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      An Essay Discussion

      In anticipation of the upcoming admissions cycle, admissions officers share their thoughts on the Common Application essay. In conversation with each other, Penn Admissions staffers offer inspiration, reassurance, and direction for students starting their college essays. Meet the staff here; names are abbreviated below. What are you looking for when

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      Beginning with the 2015-2016 admissions cycle, the University of Pennsylvania will require all freshman applicants to submit the results of either the SAT or the ACT college entrance exams.  In addition, Penn will recommend that each student submit the results of two SAT Subject Tests.  Students whose native language is

    • Program Specific Essays

      The 2015-2016 essay prompts for Penn’s coordinated dual-degree (CDD), accelerated, and specialized programs are below. CDD and specialized programs inspire cross disciplinary learning and new ways of thinking. Learn more about each program here. Bio-Dent: Seven-Year Bio-Dental Program Please list pre-dental or pre-medical experience. This experience can include but is not


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    refers to the always legendary and occasionally dreaded essay which was once a mainstay of the University of Pennsylvania application. The question read as follows: “You have just finished your three hundred page autobiography. Please submit page 217.”

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