Penn sees 14 percent jump in fall 2014 applications

Posted: January 10, 2014

THE UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania received 35,788 applications for fall 2014, a 14 percent jump from the previous year, the university said yesterday.

Much of the spike was due to a rise in applications from California, which jumped 19 percent; New York, which increased 15 percent; and Florida, which rose 13 percent, according to Penn.

The university also received applications from 165 countries, with international students accounting for 17 percent of applicants.

Of the applicants, more than 6,000 - one in six - are the first in their family to apply to college, an 8 percent increase from a year ago, Penn said. The university also reported a significant jump in students who identify as minorities, with more than 15,000 applicants - a 25 percent increase.

"Knowing that more highly talented and diverse students than ever seek admission to the University of Pennsylvania reinforces the value of our core mission of maximizing access to a Penn education," university president Amy Gutmann said.

Penn and several other Ivy League institutions chose to delay the deadline for regular applications due to technical issues with the common application. Penn allowed students to submit applications until Jan. 6, five days later than its normal deadline.

Penn and its Ivy League cohorts will release admission decisions March 27.


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