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University of Pennsylvania Class of 2009

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.

Early Decision

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 (48.6%).