Penn accepts record-low 5.68% of applicants to the Class of 2025

Credit: University of Pennsylvania Blog (reprint)


Penn accepted 5.68% of applicants to the Class of 2025, a record low and a significant decrease from last year's 8.07%.


This year marked Penn's largest application pool in history, with 56,333 — a 34% increase from last year. Penn offered admission to 3,202 of these applicants. In December, Penn accepted 1,194 students under the Early Decision Program from a pool of 7,962 applicants — resulting in a record-low 15% ED acceptance rate.


Admissions data for the Class of 2025 returns to a trend of steadily declining acceptance rates. Last year's acceptance rate saw a rare uptick, wherein 8.07% of applicants were admitted to the Class of 2024, up slightly from the 7.44% of applicants admitted to the Class of 2023. Penn accepted 8.39% of applicants to the Class of 2022, and 9.15% for the Class of 2021.


Like the Class of 2024, 15% of the Class of 2025 identifies as a first-generation, low-income student. At least 18% of the accepted class is estimated to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant, which provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students, slightly lower than 20% last year.

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