Application Updates from Penn and Harvard

The University of Pennsylvania released its prompt for the Writing Supplement on the Common Application for entry Fall 2015:

Please tell us about specific academic, service, and/or research opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania that resonate with your background, interests, and goals. (250-650 words)

Harvard will make SAT subject tests “normally required.” This means that, in some cases, the application may be considered complete without SAT Subject Test scores. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Normally Required is a new category for testing requirements.  Previous categories were:

  • Not Required
  • Required
  • Recommended

Normally Required is closest to Required but offers wiggle room in the requirement for unique circumstances – when a student’s credentials and experiences speak for themselves without the scores or when a student comes from an area where guidance on the college process is not readily accessible.