Penn Applicants: Discovering Destiny Online
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.
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.
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
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again time to recognize excellence in teaching at Penn, with
the Lindback and Provost's Awards. And
the recipients are
political science professor is appointed to a
Penn's schools make the grade on the
top ten list of U.S. News graduate schools.
on the experimental SAS
Pilot Curriculum, including insights, accomplishments and
report on the University's
FY 2002 Budget, as reported to Council.
Roundup: a few of the many Penn projects and studies shed
light on interventions, risk-reductions, treatment strategies
and post-traumatic stress.