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    University of Pennsylvania 2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the University of Pennsylvania is one of the most sought Ivy League institutions in the US and ranks 14th nationwide. It offers more than 99 undergraduate majors and 116 graduate & professional programs through its 12 schools.

    With an acceptance rate of 7.7% in the fall of 2019, the University of Pennsylvania admissions are highly selective. More than 44,961 applicants applied for admissions in the fall of 2019. 96% of the admitted students came from the top 10 % of their high school graduating class. The middle 50% and median scores of the admitted students are

    The University of Pennsylvania not only evaluates admission applications on the basis of academic excellence but also on the leadership potential and unique talents. Admission applications are invited through Early and Regular Decisions once a year.

    • Interviews may be required in some cases.
    • Admissions to graduate programs are done through the particular graduate school.
    • GMAT or GRE scores are required for graduate programs.
    • Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the SAT/ACT score requirement is optional for the undergraduate admission cycle of 2020 -21.

    University of Pennsylvania Top Programs

    UPenn currently offers 99 undergraduate majors and 116 graduate & professional programs through 12 schools to its students. Admission requirements for some of the popular ones are tabulated as follows:

    Programs Application Deadline Test Score Requirements Additional Requirements
    M.B.A Round 1: Sep 15;
    Round 2: Jan 5;
    Round 3: March 3
    GMAT: 722 OR
    GRE: 161 in verbal & quant, 4.7 in writing (average of class 2022);
    TOEFL (IBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.5
     

    2 essays;
    2 professional LORs;
    Resume;
    Team-based discussions;
    5 years of work experience (average of class 2022)

    B.Sc Nursing Early: Nov 1;
    Regular: Jan 5
    SAT: 1470 – 1550 OR
    ACT: 34 – 36 (average of class 2024);
    TOEFL (iBT): 100
    School report;
    Counselor recommendation;
    2 academic teacher evaluations;
    Interview
    B.Sc Computer Science Early: Nov 1;
    Regular: Jan 5
    SAT: 1470 – 1550 OR
    ACT: 34 – 36 (average of class 2024);
    ​TOEFL (iBT): 100
    School report;
    Counselor recommendation;
    2 academic teacher evaluations;
    Interview
    M.Sc Robotics February 1 GRE: 155 in verbal, 166 in quant (average)
    TOEFL (IBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.5
    Personal Statement;
    2 academic LORs
    M.Sc Architecture December 15 TOEFL (iBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.0
    Portfolio;
    3 LORs;
    Personal Statement;
    Writing sample;
    Resume
    B.Sc Bioengineering Early: Nov 1;
    Regular: Jan 5
    SAT: 1470 – 1550 OR
    ACT: 34 – 36 (average of class 2024);
    ​TOEFL (iBT): 100
    School report;
    Counselor recommendation;
    2 academic teacher evaluations;
    Interview
    MS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering February 1 GRE: 155 in verbal, 166 in quant (average)
    TOEFL (iBT): 100
    Personal Statement;
    2 academic LORs
    Executive M.B.A Round 1: Dec 2;
    Round 2: Feb 10
    GMAT: 700 (median of class 2022) OR 
    equivalent GRE OR
    8 years of work experience;
     
    4 essays;
    2 professional recommendations;
    Sponsorship letter;
    Interview and phone chat;
    Resume;
    12 years of work experience (average of class 2022)
    M.B.A Management Round 1: Sep 15;
    Round 2: Jan 5;
    Round 3: March 3
    GMAT: 722 OR
    GRE: 161 in verbal & quant, 4.7 in writing (average of class 2022);
    TOEFL (IBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.5
    2 essays;
    2 professional LORs;
    Resume;
    Team-based discussions;
    5 years of work experience (average of class 2022)
    M.B.A Finance Round 1: Sep 15;
    Round 2: Jan 5;
    Round 3: March 3
    GMAT: 722 OR
    GRE: 161 in verbal & quant, 4.7 in writing (average of class 2022);
    TOEFL (IBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.5
    2 essays;
    2 professional LORs;
    Resume;
    Team-based discussions;
    5 years of work experience (average of class 2022)
    B.Sc Systems Science and Engineering Early: Nov 1;
    Regular: Jan 5
    SAT: 1470 – 1550 OR
    ACT: 34 – 36 (average of class 2024);
    ​TOEFL (iBT): 100
    School report;
    Counselor recommendation;
    2 academic teacher evaluations;
    Interview
    M.Sc Computer and Information Science Early: Nov 15;
    Regular: May 1
    GRE: 155 in verbal, 166 in quant (average)
    TOEFL (IBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.5
    Personal Statement;
    2 academic LORs
    M.S Electrical Engineering February 1 GRE: 155 in verbal, 166 in quant (average)
    TOEFL (IBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.5
    Personal Statement;
    2 academic LORs
    M.Sc Chemical Sciences February 1 GRE: 155 in verbal, 166 in quant (average)
    TOEFL (IBT): 100;
    IELTS: 7.5
    Personal Statement;
    2 academic LORs
    B.Sc Chemistry Early: Nov 1;
    Regular: Jan 5
    SAT: 1470 – 1550 OR
    ACT: 34 – 36 (average of class 2024);
    ​TOEFL (iBT): 100
    School report;
    Counselor recommendation;
    2 academic teacher evaluations;
    Interview

    University of Pennsylvania Highlights

    Application Portal Undergraduate: Common Application or Coalition Application
    Graduate: Graduate School Application Portal
    Application Fee Undergraduate: 75 USD
    Graduate: 70 USD - 275 USD
    Mode of Payment Debit or Credit Card, Cheque
    Acceptance rate 7.7%
    Academic calendar Semester-based
    Application Deadline Undergraduate: November 1 & January 5
    Graduate: Varies with programs
    Intake Season Spring, Fall and Winter
    Middle 50% SAT Score 1460-1550
    Middle 50% ACT Score 33-35
    Financial Aid Grants and Scholarships
    Work Experience/ Interview Required for some programs

    University of Pennsylvania Admission Deadlines

    Admission deadlines for University of Pennsylvania admissions are tabulated below:

    Decision/term/school Application Deadlines
    Undergraduate
    Early Decision November 1
    Regular Decision January 5
    Transfer Students March 15
    Graduate*
    School of Engineering and Applied Science Early Decision- November 15
    Regular Decision - March 15
    Some programs have only one fixed deadline of February 1.
    MBA Round 1 – September 15
    Round 2 – January 15
    Round 3 – March 31
    School of Medicine October 15
    Annenberg School for Communication Application Starts from August 1

    *The application deadlines for graduate admissions vary with the graduate school and the program one is applying to.

    University of Pennsylvania International Student Admissions

    USA’s Higher Education attracts a lot of international students to the University of Pennsylvania. The class of 2023 has more than 16%, international students. The application process is similar for both international and domestic students.

    Application Portal:

    Application Fee:

    • Undergraduate: 75 USD
    • Graduate: 70 USD - 275 USD

    Admission Requirements: International students applying for the University of Pennsylvania admissions have to fulfill the following requirements:

    • Completed Application.
    • Official Transcripts
      • High School Equivalent (Mid Year Report, Final Year Report)
      • 4 year Bachelor’s Degree/ Master’s Degree (Graduate)
      • Must be sent directly to the university.
      • Should be accompanied by a certified translation if not in English.
    • ACT/ SAT score
      • ACT code: 3732
      • SAT code: 2926
    • English Proficiency Scores
    • Penn Essay
    • Letters of Recommendation
      • Undergraduate: Counselor Recommendation + 2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
      • Graduate: Varies with programs
    • GRE/GMAT scores (For graduate programs)
    • Proof of financial support.
    • Copy of passport information page showing photo, name, and date of birth.
    • I-20 request form.
    • There may be some program-specific requirements such as Resume, Portfolio, Interview, etc.

    English Language Proficiency Test Scores

    International applicants with a native language other than English need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. The minimum required English Language Test scores by the university are:

    TEST SCORE (Minimum)
    TOEFL iBT- 100
    CBT- 250
    PBT- 600
    IELTS 7.0
    DET (Duolingo English Test) 120

    Visa Process for International Students

    International applicants need to apply for an F1 (or a J1) student visa to study in the USA. The university will issue an I-20 (DS 2019) form required for the visa application process to the accepted students after enrollment deposits the student.

    The next step is to pay the SEVIS fee and apply for a visa application in the US Embassy. The required documents are:

    • Acceptance Letter
    • I- 20 (DS2019) Form
    • Receipt of SEVIS Fee
    • Proof of Financial Support
    • Health Immunization Certificate
    • English Proficiency Scores, if applicable

    Finally, schedule and attend your visa interview.

    University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Admissions

    University of Pennsylvania offers undergraduate programs in Accounting, Biology, Engineering and Mathematics, Management, etc. The university offers its UG courses through its four 4 schools - School of Arts and Science, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Nursing, and the Wharton School.

    Application Portal:

    Undergraduate: Common Application or Coalition Application

    Application Fee: 75 USD

    Admission Requirements: Applicants applying for the University of Pennsylvania admissions have to fulfill the following requirements:

    • Completed Application
    • Official High School Transcripts - Mid Year and Final Report
    • Secondary School Report
    • SAT/ACT Scores
    • To be sent directly to the university
    • Essay
    • Counselor Recommendation
    • Two Academic Teacher Evaluations
    • Interview or Portfolio, if required

    The class profile of fall 2019 admitted students:

    • SAT EBRW: 700 - 760; Median: 740
    • SAT Math: 750- 800; Median: 780
    • ACT Composite: 33-35
    • SAT Composite: 1460-1550

    University of Pennsylvania Graduate Admissions

    It offers graduate programs through its 12 graduate schools. The application deadlines, application portal, application fee, and admission requirements vary with the schools and programs. The admission requirements for some of the popular graduate schools of the University of Pennsylvania are tabulated below:

    Schools Wharton School - MBA Program Annenberg School for Communication School of Nursing School of Dental Medicine School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Application Fee 275 USD 70 USD 80 USD 90 USD 80 USD
    Application Portal Wharton Application ASC Application Nursing Application PASS Application SEAS Application
    Official Transcripts Required Required Required; BSN Program with a minimum GPA of 3.2 Required Required
    Essay/Personal Statement Required Required Required - Required
    Letter of Recommendation Required (2 Letters) Required (3 Letters) Required (3 Letters) - Required (2 Letters)
    Resume/CV Required Required Required - Required
    GRE/GMAT Required GRE Required GRE - 50th percentile with 4.0 on the analytical writing - Required
    Other Requirements Biographical information Writing Sample (Optional); Interview Copy of active RN License; Interview Official Dental School Transcripts; Institution Evaluation Form; Professional Evaluation Form; Official NBDE scores -

    University of Pennsylvania admissions are extremely selective. Applicants even with above-average scores have very little chance of getting admitted. Essay and Letters of Recommendation should be emphasized while making the application as a good essay can set you apart in this tough competition.

    The admission decision will be announced by Mid December for Early Decision applicants and by April 1 for Regular Decision applicants.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques. What is the chance that I will be admitted if I fulfill all the entry requirements?

    Ans. Fulfilling entry requirements does not guarantee admission. University of Pennsylvania admissions are highly competitive and selective with an acceptance rate of 7.7 %.

    Ques. Does the University of Pennsylvania offer diplomas?

    Ans. No, the University of Pennsylvania offers Bachelor's, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees.

    Ques. What are the minimum SAT/ACT score requirements?

    Ans. There are no minimum score requirements but since the admissions are highly competitive, above-average scores are recommended.

    Ques. Is the graduation rate also low at the University of Pennsylvania?

    Ans. No, the graduation rate is fairly high at 96% in 2019.

    Ques. By when will I know if I am admitted to University of Pennsylvania?

    Ans. The admission decision will be announced by Mid December for Early Decision applicants and by April 1 for Regular Decision applicants.

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