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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Penn applicants get by with a little help from…their predecessors? Cue the unanimous “is this kid for real?” No offense, sycophantic young grasshopper. Penn students can edit and we are definitely chill, but we have enough work as is, dude. Sick job with the SAT vocab, though! And for those offering to help, beware of this.
Looks like Penn is still on the mind of one Bethenny Frankel, who visited campus last year. (And brought now ex-hubby Jason Hoppy.) The Real Housewife/talk show host tweeted her morning Starbucks run getup to her 1.25 million followers, asking Nick Cannon if wife Mariah Carey would wear such a casual outfit – but homegirl was not-so-casually rocking a Penn hoodie!
She did crack a joke that daughter Bryn would be applying to Wharton, so it’s probably all just a strategy to get the attention of admissions, right? Regardless, the slightly altered (cut that neckline open!) Quaker apparel made a nice look for the Skinnygirl entrepreneur‘s Starbs trip. (Nonfat soy, no foam, no froth, no whip.)
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 »
Congrats to all the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed high school seniors who just received admission to the glorious University of Pennsylvania! You are the 12.3%. (But really, you’re the 1%!—if you still find that reference funny.) This acceptance not only validates all your hard work, but it justifies the countless hours you’ve wasted reading a blog from a college you don’t even attend…yet.
In preparation for your upcoming four-year journey, should you choose Penn, keep in mind the following: come September, Amy Gutmann will be your Queen, Ben Franklin your guardian angel, sector requirements your worst enemies, and Mr. and Mrs. Bui your ultimate saviors.
Penn just joined the Plastics of uber-popular universities. According to U.S. News, which has decided to measure college popularity by yield rate from acceptance to enrollment, Penn is the 10th most popular national university, with a 62.7% yield rate with the class entering in Fall 2010.
Harvard was #1 with 75.5% (Surprise!), but who knew the University of Alaska at Fairbanks was cooler than us? So not fetch. In other news, that social climber Princeton was only ranked at lucky number 13.
The top 10 most popular universities this year, after the jump:
Okay, you can all start making Penn15 jokes now – Regular decision applicants for the Class of 2015 find out their admission status today at 5 p.m. Here's to Penn's best and brightest class in the history of the school (until next year)!
The best and brightest of 2015′s best and brightest have it great. As if a “likely letter” saying they’re getting into Penn isn’t enough (which, wtf, those exist), they now get their very own video from admissions heartthrob Dean Furda
kissing their asses telling them the good news.
We’re the first school to ever try such shenanigans, so no word yet if it actually helps snag overachievers. But Pennporn + Furda’s starring role + Admissions Dean’s Advisory Board kids gushing about the Penn experience probably can’t hurt anything.
Watch the lovefest here (yes, the URL is pennlikely.com, wow)!
Aaaand the class of 2015 now knows if they’ve been accepted Early Decision. Mazel tov, kids born in 1993! Seniors, you are officially old as shit.
New admits, you should be receiving flyers under your doors soon to commence the start of dirty rush. And as always, big ups to Dean Furda for letting ‘em in.