Ruddy commits to Penn

By Catherine Wang

Sam Ruddy ’11 verbally committed to University of Pennsylvania’s swim coach Oct. 2.

Ruddy took official visits to both University of Pennsylvania and Brown University. Among other Ivy League schools, Ruddy seriously considered Williams College and The College of William and Mary.

Before taking his trip to Penn, Ruddy was “almost certain” he would commit to Brown.

“I loved it when I visited over the summer,” he said.

Ruddy took his official visit to University of Pennsylvania in late September.

“I had a great time,” he said. “It caught me by surprise. The student body at Penn was tight. Everyone seemed to be friends. Although it was the biggest school I was looking at, it felt small when it needed to be.”

His took a visit to Brown shortly after.

“The first night there I went to a team dinner, and I decided I wanted to go to Penn,” he said. “Overall, Penn just seemed like a better package. The Penn swim team seemed more closely knit. They live together and study together.”

The day Ruddy returned from Brown, he called the Penn coach and told him he was going to commit.

After committing, Ruddy was required to send a paper copy of his application in addition to submitting it online so that the admissions committee could review it. He submitted his application in mid-October and received a “likely email” from Penn a week later.

Ruddy plans on majoring in international relations and pursuing a minor from the Wharton School of Business.

Ruddy hopes to qualify for the Olympic Trials before next fall. By the end of his senior year, he hopes to place in the top 16 in the nation in his event.