UPenn

University of Pennsylvania

1 College Ln Hall Room 1, Philadelphia, United States
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  • Total Documents
    5,856
  • Class Notes
    1,618
  • Textbook Notes
    457
  • Study Guides
    3,780
  • Currently Enrolled
    835
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,830

Overview of University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:10,033
    • Men:4,914 Men (49.0%)
    • Women:5,119 Women (51.0%)

Location

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Admission Information (UPenn)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of Pennsylvania is 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:

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
4
Science
-
3
Foreign Language
-
4
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
3
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Recommended
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
3451 Walnut Street
City, State, Zip
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone
(215) 898-7507
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
9% of 40,413 applicants were admitted
Women
10% of 20,114 applicants were admitted
Men
9% of 20,299 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
2,412 (64%) of 3,757 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,274 (63%) of 2,025 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,138 (66%) of 1,732 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.85
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
720-790 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
84%
• Score 600 - 700
15%
• Score 500 - 600
1%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
80%
• Score 600 - 700
18%
• Score 500 - 600
2%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
33 average |32-35 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
92%
• Score 24 - 29
8%
• Score 18 - 23
0%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (UPenn)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $55,584 (74.8%)
  • Room & Board: - $15,616 (21.01%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,280 (1.72%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,835 (2.47%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of Pennsylvania accepts prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003378
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,304 (53.7%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,092 (83.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,092 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,092 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,401
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,074 (98.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $47,114
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,092 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,503
• Merit Based Gift
Not reported
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
4,851 (50.0%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
4,478 (92.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
4,478 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
4,478 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$48,971
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,429 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $46,177
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,478 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,230
• Merit Based Gift
Not reported
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
27%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$23,224
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (UPenn)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,519

Part-Time Faculty


509

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


75%

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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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

Libraries


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of Pennsylvania provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


98.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


85.6%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


94%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


96.0%

Programs & Majors (UPenn)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (96)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

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


Business/marketing, Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Health professions and related sciences

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Social Work, Doctor of Medicine, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Doctor of Dental Medicine

Master's Programs of Study (120)


  • Accounting
  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Adult Nursing
  • African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Asian Studies
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioethics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Health Services Research
  • Higher Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Human Development
  • Human Genetics
  • Information Science
  • Insurance
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • International Health
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Italian
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Medical Physics
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Nanotechnology
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Organizational Management
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Real Estate
  • Romance Languages
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Systems Engineering
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Education
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Women's Health Nursing
  • Writing

Campus Life (UPenn)

Location & Geography

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

Available Transportation


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 of College Housing


54% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


42%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of Pennsylvania offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


9,782

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
10,033
Women
5,119
Men
4,914

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 23.7% Asian
  • 8.2% Black/African-American
  • 11.9% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 48.8% White
  • 2.0% Unknown

International Students


12.6% from 102 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


11,874

Student Resources (UPenn)