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Bad News U: Colleges Reject Record Numbers

April 3, 2008
The college-admissions season set records this year -- both in the number of students who applied, as well as the number of students who were rejected. Harvard University has a record applicant pool of 27,462 and an admissions rate of 7.1%, meaning that 1,948 students were accepted -- the lowest number in the school's history and a drop from last year's 8.9%. Yale University received 22,813 applications and accepted only 8.2%, down from 9.6% last year. And at Princeton University, of the 21,369 applications, 9.3% were accepted, down from 9.5% last year.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 25, 2008

“Responses to the Urban Crisis”: Panel Discussion at Penn

 

WHAT:

”Responses to the Urban Crisis: Riots, Disasters, Urban Renewal and Social Change,” a panel discussion about what individuals, organizations and communities can do in response to social upheaval and the implications for social change.

WHO:

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422March 18, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Launches Financial-Aid Initiative, Sets Lowest Tuition Increase in Seven Years


PHILADELPHIA –- To ensure that talented, high-achieving students can chart their educational paths without regard to financial resources, the University of Pennsylvania has launched a new financial-aid initiative to make a Penn education affordable for students from low- and middle-income families.

Also, the Penn trustees today approved the smallest percentage increase in tuition and fees in seven years.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 6, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Students Converge on New Orleans for Spring-Break Volunteer Activities

WHO: University of Pennsylvania students

WHAT: Grassroots volunteer efforts to rebuild New Orleans

WHERE: New Orleans

WHEN: March 7-16

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Media Contact: | | March 3, 2008

Penn Responds to U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

To the Penn community:

I am pleased to share with you the University of Pennsylvania's response to Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, who had written Penn and 135 other colleges and universities seeking information regarding our tuition rates, financial aid, and endowments. The report is available online in PDF format.
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Media Contact:Andrew Zitcer | awz@upenn.edu | 215-573-6107
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 28, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Selects Dagit*Saylor Architects to Renovate the Arts, Culture and Research Hub

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected Dagit*Saylor, a Philadelphia architecture firm, to prepare a feasibility study and schematic drawings for the Arts, Culture and Research Hub, or the ARCH, at the intersection of 36th Street and Locust Walk.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 26, 2008

New Book "Kerner Plus 40 Report" Assesses Racial Progress in America Since 1968 Kerner Commission Report

PHILADELPHIA –- The “Kerner Plus 40 Report” is an assessment of how far the nation has come in dealing with racial inequality and tensions 40 years after the seminal report issued by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission.

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Media Contact:Hillary Aisenstein at | hillarya@upenn.edu | 215-573-2379
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams at | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 25, 2008
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Media Contact:Andrew Zitcer | awz@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-573-6107
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 20, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Selects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to Design Penn Park

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates as the designer for Penn Park, a 24-acre space for athletics, recreation and open space.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 19, 2008

Michael Bloomberg to Speak at Penn Commencement; Honorees Include Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust

PHILADELPHIA –- Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg, L.P., will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania's 252nd Commencement on Monday, May 19.

Bloomberg, now in his second term as mayor, is credited with reducing crime and creating jobs in the nation’s most populous city while embarking on a series of ambitious environmental and public-health initiatives.