University of Pennsylvania ("Penn") is recognized as America's first university. It is an urban university, internationally recognized as a great institution of higher learning and research. It is home to the nation's first medical school, and the center of technological invention. In 1946, the school released the first electronic, general-purpose digital computer. The school's founder, Benjamin Franklin, was noted for his many innovative inventions, including bifocal lenses and the lightning rod.
Penn ranks among the top 10 universities in the nation, and boasts a faculty of leaders in their fields. Among its acclaimed alumni, Penn boasts many innovators and pioneers, including 15 Nobel Prize winners, and the inventor of motion photography, Eadweard James Muybridge.
Penn offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning through many different programs including its on and off-campus study opportunities for cross-disciplinary or joint-major degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. It also offers continuing education, distance learning, summer programs, international programs, study grants, and more.
The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin, who was known for his dedication to education and intellectual pursuits, as well as his commitment to public service. Founded in 1749, the university opened its doors in 1751 as the Charity School of Philadelphia. In 1874, the university added a teaching hospital to its growing programs and campus.
The academic calendar for the University of Pennsylvania follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. It also offers a variety of special summer sessions and distance learning programs with flexible scheduling.
Colleges and Schools
- Annenberg School for Communication
- Graduate School of Education
- Law School
- Perelman School of Medicine
- School of Arts and Sciences
- School of Dental Medicine
- School of Design
- School of Engineering and Applied Science
- School of Nursing
- School of Social Policy and Practice
- School of Veterinary Medicine
- Wharton School (Business)
In addition to its 12 colleges and schools, the University of Pennsylvania offers a long list of research centers and institutes to choose from.
There are hundreds of student groups and organizations available for involvement at the University of Pennsylvania. Student organizations cover every interest and focus, including academic, cultural, environmental, governmental, recreation and hobby groups. There are also honor societies, graduate and professional organizations, performing arts groups, political organizations, religious groups, service clubs, social clubs, publications and media, and many fraternities and sororities.
Many student services are available, as well as on campus housing, dining and shopping.
The school colors for the University of Pennsylvania are red, blue and white.
The Penn "Quakers" athletic teams participate in a wide range of intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country
- Sprint Football
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Track and Field
As with most ivy-league colleges, all of Penn's 12 academic schools are located on a single campus.
Penn is known for its picturesque campus, situated in the vibrant, cultural city of Philadelphia. A full calendar of activities and entertainment are available on campus year-round, but the city also offers a vibrant nightlife, many museums and art galleries, a wide range of top restaurants, and plenty of shopping and sightseeing in historic areas.
The Civic House is Penn's hub for community service, and its Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is a central office for community initiatives and service.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the candidates University of Pennsylvania accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- AP Course Credits
University of Pennsylvania has a total student population of about 25,000, where graduate students make up roughly 10% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- The estimated tuition range is around $44,000-$53,000 per year
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,600 to $1,900 per unit
- May offer prepaid tuition rates, allowing tuition to be purchased at current rates for future enrollment.
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||58%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||47%||$40,276|
|Receiving Student Loans||15%||$7,409|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, University of Pennsylvania may offer services to students including:
- Distance learning
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care for children
With a high graduation rate of around 96%, University of Pennsylvania is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||88%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||6%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Endodontics Program
- English Language Program
- Law Program
- Medical (M.D.) Program
- Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
- Nurse Midwifery Education Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
- Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
- Orthodontics & Peridontics Program
- Pediatric Dentistry Program
- Periodontics Program
- Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program
- Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program
University of Pennsylvania is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Ivy Group)
- Basketball (Ivy Group)
- Track and Field (Ivy Group)
- Field Hockey
- Football (Ivy Group)
- Swimming and Diving
- Other Sports
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of Pennsylvania.
- Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (3 miles away)
- Rutgers University - Camden in Camden, NJ (4 miles away)
- Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Abington in Abington, PA (12 miles away)
- Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine in Media, PA (14 miles away)
- Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ (17 miles away)
See a list of all the colleges and universities by clicking on one of the links below:
- Compare schools and see a list of all colleges in Pennsylvania
- Review a list of Pennsylvania private colleges
Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact University of Pennsylvania for official up-to-date information.