When Eric Furda, dean of undergraduate admissions and a Penn alumnus, recently went on Clear Channel Radio to offer tips on the college-admissions process, his interviewer took a particularly personal interest in his answers.
For his interviewer—a rising high school senior in the midst of the complicated application process— and for listeners, Furda acted as a college counselor, providing a detailed list of practical approaches and strategies that can help high schoolers navigate the labyrinth.
“Particularly for a student like yourself,” Furda told the interviewer, “as a rising senior, just think about the range of choices that you have in front of you in terms of places that you can [apply].” He added that it is important to take control of the process early, and to think about the qualities one wants in a college, rather than focusing on a name.
Later in the interview, Furda also explained why he is a “water slide.”
For the Class of 2015, Penn had a record applicant pool of 31,663—an 18 percent increase over last year and the largest in the University’s history. Penn admitted 3,931 students, or 12.4 percent of the applicants.
Click here to listen to the full audio interview with Furda.
Originally published on September 30, 2011