The Ivy Coach Daily

March 28, 2018

Penn Class of 2022 Admissions Statistics

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The University of Pennsylvania had a record year in admissions for the Class of 2022 (photo credit: Bryan Y.W. Shin).

The University of Pennsylvania has released its Regular Decision admission notifications for the Class of 2022. In all, 44,482 students chose to apply to Ben Franklin’s university. Of these applicants, 3,731 earned admission. This marks an overall acceptance rate for the Ivy League school of 8.39%. And, yes, it’s a record. For the Penn Class of 2021, the overall admit rate stood at 9.2%. The year before for the Class of 2020 ? 9.4%. In fact, going back even further, the rates were: 9.9% (Class of 2019), 9.9% again (Class of 2018), 12.1% (Class of 2017), 12.3% (Class of 2016), 12.3% again (Class of 2015), 14.2% (Class of 2014), 17.1% (Class of 2013). Notice a trend with Penn’s overall admit rate? Yes, it goes down, down, and further down.

Breakdown of Penn’s Class of 2022 Admits

And this wasn’t just any ordinary admit rate drop this year. It was a dramatic one. As reports Yoni Gutenmacher for “The Daily Pennsylvanian” in a piece entitled “Penn admits a record-low 8.39 percent of applicants to the Class of 2022,” “The drop from last year’s acceptance rate — which broke a previous record-low of 9.15 percent for the Class of 2021 — is the most drastic decrease in recent years…One in every seven admitted students to the Class of 2022 is the first in their families to attend college, according to a statement released to The Daily Pennsylvanian. Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said this is a dramatic increase from the one in every eight first-generation students admitted last year. The number of international applicants increased by 6 percent as well. The admitted class includes 178 students who applied through Questbridge, a national scholarship program that seeks to aid high-achieving, low-income students gain enrollment at top universities. Members of the class hail from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas are the states with the most representation. There are 104 countries represented in the admitted class as well.”

So much for international application numbers dipping under the Trump administration at our nation’s most highly selective universities (it is true at our nation’s less selective schools but not at the elite schools where international students continue to apply in droves, like at President Trump’s alma mater). Among admitted students to the Penn Class of 2022, 53% identify as students of color. One student out of every seven will be the first in their families to attend college. And students hail from 2,176 high schools. The targeted class size for the Penn Class of 2022 is 2,445.

Congratulations to all students who earned admission to the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2022!

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