Penn admitted 22 percent of its Early Decision applicants to the Class of 2021 this year, slightly lower than last year's rate of 23.2 percent.
For the first time in Penn's history, half of students admitted to the School for Engineering and Applied Sciences in the Early Decision round are female, according to a press release from the Office of Admissions.
The application pool was also record-breaking. A total 6,147 applications were submitted to Penn in the Early Decision round, more than Penn has ever received. Of that number 1,354 were accepted.
The number of Early Decision applications increased by seven percent from last year, and has grown by 28 percent in the last four years since the Class of 2017 applied.
“The continued growth in Penn’s Early Decision applicant pool is a reflection of a greater breadth of interest in Penn,” Dean of Admissions Eric Furda said in a statement.
So far, Penn’s incoming class includes students from 46 states and 44 foreign countries. Penn also partnered with over 40 community-based organizations that represent underserved students, like the national non-profit program QuestBridge and Philadelphia’s Steppingstone Scholars program.
Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the Early Decision round. Last year, 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.