University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA, USA
3.89 Average Rating

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution in Philadelphia. UPenn hosts 12 schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic fields of study. Additionally, UPenn’s Gothic-style campus is home to the nation’s first collegiate business school and medical school. As an Ivy League university, Penn features a number of long standing traditions such as welcoming new students at Convocation and celebrating each new senior class during the annual Hey Day.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city

0
100
8%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 1, 2019
Fall Regular Decision January 5, 2020 May 1, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
19%
Out-Of-State Students
81%
40%
Submitting ACT
60%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 34
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1457
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
21,907
Total Number of Undergrads
10,033
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
68%
20-39 Students
18%
40-99 Students
11%
100+ Students
2%
0
100
87%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
96%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
6:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$24,539
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$57,770
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$57,770
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$16,190
Books and Supplies
$1358

Aid & Grants

0
100
100%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
49%
Average Aid Per Year
$46,177
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
49%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$7,610
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$42,575

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
14%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,145
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$20,634
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$213
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
48%
52%
Student Organizations
350
Size of Town
Major city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
51%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Penn Quakers
School Colors
Red/Blue
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Ivy Group

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Philadelphia
New York
San Francisco
Washington
Boston
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
65%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$85,900
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What Students Are Saying

3.89 Average Rating
Penn students are defined by their passion, even if it is undefined upon entering freshman year. Classes are so difficult that you have to experience them to understand, but the sense of accomplishment that comes with mastery over them is liberating and pure euphoria. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Penn, though, is what you will learn outside of the classroom through your peers and their amazing cultures.
Josh from Dayville, CT
I rate UPenn at a 10 out of 10, I love my school and everything about it. I think what really makes us great is the oppurtunity to have a well rounded education so critical thinking is put at the center of all classes. In addition it is a beautiful campus with much history.
Ami from Philadelphia, PA
Penn has a lot of opportunities academically and socially which I absolutely love. As most colleges are, you get a mix of both good and bad teachers based on how you learn best, but there are always tutors, friends, TAs, and office hours there to help. I have always been a pretty average student, and I don't find the classes to be too difficult, so don't worry about it!
Sabrina from Chicago, IL
The University of Pennsylvania is a school of opportunity, and is only as good as you make it. I loved it with all my heart, because I let it take my breath away every moment as I walked down the beautiful Locust Walk to my classes, dorms, or to meet with friends. It can be challenging at times because of the academic rigor and competition, but the relationships you form with the amazing people around you can get you through it!
Helen from New York, NY
The University of Pennsylvania is honestly a wonderful school. There are so many opportunities here for academic exploration, for jobs, and even for social comfort. The diversity of the campus, truly makes it a great fit for pretty much every student.
Brittany from East Elmhurst, NY
It definitely lives up to the nickname the social Ivy, but that's not to say the academics are not rigorous. Be prepared to work hard and show dedication to both class and activities. Even though it is in a big city, there is a distinct campus atmosphere.
Samantha from Philadelphia, PA

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