The numbers are in for the Early Decision pool at UPenn for the Class of 2021! The University of Pennsylvania has a history of filling a sizable chunk of its incoming classes through its Early Decision program. This year, for the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2021, has proven to be no exception. Of the record-breaking 6,147 students who applied Early Decision to the University of Pennsylvania this Early Decision admissions cycle, 1,354 earned admission — marking an admission rate for the Early Decision round of 22%. This bests last year’s Early Decision admission rate, which stood at 23.2%.
As Julia Bell reports in “The Daily Pennsylvanian,” “So far, Penn’s incoming class includes students from 46 states and 44 foreign countries. Penn also partnered with over 40 community-based organizations that represent underserved students, like the national nonprofit program QuestBridge and Philadelphia’s Steppingstone Scholars program. Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the Early Decision round. Last year, 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.”
And, marking a first in the university’s storied history, half of all students admitted to Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were female this year. Of course, the trendsetter in this department remains Dartmouth College but how cool it is that other highly selective colleges are following in Dartmouth’s wake!