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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Upper Quad Gate credit: Bryan Y.W. Shin
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Overview
Private not-for-profit
10,468 Undergraduates
9% Admissions Rate
City: Large
Private
Region: Northeast
Division 1
Selective
Size: Medium
Doctoral
University of Pennsylvania
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19104-6303
(215) 898-5000
www.upenn.edu

Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania is the fourth-oldest higher education institution in the United States. It is also one of the top research universities in the country, and spends more than $900 million per year on research and development. The Ivy League school is located in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and sits on more than 300 acres of land. Its motto is, “Leges sine moribus vanae” or “Laws without morals are useless.” The first general-purpose electronic computer, ENIAC, was invented there in 1946, at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. As one of the highest ranked universities in the world, UPenn boasts eight MacArthur Award recipients, two Pulitzer Prize winners, four Nobel Prize recipients and four National Medal of Science recipients in the past two decades alone. Notable alumni include U.S. President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump, CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk, American businessman Warren Buffett, Doctor Mehmet Oz, philosopher Noam Chomsky and television producer Dick Wolf. More than 314,000 people have graduated from UPenn since it was established. The school is home to 17 intercollegiate teams for men and for 16 intercollegiate teams for women. Its official colors are red and blue, and its mascot is a Quaker.

Location

Philadelphia is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is also the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis. More from Wikipedia...

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coffee score

96

restaurants score

Students
48%

Men

52%

Women

21

Average Age of Entering Students

100%

Live On Campus

147

New Transfer Students

Admissions
9%

Acceptance Rate

68%

Enrollment Yield

1380-1570

SAT Range

38,918

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$22,944

Typical Cost

$53,534

Average Tuition

60%

Recieve Financial Aid

75%

Have Loans

$19,300

Median Debt

Academics
6.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

139

National Merit Students

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

566

Doctorates Awareded

Finance

Top Major

30

Faculty Awards

117

National Academy Members

919

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, more than 450 student-run organizations

Greek Life:

Important, 49 fraternity and sorority chapters

Party Scene:

Big party school
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Ivy Group

Track & Field Conference:

Ivy Group

Social
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