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Essay Breakdown: University of Pennsylvania

  • How to Write the University of Pennsylvania Application Essays 2017-2018

    Located in the heart of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is known for offering its students an exemplary academic experience alongside a vibrant social atmosphere. Participation in on-campus organizations or student-run businesses is second nature to most students, and there is no shortage of activities in West Philly. Additionally, both Temple and Drexel University are nearby, making the area a research and entrepreneurial hub.

  • How to Write the University of Pennsylvania Essays 2016-2017

    Located in the heart of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is known for offering its students an exemplary academic experience alongside a vibrant social atmosphere. Participation in on-campus organizations or student-run businesses is second nature to most students, and there is no shortage of activities in West Philly. Additionally, both Temple and Drexel University are situated almost on Penn’s doorstep, giving the area its “University City” moniker and rendering the local community a veritable hub for higher education.

    As evidenced by their consistent rank among the top ten of schools nationwide, admissions at Penn is extremely selective — only 9.4% of applicants in the Class of 2020 were accepted. The middle 50 percent of admitted students had ACT scores of 32-35 and SAT Math and Reading scores of 710 – 800 and 690 – 780, respectively. Penn also recommends applicants submit two SAT Subject Test scores, and additional information regarding this policy can be found on their website.

    A member of the Ivy League, Penn is home to 4 undergraduate schools: the Wharton School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Nursing. Each program has its own respective essays and is therefore looking for slightly different qualities (that will be discussed later) in each applicant. In addition, Penn offers several joint-major programs that require specialized essays.

    The CollegeVine Essay Team has prepared a guide on how to write the UPenn essays for this application cycle. Read on!

  • How to Write the UPenn Writing Supplement Essays 2015-2016

    Located in the heart of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania has a vibrant social life and prides itself on its interdisciplinary education. Penn also has many specific programs that have separate essay questions beyond that of the College of Arts and Science. This post will walk you through navigating the basic Penn essay as well […]

  • How to Tackle the University of Pennsylvania Supplement Essays for 2014-15 Part 2

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. We hope you found Part 1 of How to Tackle the University of Pennsylvania Essays helpful in determining how to respond to the prompts for the 7 Year Bio-Dental Program, Huntsman Program, and Vagelos Program.  In […]

  • How to Tackle the University of Pennsylvania Supplement Essays for 2014-15 Part 1

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. The University of Pennsylvania is one of the most distinctive Ivy League schools. Penn has a vibrant social life and prides itself on its interdisciplinary education. Penn also has many specific programs that have separate essay […]