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Re: Is Penn's minimum credit limit "hard?"

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:10 pm

I have no direct knowledge on the subject, but these are my recommendations:

1) Contact the admissions office (anonymously) and ask. You can do this by calling on the phone and generically describing your situation ("I'll have 28 credits, but won't receive credit for the last four until after July 15; if I apply would I be rejected because of that?") and seeing what they say.

2) If you're willing to eat the app fee knowing they might auto-reject you, apply anyway and include an addendum explaining the circumstances and that you will have 28 credits and will forward a transcript for the remaining 4 as soon as you've received grades for them. The worst that happens is they reject you and all you've lost is an app fee. The best that happens is they accept you contingent on a final transcript and you're set.

3) I think NYU will accept summer credits but Columbia doesn't. If you're serious about applying and bothering to get letters of rec you should do it to all schools you'd consider attending, so if you have any interest in NYU you should also apply there.

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Re: Is Penn's minimum credit limit "hard?"

Postby Wholigan » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:17 pm

vanwinkle wrote:I have no direct knowledge on the subject, but these are my recommendations:

1) Contact the admissions office (anonymously) and ask. You can do this by calling on the phone and generically describing your situation ("I'll have 28 credits, but won't receive credit for the last four until after July 15; if I apply would I be rejected because of that?") and seeing what they say.

2) If you're willing to eat the app fee knowing they might auto-reject you, apply anyway and include an addendum explaining the circumstances and that you will have 28 credits and will forward a transcript for the remaining 4 as soon as you've received grades for them. The worst that happens is they reject you and all you've lost is an app fee. The best that happens is they accept you contingent on a final transcript and you're set.

3) I think NYU will accept summer credits but Columbia doesn't. If you're serious about applying and bothering to get letters of rec you should do it to all schools you'd consider attending, so if you have any interest in NYU you should also apply there.


Thanks. I will try calling. I don't mind eating the fee even if there is just a chance they will consider my app. But if I am assuredly throwing $80 down the drain along with the time it takes to write a targeted PS, I would rather pass.

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Re: Is Penn's minimum credit limit "hard?"

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:22 pm

Wholigan wrote:Thanks. I will try calling. I don't mind eating the fee even if there is just a chance they will consider my app. But if I am assuredly throwing $80 down the drain along with the time it takes to write a targeted PS, I would rather pass.

Well, let me put it this way: If they told you no, but they might decide they liked your app enough to make an exception after reading it, you'd still be happy you spent the $80, right?

My life philosophy has become something along the lines of, if you want it that badly enough, then do it. There's always the chance they'll like you for trying, and I've done things I was told were impossible before. If you really want to go to Penn, then spend the $80. Eighty bucks is better than always wondering, if it matters that much to you.

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Re: Is Penn's minimum credit limit "hard?"

Postby Wholigan » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:55 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
Wholigan wrote:Thanks. I will try calling. I don't mind eating the fee even if there is just a chance they will consider my app. But if I am assuredly throwing $80 down the drain along with the time it takes to write a targeted PS, I would rather pass.

Well, let me put it this way: If they told you no, but they might decide they liked your app enough to make an exception after reading it, you'd still be happy you spent the $80, right?

My life philosophy has become something along the lines of, if you want it that badly enough, then do it. There's always the chance they'll like you for trying, and I've done things I was told were impossible before. If you really want to go to Penn, then spend the $80. Eighty bucks is better than always wondering, if it matters that much to you.


I like the way you think. Of course, if anyone has personal knowledge that might help me out, I'd still love to hear.

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Re: Is Penn's minimum credit limit "hard?"

Postby vanwinkle » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:09 pm

Wholigan wrote:I like the way you think. Of course, if anyone has personal knowledge that might help me out, I'd still love to hear.

I do hope someone else can come along and give you some real knowledge. I'm just not sure how many successful Penn transfers there are on the board, let alone ones in your situation.

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Re: Is Penn's minimum credit limit "hard?"

Postby Lawl Shcool » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:11 am

Ya just apply if your interested in going. I know a fellow transfer (not at Penn) that was told my school didn't accept PT transfers, well he applied as a PT student and got in. You will never know if you don't try.

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