NewsFebruary 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Do Admission Essays Matter?

urlRemember 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 »

NewsJanuary 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

Dean Furda, All Over the Map

New York Times blog The Choice, created to “demystify the process of applying to American colleges and universities,” will now also have some of its content featured on India Ink. And perhaps the only thing better than The Choice‘s South Asian expansion is the fact that Dean Furda, who you know from this, this and/or this, is part of the inaugural post.

Furda, along with regional director of Admissions, Patrick Bredehoft, chats in a mini Q & A intended to answer any inquiries that prospective Indian students will likely have about the admissions process. The run down: Penn is impressed by many Indian applicants and is down to continue increasing diversity. Also worth noting is the shout out to Penn Masala.

NewsDecember 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Furda Stars In New Admissions Videos

Penn’s Dean of Admissions Eric Furda released a new video series as this year’s apparent follow-up to PennLikely. Furda’s new YouTube channel, Page217 (haha– we get it), features three video clips: Dean Furda Intro to Penn, Finding Your Way to UPenn, and Making a College Visit where we see Eric Furda apparently giving our some personal student tours.  Who knew there was so much interaction?

In all, the videos are definitely a better representation of Penn than the our admissions page.  Furda’s hideous suit is the only thing we wish had been left on the cutting room floor.

NewsMarch 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Extra Special Applicants Get Furda Face Time

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, wow)!

NewsDecember 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Penn15 Jokes, Commence

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.

Chasing AmyOctober 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Chasing Amy Special Assignment: One Night In Paris

Up until now, things with Amy have been relatively light. We scooped her weekend of movie-going and football-watching and were pretty proud. But when we looked ourselves in the mirror at night, we knew there had to be more. We knew we had to take Chasing Amy to another level.

So we went to Paris.

It is our honor to provide you the Official Recap of Amy’s visit to the Penn on the Continent reception at the Hôtel de Talleyrand-Périgord. Wine! Cheese! Administrators!

If you want the pictures and full story, go on after the jump. If you really want to feel like you’re living the action (or want some exclusive notes) check our live Twitter coverage from last night @underthebutton. Read the rest of this entry »

NewsSeptember 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Every Time Dean Furda Is In The News, An Angel Gets Its Wings

Breaking! The New York Times‘s college admissions blog, The Choice, reports today that test scores don’t matter that much. Or something. The real point is, they consulted our favorite admissions director, Dean Furda, and in our never-ending quest to creep his media career, we’d like to let you know that that happened.

What’s actually interesting, though, is that they shared his sage advice alongside that of Ted Spencer, the Eric Furda of Michigan. Was the “Penn/Place Where Everyone Goes When Rejected From Penn” dynamic on purpose?

Dean Furda Uses Big Words-- In yet another Furda-in-the-media moment, the big man made a cameo in an article about whether or not college interviews are useful. He was all, "we need to be judicious in how much emphasis we can put on the evaluation aspect" and bounced. Way to rep it, bro.
UncategorizedApril 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

What Up, 2014

The new babiest of baby Quakers officially find out today if they’re one of the 14.2% Dean Furda let into the class of 2014. Apparently this year was the selectivest ever! Congratulations, kiddos.

And 2013… congrats on your new middle child syndrome. Ain’t nobody care bout ‘chu!

CampusDecember 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Furda To Do It Live

Our best friend Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions, will be part of a panel discussion on college admissions tonight at 7 at Wesleyan University. “But UTB,” you say, “how am I supposed to get up there in less than an hour. You are the worst!” Shut up, that is not true. You see, it’s being broadcast live right here over the internet, so you CAN watch it.

Penn Current says:

Furda will join seven other university admissions officials for “Inside the Admissions Office,” an event sponsored by the Wall Street Journal on Campus and Unigo.

“Inside the Admissions Office” is billed as a discussion Q&A to “demystify the college admissions process,” and the sponsors report that many questions are already in the queue from high school students seeking help in their quest to find the right campus fit.

Party in the USA! The A is for Admissions!