At the University of Pennsylvania
, you'll find a historic, Ivy League school with highly selective admissions and a history of innovation in interdisciplinary education and scholarship. You'll also find a picturesque campus amidst a dynamic city and a world-class research institution.
Intellectual rigor and a practical outlook
Penn carries on the principles and spirit of its founder, Benjamin Franklin: entrepreneurship, innovation, invention, outreach, and a pragmatic love of knowledge. Franklin's practical outlook has remained a driving force in the university's development.
Today Penn is home to a diverse undergraduate student body of over 10,000, hailing from every state in the union and all around the globe. Penn consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the country. Another 10,000 students are enrolled in Penn's 12 graduate and professional schools, which are national leaders in their fields. The Wharton School
is consistently one of the nation's top three business schools. The School of Nursing
is one of the best in the U.S. The School of Arts and Sciences
, Graduate School of Education
, Law School
, School of Medicine
, School of Veterinary Medicine
, and Annenberg School for Communication
all rank among the top schools in their fields.
Admissions are among the most selective in the country and Penn received 22,718 applications for admission to the Class of 2013. Of those applicants, 4,018, or 17.7 percent, were offered admission. 95.3 percent of the students admitted for Fall 2009 came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and scored an average of 1,440 on the SAT. 2,501 students matriculated into this year's freshman class.
A singular campus
With its green lawns and landmark architecture, our beautiful West Philadelphia campus
houses all of Penn's activities, from student life, athletics, and academics to research, scholarship, and cultural life. All of Penn's 12 schools are located within walking distance of one another. This geographical unity, unique among Ivy League schools, supports and fosters Penn's interdisciplinary approach to education, scholarship, and research.
A vibrant city
Penn's picturesque campus is situated near the heart of Philadelphia, a vital and lively city. Our students and faculty enjoy both campus life and the expansive cultural offerings of the city. Penn makes a substantial investment in its surrounding neighborhood and offers ways for students and faculty to make community service part of their educational experience.
True to our roots, Penn encourages both intellectual and practical pursuits. On our unified campus, this flexible mindset makes Penn a national leader in interdisciplinary programs , crossing traditional academic and professional boundaries to engage participants in the pursuit of new -- and useful -- knowledge. In addition to numerous cross-disciplinary majors and joint-degree programs, Penn is home to interdisciplinary institutions such as the Institute for Medicine and Engineering , the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies , and the Management and Technology Program .
With 165 research centers and institutes, research is a substantial and esteemed enterprise at Penn. As of fiscal year 2010, the research community includes over 3,800 faculty and over 1,000 postdoctoral fellows, over 5,400 academic support staff and graduate assistants, and a research budget of $814 million. The scale and interdisciplinary character of our research activities make Penn a nationally-ranked research university.
Graduate and Professional Schools
Penn's 12 graduate and professional schools
Penn's four undergraduate schools, with their Fall 2009 student populations, are:
The College at Penn (School of Arts and Sciences), 6,380
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1,607
School of Nursing, 544
The Wharton School, 1,896
, with their Fall 2009 student populations, are:
Annenberg School for Communication, 90
School of Arts and Sciences, 2,355
School of Dental Medicine, 593
Graduate School of Education, 1,605
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1,141
School of Design, 672
Law School, 901
School of Medicine, 1,598
School of Nursing, 512
School of Social Policy & Practice, 380
School of Veterinary Medicine, 487
The Wharton School, 2,311