How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words)
For students applying to the coordinated dual-degree programs, please answer this question in regards to your single-degree school choice. Interest in coordinated dual-degree programs will be addressed through those program-specific essays.
For Penn essays, I would suggest focusing on your distinct passion, a volunteering activity that’s meaningful, or an extracurricular accomplishment. The Adcom will see what you do in the classroom from the application and recommendation letters so the essay is an opportunity to share something unique that isn’t communicated in the rest of the application.
Specifically for the interview, bring your resume and prepare a quick introduction and strong answers to typical questions. The interviewer doesn’t see the student’s application in advance, so they can only judge on him/her on the merits of the interview.
From an alumna: “I absolutely loved my time at Penn! It’s an incredible school with a ‘work hard, play hard’ culture. The school has masterfully balanced a sense of campus community with its location in a fantastic and unique city. The heart of campus, a pedestrian street called Locust Walk is the hub of many activities. Greek life has a strong presence on and off-campus but because of the large student body, there are many different interest groups students can join. The size and scope of university activities affords educational and social opportunities not available at smaller schools and Penn traditions such as Hey Day, Spring Fling, throwing toast at football games become favorite memories.”