University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

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Tuition & Fees

$60,042

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
80%
600-699
19%
500-599
1%
700-800
91%
600-699
8%
500-599
1%
30-36
94%
24-29
6%
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undergraduateRatios

48%

male

52%

female

6

students

1

faculty

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Extremely Selective

7%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,446
Declined 41,515
Total Received 44,961
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Private

10,019

undergraduate students

12,413

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

The University of Pennsylvania is a private institution founded in 1740. Undergraduate programs are offered through the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Nursing; and the Wharton School. Its 260-acre campus is located two miles from downtown Philadelphia.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 22,432
Established in 1740
Coeducational Coeducational

302-acre, urban campus in Philadelphia (population: 1,580,863). Served by air, bus, and train. School operates transportation throughout campus and to local off-campus areas. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Major city
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Philadelphia International

University of Pennsylvania
34th and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA
19104

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
55%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Kite and Key Society
  • Social Planning and Events Committee
  • Hillel at Penn
  • Sports Club Council
  • Interfraternity Council

Top Events

  • Homecoming
  • Spring Fling
  • Hey Day

Fun Facts

  • The 1905 college football season was a truly deadly one, with dozens of players at schools like University of Pennsylvania dying due to internal injuries, given the violent nature of the game. President Teddy Roosevelt called for collegiate athletic reforms shortly thereafter.
  • The first true "university," defined as a higher education institution with more than one faculty, in the United States was the University of Pennsylvania, so named in 1779.
  • University of Pennsylvania students compete for the coveted House Cup, awarded to the residents of the winningest residence hall after a year-long series of intramural events!
  • One senior class tradition at the University of Pennsylvania involves planting a piece of ivy. The first piece of ivy planted on the aptly named Ivy Day came all the way from Kenilworth Castle in Scotland.
  • University of Pennsylvania students can get some of the best seats in the house for basketball games at the Palestra, aka the Cathedral of College Basketball—but only if they wait for hours in "The Line," a rotating time and place of sale that changes every year and is kept secret until that day.
  • Students at the University of Pennsylvania throw toast (or bread) onto the field during the third quarter of every home football game—a literal "toast," since doing so with alcohol was banned during Prohibition, and the crispy, buttery practice just stuck!
  • The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania was the first collegiate business school in the United States.
  • University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
94%
Top 1/4
98%
Top 1/2
100%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
80%
600-699
19%
500-599
1%
700-800
91%
600-699
8%
500-599
1%
30-36
94%
24-29
6%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $75
Application deadline January 5
Has early decision program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.9

Extremely Selective

7%

acceptance rate

Accepted 3,446
Declined 41,515
Total Received 44,961

Admissions Factors

Very Important

character/personal qualities
application essay
academic GPA
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities
interview
class rank
talent/ability

Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
first generation
geographical residence
racial/ethnic status
state residency
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

religious affiliation/commitment

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language yes

Financial Aid

Average financial aid
Not Reported

Cost

Tuition $53,166
Room & board $16,784
Additional fees $6,876
Total $76,826
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Financial Facts

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Tuition prepayment plan yes
Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

badminton, baseball, cricket, cycling, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, roller hockey, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, squash, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Club Sports - Women's

badminton, basketball, cycling, equestrian sports, field hockey, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, squash, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Equestrian sports, Field hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Equestrian sports, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Actuarial Science
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology
Architecture
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Bioinformatics
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Biophysics
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Cognitive Science
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Graphics
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering, Other
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Environmental Design/Architecture
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Insurance
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Latin American Studies
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Linguistics
Logic
Management Information Systems, General
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Music, General
Natural Sciences
Neuroscience
Operations Management and Supervision
Philosophy
Philosophy, Other
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Public Policy Analysis, General
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Religion/Religious Studies
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Social Sciences, General
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Statistics, General
Systems Engineering
Transportation/Mobility Management
Urban Studies/Affairs
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctorial degree - other
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

22,432

total students

20%

in-state

80%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

45%

10,019
students

Female
52%
5,249

Male
48%
4,770

55%

12,413
students

Female
55%
6,866

Male
45%
5,547

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

9,774
students

Female
53%
5,141

Male
47%
4,633

3%

245
students

Female
45%
108

Male
55%
137

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 98%
Student 4 year graduation rate 86%
Student 5 year graduation rate 9%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

13%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
22%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
38%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

114

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment no
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions no
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15

Transfer difficulty

Most difficult

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

93%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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