UPenn Admissions Essays

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UPenn’s admissions essays are the same as last year’s prompts (photo credit: Bryan Y.W. Shin).

This post has since been corrected here: The UPenn admissions essays for next year are out and if you’re someone who reads college essay prompts every year (we don’t know why you would unless you’re super bored, or work as an admissions officer, private college counselor, or high school guidance counselor), you may notice that Penn’s supplemental college essays are identical to their essays from last year. Yes, these are things that we certainly notice! Like many highly selective colleges, Penn requires that students complete supplemental essays in addition to the material they must complete for the Common Application.

For the Short Answer, the Penn essay for this coming year reads: “A Penn education provides a liberal arts and sciences foundation across multiple disciplines with a practical emphasis in one of four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, Penn Engineering, the School of Nursing, and the Wharton School. Given the undergraduate school to which you are applying, please discuss how you will engage academically at Penn.” That essay prompt needs to be answered in 300 words or less.

The second essay prompt for Penn reads: “Ben Franklin once said, ‘All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.’ Which are you?” An interesting question, right? We happen to really like this one. This essay prompt needs to be answered in 300-500 words. It’s one that leaves a lot of room for creativity so run with it!


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  • Emma says:

    Actually, these aren’t the essays for seniors applying in the fall of 2014. I recently went to an info session at Penn, and the man there said there was only one essay. Also, if you go to their website, they have only one essay listed, which is different than both of these. I got an email from Penn that had the same essay that you will find on their website, as well. I think that the person who wrote this post might have looked at last year’s essays before the new essay was posted.

  • Emma says:

    Applying for the fall of 2013 and to be a freshman in the fall of 2014
    Sorry I didn’t make that clear.

  • Adora says:

    These are not the current updated essay prompts

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