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.

Website: www.upenn.edu/

Private
Co-ed
10,183
Undergraduate
Students
(52.0%) 5,299 Women
(48.0%) 4,884 Men
12,193
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
8% of 44,491 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 5

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.88
SAT Math
730-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
724 average
690-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
33 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$73,960
Tuition and Fees
$57,770
Room and Board
$16,190
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$51,470
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,103
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,570
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Philadelphia Population
1,547,607
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
51% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Quaker
Sororities
27% of women participate
Fraternities
30% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.6% Asian
8.5% Black/African-American
12.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.9% White
2.5% Unknown
International Students
13.0%
First-Year Students Returning
98.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   3
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   2
History   3
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
3451 Walnut Street
City, State, Zip
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone
(215) 898-7507
Fax
 
E-mail
info@admissions.upenn.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 5
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
8% of 44,491 applicants were admitted
Women
9% of 22,329 applicants were admitted
Men
8% of 22,162 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
2,412 (64%) of 3,740 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,347 (66%) of 2,040 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,110 (65%) of 1,700 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
19% of 7,073 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
3,535
Students Accepting Wait List Position
2,561
Students Admitted From Wait List
9

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.88
3.75 and Above
91%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
730-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
89%
Score of 600 - 700
11%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
724 average
690-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
75%
Score of 600 - 700
24%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
33 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
94%
Score of 24 - 29
6%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 96%
Top quarter: 99%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$73,960
Tuition and Fees
$57,770
Room and Board
$16,190
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
sfsmail@sfs.upenn.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003378
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,321 (53.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,087 (83.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,087 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,087 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$51,470
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,073 (98.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $48,798
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,087 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,654
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
4,882 (50.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
4,517 (92.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
4,517 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
4,517 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$51,860
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,477 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $48,787
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,517 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,384
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
24%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,103
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • 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
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,570
Part-Time Faculty
469
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
77%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
6,575,127
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Science in Education, Master in Environmental Building Design, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Biotechnology, Master of Government Administration, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Social Work, Master of Comparative Law, Master of Computer and Information Technology, Master of Urban Spatial Analytics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership, Master of Science, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Philosophy, Master of Science in Social Policy, Master of City Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Law, Master of Architecture, Master of Integrated Product Design

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • Human Development
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Medical Physics
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nursing--General
  • Organizational Management
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Social Work, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Juridical Sciences

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cancer Biology/Oncology
  • Cell Biology
  • Classics
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Developmental Biology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Genetics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Human Development
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Medical Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nursing--General
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Virology

Location and Setting


Philadelphia Population
1,547,607
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
299 acres

Weather

Temperature
22.8 average low in January, 81.7 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
51% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
45%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Quaker
School Colors
Red and blue

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf     x  
Gymnastics x      
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Squash x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf    
Gymnastics x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Gymnastics    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
golf
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
cheerleading, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, kite and key society, social planning and events committee, hillel at penn, sports club council, interfraternity council
Sororities
27% of women participate
Fraternities
30% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
10,183
Women
5,299 (52.0%)
Men
4,884 (48.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
9,931
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.6% Asian
8.5% Black/African-American
12.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
46.9% White
2.5% Unknown
International Students.
13.0%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
12,193

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
98.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.7%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
96.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 2%
Law 5%
Theology 0.3%
Dentistry 0.3%
Arts and Sciences 5%
Medicine 5%
Veterinary Medicine 1%
Education 0.4%
Other 1%

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