A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
University of Pennsylvania is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
Address
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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University of Pennsylvania Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
9%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1380-1570
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$22,944/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,939/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,263/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,322/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,398/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,370/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.92 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.95 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,406Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 62 responses
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  • Work hard, play hard
    21%
  • Driven
    19%
  • There is no typical student
    18%
  • Overly stressed obsessively "busy"
    16%
  • Overachieving
    13%
  • Composed and hard working
    6%
  • "Composed", actually chronically stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.89 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.125 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 63 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    46%
  • Dynamic
    16%
  • Diverse
    14%
  • Well-rounded
    11%
  • Intellectual
    10%
  • Ecclectic
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$78,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses
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Choosing to attend the University of Pennsylvania has thus far been one of the best decisions I have made. I love living in Philadelphia surrounded by such a large, diverse campus with students from all parts of the world, expressing unique perspectives and interests. All of my friends at Penn have entirely different backgrounds, career interests, and activities on campus. Penn is competitive, and you honestly should not come here if you are not looking to be challenged with extremely hard classes. However, my experience has been that professors, TAs, and classmates will help you if you reach out, and there are many campus resources to help keep busy schedules balanced with support from academic to cultural to mental health resources. Penn was my dream school when I applied and coming here has only confirmed that.
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After a year and a half here I can say that there is no university like Penn. Penn's centered in a growing part of Philadelphia where you have close access to concerts, great food, nightlife, museums, parks, etc... But at the same time, Penn does something a lot of other urban universities don't do very well and that maintains a bubble and a sense of community especially on Locust Walk where you will always see half a dozen people you know. At Penn, you get to take global seminars where the university will help pay for your ticket to go abroad with your class. You can apply for internships where Penn will pay you to work in the top health management centers in the world or be part of an art residency in Asia. I've had experiences here where I have accidentally bumped in Joe Bidden after taking a midterm and sat down to have lunch with the Ambassador of India to the US. Additionally Penn has one of the strongest student life of any university.
I love UPenn! Their mission is great. The professors and friendly and classes are well-placed. They have an infinite amount of resources and are always willing to help students out. Dorming is great as well. They have great intentional spaces and its integration to the city makes it so that you can gain internships and opportunities more easily.