Eric Furda

Dean of Admissions

How long have you worked at Penn?
“Ten years—1987 to 1991 and 2008 to present.”

What do you do in your job?
Put simply, Furda says, “I admit amazing young people to Penn each year.” Statistics show that each year, these students are only getting more amazing: Only 9.9 percent — or 3,583 — of the 35,868 applicants were admitted to the Class of 2018. In that class, 52 percent of those admitted are female, and 45 percent self-identify as minority students.

What’s the best part of your job?
“Stepping onto Locust Walk every day. At least when I am not on the road.”

What is your workspace like? Is there anything that makes it unique?
“My office address is 1 College Hall, which is pretty cool as the literal and figurative starting point at Penn.”

—H.D.