s Early Decision admit rate this year? Do you think it’ll drop further next year? Is it a surprise to you to learn that Penn values its Early candidates more than just about any other highly selective college in the nation? Let us know your thoughts by posting below! And check out this post on Penn Early Decision Figures.