University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
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University of Pennsylvania

34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
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University of Pennsylvania Summary

What makes University of Pennsylvania unique?

Founded in 1740 in downtown Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is a private academic institution with a current undergraduate enrollment of roughly 25,000. The school was initially founded by Benjamin Franklin before the Declaration of Independence was drafted, making it one of only nine universities to be chartered in that era. Penn's tuition and fees total over $55,000 annually, and the school ranks among the top universities in the nation. 

The university is in an urban setting with a historic gothic campus that includes a walled-in student housing complex located just north of the Schuylkill River and blocks from Rittenhouse Square. Classes follow a semester-based academic calendar, and the current student-faculty ratio is 6:1, one of the smallest ratios for a top university in the nation. 

The University of Pennsylvania is home to internationally recognized colleges including the Annenberg School for Communication, The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology, and the Wharton School of Business. UPenn has academic partnerships worldwide with schools such as King’s College London, the University of Barcelona, and even in Australia at the University of Queensland. During their stay at UPenn, students can participate in a range of social clubs like the famous Penn Glee Club, or work at The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student-run newspaper. Notable alumni include former President of the United States Donald Trump, author Noam Chomsky, and architect of the Louvre Pyramid, I.M. Pei.

University of Pennsylvania Review

A Excellent
4.571425 Based on 14 Reviews
Career Preparation
A+
Students and Culture
A
Facilities
A
Activities and Groups
A

Degree Overview

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of Pennsylvania.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

2798 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
 
39
16
 
3
Accounting and Finance
 
 
 
0
 
Applied Economics
 
 
0
 
0
Business Administration and Management, General
 
153
491
 
7
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
 
 
47
 
 
Business/Commerce, General
 
27
0
 
2
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
 
1
 
0
 
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
 
37
21
 
19
Economics, General
 
146
0
 
0
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
 
 
287
 
 
Finance, General
 
406
323
 
9
Insurance
 
1
 
0
 
International Business/Trade/Commerce
 
1
2
 
 
Management Science
 
121
235
 
 
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
 
100
119
 
3
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
 
 
64
3
 
Operations Management and Supervision
 
0
0
 
0
Organizational Behavior Studies
 
 
29
 
 
Public Finance
 
 
 
0
 
Real Estate
 
35
29
20
 
Retailing and Retail Operations
 
2
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1996 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African Studies
 
3
 
 
 
African-American/Black Studies
 
3
1
 
5
American/United States Studies/Civilization
 
0
 
 
 
Anthropology
 
19
4
 
10
Archeology
 
 
1
 
6
Asian Studies/Civilization
 
 
4
 
1
Behavioral Sciences
 
 
27
 
 
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
8
1
 
2
Cognitive Science
 
68
 
 
 
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
 
93
 
 
 
Comparative Literature
 
6
3
 
3
Counseling Psychology
 
 
102
 
 
Demography and Population Studies
 
 
0
 
4
Developmental and Child Psychology
 
 
23
 
4
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
21
63
 
24
East Asian Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Folklore Studies
 
 
 
 
0
Historic Preservation and Conservation
 
 
0
0
 
History, General
 
51
8
 
12
History, Other
 
2
0
 
1
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
 
0
 
 
 
International Relations and Affairs
 
118
 
 
 
International/Global Studies
 
104
130
 
 
Jewish/Judaic Studies
 
1
 
 
 
Latin American Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Linguistics
 
14
0
 
6
Logic
 
6
 
 
 
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
15
3
 
12
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
 
16
 
 
 
Philosophy
 
26
1
 
6
Philosophy, Other
 
160
 
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
152
5
 
12
Political Science and Government, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
 
 
15
 
 
Psychology, General
 
0
45
 
0
Public Administration
 
 
80
 
 
Public Policy Analysis, General
 
17
0
6
0
Religion/Religious Studies
 
14
2
 
8
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
 
82
6
 
8
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
 
1
10
 
4
Social Sciences, General
 
3
 
 
 
Social Work
 
 
213
 
25
Sociology
 
27
4
 
8
South Asian Studies
 
3
 
 
 
Sustainability Studies
 
 
13
 
 
Urban Studies/Affairs
 
27
 
 
 
Women's Studies
 
5
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1748 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
 
 
2
 
 
Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
 
 
 
3
 
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
 
 
37
0
 
Dentistry
 
 
 
 
153
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing
 
 
0
 
 
Endodontics/Endodontology
 
 
 
7
 
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
 
 
46
 
 
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
 
 
19
2
 
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
21
97
2
1
Immunology
 
 
0
 
7
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
 
 
4
 
 
Medical Informatics
 
 
 
4
 
Medical Scientist
 
 
72
6
 
Medicine
 
 
 
 
149
Nurse Anesthetist
 
 
0
 
30
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery
 
 
45
 
 
Nursing Administration
 
 
22
 
 
Nursing Education
 
 
0
 
 
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
 
 
12
0
 
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
 
 
 
3
 
Orthodontics/Orthodontology
 
 
 
8
 
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics
 
 
 
4
 
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
 
 
51
 
 
Periodontics/Periodontology
 
 
 
5
 
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
 
 
492
 
 
Pharmacology
 
 
0
 
11
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
 
 
15
 
 
Public Health, Other
 
 
66
 
 
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
 
11
 
 
 
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
 
176
3
 
10
Veterinary Medicine
 
 
 
 
121
Women's Health Nurse/Nursing
 
 
31
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1089 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
 
 
155
0
 
Architecture
 
14
5
0
2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
102
100
 
20
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
0
 
 
 
Biomedical Sciences, General
 
5
 
 
 
Biotechnology
 
 
40
 
 
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 
58
50
 
16
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
 
 
0
17
1
Computer Engineering, General
 
12
 
 
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
25
65
 
8
Engineering Design
 
 
15
5
 
Engineering, Other
 
22
0
 
 
Environmental Design/Architecture
 
 
 
2
 
Environmental Science
 
 
3
 
 
Environmental Studies
 
18
70
 
 
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
 
 
23
 
 
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
 
 
3
 
 
Landscape Architecture
 
 
0
5
 
Materials Engineering
 
17
45
 
8
Mechanical Engineering
 
86
35
 
13
Nanotechnology
 
 
22
 
 
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
 
 
2
 
 
Transportation/Mobility Management
 
0
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1060 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Actuarial Science
 
6
0
 
 
Biochemistry
 
56
 
 
 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
 
 
0
 
20
Bioinformatics
 
 
1
 
4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
0
 
 
 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
149
1
 
8
Biophysics
 
36
 
 
 
Biostatistics
 
 
22
 
2
Biotechnology
 
 
40
 
 
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
 
 
3
 
45
Chemistry, General
 
14
27
 
19
Computational Science
 
 
6
 
 
Environmental Biology
 
 
4
 
 
Environmental Health
 
 
0
 
 
Epidemiology
 
 
27
 
2
Geography, Other
 
 
 
6
 
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Geology/Earth Science, General
 
11
2
 
5
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
 
 
6
 
 
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
 
77
57
 
3
Mathematics, General
 
42
6
 
7
Neuroscience
 
116
3
 
12
Physics, General
 
46
12
 
21
Physics, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Statistics, General
 
95
36
 
5

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

928 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
 
 
25
 
 
Applied Mathematics, General
 
 
7
 
2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
 
13
4
 
10
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
 
 
0
 
 
Curriculum and Instruction
 
 
8
0
0
Education, General
 
 
155
 
10
Education, Other
 
 
11
 
6
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
 
 
54
0
21
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
 
 
58
 
2
Educational/Instructional Technology
 
 
11
 
 
Elementary Education and Teaching
 
 
18
 
 
English Language and Literature, General
0
62
10
 
10
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
 
 
22
 
 
French Language and Literature
 
16
 
 
 
German Language and Literature
 
2
0
 
0
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
 
 
120
 
44
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
 
18
0
 
3
Italian Language and Literature
 
1
 
 
 
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
 
 
5
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
 
0
30
 
 
Mathematics Teacher Education
 
 
4
 
 
Reading Teacher Education
 
 
24
 
5
Russian Language and Literature
 
9
 
 
 
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
 
 
6
 
 
Secondary Education and Teaching
 
 
18
 
 
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
 
 
22
 
 
Social Studies Teacher Education
 
 
15
 
 
Spanish Language and Literature
 
9
 
 
 
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/Esl Language Instructor
 
 
58
 
 

666 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Artificial Intelligence
 
 
83
 
 
Computer and Information Sciences, General
 
144
172
 
18
Computer Science
 
70
69
 
 
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
 
 
0
 
 
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
 
 
5
 
 
Management Information Systems, General
 
 
0
 
 
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
 
 
 
3
 
Systems Engineering
 
45
57
 
 

109 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication and Media Studies, Other
 
82
10
 
17

84 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Design and Applied Arts, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
2
 
 
 
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
 
19
 
 
 
Fine/Studio Arts, General
 
24
11
 
 
Graphic Design
 
 
 
0
 
Music, General
 
7
2
 
6
Visual and Performing Arts, General
 
13
 
 
 

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Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at University of Pennsylvania.

Program
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
 
 
 
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
 
 
 
 
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
 
 
 
 
Social Work
 
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Specialized Institution Accreditations
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
  • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)
  • Orthodontics/Peridontics
  • Oral Medicine
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
  • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree (School of Veterinary Medicine)
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
  • (SCPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE and supervisory CPE programs
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • English Language (English Language Intensive Program in the English Language Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences)
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
Council on Education for Public Health
  • Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

* Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Alumni & Student Reviews

A+ Excellent
Career Preparation

What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?

4.7142857142857 Based on 14 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Veterinary medicine, Class of 1970

    Didn't have tech tools back then

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Elementary Education, Class of 2006

    Online portals, happy hours, etc.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    International Relations, Class of 2012

    Amazing career services center, powerful alumni, ivy league education.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    B.A., Class of 2006

    Prestigious faculty, students, facilities, and career resources

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Electrical Engineering, Class of 1970

    Don't know ... none back then other than a great curriculum with superb teachers.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nursing, Class of 1976

    counseling and lots of networking and other opportunities

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BSE, Class of 2012

    Career services does personality tests to determine job fit, info sessions with companies, on campus recruiting, classes are relevant to work, lots of alumni networking events

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA Political Science, Class of 1985

    I'm sure there is something!

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Ph.D., Class of 2004

    Excellent faculty, get-togethers at professional conferences, and great research support.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA Anthropology, Class of 1996

    on campus recruiting, networking, grad school preparation, internships

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    math, Class of 2003

    career services, job fairs, industry speakers, on campus recruiting

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    MS in Social Policy, Class of 2012

    Mandatory internships? I don't understand this question...

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science & Engineering in Bioengineering, Class of 1997

    Training in critical thinking and project management skills Alumni resources through online directory, local alumni events, alumni networking, etc.

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.5714285714286 Based on 14 Reviews
  • Alumni
    International Relations, Class of 2012

    Penn has a work hard, play hard culture. Everyone is incredibly smart and driven, but most people also enjoy going out on the weekends.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BSE, Class of 2012

    work hard play hard, everyone is stressed all the time over academics as well as extra curriculars

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Ph.D., Class of 2004

    I think the undergrads are generally from upper middle-class communities, but the graduate population was quite diverse.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science & Engineering in Bioengineering, Class of 1997

    Study hard Play hard Excel at everything you do from work to arts to recreation.

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.5 Based on 14 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Veterinary medicine, Class of 1970

    No computers back then. Old but decent. Didn't use the dorms.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Elementary Education, Class of 2006

    Wifi everywhere. Computer labs in all buildings

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    International Relations, Class of 2012

    The computer labs are top notch, the classrooms are standard, the dorms vary significantly from old and in need of refurbishment (Hill) to modern skyscrapers (the high-rises).

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Ph.D., Class of 2004

    Our building was horrible - very old and poor infrastructure, but the rest of the campus was quite nice.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    math, Class of 2003

    great, state of the art, some buildings could use updating

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Economics, Class of 2008

    Mix of old and new

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science & Engineering in Bioengineering, Class of 1997

    Old historic school and building (oldest university in the North America) loaded with the latest technology for learning. Acceptable food but not a culinary experience.

    4 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

4.5 Based on 14 Reviews
  • Alumni
    International Relations, Class of 2012

    Penn has a group for EVERYONE. Penn has greek life, academic groups, cultural groups, acapella groups, service organizations...honestly anything you have ever been interested in likely has a group at Penn.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Ph.D., Class of 2004

    I cannot recall. As a graduate student, extra-curricular stuff was pretty much unaffiliated with the school.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA Anthropology, Class of 1996

    unique setting and heritage, activities for every interest

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    math, Class of 2003

    so many diverse club to choose from

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science & Engineering in Bioengineering, Class of 1997

    Annual Spring Fling But anything you are interested in is available through a program, club, etc.

    5 Rated January 2016

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