The Penn 2015 supplemental essays are out and we’ve got them for our readers. In addition to the Common Application Personal Statement, the University of Pennsylvania — like all Ivy League schools offers at least one supplemental essay (which is required at each Ivy except Harvard) — requires students to complete an answer to this question: “The Admissions Committee would like to learn why you are a good fit for your undergraduate school choice (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, The Wharton School, or Penn Engineering). Please tell us about specific academic, service, and/or research opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania that resonate with your background, interests, and goals.” The essay length is between 400 and 650 words.
And if a student is applying to a coordinated dual degree or specialized program, there are additional supplemental essays. For instance, for students seeking admission to The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, the essay prompts reads: “1. In light of your personal interests in language, business, and international affairs, please discuss a current global issue and explain how the Huntsman Program would allow you to explore it in greater depth (500-750 words); 2. Please indicate how many years and how extensively you have studied the language you selected for the Huntsman Program.”
What do you think of Penn’s supplement? In the game of the Why College essay — and that’s precisely what this essay prompt is, the game is about specifics, specifics, and more specifics. Do your research on Penn. Do your research on the programs and course of study that interests you. If you convey that you want to go to the University of Pennsylvania because you’re a big Ben Franklin fan, you’re likely not getting in.