University of Pennsylvania

Mission Statement

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
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
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Contact Information

General Information: 215-898-5000

College at a Glance

  • School Type:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Faculty:
    1415 Faculty Members | 20:1 Student:Faculty Ratio
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Not applicable
  • Mission Highlights:
    Has Hospital
    Institution is open to the public

Top Five Largest Sports Teams:

Male Sports

  • All Track Combined
  • Football
  • Other Sports
  • Rowing
  • Lacrosse

Female Sports

  • All Track Combined
  • Rowing
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Tuition & Fees Per Year





Student Body Breakdown

Total Enrolled:

Student Demographics

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  • 51.24% (Female Students)
  • 48.76% (Male Students)
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  • 22.53% (Asian)
  • 0.07% (Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • 8.66% (Black)
  • 57.20% (Caucasian)
  • 11.40% (Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.14% (American Indian/Alaska Native)

Pay For College with ROTC

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is a college scholarship program that prepares students to become military officers. Offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, it can help cover the costs of tuition and expenses.
Learn more about ROTC. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a college program, offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the United States, that prepares young adults to become military officers. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, ROTC students commit to serve in the Military after graduation (generally three to four years of Active Duty).
Learn more about ROTC

Army ROTC: yes  Navy ROTC: yes  Air Force ROTC: yes 

Undergraduate Admissions

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  • 35,866 Apply
  • 3,718 Are Accepted
  • 2,425 Actually Attend

Types of Degrees Offered

  • yes Certificate
  • yes Associate's Degree
  • yes Bachelor's Degree
  • yes Master's Degree
  • yes Doctoral Degree

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Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.