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Benjamin Franklin founded Penn as the nation's first university in 1740.

Our Founder, Benjamin Franklin












This is Penn

Proudly Penn

Liberal Arts and Sciences in Practice

The University of Pennsylvania brings together 10,000 of the most promising student minds and gives them access to a preeminent faculty and all the resources of one of the world's premier research institutions.

91 Undergraduate majors

One Unified Campus

Penn's innovative curriculum is both rigorous and relevant, encompassing intensive study in the liberal arts and sciences as well as opportunities to cultivate interests in business, engineering, and nursing.

At Home In Philadelphia

Penn's compact, walkable campus is located in one of America's great college towns. A hub of culture and commerce with an energetic, entrepreneurial vibe, Philadelphia is one of Penn's greatest assets: an urban laboratory and an exciting place to call home.


 

Academics

Penn has the only undergraduate nursing school in the Ivy League.

Academics

School of Nursing

Penn's School of Nursing offers unmatched opportunities to pursue your interests in advanced practice nursing at the highest level. The integrated undergraduate curriculum combines hands-on clinical training within the framework of a broader liberal arts and sciences education, ensuring that you will have the skills to be a leader in healthcare delivery.

8:1 Nursing student-to-faculty ratio in clinical settings

Apply What You Learn

As a nursing student at Penn, you'll complete at least 864 hours of clinical rotations, benefitting from partnerships with more than 300 health care facilities--including the nation's top-ranked children's hospital. In addition to conducting research with renowned nurse educators, you'll also be able to study abroad and take part in public health outreach initiatives.

Your Future

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.

You might also consider study in one of Penn's other undergraduate schools:

 
Academics

70 Percent of College courses have 25 or fewer students

Academics

College Of Arts And Sciences

The College is the heart of the academic experience at Penn. An integrated curriculum spanning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences encourages guided exploration and intellectual risk-taking early on, allowing you to study across academic disciplines before choosing an area of focus in one of the 56 majors.

1,600+different major/minor degree combinations pursued by the College Class of 2013

Practical Learning

As a student in the College, your academic experience will be anchored by hands-on experience. You will participate in the creation, synthesis, and transmission of new knowledge, and comprehensive academic advising and support ensures that you'll be able to harness all of Penn's resources.

Your Future

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.

You might also consider study in one of Penn's other undergraduate schools:

 
Academics

Penn Engineering students apply what they learn, whether designing and racing alternative-energy vehicles or perfecting robot soccer players for competition in the international ROBOCUP.

Academics

Penn Engineering

Penn Engineering offers an innovative and flexible curriculum combining fundamental science with groundbreaking research, leadership development, and professional practice. You can choose from among 14 majors, four interdisciplinary minors, and three dual-degree programs.

100 Percent of Penn Engineering students complete a capstone research project

Apply What You Learn

From creating ENIAC to pushing boundaries in the areas of nanotechnology, information systems, and biological engineering, Penn emphasizes practical learning. An emphasis on research combined with the entrepreneurial atmosphere at Penn will cultivate problem-solving skills in the development of innovative technologies.

Your Future

Penn Engineering’s reputation commands employers’ attention: nearly 400 companies recruit on campus annually. Graduates are innovators and entrepreneurs prepared to lead tomorrow’s high-tech world.

You might also consider study in one of Penn's other undergraduate schools:

 
Academics

48 classrooms, 57 group study rooms, and a 4,000-square-foot forum help make Wharton’s Huntsman Hall the world’s most advanced academic center for business education.

Academics

The Wharton School

Penn is the proud home of the Wharton School, the world's first school of business. At Wharton, you'll study business in the context of a broader liberal arts education, learning from one of the world's largest and most-cited business faculties.

20+ concentrations in business

Apply What You Learn

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.

Your Future

A top 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.

You might also consider study in one of Penn's other undergraduate schools:

 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

We Meet Full Demonstrated Need

Penn opens its doors to the world’s most promising minds by:

  • practicing need-blind admissions for citizens and permanent residents of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico—so admissions decisions are not affected by a family’s ability to pay tuition.
  • meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need of all admitted students for four years without the use of loans in its aid packages. 

Graduate debt-free

Penn makes it possible for its students to graduate without debt by:

  • excluding loans from aid packages
  • devoting more than $197 million annually to undergraduate aid
  • offering 83 percent of incoming freshmen who applied for aid assistance through Penn’s generous aid policies

A “Best Value”

Penn is among Kiplinger’s top 10 “Best Values in Private Universities,” a ranking that considers tuition, quality of education, and generosity of aid.

$44,843 Average award for aided incoming freshmen in 2014