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Eric J. Furda
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Eric J. Furda, a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has served as Penn's Dean of Admissions since 2008. He also earned a Master's degree from Teachers College Columbia University. He was the Executive
Director of Admissions at Columbia University from 1995 until 2004.

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Flip the List

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 7:06 PM

It's January. In college admissions this is a period of time, stretching until May 1 (and beyond for wait list students) where many seniors have submitted applications and will wait (excluding early decision admits and early action applicants who commit) while high school juniors hit a new gear in the...

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1st Grade and the 1st Year of College

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Last year I wrote on the similarities of the college admissions process and the kindergarten admissions process. The bottom line as parents is we want our children to be safe, happy, engaged learners in order to develop intellectually and emotionally. An admissions process should be a journey to...

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Aligning Your Interests With Your College List

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 12:11 PM

As a dean of admissions for a selective Ivy League university, every December I give the same advice to high school seniors approaching deadlines and receiving Early Application results: Now is the time to revisit and remind yourself why a college is on your list and why it has and...

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All I Really Need to Know About Admissions -- I Learned in Kindergarten

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:23 PM

  • Public, Private, Charter
  • Visit School Websites
  • Open House Dates
  • Start Online Application
  • Recommendations -- dropped off
  • Testing results received
  • Financial Aid Deadlines
  • Play Date -- what play date???

My son, wife and I recently navigated the kindergarten admissions process in Philadelphia. I quickly realized that Robert Fulghum, author...

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