How to Get Into UPenn

Recorded Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 PM

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School information

University of Pennsylvania | UPenn

Philadelphia, PA

For all the prospective University of Pennsylvania students out there, Elias Miller will be covering all you need to know to apply – and get accepted – to this prestigious school.

We will discussing crucial topics such as how to interpret the slim acceptance rate, housing and dorm options, and campus culture. We will also touch on the different schools, like the university's renowned Wharton School of Business.

Don't miss this chance to gain insider tips and maximize your chances of acceptance to this highly-ranked school! Here at CollegeVine, we want to answer all your admissions-related queries to make the process easier and more transparent for students like you.

School information

University of Pennsylvania | UPenn

Philadelphia, PA
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:19@anonymous:hello? has this started?
2:45@Applesauce:ayo don't know if you remember me but I've watched a ton of your livestreams! Shout out Elias !!
2:51@goldenretriever1:great to see you :) again!
11:55@Applesauce:From what I've looked up, Wharton acceptance rate is about 7%.
30:16@anonymous:what if i have an 81 gpa and 1120 sat? do i have any chance at getting in?
30:18@anonymous0101011:Are standardized tests going to be test optional next year?
30:58@anonymous0101011:Does racial diversity mean all asians are compared to asians all across the country or just regional?
32:44@anonymous:Are AP test scores factored as part of the academic index? How much can they support admission?
34:24@mat:how important are sat subject tests for Penn?
34:32@anonymous0101011:Why did the acceptance rate drop so low this year?
35:08@shrey:I have like a 3.97 and a 1560 SAT, and a 36 ACT. Is that good?
35:58@Harini:How important are freshman year grades
36:05@anonymous0101011:Do Bs really matter? Are 3-4 okay?
36:28@mat:what's penn sat cut off?
45:44@anonymous:Where does 3.9 approximately land on a 100-point scale?
46:29@Harini:Yes, that’s exactly what happened, when I started with high school my grades went really low as I play sports and I was never there for school as I was continuously travelling. But due to the pandemic, in my sophomore year, I don’t have any tournaments to travel to so I’ve got more time to concentrate on my academics so all my grades this year are straight A’s
48:50@anonymous0101011:How to differentiate as a asian?
50:40@goldenretriever1:is transfer even harder to get in
51:36@anonymous0101011:are asians scrutinized in their extracurriculars too or just academics?
53:40@anonymous:georgetown still takes subject tests
53:51@anonymous:California and Asian - double whammy I would guess.
54:28@Harini:Is doing not so well in freshman ok?, but I showed an upward graph in my grades as my grades are so much better in my sophomore year. I started out with a few B’s in freshman and in my sophomore I got all A’s
54:57@goldenretriever1:why do schools only look at unweighted gpa? does that encourage taking easy courses and getting all As??
55:54@anonymous0101011:In that case, is it better for asians to not disclose their race
56:21@anonymous:is it flexing too much to say i speak 3 languages?? or that i hv a you tube channel something i should share?
57:01@anonymous0101011:Shoutout the YT channel
57:58@Harini:I speak 4 languages
58:11@mat:u should do a livestream about writing our common app
58:30@anonymous0101011:I speak 5
59:03@Applesauce:I speak 6
59:10@anonymous:should i share my youtube to college admissions - it relates to my passion. but i dont have many followers - just consistency. i think.
59:53@goldenretriever1:can u talk about why there r a lot more applicants for ED/REA this year?
60:46@anonymous:If I took college classes at a local college, will Penn give me credit for those classes?
61:00@Applesauce:I take french
63:32@shereadsalot:How do you answer Prompt 1, if you are undecided?
84:28@anonymous0101011:How much longer will this be?
84:34@goldenretriever1:Elias, do you do 1 on 1 coaching ?
86:21@goldenretriever1:collegevines used to do 1 on 1 i heard. what changed
87:13@anonymous:how are the finance programs at penn?
88:05@anonymous:Is one class that had a bad grade going to significantly hurt your application to Penn?
88:36@Harini:What is the program that combines arts and sciences and the Wharton school?
89:29@student_:what programs does penn offer for pre-med?
89:54@Applesauce:If I put a website link to a club I started in the activities section, do you think they will look it up?
90:21@shereadsalot:What happens if I get one bad grade during senior year?
90:49@anonymous:do they just look at the GPA or do they also go through the entire transcript?
91:06@Harini:I’m from India and I had to wake up at 4am to attend your livestream.
92:16@anonymous:please throw some light on the scholarships Penn offers...
93:24@anonymous:What's the best prelude from the Well Tempered Clavier? What about fugue?
94:06@Harini:Is penn need-blind or need-based
94:43@goldenretriever1:do wharton applicants get evaluated separately from arts an science school
95:07@goldenretriever1:any Ivies u know that's NOT need blind
96:46@Applesauce:My activities are diverse in their subject matter but they all involve leadership. My achievement in all of them all revolve around my passion for cultivating other student leaders. I tie this idea together in all of my essays. Would you consider this a spike? I've never really seen this type of profile among applicants before.
99:01@goldenretriever1:what about liberal arts college. would u recommend them
100:28@goldenretriever1:is singing in all state a spike
101:06@Applesauce:Are essays more important than extracurriculars because of covid? I feel like extracurriculars should be weighted more because students have spent so much time in them.
101:40@Harini:I play tennis and I also sing and play guitar, will that help me in my college application
102:35@Applesauce:Do you have a guess as to how many of the Penn applicants pass the academic cut offs? Like there are 44,000 applicants but maybe only half have a realistic chance based on their grades/tests scores.
106:57@goldenretriever1:how to send u essays for live edits
106:59@goldenretriever1:what was your major/minor at Harvard?
107:30@Harini:I actually play national level tennis, I’ve won many national level tournaments in the category of u16
107:48@anonymous:Moriah from CollegeVine is my favorite CollegeVine person. But you're a close second.

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