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University of Pennsylvania


Given its status as one of the nine original Colonial Colleges – institutions established before the US became a sovereign nation after the American Revolution – and a founding member of the Association of American Universities, it is no surprise the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) claims to be the first fully fledged (multi-faculty) “university” in the USA.

Though Penn’s origins date back to 1740, it was until 1749 when Benjamin Franklin published his famous essay, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth, circulated it among Philadelphia’s prominent citizens, and organized 24 trustees to form an institution of higher education based on his proposals. It was 30 years later when Penn was granted university status. Since then, Penn has expanded into a sprawling 302-acre campus with 200 buildings. It boasts many notable “first” landmarks on campus including the country’s first student union, double-decker college football stadium, and the world’s first collegiate business school – The Wharton School.

Penn’s prowess is not restricted to just infrastructure. The university has an exhaustive list of notable alumni from all walks of life. Penn has affiliations with over 25 Nobel Laureates including physicist Raymond Davis Jr and economist Lawrence Klein, and has accounted for numerous heads of state. Ninth president of the USA, William Henry Harrison, trod the boards at Penn in 1791, while Nnamdi Azikiwe – former president of Nigeria – and Kwame Nkrumah – former prime minister and president of Ghana – both gained multiple degrees from the institution. Noted modernist poets and friends Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams are among the literary luminaries from the institution.

Important Facts

Penn received 42,204 applications for admission to the Class of 2024. Of those applicants, 3,789, or 9 percent, were offered admission. Ninety-seven percent of the students admitted for Fall 2020 came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The middle 50% of scores, as well as the median scores, on each of the two SAT components, are as follows:

  • SAT Evidence-based Reading + Writing component: 720 to 800, with a median of 750
  • SAT Math component: 760 to 800, with a median of 790

Study Abroad

  • 1st among the Ivy league schools in number of students studying abroad
  • 14th nationwide among doctoral/research institutions in number of students studying abroad, according to the most recent data (Institute of International Education, 2018).
  • 2,311Penn US Citizen and Permanent Resident students participated in study abroad programs for academic credit in 2016-2017
  • 85 countries that Penn students earned academic credit in, in 2016-2017

Undergraduate School Populations (Fall 2020)

  • The College of Arts and Sciences 7,094
  • The Wharton School 1,721
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science 1,758
  • School of Nursing 582

Graduate School Populations (Fall 2020)

  • School of Arts and Sciences   2,112
  • The Wharton School 2,411
  • Annenberg School for Communication 72
  • School of Dental Medicine 720
  • Weitzman School of Design 708
  • Graduate School of Education 1,644
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science 2,821
  • Carey Law School 931
  • Perelman School of Medicine 2,099
  • School of Nursing 846
  • School of Social Policy & Practice 493
  • School of Veterinary Medicine 539

Ranking / Awards

Academic rankings
  • ARWU 15
  • Forbes 9
  • THE/WSJ 13
  • U.S. News & World Report 8
  • Washington Monthly 6
  • ARWU 19
  • QS 13
  • THE 13
  • U.S. News & World Report 14


  • Ranking: 13
  • Ranking: 13
  • Type of Accommodation: On Campus,Off Campus


Annual Cost of living 10000 USD /year
Average Annual UG Fee N/A
Average Annual PG Fee 40000 USD
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Contact Information

  • Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
  • To know more contact PSA toll free number 18002585772

Programs Offered


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  • Length 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 40000 USD
  • Application Fee N/A
  • Average processing time 20 days
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