University of Pennsylvania

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About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, commonly referred to as 'Penn,' is located on the west side of Philadelphia and is a world-renowned private research university. Penn is a member of the prestigious Ivy League, along with seven other universities in the Northeastern U.S. including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Founded in 1740, Penn is the fourth oldest institution of higher education in the United States and the first modern institution of higher education in the U.S. to engage in science, technology and humanities education. Benjamin Franklin, one of America's 'Founding Fathers,' also helped to found the university itself.


The University of Pennsylvania is an education and research leader in the arts, humanities, social sciences, architecture, veterinary medicine, and engineering. Its schools of business (Wharton), Law (Penn Law), and Medicine (Perelman) are all among the top-ranked in the world, and the university boasts numerous notable alumni, including two US presidents and 30 Nobel laureates. The university employs 4,500 professors and enrolls over 10,000 full-time undergraduates as well as more than 11,000 full-time graduate students. In 2006, the school received more than $66 million in research funding, including funds for approximately 4,200 faculty members, 870 postdoctoral fellows, 3,800 graduate students and more than 5,400 technical staff. The University of Pennsylvania is also one of the 14 founding schools of the American College Consortium.


The University of Pennsylvania enrolls a large percentage of students of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. In recent years, roughly 39% of freshmen have been of Asian, Hispanic, African-American or Indian origin. The university enrolls roughly equal numbers of male and female students.


The school campus covers an area of 269 acres (just over one square kilometer), and extends to the west of downtown Philadelphia. Within the next ten years, Penn also plans to develop 35 additional acres of land, with the intent to construct new buildings and facilities for education and research use. Beyond the main campus, the university extends into southwest suburbs of Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill neighborhood and features 92 acres of botanical gardens, collectively known as the Morris Arboretum (100 E. Northwestern Ave.). Penn's campus also houses the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (3260 South St.), which benefits from the contributions of the school's highly respected Department of Archeology. The museum features a large collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt and the Middle East, as well as a considerable number of ancient Chinese artifacts. The Institute of Contemporary Art (118 S. 36th St.) also hosts many different art exhibitions each year.


Many of the buildings on the University of Pennsylvania campus combine the architectural styles of England's Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and, while they feature many of the original elements of traditional Gothic architecture, also display architectural innovations and more modern building elements.

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