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Anxious Penn Applicants: Discovering Destiny Online

For applicants to the University's Class of 2006, how quickly they learn about acceptance is dependent not on "snail mail" but on the speed of their Internet connections. While thousands of college applicants around the country anxiously check their mailboxes, looking for fat envelopes that tell them they've been accepted to the colleges of their dreams, applicants to Penn can simply log on to the University's admissions Web site.

Students are still mailed confirmation from Penn's admissions and financial-aid offices as a back-up, but the events of Sept. 11 made it clear it was important to find alternatives to providing admissions decisions in a timely fashion. "The system is a leap forward in communication with our applicants," said Lee Stetson, dean of admissions. "We tried to maintain the personal approach with our Web design and also by linking our applicants to information about their decision, not just giving them their decision." In early January, Penn officials decided to move to a Web-based system, and it went "live" April 3. More than 11,000 students logged on to see who were among the 16 percent of applicants who made it into Penn this month.

From the admissions Web site, there is a link to Penn Plan online, a site that allows a student to see the financial-aid award, if there is one, and to assess personal means to meet the cost of attendance. There are also direct links to information on financing options. "This is a major step forward for us and for the industry," said Frank Claus, associate vice president for finance.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 29, April 9, 2002


April 9, 2002
Volume 48 Number 29

It's once again time to recognize excellence in teaching at Penn, with the Lindback and Provost's Awards. And the recipients are….

A political science professor is appointed to a term chair.

Four of Penn's schools make the grade on the top ten list of U.S. News graduate schools.
Observations on the experimental SAS Pilot Curriculum, including insights, accomplishments and challenges.
An graphic report on the University's FY 2002 Budget, as reported to Council.
Research Roundup: a few of the many Penn projects and studies shed light on interventions, risk-reductions, treatment strategies and post-traumatic stress.