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October 9, 2006

WILL U PENN GAIN FROM HARVARD'S ENDING OF EARLY ADMISSIONS? DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN ASKS ADMISSIONSCONSULTANTS AND OTHERS FOR THEIR VIEWS

Will the University of Pennsylvania gain applicants that otherwise would have aimed for Harvard, now that Harvard has dropped early admissions? Harvard's move was repeated at Princeton University and the University of Virginia, where early admissions will cease in 2008. But Penn will keep early admissions, leading the Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn's student newspaper, to ask AdmissionsConsultants' Ashley Fleming and others whether Penn will see a rise in early admissions applications. As noted in the article:

Ashley Fleming – a senior consultant at the admissions counseling company AdmissionsConsultants – said she did not expect Harvard and Princeton's policy changes to have a considerable effect on Penn. "So many factors go into students' decisions about where to apply that the unavailability of early admissions would not make a big difference by itself. Students who want to attend Harvard or Princeton like the distinctive features of those schools and will be willing to wait and apply to them regular decision," she said.

"Schools are just not that easily interchangeable," she said. Fleming said students who want to go to Harvard or Princeton but end up applying early to other schools will be making bad decisions and will be taking the "panic approach to the admissions process." 

Also commenting on the topic were Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, who said a small number of students may change their admissions strategy, and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, who said it's too soon to say what the effect will be.

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