The Class of 2009 was chosen from an applicant pool of
approximately 18,800 applicants. 3,912 applicants were
admitted, 13,067 were rejected, and 1,297 were placed on the
waiting list. The 20.8 percent acceptance rate represents a
0.4 percent decrease from the previous year. U Penn is
expecting 2,420 applicants to matriculate.
U Penn's acceptance rate for early decision applicants was
a record low of 16.7 percent, down 0.8 percentage points
compared to the previous year. Last year, 2,611 out of 14,942
regular-decision applicants were accepted, while this year
2,579 out of 15,403 were accepted.
The College admitted 2,455 applicants this year, in line
with the previous year. The School of Engineering and Applied
Science admitted 850 applicants, also in line with the
previous year. The Wharton School admitted 484 applicants; its
acceptance rate of 13.6 percent declined compared to 15.2
percent the previous year. The School of Nursing admitted 123
applicants; its acceptance rate of 41.8 percent represents an
increase compared to 39.7 percent the previous year.
The average SAT verbal score of admitted students was 707
and the average math score was 727, three points higher than
last year's combined score. The average SAT II score was 720,
one point higher than last year.
The admits hail from all 50 states, 81 countries and six
continents. 463 admits were international students,
representing 12 percent of all admits. 367 admits were African
American, representing an increase of 6 percent compared to
the previous year. 278 were Latinos, representing an increase
of 10 percent. 17 were Native Americans, representing an
increase of 7 percent. 449 admits were legacies, 10 more than
the previous year.
The University of Pennsylvania had 3,420 total applications
in its early pool, a new record high. Penn admitted 1,169 of
these (34.2%). The average combined SAT score for these early
admits was 1413 (694V + 719M).
There were 523 legacy applicants in the early pool, down
5.8% from last year's 555. 254 of these students were admitted