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University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
The University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, is a private, Ivy League institution. Penn is consistently included among the top research universities in the world, and also hosts highly regarded undergraduate programs in the liberal arts, business, engineering, and nursing. The university strongly emphasizes interdisciplinary education. Its Open University Policy allows undergraduates to take courses in all undergraduate departments and most graduate schools. Penn has one of the largest community service programs in the nation that links academic coursework to the surrounding community. Its 260-acre historic campus is located in downtown Philadelphia.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 10,019
   Women 5,030 (50.2%)
   Men 4,989 (49.8%)
Graduate Students 11,807
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 9% of 38,918 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 5
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.91 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 140 average
700-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 723 average
680-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 33 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $69,340
  Tuition and Fees $51,464
  Room and Board $14,536
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $47,992
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,458
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Philadelphia Population 1,547,607
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Quaker
Sororities 27% of women participate
Fraternities 30% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
23.5% Asian
8.2% Black/African-American
11.4% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
49.8% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students 11.7% from 102 countries
First-Year Students Returning 98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 84.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 65%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 20.0%