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University of Pennsylvania Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
10,882
Total Undergrads
Including 1,546 Part-time
2,405
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 35 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

53% Women
47% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

15
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $96,388)
14
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $78,524)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 138 114 - -
Baseball 29 - Yes -
Basketball 18 12 Yes Yes
Fencing 22 17 - -
Field Hockey - 21 Yes -
Football 119 - - -
Golf 12 7 Yes -
Gymnastics - 19 Yes -
Lacrosse 39 23 Yes -
Other Sports 97 - - -
Rowing 51 65 - -
Soccer 26 26 Yes Yes
Softball - 22 - -
Squash 15 11 Yes -
Swimming and Diving 32 38 Yes -
Tennis 14 15 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 22 Yes Yes
Wrestling 26 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cricket - - Yes -
Curling - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Synchronized Swimming - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.9%
Hispanic 4.0%
Non-resident alien 13.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 20.3%
Two or more races 0.3%
White/non-Hispanic 42.8%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
Other
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 1
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 9
Property Crime 33
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Josh from Dayville, CT
  • 4
  • I live in a highrise (apartment-like dorm), so I am biased, but visiting friends from other elite universities say that our dorms, even our worst, are nicer than theirs. I…

  • Mar-29-2012 Read More
  • Samantha from Philadelphia, PA
  • 4
  • Living in the Quad freshman year is an awesome experience, mainly because it is almost all freshmen. There are no parties in the dorms, but they are great for building…

  • Jul-31-2012 Read More
  • Brittany from East Elmhurst, NY
  • 4
  • DORM LIFE IS SUPER AWESOME! UPenn offers residential programs, which is where a group of students who have similar interests are placed in the same hall and the hall (throughout…

  • Aug-02-2012 Read More
  • Harry from Forest Hills, NY
  • 5
  • One of my favorite aspects of being a Penn student is the college house program. Every house has faculty residents and residential advisors who are both second-parents and dear friends…

  • Dec-30-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Benjamin from Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Oct-08-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The campus is in Phili, so there's a lot within walking distance. Everything's accessible and you get some great exercise too!

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  • 5
  • Arike from Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr-23-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food is absolutly amazing, so much so that my friends and I had to deem the weight gain the pre-frosh 10.

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  • 3
  • Helen from New York, NY
  • Apr-11-2014 I am a past student here

    I enjoyed the fact that as a freshman, I was forced into having a meal plan. I know that if I didn't have one, I would be entirely too thin. It was a great way to build community as I shared so many meals with my fellow freshman. The food is not spectacular, but I do remember some amazing stand out meals. Outside of dining, Philadelphia has the BEST restaurants. I know this is a bold statement, but heading down to center city and even walking a little further north, there are some great meals for great prices. I would suggest Barbuzzo (my all time favorite Mediterranean restaurant), Marakesh (an Ethiopian restaurant where you use your hands as utensils), Han Dynasty (a Spicy Chinese restaurant that my cousin owns), and Green Eggs (the best brunch around). Lastly, I'll add, food trucks are a must.

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  • 4
  • Mattcr
  • Mar-16-2014 I am a current student here

    Several meal plans. Check them out in advance. Something for almost everyone.

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  • 3
  • Madison
  • Feb-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Some of the dining options at Penn are good, but the actual dining halls are not that great. All freshmen are required to get a meal plan, however most upperclassman do not get one (or at least get one with out dining hall swipes) At Penn you have two types of money in your meal plan. The first is a meal swipe which gets you into an all-you-can-eat type dinging hall. The second is dining dollars. These can buy you much better food than you could get in a dinging hall. However, all freshman meal plans include a mix of both.

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  • 5
  • Jorge from Philadelphia, PA
  • Feb-10-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There are numerous restaurants with a titanic range in price, style, and type. Want a quick, cheap burrito? Go to Q'Doba. Want to take your date to a nice Mexican restaurant? Go to Distrito. The possibilities are almost endless.

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  • 3
  • Tracy from Philadelphia, PA
  • Feb-04-2014 I am a current student here

    I am a graduate student; therefore have not eaten in the cafeteria, although I heard anyone can go in and purchase food. I heard there is a great variety. Lots of food trucks and restaurants are located throughout the campus area. Very convenient.

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  • 4
  • Shannon from Dushore, PA
  • Dec-28-2013 I am a current student here

    On-campus dining is good. There are several dining halls and lots of retail dining places (like Starbucks and a mini grocery market) that you can use your meal plan in. However, it is still dining hall food. Luckily, campus is in Philadelphia, where there is a huge and lively food scene.

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  • 3
  • HC
  • Aug-02-2013 I am a current student here

    Penn's dining halls are lackluster. There are three major ones on campus -- Hill, King's Court, and 1920s Commons -- and all are usually unhealthy, uninspired, and have unfriendly staff. They are also extremely overpriced. However, aside from the dining halls, Penn has other GREAT on campus food options, from cafes, to a gourmet grocery store, to a Starbucks. (I tend to choose these for meals.) These other on-campus options take dining dollars, which are part of your meal plan -- so all you have to do is show your ID card. Aside from on-campus options, the food in Philly is fantastic. There is a Chipotle right near campus, as well as a Sweetgreen and a Bobby's Burger Palace. There are also many awesome restaurants downtown and in Center City.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Helen from New York, NY
  • Apr-11-2014 I am a past student here

    I never personally participated in Greek Life, but a lot of my friends have. Its a big part of Penn and its a good way to meet people that you'll keep in touch with years after you graduate.

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  • 0
  • Madison
  • Feb-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life at Penn is really big as well so there are a lot of social activities centered around sororities and fraternities. However, many of these are open to all students, even those not affiliated with any greek houses. In addition to the traditional social fraternities and sororities, there are also pre-professional, communiuty service and multi-cultural coed and not coed fraternities and sororities.

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  • 0
  • Shannon from Dushore, PA
  • Dec-28-2013 I am a current student here

    There is a vibrant Greek scene for those who want to participate, but it doesn't dominate the social community.

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  • 0
  • HC
  • Aug-02-2013 I am a current student here

    About 30% of Penn students are involved in Greek life, and it can be a big part of the party scene on campus, but otherwise it's not very overwhelming like it is at state schools. For girls, sororities are a big draw for those who are social/want to make more friends, but it's definitely not a necessity. The pressure is greater on guys to join fraternities for social reasons. But, ultimately, it's there if you want it -- if not, it's easy to avoid it.

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  • 0
  • Sara from Philadelphia, PA
  • Jul-03-2013 I am a current student here

    I didn't get involved but if you choose to get involved, the houses are conveniently located on and nearby campus and

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  • 0
  • Elizabeth
  • Jul-01-2013 I am a current student here

    Is a very big part of campus life. Keep that in mind.

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  • 0
  • Lyla from Georgia
  • Jun-28-2013 I am a current student here

    See social life above. Greek life has been great for me, though I won't lie and say that I was not hugely skeptical. I did not rush because I felt like I needed to. Rather, I felt like I had such great friends from first semester that I didn't need to rush. I ended up doing it to give it a try (no need to close off my options) and have found within my sorority an awesome group of down-to-earth, hilarious girls whom I wouldn't have met otherwise. Rush is in the spring, so you get an entire semester to naturally make friends, acclimate to Penn, and watch the way that greek life is integrated into the social scene to see if it's for you. I have friends in greek life and tons of friend not in greek life. There are no social stigmas one way or another and that was a huge factor in my decision to give it a shot. Additionally, the connections that one makes through a greek organization, especially at a school like Penn, have the potentially to be career-determining and life-changing.

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  • 0
  • Carole from Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan-02-2013 I am a current student here

    There are many different fraternities and sororities to choose from and they are well run and well monitored. Most of the Greek houses are above 37th street all in a row so it's a nice community there.

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  • 0
  • Ashlin
  • Nov-03-2012 I am a current student here

    Penn has many fraternities and sororities with locations on and off campus.

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