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  • Eric Furda

    Title: Dean of Admissions
    Company: University of Pennsylvania

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  • Admissions Expertise

    • Can colleges revoke admissions offers? What behaviors can cause this, and how can students protect themselves?

       

    • How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

       

    • How many schools should students apply to?

       

    • What if you can't visit a school?

       

    • What do admissions officers look for in an applicant?

       

    • Are supplemental materials read? Do they have an effect on admissions?

       

    • How many apps does an officer read over the course of a year?

       

    • How much time do admissions officers spend with each application?

       

    • Do colleges view online applications the same as paper applications?

       

    • What are some common red flags that can hurt an application?

       

    • How can students get the best high school teacher recommendations?

       

    • How can I work with schools to boost my financial aid? Are there other sources of student aid?

       

      Any change in a family’s financial circumstances should be communicated in writing to an institution’s financial aid office---even currently enrolled students. Although the change may not immediately impact your financial need, getting the change of circumstances on the financial aid office’s radar can help them with counseling you on alternative payment or financing options, while also alerting them to the need for a re-evaluation of your family’s financial need. Financial aid officers will understand that unforeseen circumstances arise and will do their best, within institutional resources, to be responsive to your change of circumstances.  Their response may take the form of additional grant/scholarship, work-study or job on campus, loans or other financing options.

    • How should the college essay tie into the rest of the application?

       

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