University of Pennsylvania.

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university claims a founding date of 1740 and is one of the nine colonial colleges chartered prior to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, Penn's founder and first president, advocated an educational program that trained leaders in commerce, government, and public service, similar to a modern liberal arts curriculum.Penn has four undergraduate schools as well as twelve graduate and professional schools. Schools enrolling undergraduates include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School, and the School of Nursing. Penn's "One University Policy" allows students to enroll in classes in any of Penn's twelve schools. Among its graduate and professional schools are the first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765) and the first collegiate business school (Wharton School, 1881). Penn is also home to the first "student union" building and organization (Houston Hall, 1896), the first double-decker college football stadium (Franklin Field, 1922), and Morris Arboretum, the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The first general-purpose electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed at Penn and formally dedicated in 1946. In 2019, the university had an endowment of $14.65 billion, the sixth-largest endowment of all universities in the United States, as well as a research budget of $1.02 billion. The university's athletics program, the Quakers, fields varsity teams in 33 sports as a member of the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference. As of 2018, distinguished alumni include three U.S. Supreme Court justices, 32 U.S. senators, 46 U.S. governors, 163 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, eight signers of the Declaration of Independence, 12 signers of the U.S. Constitution, 24 members of the Continental Congress, 14 foreign heads of state, and two presidents of the United States, including the incumbent, Donald Trump. As of October 2019, 36 Nobel laureates, 80 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 64 billionaires, 29 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Marshall Scholars, and 16 Pulitzer Prize winners have been affiliated with the university.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 10,660 students
  • 1.76 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Pennsylvania

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Business.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

3,757 students out of 40,413 applicants were accepted into University of Pennsylvania. They had an average SAT score of 1506. 46% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 54% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of Pennsylvania was $53,534. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $71,715.

Financial aid available at University of Pennsylvania

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

53% of undergraduate students at University of Pennsylvania received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Pennsylvania

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Pennsylvania was of $15,066 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,280.

Diversity at University of Pennsylvania

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017