Penn admitted 18.5 percent of its early decision applicants for the Class of 2022, a dramatic drop from last year's 22 percent ED rate and the previous year's 23.2 percent rate.
Penn also received a record-breaking 7,074 early decision applications this year, a 15 percent increase from last year's 6,147 applicants. Since the Class of 2018 applied, the early decision application pool has grown 38 percent, according to a press release from Penn Admissions.
Of those accepted this year, 25 percent had a parent or grandparent who had attended Penn, as opposed to the 16 percent of legacy applications received in November. Eleven percent of accepted students are first-generation college students, which is consistent with the percentage of first-generation applications received this year.
From this year's applicant pool, 1,312 were admitted, which is similar to the 1,354 applications admitted last year. Penn typically admits around half of its total class in the Early Decision round. Last year, approximately 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.
The drop in the ED rate this year largely results from the increase in applications received, rather than a decrease in the number of applications accepted, based on the data provided.
Twelve percent of students accepted this year are non-US citizens or permanent residents. There are representatives from 45 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and 54 foreign countries.
In an emailed statement, Dean of Admissions Eric Furda wrote that "it does not appear that travel bans and immigration legislation has impacted Penn's applicant pool."
He added that this year's admissions process was the first year the redesigned SAT test was accepted.
"With changes to format and scoring instituted by The College Board in 2016, most students received higher scores on the rSAT than what they would have received in the older SAT format. The rSAT represents a significant change within the larger college application landscape that may have impacted college search, choice, and application behavior on the part of individual students,” Furda wrote in the statement.