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The University of Pennsylvania, also known as Penn, is a private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in 1740. It is the first university in America and the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the nation. Penn is also a member of the Ivy League. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:
  • Annenberg School for Communication
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Law School
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Design
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Policy and Practice
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Wharton School
Penn's sports teams are nicknamed the Quakers. They participate in the Ivy League and Division I (Division I FCS for football) in the NCAA.

Profile of University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pennsylvania can be found in Philadelphia, PA (a large city). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The Doctoral degree is the highest degree at University of Pennsylvania.

Course Topics

The school offers a wide range of choices in programs of study. The range of program offerings available from University of Pennsylvania is especially impressive compared to its number of students. The most common majors at the school are in business and management and real estate and construction management.

University of Pennsylvania Selectivity

University of Pennsylvania does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. The school turned down 84% of potential students in 2007. Only 25% of students scored 650 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at University of Pennsylvania centered around 680 to 770, but ranged both higher and lower.

A tenure system is one way the school works to keep a high-quality staff. Instructors at University of Pennsylvania are well-paid.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 23, 980 students were enrolled in the school.

Student Life
Full-time students are the norm at University of Pennsylvania. Student dorms or apartments are common at the school. University of Pennsylvania student athletes compete in Ivy Group competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Mission of the University The University of Pennsylvania's roots are in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. But Penn's reach spans the globe. Faithful to the vision of the University's founder, Benjamin Franklin, Penn's faculty generate knowledge that is unconstrained by traditional disciplinary boundaries and spans the continuum from fundamental to applied. Through this new knowledge, the University enhances its teaching of both theory and practice, as well as the linkages between them. Penn excels in instruction and research in the arts and sciences and in a wide range of professional disciplines. Penn produces future leaders through excellent programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Penn inspires, demands, and thrives on excellence, and will measure itself against the best in every field or endeavor in which it participates. Penn is proudly entrepreneurial, dynamically forging new connections and inspiring learning through problem-solving, discovery-oriented approaches. Penn research and teaching encourage lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society. Penn is a major urban university that is committed to strength and vitality in each of its communities. In this connection, Penn will: Encourage, sustain, and reward its faculty; nurture, inspire, and challenge its students; and support and value its staff; Strengthen and appreciate the diversity of its communities; Support free expression, reasoned discourse, and diversity in ideas; Pursue positive connections to the city, state, and region and a mission of service to its neighbors in West Philadelphia; Develop and support its connections to alumni and friends; and Foster the growth of humane values. "University of Pennsylvania Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management1, 683finance, business management, marketing, management sciences, sales and marketing, organizational behavior, operations management, accounting and finance, . . .
Liberal Arts1, 382economics, history, political science, English, liberal arts and sciences, international relations, international studies, sociology, . . .
Medicine546medicine, dentistry, neuroscience, veterinary medicine, endodontology, orthodontology, public health courses, periodontics, . . .
Science491biology, chemistry, biotechnology, call and molecular biology, biochemistry, physics, biomedical sciences, immunology, . . .
Engineering461electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, various engineering courses, systems engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, geological engineering, . . .
Education and Teaching440ESL instruction, elementary school teaching, education, higher education administration, educational administration, school Counselling, reading teaching, English teaching, . . .
Law337law, comparative law, legal professions, advanced legal research
Nursing and Emergency Medicine307registered nursing, pediatric nursing, critical care nursing, neonatal nursing, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, adult health nursing, mental health nursing, . . .
Therapy and Counselling288psychology, community health services, medical ethids, cognitive science, clinical social work, child psychology, Counselling psychology
Family and Social Work232social work, public administration, public policy analysis
Architecture and Planning219architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture
Computer Science and Engineering163computer and info science, computer engineering, computer networking, computer graphics
Media143communication studies
Religion and Philosophy118general philosophy, philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Real Estate and Construction Management90real estate
Medical administration77health care administration, environmental health
Fine Arts73fine arts, art history and criticism
Mathematics46mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management32environmental studies, natural resources management, environmental science, wetlands management
Security and Law Enforcement20criminology
Photography and Commercial Art7film studies
Art Studies6visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Design2graphic design
Contact: University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pennsylvania

1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303

General Phone: (215) 898-5000


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