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September 12, 2008

Despite Recent Turnover, Penn's Undergrad Admissions Policies Remain Unfazed

Following up on a previous article, Senior Consultant Jim Fowler discussed in the Daily Pennsylvanian that the University of Pennsylvania's undergrad admissions policies is maintaining status quo despite the recent number of turnovers in the department. The university has recently acquired a new dean but is making no plans to change policies.

Senior Consultant Jim Fowler sees no reason for change. "If a school is not meeting its enrollment goals or hopes to attract a new applicant pool, then often a new dean is hired to create new practices."

The university already has a long-standing reputation for attracting impressive students so, "there isn't much need for a dean to come in and make sweeping changes," Fowler adds.

The continuous implementation of Penn's admissions policies can be credited to the many improvements made by former dean, Lee Stetson. Stetson is known for increasing the university's selectivity as well as overall improving the school's image.

Despite the elimination of the early-application programs at Harvard and Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania will keep its program intact. Early Decision applications are due on November 1 and applicants will be notified of acceptance in mid-December.

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