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The University of Pennsylvania

About the University of PennsylvaniaThe University of Pennsylvania is a private institution that was founded in 1740. It has a total undergraduate enrolment of 10,183 and its setting is

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About the University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a private institution that was founded in 1740. It has a total undergraduate enrolment of 10,183 and its setting is urban. UPenn has a strong focus on interdisciplinary learning and research, offering double degree programs, unique majors and academic flexibility. This means competition to study at the university is fierce, particularly at undergraduate level.

A Brief History

A brief history

The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States’ founding fathers, who was eager to create a school to educate future generations.

General info

General information

The university has 12 schools: 5 offer undergraduate and graduate studies, and 7 offer only graduate studies. Penn's highly ranked schools include its world famous Wharton School of Business.

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Quick facts about the University of Pennsylvania

UPenn by the numbers

What is UPenn's QS World University Ranking? 15

What is UPenn's US News Ranking? 6

How many undergraduate fields of study does UPenn have? UPenn offers 92 distinct undergraduate degrees, concentrated into 66 majors within 21 broad fields of study.

What is UPenn's Student-Faculty Ratio? 6:1

What percentage of UPenn students are international students? 20%

What percentage of UPenn students live on campus? 52%

What is the median starting salary of UPenn graduates? $68,000 USD

How many varsity sports teams are there at UPenn? 33

How hard is it to get into UPenn? Very! UPenn’s acceptance rate is approximately 8%.


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21% Business / Marketing

Wharton’s undergraduate degree program offers business and more. It combines business and liberal arts on one Ivy League campus.

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14% Social Sciences

UPenn's Social Sciences and Humanities School offers a plethora of study possibilities including options in Criminology, Economics, English, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

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10% Biology

UPenn's Biology program is committed to providing students with a wide range of opportunities to explore the remarkable diversity of biological systems in the modern world.

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10% Engineering

UPenn Engineers pose and answer questions that will transform our world. Students are taught to think like engineers through opportunities to approach challenges in new and unique ways.

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9% Computer and Information Sciences

UPenn's Department of Computer and Information Science offers two types of undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS).

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6% Philosophy

At UPenn, Philosophy majors reflect on the nature and achievement of disciplines such as science, the arts, and the humanities. Philosophical topics are divided into the practical and the theoretical.

Notable alumni

Beyond it's long list of Nobel Prize winning alumni, including Egyptian chemist and “father of femtochemistry” Ahmed H. Zewail, and Physiology and Medicine winners Gerald M. Edelman and Stanley B. Prusiner, UPenn's alumni also includes actors and astronauts! US President Donald Trump is a Wharton School graduate, while television producer, musician and songwriterJohn Legend turned down Harvard to attend UPenn.

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Elon Musk

Elon Musk
Entrepreneur and founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Musk attended the University of Pennsylvania after transferring from Queen’s University in Canada. At UPenn, he received a bachelor’s degree in Wharton School, and a bachelor's degree in physics from UPenn’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Musk is most well known for co-founding PayPal, forming SpaceX the maker of launch vehicles and spacecraft and being CEO of electric car company Tesla.

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