University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


#10 National Colleges

7.66% Admission Rate
Most Selective

10,774 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university, established as the College of Philadelphia in 1740, 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 with a practical perspective.

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 highly ranked graduate and professional schools are a law school whose first professor contributed to the first draft of the United States Constitution, the first school of medicine in North America in 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 Catholic student club in North America (Newman Center, 1893), the first double-decker college football stadium (Franklin Field, 1924 when second deck was constructed), and Morris Arboretum, the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As of June 30, 2021, the university had an endowment of $20.5 billion and in 2019 had 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 and trustees include three U.S. Supreme Court justices, 32 U.S. senators, 163 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 12 U.S. Cabinet Secretaries, 46 U.S. governors, eight signers of the Declaration of Independence and seven signers of the U.S. Constitution, 24 members of the Continental Congress, nine foreign heads of state, and two presidents of the United States. As of October 2019, 36 Nobel laureates, 80 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 64 living alumni billionaires (and with 25 undergraduate alumni billionaires has the most living undergraduate alumni billionaires of any university in the world), 21 Marshall Scholars, 33 Rhodes Scholars, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, 20 Tony Award winners, 16 Grammy Award winners, 11 Emmy Award winners, 4 Academy Award (Oscar) winners, an EGOT recipient (one of only 20 persons in history to achieve an EGOT, which has been referred to as the "grand slam" of show business), 43 Olympic medal winners (who won 81 medals, 26 of them gold), and five United States Medal of Honor recipients have been affiliated with the university.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 20.8%
Social Sciences 14.5%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 9.9%
Engineering 9.8%
Health Professions And Related Programs 9.7%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 6.1%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 6.1%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4.0%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 2.7%
Psychology 2.6%
Mathematics And Statistics 2.6%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.2%
History 2.1%
Physical Sciences 2.1%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.8%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.7%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.5%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.4%
Architecture And Related Services 0.4%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 0.2%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1511 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 800 775 750
Verbal 760 730 700

ACT Scores

34 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 35 34 32
English 36 35 34