University of Pennsylvania sets record-low acceptance rate for Class of 2022 of 8.39 percent

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

It’s Ivy League admissions day, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 7 p.m. the University of Pennsylvania notified the Class of 2022 of their admission decisions. As with other Ivies, Penn saw their number of applications rise and their acceptance rate plummet. Penn had a record 44,482 applicants, but only accepted 3,371 students. The acceptance rate was 8.39 percent a new low for the university, but a higher rate than most of the other Ivies

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. Ivy League school the University of Pennsylvania sent out 1,312 early decision offers of admission for the Class of 2022. This year Penn received a record number of applications, 7,074 students applied, and 15 percent more to the early decision program for the Class of 2021. As result, the college has its record lowest early admission rate in history at just 18.5 percent down from last year’s 23.2 percent.

The acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 early admission is the lowest in the school’s history, still, the university did not actually admit that much fewer students than last year. Penn admitted 1,312 students this year and last year they accepted 1,354 students. Penn admits over half of the freshmen class through their early decision program. As the student paper, the Daily Pennsylvanian noted, “Last year approximately 55 percent of the total 2,445 spots available were filled by Early Decision applicants.”

Last year, Penn hailed their Class of 2021 acceptance rate as the lowest in history, accepting 3,699 students from 40,413 applicants for “a record-low 9.15 percent acceptance rate.” In December 2016, Penn sent notifications to 1,364 students that they were accepted as part of the early decision program with a 22 percent acceptance rate.

Dean of Admissions Eric Furda commented on the incoming Class of 2022, saying “We are thrilled about the possibility of these students joining our community, brining their intellectual curiosities, analytical minds and collaborative spirits to enrich our campus. We can’t wait to meet them.”

With the rise in applications, there is an increase in acceptances in every demographic group. The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that “one in seven admitted students” are first generation college students, last year it was one in eight. There is also an increase in the number of low-income students, as the university’s “Board of Trustees increased the financial aid budget by 5.3 percent,” giving Penn their “largest financial aid budget in history.”

The students come from all fifty states and the territories. As the Daily Pennsylvanian notes they come predominantly from “Washington D.C. Puerto Rico and Guam. Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas.” More international students were accepted as well up 6 percent and representing 104 countries. Students have until May 1, to accept the offers of admission.

Bonnie K. Goodman BA, MLIS (McGill University), is a journalist, librarian, historian & editor. She is a former Features Editor at the History News Network & reporter at where she covered politics, universities, religion and news. She has a dozen years experience in education & political journalism.

Bonnie K. Goodman BA, MLIS (McGill University) is a Professional Librarian (CBPQ) & historian. Former editor @ History News Network & reporter @

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store