U Penn Description

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia excels in producing future leaders through its liberal arts and sciences programs and research opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

A large part of an education at the university is social outreach. Over 300 volunteer and community service programs are offered, as well as over 160 academic community services courses. These organizations and events are coordinated by the Civic House, the Fox Leadership program, Penn Volunteers in Public Service, and more.

Academics include undergraduate degrees offered in over 140 programs, ranging from Actuarial Sciences to Comparative Literature to Insurance and Risk Management. Penn is a member of the Ivy League, so you can be confident that the education you get there will be top-notch, no matter which program you choose.

Graduate programs include over 180 different options, like Anthropology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Classical Studies, Women’s Studies, and many more.

Admissions require students to submit both a University of Pennsylvania application and Common Application as well as results of the ACT with writing portion or the SAT reasoning test and two SAT subject tests. Penn’s admissions are competitive due to its status as a top school in the nation.

Financial aid at Penn, as with other Ivy League schools, is awarded solely based on financial need. Forms include Pell grants, the Penn grant, SEOG grants, work study programs, and more. Penn aims to provide aid packages that do not include loans.

Quick Facts about University of Pennsylvania

Region

Mid-Atlantic

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Private

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Quakers

Nicknames

Penn, UPenn

Website

www.upenn.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Most Selective

In-State Tuition

$37,620

Out-of-State Tuition

$37,620

Retention Rate

99%

Enrollment

21,828

Year Established

1740

U Penn Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

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63% of students gave University of Pennsylvania 5 stars overall.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

One of the best parts about attending Penn was the chance to get internships in Philadelphia. There were some that were available through work study so that you could get paid as well. This was a great way to build your resume while still in school.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1986

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

Penn was a good mix of smart kids who had more going on then just studying. There was something there for everyone. As a student athlete I appreciated the quality of the academic and athletic mix. Students were serious about their academic pursuits but not to the exclusion of all else.

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U Penn Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
11,851
Freshman Class
2,459
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
21,828

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
54%
Graduate
46%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
99%
Part-Time
1%

Students Coming From In-State vs. Out-of-State

In-State
15%
Out-of-State
85%

Gender of Students

Women
50%
Men
50%

Ethnic Diversity

African-American
6%
Asian
14%
Caucasian
43%
Latino
4%
Other
33%

Students State Origin

Pennsylvania
15%
New York
13%
New Jersey
11%
California
8%
Florida
3%
Other
50%

International Students

International
15%
Domestic
85%

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