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October 4, 2007

Daily Pennsylvanian Probes Changes Following Dean's Departure

While it is too early to know any specifics, one thing is certain, a change of personnel in a school's admissions office can create big changes for applicants, especially when it comes to a departing dean of admissions. Such is the case at the University of Pennsylvania, where former Dean of Admissions Lee Stetson's absence is creating a lot of interest, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported today.

In recent years, Penn's incoming classes reflected Stetson's emphasis on early decision and its outreach to minorities.

"Anytime there's a change in leadership at an admissions office, emphasis changes," said college consultant David Petersam [of AdmissionsConsultants].

Petersam was among the admissions experts, both private and campus-based, who all noted in the article that personnel transitions in key campus positions can usher in new policies and preferences regarding applicants.

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