University of Pennsylvania - Black Enterprise

University of Pennsylvania

2006 Rank: 9

2008 Rank: 19

Matriculation Rate of African Americans: 89%

Average High School GPA: 3.8

Total Enrollment: 10,138

African American Enrollment: 695

Number of Applications: 22,646

Acceptance Rate: 16%

*Average SAT Score: Reading 650-750; Math 680-770; Writing 660-750

Black Student Group(s): Black Student League, Caribbean American Student Association

Application Deadline(s): Regular Decision: Jan. 1; Early Decision: Nov. 1

Acceptance Letters Sent Out: Early Decision: Dec. 15; Regular Decision: April 1

Financial Aid/Deadline(s): Feb. 15

Costs: Tuition & Fees: $37,526; Room & Board: $6,640; Books & Supplies: $1,050

Greek Organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

*25th Percentile-75th Percentile


What are you looking for in a student?

Penn seeks students who are committed to academic excellence. We look for those students who have challenged themselves academically in high school and who have performed at the top of their class and have, through their school and community activities, demonstrated depth of interest.

What advice do you have for students who might fall short of minimum requirements, but still want to attend?

Penn is a highly selective university. The best advice for students is to prepare well in high school by taking challenging classes and doing well in them. Each year Penn admits a very select group of transfer students. Some students who are not admitted to Penn will spend a year or two at another college or university, make excellent grades, and then reapply successfully for admission to Penn.

What kind of opportunities do you have for international, students?
International students comprise approximately 14% of the incoming freshman class at Penn, making it one of the most internationally diverse among Ivy League universities. Penn normally enrolls 100-200 transfer students each year. The College of General Studies is a part of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn and works with students who want to begin or resume college after a number of years.

How does the university weigh GPA, SAT scores, extracurricular activities, college essay, and recommendations during the application process?

The GPA and curriculum, class rank, if available, the standardized testing (either the SAT
and two SAT Subject Tests or the ACT), activities, essays, and teacher recommendations all carry great weight. All are carefully considered by the admissions committee when making admissions decisions. The leading indicator for Penn is academic performance since ninth grade and the level of the curriculum.

What is the student-teacher ratio?

Penn has an enviable student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1. Perhaps equally important is