UPenn Open House

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UPenn Open House

Post by frakslluvr » Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:42 pm

I was invited to the UPenn open house and I was wondering if there's anyone here who has attended in previous years and can talk about it. What should I expect/how to prepare? In the email, they said that it is part of the admissions process, so I'm especially interested to hear from anyone who was invited but was later rejected/waitlisted. Also, thoughts on dress code?

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Re: UPenn Open House

Post by kkk23 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 2:55 am

I guess it will be a very casual event aiming at attracting students to accept their offers. The invitation means a great chance for receiving an offer.

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Re: UPenn Open House

Post by inaicecream » Thu Jan 26, 2023 9:25 pm

I was also invited to the Open House! As for preparation, I'm not sure how much time we might have to talk to faculty and make ourselves look attractive before official letters, but just in case I'm organizing my thoughts on what I'm aiming to do my research, thinking about what questions I would like to ask about the university, as well as thinking about questions they might ask me. Here are some questions for example:

Questions they might ask you:
1. What is a challenge you've faced during your academic journey?
2. Tell me about the research you've done in the past?
3. What are your research interests?
4. Tell me about yourself.
5. What do you want most out of a grad program?

Questions I'm Asking:
1. What Sets UPenn apart from other programs?
2. Recently, there has been an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in all work fields. In your opinion, what is UPenn doing to create a safe community for all of its diverse students?
3. Do you find that students have a good work/life balance?
4. Does Penn create a relaxed environment where students can collaborate with faculty?
5. Do the students seem close?
6. What are the TA responsibilities as a grad student?
7. Are their opportunities for students to go to conferences as attendees as well as speakers?

As for dress code, this was also a worry of mine (since I'm pretty goth/alternative with some face piercings) but after speaking to a professor I respect who has gone through interviews in the past, you should dress professional but also be yourself! Don't become a different person! You should never go to a school that doesn't accept you for you. At the end of the day, what really matters are your skills.

Hope this helps and Good Luck to both of us! I hope to see you there! If you want to talk before the day and maybe meet up you can personal message me!

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Re: UPenn Open House

Post by wilslaw » Sun Jan 29, 2023 10:14 pm

I was also invited to the open house and sent an email asking a few questions (including dress code) and was told this about dress code:

"There is absolutely no dress code -- everyone will be dressed as you are used to seeing math people, in a range of outfits according to whatever they feel comfortable with. Many people will be very casually dressed. Some people are more dressy, but you should come as you are. We want you to feel happy and comfortable."

Hopefully this helps answer any questions and I look forward to meeting you all there! Based on at least this forum it seems like a lot of people were invited to this so I'm curious to see how many people are actually there haha!

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