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Academics

At the University of Pennsylvania, students share an intellectual curiosity and top-notch resources but don't "buy into the stigma of being an Ivy League school." Students here are "very passionate about what they do outside the classroom" and the "flexible core requirements." The university is composed of four undergraduate schools (and "a library for pretty much any topic"). "You can take courses in any of the schools, including graduate-level courses." Luckily, there's a vast variety of disciplines available to students: "I can take a course in old Icelandic and even another one about the politics of food," says a student. Wharton, Penn's highly regarded, "highly competitive undergraduate business school" attracts "career-oriented" students who don't mind a "strenuous course load." There are "more than enough" resources, funding, and opportunity here for any student to take advantage of, and "Penn encourages students to truly take advantage of it all!" Professors can "sometimes seem to be caught up more in their research than their classes," but all "are incredibly well-versed in their subject (as well as their audience)." If you're willing to put in the time and effort, your professors "will be happy to reciprocate." In general, the instructors here are "very challenging academically" and are "always willing to offer their more than relevant life experience in class discussion."

Student Body

This "determined" bunch "is either focused on one specific interest, or very well-rounded." Pretty much everyone "was an overachiever ('that kid') in high school," and some students "are off-the-charts brilliant," making everyone here "sort of fascinated by everyone else." Everyone has "a strong sense of personal style and his or her own credo," but no group deviates too far from the more mainstream stereotypes. There's a definite lack of "emos" and hippies. There's "the career-driven Wharton kid who will stab you in the back to get your interview slot" and "the nursing kid who's practically nonexistent," but on the whole, there's tremendous school diversity, with "people from all over the world of all kinds of experiences of all perspectives."

Campus Life

Penn students don't mind getting into intellectual conversations during dinner—"Politics and religion come up often, but so does baseball, types of wine, and restaurants"—but some "partying is a much higher priority here than it is at other Ivy League schools." "Campus is split between the downtown club scene and the frat/bar scene, depending on your preference." However, when it comes down to midterms and finals, "people get really serious and…buckle down and study." There's easy access to downtown Philadelphia, yet "still the comfortable feeling of having our own campus," giving students plenty of access to restaurants (BYO restaurants in Philly are "a huge hit"), shopping, concerts, and sports games, as well as plain old "hanging out with hallmates playing Mario Kart." "It's the perfect mix between an urban setting a traditional college campus." The school provides plenty of guest speakers, cultural events, clubs, and organizations for students to channel their energies (all of which "makes the campus feel smaller"), and seniors can even attend "Feb Club" in the month of February, which is essentially an event every night. The weekend buses to/from New York and D.C. "are always packed." It's a busy life at Penn, and "people are constantly trying to think about how they can balance getting good grades academically and their weekend plans."

Overview

Applicants
38,918
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average HS GPA
3.91

GPA Breakdown

90%
Over 3.75
5%
3.50 - 3.74
3%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
680 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
700 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 780

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
730 - 800

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Regular — January 5


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
2,150
with Terminal Degree
2,150

1,237
Men
913
Women
418
Minority
110
International

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Real Estate
  • Retailing and Retail Operations
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
  • Transportation/Transportation Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Nanotechnology

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Logic
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


The Honorable Arlen Specter
US Senator from Pennsylvania

Ambassador Jon. M. Huntsman, Jr.
Current U. S. Amabassador to China, former Governor of Utah, 2005-2009

Andrea Mitchell
NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Journalist/Anchor/Reporter

John Legend
Musician/Vocalist/Songwriter; Six-time Grammy Award-Winner

The Honorable Edward G. Rendell
Former Governor of Pennsylvania 03-11; Former Mayor of Philadelphia 92-99

Dick Wolf
Emmy Award-Winning Producer/Writer, most famouse for Law & Order

Steve Wynn
Real Estate Developer/Resorts-Casino Owner.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$60,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$120,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$62,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$124,000

Percent High Job Meaning
55%

Percent STEM
19%


Students Say

Penn's Career Services is an amazing resource for students who wish to discover opportunities on- and off-campus. A bursting job board (with over 13,000 individual position postings), trips to New York City and Washington D.C. to learn about organizations and industries, as well as hundreds of employer information sessions give students tons of chances to network and research fields. One neat perk: along with other offices like Civic House, Kelly Writers House, and Penn Global, Career Services provides funding to finance research and unpaid (or lowly paid) summer internships. Career days a year bring over 600 employers to campus (Amazon, IBM, and Bloomberg, to name a few), and PennApps, a weekend- long "hackathon" for student developers, draws prospective employers like Intel and Microsoft for sponsorship and presentations. Alumni mentoring is also available to help students find their path. Penn grads who visited PayScale.com report median starting salaries of $59,300.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$42,150

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,598

Average Need-Based Loan
$242

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
28%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,157

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,460

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,416
Required Fees
$6,118
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,280

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,446
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,066
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,019
Foreign Countries Represented
126

Demographics

20.64%
Asian
7.17%
African-American
10.06%
Hispanic
43.78%
Caucasian
1.95%
Unknown
12.12%
International

50% female
50% male
81% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
54%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
350
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
18

30% join a fraternity
27% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Quakers, Red and Blue)
17 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Light Weight Football
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Quakers, Red and Blue)
17 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Drexel University
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Joseph's University

Sustainability

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
38%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
No

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
412

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
We have agreements with Dell, Apple, IBM, Sun, and Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
1 College Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6376

Phone
218-898-7507


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University of Pennsylvania Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art
Walnut Street shops and restuarants
Annenberg Center
Franklin Field

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Independence Hall/Liberty Bell/Old City
National Constitution Center
Reading Terminal Market
Flyers, Phillies, Eagles

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9am-5pm; 10am-2pm
218-898-7507

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
offer year round in conjunction with tou

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1 night only; Oct, Nov, Feb; Mon - Wed n

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Philadelphia International Airport is five miles from campus (see driving instructions below). Airport shuttle trains leave every half hour and stop at 30th St. Station, a 15-minute walk from campus. Amtrak train service is available to 30th St. Station in Philadelphia, which is a 15-minute walk or short taxi or bus ride from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is located in 1 College Hall (between 34th/36th Streets and Walnut/Spruce Streets). As you enter campus at 34th and Walnut Streets, you will see the main thoroughfare, Locust Walk. Proceed southwest on Locust Walk and you will spot "The Button" to your right and a statue of Ben Franklin to your left. College Hall is the building to your left behind the statue of Ben Franklin. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is located on the ground floor of College Hall. WALKING FROM 30th STREET STATION: Take a right (head west) onto Market Street. At 34th Street, turn left. Proceed down 34th Street to the intersection of 34th and Walnut Streets. Follow directions listed above to reach Undergraduate Admissions. Estimated walking time: 15 minutes. PARKING: There are several parking facilities located on or near campus, as well as metered street parking. Recommended garages and lots: 38th and Walnut Street; 34th and Chestnut Street; Penn Tower Hotel (34th and Civic Center Boulevard); Sheraton Hotel (36th and Chestnut Streets); South Street and Convention Avenue; 32nd and Walnut Street; 40th and Walnut Street. FROM THE NORTH VIA NJ TURNPIKE: Take the New Jersey Turnpike South. Use Exit 4. Bear right out of the toll and follow signs to Philadelphia and the Ben Franklin Bridge. After crossing the bridge, take I-676 West to I-76 East. Follow I-76 East to Exit 346A, a left lane exit marked South Street. Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. To find parking, turn right at the 2nd light onto 33rd Street. Take the first left onto Walnut Street and there will be a lot on the right at 38th and Walnut. FROM THE WEST VIA PA TURNPIKE: On the PA turnpike, use Exit 326, the Valley Forge Interchange. Take I-76 East for approximately 17 miles until Exit 346A, a left lane exit marked South Street. Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. To find parking, turn right at the 2nd light onto 33rd Street. Take the first left onto Walnut Street and there will be a lot on the right at 38th and Walnut. FROM THE NORTH VIA PA TURNPIKE: Follow signs for I-476. Follow I-476 South to the I-76/Philadelphia exit. Take I-76 East for approximately 12 miles to Exit 346A, a left lane exit marked South Street. Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. To find parking, turn right at the 2nd light onto 33rd Street. Take the first left onto Walnut Street and there will be a lot on the right at 38 th and Walnut. FROM THE NORTH VIA 95 SOUTH: Taking I-95 South, use the 676/Central Philadelphia Exit. Follow signs to I-676 West, and follow 676 West until 76 East. Follow I-76 East until Exit 346A, a left lane exit marked South Street. Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. To find parking, turn right at the 2nd light onto 33rd Street. Take the first left onto Walnut Street and there will be a lot on the right at 38th and Walnut. FROM THE SOUTH VIA 95 NORTH: Taking I-95 North, use the I-676/Central Philadelphia Exit which is approximately 7 miles north of the airport. Follow 676 West until I-76 East. Follow I-76 East until Exit 346A, a left lane exit marked South Street. Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. To find parking, turn right at the 2nd light onto 33rd Street. Take the first left onto Walnut Street and there will be a lot on the right at 38 th and Walnut. FROM THE AIRPORT: Take I-95 North to the I-676/Central Philadelphia exit, which is approximately 7 miles north of the airport. Follow I-676 West until I-76 East. Follow 76 East until exit 346A, a left lane exit marked South Street. Turn right onto South Street to enter campus. To find parking, turn right at the 2nd light onto 33rd Street. Take the first left onto Walnut Street and there will be a lot at 38th Street.

Local Accommodations
Sheraton-University City Hotel $129-159/night 36th and Chestnut Streets Philadelphia, PA 215-387-8000, 800-325-3535 www.sheraton.com/universitycity The Hilton Inn at Penn $149-169/night 3600 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 215-222-0200, 800-HILTONS www.theinnatpenn.com


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