Early Decision Applications Drop at Penn
The popularity of Early Decision continues to grow, so what happened at Penn?
According to Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions at Penn, the swell of ED applicants after 2017—the year the SAT was redesigned—was a consequence of what he calls the SAT bump. Many students who took the SAT in 2017 and later, saw their scores go improve along certain areas of distribution, and that resulted in students believing they were in a more competitive position than those who took the SAT prior to 2017.
But the “SAT bump” Furda cites hardly accounts for the drop in ED applicants. After all, Penn’s ED applications were on the rise well before the SAT redesign. In fact, ED applications submitted to Penn have climbed from the 2,000s to the 3,000s onto the 4,000s, 5,000s, 6,000s and 7,000s during the last ten years.
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But that doesn’t explain the drop either. If you want to attend Penn, are you really going to balk at having to write two essays that total 650 words rather than one essay that totals 650?
Linda G, mother of Houston, TX high school senior
So how to explain this precipitous drop? It’s certainly not the school’s US News & World Report ranking which shows that Penn rose last year from 8th to 6th in the country.
We may gain more insight in the coming weeks after other comparable universities report their data concerning both their ED and RD applicant pools.
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