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University of Pennsylvania

34th & Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

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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.

History

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.

Academics

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.

Student Life

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.

Traditions

The school colors for the University of Pennsylvania are red, blue and white.

Athletics

The Penn "Quakers" athletic teams participate in a wide range of intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Sprint Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

As with most ivy-league colleges, all of Penn's 12 academic schools are located on a single campus.

Community Life

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

Student Enrollment

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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid58%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships47%$40,276
Receiving Student Loans15%$7,409
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To 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

Graduation Rates

With a high graduation rate of around 96%, University of Pennsylvania is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years88%
Graduating in 5 Years6%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

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

Intercollegiate Athletics

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)
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Ivy Group)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Other Sports
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Programs Offered

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,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

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.

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
10.16%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
58%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
6:1

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$35,416