Upenn state bias

<p>I was just wondering: does upenn select a higher percentage of in state applicants than out of state?</p>

<p>yes .</p>

<p>Yep. It's an even huger advantage if you're a Philly resident.</p>

<p>Look at 2013's incoming class profile: Penn</a> Admissions: Incoming Class Profile
The most from one state is 387, and it is PA. (NY being second highest with 337.)</p>

<p>That isn't really a "home-state preference" so much as reflecting the statistically high concentration of people with special hooks to get in to Penn, such as:</p>

<p>-children of Penn faculty and staff who live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA
-students from the city of Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA (while there is no state preference, Penn definitely gives special preference to the best students from Philadelphia as part of its debt to the community)</p>

<p>So the enormously distorting goings-on in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania might create the illusion that there is an in-state preference, but there isn't. An applicant from Pittsburgh would have no edge over an applicant from Palo Alto.</p>

<p>Curious: does in-state entail state residence or simply going to school in PA?</p>

<p>actually my friend's father has worked at Penn for 12+ years and she was deferred...still had high scores, GPA, great EC's, study abroad opportunities, PA resident, and she was not yet accepted so I don't think this is the type of "huge" hook you are imagining</p>

<p>My teacher said it was something about since they were operating here in Philly that they need to accept some Philly kids...</p>

<p>WHAT!!!!! I lived in Philly a couple of years!! I should have stayed there then!!</p>

<p>It's still an in-state preference/advantage, it's just more geared toward Philadelphia and surrounding area applicants. :) Although from what I've observed, even applicants living in the suburbs outside Philly don't have as much of an advantage as those who actually live in-city.</p>

<p>i live in the city and i am applying this year. my school already has 8 applicants in with ED. another 20 or so are going to get accepted during RD rounds, so i'm crossing fingers!! Good luck to you all!</p>

<p>penn is given money by the state of Pennsylvania for accepting kids from the area</p>

<p>is living in South Jersey an advantage or disadvantage?</p>

<p>I don't think you have an advantage, I think there are way more applicants from Philly and PA, which is why Penn has a lot of PA students. Also, Penn probably receives 25-30 worthy applications from nearby schools and 2 from far away schools, they can't accepted them all, so I think it puts you at a disadvantage. On the other hand, the admissions officers can relate to nearby residents in their essays more, simply because they are very familiar with the campus and city of Philly. It's really a toss up and if the admissions staff wants you to attend the university enough, they will accept you regardless of where you live or go to school.</p>