Who needs to be first place in academics or athletics when you can be first place in popularity? A recent article in the New York Times reported that the number of applications to Penn this year rose by 14.4%, the highest of all Ivies. Apps to Dartmouth decreased the most, by 14.2%. While Dean Furda attributes this newfound popularity to greater outreach efforts, we can’t help but think it’s because of the Qdoba on campus. At least this increase in apps explains the unwelcome hordes of naive tour groups invading campus every day.
Remember Penn Preview Days? Those were annoying, faux-chipper, crowded and pre-froshy. The new and improved Quaker Days are all that…and more! While there are still far too many 2018ers on campus for anyone to enjoy, admissions has really upped the ante this year, with fancy azz events, including this soiree – which featured one Dean Furda hitting the dance floor. Sources say Eric breakdanced before posing with swooning fans. Check that smolder. A warm welcome to Penn indeed!
Dean Furda, we feel your pain. Who wouldn’t think it would be incredibly easy to find housing for over 1,000 pimply pre-frosh the week before fling?
Even though it might seem like no one was listening as you pleaded for more males to host males, we were, and we have some advice. So if your hosting drive doesn’t pan out, here are some alternative suggestions for Quaker Days sleeping locations that will truly give these kids a taste of what Penn is all about.
1) Under the button: Now, we might be biased, but what better way to welcome in the new baby Quakes than with an inauguration into one of Penn’s most famed campus traditions? Give them that experience the brochures just don’t completely capture.
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Decisions for Penn’s Class of 2018 go live today at 5:00 p.m. With the lowest acceptance rate in history, nothing is certain. Besides the 13% of the class filled by legacies. Regardless, emotions will be high as day fades to night and the decision page fades to a 404 error. To keep things in perspective, we’ve compiled a list of 18 things that are more likely to happen at Penn than an undergraduate admission.
1. Eight or more friends have summer jobs in investment banking: 83.1%
2. Snow falls on fling weekend: 13.7%
3. You wear a tank anyway: 98.9%
4. Dean Furda tags himself in his own tweets: 92.2%
5. Starbucks under Commons makes your drink “the Starbucks way”: 9.96%
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We’re back with the winners of our fiction contest. Read about an unconventional couple’s journey around Ikea and show some love to our poetry winner and a runner up. We even have an online exclusive: our most experimental submission.
Get ready for the final months of the semester with some perspective on your freshmen hall. Get your weekly dose of judgement as Highbrow raises a brow. Get off campus with yoga at the PMA (we bet Rocky can’t downward dog). Catch a concert at one of Philly’s coolest venues.
We know How I Met Your Mother’s ending is an emotional time for everyone, so seek solace in new foods. Durian’s a challenge for the tastebuds, but you may love it. If laughter is the best medicine, you’ll be chuckling at Lowbrow’s AMA with Dean Furda. He’s really excited about the class of 2018.
Weigh in on the Best of Penn in our annual survey. Opinions encouraged.
As always, we’ll be looking for writers, friends and photographers tonight at our writers’ meeting. Join the party 6:30 p.m at 4015 Walnut.
Penn has released its Fall 2013 “Day in the Life of Penn,” a collection of 108 photos meant to capture “all aspects of campus life from sunrise to well after sunset on one bright fall day.” Aw.
While we credit the creators for documenting totally everyday things like model shots of Dean Furda, horses and cows at the Vet school, and a really cool foam pit at the gymnastics center, we noticed that they left out a few of the raw details of what it means to be a Penn student. Catch a list of the top 10 nitty gritty omissions after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
With just two days to go before Class of 2018 hopefuls submit their ED apps, things in the Twittersphere have gotten outta control. As per the latest trend piece in the NYT, UTB has stalked some aspiring prefrosh and their extreme techniques of getting in the admissions officers’ heads.
There are 1200ish Freshmen class spots are at stake, so we get it. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? How appropriate of these tech-savvy millennials (or are they too young to be millennials?) to take to social media! The suck up:
Some extra Penn Porn from @xgabbyrodriguez, #nofilter #sobeautiful #fall #leaves. But actually: use a filter next time.
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It’s the best week of the year for former student council presidents and historians alike: UA election week! Whether the UA and/or Class Board actually accomplishes anything is suspect, but we at least know they and those vying for their spots are crafty with their scissors, glitter, and iMovies. We interrupt our normal programming for our semi-annual look at the best of the worst campaign efforts, with one glaring absence: Anthony Janocko, where you at??!
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Swoon. Everyone’s favorite Dean of Admissions got up close and personal with the one and only Al Roker this morning on Today, discussing the college search. He positively rocked a RED AND BLUE tie and told Al he loves when prospies are “relaxed.” As if anyone could be relaxed around Eric Furda. He also recommended touring high schoolers find out where students “hang out,” effortlessly identifying Locust Walk as Penn’s social hub. So in tune with student life! Check out the clip above, complete with footage of Houston and College Green. We might have preferred he chat with Kathie Lee & Hoda on Today‘s fourth hour, at least Al said he wants his 10-year-old in the “UPenn” Class of 2025 (!).
Remember how long you spent on your college essays? How you slaved for weeks because your guidance counselor told you that your dissertation on why puppies will one day save the planet was what would definitely set you apart from the rest?
Well, there’s a chance that it was all for nothing. The board of directors of everyone’s favorite source of anxiety, The Common App, announced that there would no longer be an open-ended essay option, rather a choice between five more specific prompts.
In response, Dean Furda said it probably wouldn’t matter anyway, admitting that maybe one in seven essays are actually considered in the admissions decision. So basically, 86% of the people reading this worked their butts off on an insightful, introspective composition that was inconsequential to their admission. Read the rest of this entry »