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Benjamin Franklin founded Penn as the nation's first university in 1740.
From 50 states and 137 countries, Penn’s 10,000 undergraduates pursue studies in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities alongside pre-professional preparation in business, engineering, and nursing.
91 Undergraduate majors
Penn's physical and intellectual connections encourage shared learning experiences. A walkable, 302-acre campus links the resources of 4 undergraduate and 12 graduate schools, 3 teaching hospitals, 15 libraries, and 142 research centers.
Penn makes its home in Philadelphia’s energetic and artistic University City neighborhood. The nation’s fifth-largest city is a hub of culture, commerce, and cuisine, which will enrich your Penn experience.
Penn Nursing students combine a liberal arts and sciences foundation with intensive clinical experiences, enjoying partnerships with more than 300 health care facilities, including the nation’s top-ranked children’s hospital.
8:1 Nursing student-to-faculty ratio in clinical settings
Nursing students complete at least 864 hours of clinical rotations, learning in partnership with the nation’s top nurse educators. Their learning and experiences are enhanced through research, overseas study, and involvement with public health outreach initiatives.
After completing the BSN course of study, 80% of Penn Nursing graduates pursue one of the School’s 19 master’s degree programs. Students can have close to 75 percent of their graduate degree tuition covered through joint funding from the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Penn Nursing.
Penn’s intellectual crossroads, the College offers 56 majors, 80 minors, and 2,000+ courses. Students pursue interdisciplinary study within a flexible curriculum, gaining skills that are grounded in theory but also relevant and useful in the professional world.
70 Percent of College courses have 25 or fewer students
College students anchor their learning in practical experience, participating in the creation, synthesis, application, and transmission of new knowledge. Students blur the lines between academic disciplines through creative combinations of majors and minors.
Students in the College are prepared to offer the world creative solutions to problems. Equipped with an intellectually flexible education, students in the College are ready for success in an increasingly complex world. 91% of the class of 2013 is employed or attending graduate school.
Combining fundamental science, professional practice, and leadership development, Penn Engineering’s innovative curriculum provides an understanding of today’s most important technologies. Students study in 14 majors, 4 interdisciplinary minors, and three dual-degree programs.
100 Percent of Penn Engineering students complete a capstone research project
From creating the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer, ENIAC, to pushing the boundaries in the areas of Nanotechnology, Information Systems, and Biological Engineering, Penn emphasizes practical learning. For example, 75 percent of students collaborate with faculty on their research.
Penn Engineering’s reputation commands employers’ attention: nearly 400 companies recruit on campus annually. Graduates are innovators and intellectual entrepreneurs prepared to lead tomorrow’s high-tech world.
The world’s first business school, Wharton combines a comprehensive undergraduate business education with extensive study in the liberal arts and sciences. Wharton’s 225+ professors constitute one of the world's largest and most cited business faculties.
21 Concentrations in business
Wharton takes a practice-based approach to learning through teamwork. In the Management 100 course, first-year students work in small teams to identify problems and create solutions with local non-profits. Students discover the latest business ideas and trends with faculty utilizing the 20 research centers devoted to business education.
As an engine of positive dynamic change and the #1 ranked undergraduate business program, Wharton advances the world’s economic and social well-being. Graduates join a global network of 92,000 alumni in 140 countries. Approximately two-thirds of graduates are able to advance their careers without returning to school to complete an MBA.
Penn opens its doors to the world’s best minds by:
Penn makes it possible for its students to graduate without debt by:
Penn is among Kiplinger’s top 10 “Best Values in Private Universities,” a ranking that considers tuition, quality of education, and generosity of aid.
$44,772 Average award for aided incoming freshmen in 2013