University of Pennsylvania


The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is located in University City in West Philadelphia.

  • Motto : Laws without morals are useless
  • Established : November 14, 1740
  • Founder : Benjamin Franklin
  • Academic staff : 4,638 (2018)
  • Administrative staff : 2,489 (2018)
  • Students : 21,599 (2017)
  • Undergraduates : 10,469 (2017)
  • Postgraduates : 11,013 (2017)

The University of Pennsylvania is becoming more popular among top tier students. The undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences is now central not only to its undergraduates, but also to three other undergraduate schools that tap into its programs and course offerings. Penn established the nation’s first medical school, the first business school, the first journalism curriculum, and the first psychology clinic, and is a pioneer in service learning and service research.

15. Benjamin Franklin statue at UPenn

“Penn” is the University’s traditional informal name; “UPenn” as a nickname; although this alternative is used more by outsiders than by students themselves. Its 155 buildings range from Victorian Gothic to postmodern. There are very old structures, such as College Hall, and newer ones, such as Wharton’s Huntsman Hall and Skirkanich Hall, home to Penn’s bioengineering programs.

It’s a good idea to apply early decision if Penn is your first choice.

Penn’s reputation is primarily wrapped up with its 12 graduate schools, especially the prestigious Wharton School of Business; the Annenberg School of Communication; and the well-known law, medical, and veterinary schools.

Finance is among the most popular undergrad majors, followed by economics and nursing.


According to the Fiske Guide, nineteen percent of Penn undergraduates are Pennsylvania natives, and 12 percent are international. Seven percent of undergrads are African American, 10 percent are Hispanic, and 21 percent are Asian American. The No-Loan initiative expands Penn’s commitment to need-blind admissions and is highlighted by an outreach program targeting hundreds of schools and thousands of students from low- and middle-income families.

Downtown Philadelphia is only a few minutes away and is frequently visited by Penn students. Additionally, students like to take advantage of road trips to places like New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlantic City, and even Maine and Florida.


While its students work hard, Penn boasts their ability to provide a well-rounded program that allows students to explore various pre-professional opportunities while balancing their academics (and is less academically competitive and intense as some of the other top Ivies). Students at Penn describe the University as a place where no one apologizes for having fun. One sophomore (taken from the Fiske Guide) says, “There is a great balance between academics and social activities, which is rare in such highly competitive institutions.”

You can get more details on Penn’s Website below,

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