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University of Pennsylvania Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,546 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 35 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

53% Women
47% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $96,388)
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 -


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%
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
  • 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
  • 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…

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  • anonymous, santa monica, ca
  • 4
  • there are a number of options for dorm life all over penn's campus that cater to different kinds of students. hands down i recommend living in the quad your first…

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  • Helen from New York, NY
  • 4
  • I loved my dorm and its community so much I lived in Stouffer College House for all four years of my undergraduate studies. Not all dorm houses had the same…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Jack from San Antonio, TX
  • I am a current student here

    Dining halls are not great at Penn, especially the ones that are "all you can eat." No one ever runs out of swipes by the end of each semester so definitely choose the meal plan with the least amount of swipes. The dining dollars are spent easily, and can be exchanged for a much higher quality food than what is available in regular dinning halls. Outside of eateries on the meal plan, there is plenty of good restaurants around Penn.

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  • 2
  • anonymous, santa monica, ca
  • I am a past student here

    i hope they have improved this area since i left penn, many years ago. when i was there the food was really unhealthy and poor quality meat. i gained the freshman 15 from eating too late at night and unhealthy processed foods. i imagined dining options have improved since i was there but please look into this. philadelphia has some amazing restaurants.

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  • 4
  • Ami from Philadelphia, PA
  • I am a current student here

    Again, pretty standard, dining is conveniently placed throughout campus but the best opportunities to dine come from the restaurants around campus and near by in the city.

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  • 3
  • Mavi
  • I am a current student here

    Dining Halls : you must be truly desperate if you eat at dining halls. Restaurants: You can have Asian food, or Asian food or maybe even Asian food! so many options. Ordering: Pizza.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Jack from San Antonio, TX
  • I am a current student here

    Lots of greek life here at Penn. Definitely avoidable if thats what one wants, however, the scene is very inviting and thankfully rush is second semester, so it is easy to get accustomed to academics and acquainted with different fraternities and sororities in the first semester.

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  • 0
  • anonymous, santa monica, ca
  • I am a past student here

    there is a very active greek life on penn's campus. however, i found it to be a pretty dark system that ended up encouraging binge drinking, drug use, eating disorders and was structured like a popularity contest. i was not a fan of the greek system. i was in a sorority and deactivated my first year.

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  • 0
  • Helen from New York, NY
  • 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
  • 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
  • HC
  • 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
  • Elizabeth
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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