University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (also known as “UPenn” or just “Penn”) is a private Ive League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. UPenn is one of the four oldest higher education institutions in the United States, was the first university in the nation to offer both undergraduate and graduate education opportunities to its students and was founded by Benjamin Franklin. UPenn is classified as a research university and is known as one of the “Colonial Colleges”, nine original education institutions that were chartered in the American Colonies before the American Revolution.

UPenn was one of the 14 original founding members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an orginization of leading research universities dedicated to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.

UPenn was established on a premise (advocated by its founder Benjamin Franklin) that students require a practical education for commerce, business, and public service as much, if not more, than an education in the classics and theology. UPenn was among the first universities to employ a multidisciplinary education model, pioneered in Europe, where one higher education institution offers students a large breadth of disparate academic disciplines. The university was also the birthplace of several other educational innovations. It was home to the first collegiate business school (Wharton, 1881), first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765) and the first student union (Houston Hall, 1896).

UPenn is a large university that includes a range of academic schools and departments, hundreds of programs, as well as several community and public service initiatives. The university is well respected within the academic and business communities and is particularly well know for its medical, dental, business, communications, nursing, law, biotechnology, veterinary, social sciences and humanities programs. However, if you don’t have the grades there’s a good chance you won’t get admitted. The institution is one of the more selective, accepting only 12% of undergraduate applicants each year. UPenn is also well known of its research centers and professorships, numerous joint degree programs, a unified campus, and a policy (the “One University Policy”) which allows any student to take any course from any of UPenn’s academic schools or departments.

As previously mentioned, UPenn is a research university. As such, all of UPenn’s academic schools and departments exhibit very high research activity. UPenn is consistently ranked among the top five research universities in the United States and among the top research universities in the world, both in terms of quantity and quality of research performed each year. With a research budget exceeding $814 million, 4,000 faculty and 5,000 support staff actively involved in research, and 1,100 postdoctoral fellows, UPenn topped the list of Ivy League research universities in 2011. As a top research institution, UPenn is associated with numerous discoveries and innovations in several fields. It was involved with the development of the Rubella and Hepatitis B vaccines, Retin-A, conjoint analysis, cognitive therapy and the first general purpose electronic computer (ENIAC).

Part of UPenn’s success in the area of academic research is due to its highly productive faculty and support staff. Over the last decade alone 9 UPenn faculty and/or graduates have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Other prominent alumni include one U.S. President, 12 heads of state, 3 U.S. Supreme Court justices, founders of large tech firms, law firms, and several global financial institutions. There are 18 living billionaires that are all UPenn graduates.

Academics

One of largest and well known schools at UPenn is the College of Arts and Science, which is the undergraduate division of the School of Arts and Sciences. It is also home to the Graduate Studies Division and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, the university’s division for non-traditional graduate and undergraduate students. Other popular schools at UPenn include its graduate business school, Wharton, its School of Nursing and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (also known as SEAS).

UPenn is known for its emphasis on multi/-interdisciplinary learning and academic research. Other distinguishing characteristics of its academic offering include numerous joint-degree programs, academic flexibility and custom-designed undergraduate majors. One of the university’s most distinguishing features is its “One University” policy with allows any undergraduate the ability to take courses from any of UPenn’s undergraduate or graduate schools (with exception of the dental, medical and veterinary schools). Through the “Quaker Consortium”, an arrangement between between University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College, undergraduates can take courses offered at any one of the four institutions.

Interdisciplinary and Dual-degree Programs

UPenn is well known among the academic community for providing a large selection of some of the best coordinated dual-degree (CDD) programs of any university in the nation. UPenn dual-degrees allow undergraduate students to earn degrees from multiple academic schools upon completion of all required courses from each school. A few of the more popular “coordinated” programs include The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management, Nursing and Healthcare Management, Accelerated 7 year Bio-Dental Program, and the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER).

In addition to the previously mentioned CDD programs, UPenn offers several other dual-degree programs. In contract to CDD programs, “dual degree” programs require students to complete requirements for both programs independent of one another. Both CDD and dual-degree programs lead to degrees awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences and a degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

For aspiring graduate students, UPenn offers several structured joint-degree programs, such as the J.D./MBA, and maintains a directory of the interdisciplinary graduate studies institutions that support dual-degree programs.

Medical Center and Biomedical Research Complex

UPenn offers a range of top ranked medical and health-related programs in nursing, dental medicine, general medicine, veterinary medicine, bioengineering and health management. Given UPenn’s high level of research funding and activity, intellectual breadth, and vast clinical resources, only a few other schools rank with UPenn in overall program quality.

However, due to the ongoing cost of maintaining UPenn’s biomedical research component, unpredictable government regulations, medicaid/medicare program changes, and a decrease in federal funding for academic research, UPenn may face revenue instability in the near future. UPenn is working to address potential financial shortfalls and is pooling its resources in an attempt to achieve greater efficiences and productivity.

Undergraduate Admissions

According to the Princeton Review UPenn is the 6th most selective university in the United States. For the graduating class of 2015, UPenn received a record 31,659 applications, of which it admitted 3881–an admittance rate of roughly 12%. At the graduate level UPenn is also quite selective, although acceptance rates vary quite a bit from program to program. As is the case with most universities, some of the more selection graduate programs include law, medicine, and business.

Rankings

On the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top undergraduate colleges in the United States UPenn is tied with Duke University for 8th place, out ranked only by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, and The University of Chicago. UPenn is also a prominent and consistent feature in the U.S. News & World Report list of Most Popular National Universities and Princeton Review’s “Dream Colleges” list.

University of Pennsylvania was recently ranked 12th in the world by QS World University Rankings, 14th by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 15th by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UPenn has also ranked 8th and 9th in the world for its economics/business and social sciences programs. In 2012, The Human Resources & Labor Review ranked University of Pennsylvania 12th among 300 Best World Universities.

In the category of top research universities, The Center for Measuring University Performance ranked UPenn as a first tier university (on par with Columbia, Stanford, and MIT). The National Science Foundation ranked UPenn 9th based on its investment in Research & Development. In fact, for the last decade almost every reputable ranking publication, including High Impact Universities, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities and SCImago Institutions Rankings World Report has ranked UPenn among the top research universities in the world.

General Information

Admission Office
1 College Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7507
Fax: (215) 898-9670
info@admissions.ugao.upenn.edu
Contact: Eric Furda
Dean of Admissions
Main Address
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-5000
www.upenn.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 9,756
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,400
Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,756
Graduate enrollment: 6,873

Setting
Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $35,916 $37,526 $38,970 $40,514 +3.96%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,050 $1,090 $1,120 +2.75%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,208 $10,621 $11,016 $11,430 +3.76%
Other $1,956 $2,102 $2,174 $2,186 +0.55%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $49,080 $51,299 $53,250 $55,250 +3.76%
In-state Off Campus $36,916 $38,576 $40,060 $41,634 +3.93%
In-state with Family $36,916 $38,576 $40,060 $41,634 +3.93%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $25,660
In-state Student Fees $2,152
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $25,660
Out-of-state Fees $2,152

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,462 61%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,050 44% $31,802,204 $30,288
• Federal grants 284 12% $2,041,439 $7,188
• Pell grants 244 10% $887,998 $3,639
• Other federal grants 277 12% $1,153,441 $4,164
State/local government grant or scholarships 140 6% $408,180 $2,916
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,046 44% $29,352,585 $28,062
Student loan aid 779 32% $4,428,968 $5,685
• Federal student loans 705 29% $3,543,451 $5,026
• Other student loans 137 6% $885,517 $6,464

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3238 3518 1210 3 275
Architecture and Related Services 25 238 9 30
Architecture 25 114 4 18
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 78 5 5
Environmental Design/architecture 1
Landscape Architecture 46 6
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 33 4 3
African Studies 5
African-american/black Studies 6 1
American/united States Studies/civilization 2
East Asian Studies 13
Latin American Studies 1
South Asian Studies 4 3 3
Women’s Studies 2
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 280 113 108
Biochemistry 32
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 9
Bioinformatics 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 4
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 122 1 7
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 1 7
Biomedical Sciences 23
Biophysics 3
Biostatistics 4 5
Biotechnology 62
Cell/cellular and Molecular Biology 12 40
Environmental Biology
Epidemiology 29
Immunology 12
Neuroscience 95 2 19
Pharmacology 1 9
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 874 1315 18 167
Accounting 57 31
Accounting and Finance 26
Actuarial Science 8
Business Administration and Management 124 253 5 64
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 5
Business/commerce 20
E-commerce/electronic Commerce
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 147
Finance 399 507 2
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 4 21
Insurance 9 6 4
International Business/trade/commerce 8 14
Management Information Systems 1
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 112
Marketing/marketing Management 105 105 6 22
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 19 11
Operations Management and Supervision 73 37 1
Organizational Behavior Studies 34
Public Finance 9
Real Estate 48 45 9
Retailing and Retail Operations 5
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 18
Communication and Journalism Programs 127 3 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 127 3 13
Computing and Information Sciences 26 147 12 7
Artificial Intelligence 21
Computer and Information Sciences 70 12
Computer Graphics 13 17 7
Computer Science 12
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 39
Education 1 341 74 1
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction 8 2
Education 29 21 1
Educational Leadership and Administration 23 20
Educational Statistics and Research Methods 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 52
English/language Arts Teacher Education 12
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 42 30
Mathematics Teacher Education 5
Reading Teacher Education 18 1
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 12
Secondary Education and Teaching 65
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education 12
Social Studies Teacher Education 18
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 38
Engineering 312 184 48
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 62 23 21
Chemical Engineering 49 27 10
Computer Engineering 29
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 31 36 1
Engineering, Other 23 34
Geological/geophysical Engineering 1
Materials Engineering 36 19 10
Mechanical Engineering 45 20 6
Systems Engineering 37 24
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 126 13 13
English Language and Literature 126 13 10
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 126 32 33
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 15 1 2
Comparative Literature 10 1 5
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 15 9 8
French Language and Literature 20
German Language and Literature 3 3 3
Italian Language and Literature 5
Linguistics 21 3 6
Middle/near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5 4 3
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 2 11 6
Russian Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 27
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 233 324 429 30
Adult Health Nurse/nursing 18
Advanced/graduate Dentistry and oral Sciences, Other 2
Bioethics/medical Ethics 27
Clinical Nurse Specialist 1
Community Health Services/liaison/counseling 72
Critical Care Nursing
Dentistry 148
Endodontics/endodontology 8
Environmental Health 1
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 18
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 6
Health/health Care Administration/management 25 71 5
Maternal/child Health and Neonatal Nurse/nursing 32
Medical Scientist 9
Medicine 156
Nurse Anesthetist 15
Nurse Midwife/nursing Midwifery 14
Nursing Administration 8
Nursing Education 19
oral Biology and oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 1
oral/maxillofacial Surgery 3
orthodontics/orthodontology 6
Pediatric Dentistry/pedodontics 2
Pediatric Nurse/nursing 31
Periodontics/periodontology 8
Perioperative/operating Room and Surgical Nurse/nursing 17
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing 13
Public Health, Other 20
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 136 4 8
Veterinary Medicine 112
History 168 16 27
History and Philosophy Of Science and Technology 13 2 7
History 155 12 15
History, Other 2 5
Human Services 21 177 20
Public Administration 48
Public Policy Analysis 21 5 4
Social Work 124 16
Legal and Law Studies 90 278
Advanced Legal Research/studies 90 3
Law 275
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22 98
Humanities/humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 22 98
Mathematics and Statistics 70 13 17
Applied Mathematics, Other 1
Mathematics 44 8 8
Statistics 26 4 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 55 82 9
Cognitive Science 15
Historic Preservation and Conservation 21 9
International/global Studies 40 61
Natural Resources and Conservation 18 27
Environmental Science 5
Environmental Studies 18 17
Natural Resources Management and Policy 5
Physical Sciences 37 68 41
Chemistry 17 31 25
Geology and Earth Science 3 2
Hydrology and Water Resources Science 5
Physics 17 32 14
Psychology 88 123 7 8
Counseling Psychology 63 8
Developmental and Child Psychology 17
Psychology 88 43 7
Social Sciences 511 77 53 2 22
Anthropology 36 6 7
Applied Economics 3
Archeology 1
Criminology 5 27 3
Demography and Population Studies 5 8
Economics 189 14 20
Geography, Other 11 1
International Relations and Affairs 60
Political Science and Government 153 6 6
Political Science and Government, Other 21
Social Sciences 5 1
Sociology 24 5 8 1
Urban Studies/affairs 39
Visual and Performing Arts 85 33 7 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 18 7 1
Design and Applied Arts, Other 5
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 6
Film/cinema/video Studies 19
Fine/studio Arts 26 18
Graphic Design 1
Music 8 3 6 1
Visual and Performing Arts 8
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $75
Online application fee: $75
Enrollment Rates
Average Percent applicants admitted: 15%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 98%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 31,660
Percent Admitted: 12%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 62%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 660 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 690 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 670 (25th Percentile)
  • 770 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 29 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 10 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Environmental Design B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
East Asian Studies B
South Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies A,B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Bioinformatics B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B
Biophysics B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business Administration/Management B
E-Commerce B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B
Real Estate B
Sales and Distribution B
Transportation/Transportation Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Graphics B
Computer Networking/Telecommunications B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Education
Education – General B
Elementary Education B

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B
Systems Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Italian B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Semitic B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Community Health Services B
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B

History
History – General B
History of Science/Technology B

Law & Legal Studies
Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science B
Global Studies B
Natural Sciences B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Logic B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General A,B

Public Administration & Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
Anthropology A,B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General A,B
Sociology A,B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.