Skip to Main Content
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
Penn is an elite private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,496 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Penn acceptance rate is only 9%. Popular majors include Finance, Nursing, and Economics. Graduating 96% of students, Penn alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $67,500.
About University of Pennsylvania...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Website
Work Here? Claim Your College

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
1420-1560
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Test Prep

SAT and ACT Prep Options
Learn More
  • Affordable, effective, and enjoyable online test prep
  • Guaranteed score improvement with smart feedback and progress tracking

Cost

Net Price
$24,539/ 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
    $7,755/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,323/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,968/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,979/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,340/ year
Student Loan Options from Lenders
Learn More
  • Simple, straightforward student loans with an easy application
  • Flexible repayment options, and strong borrower protections
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.98 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 responses
Do You Work at University of Pennsylvania? Claim Your College Today!
Claim your free account to keep your college's data up-to-date and get insights on user activity for your profile.

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,496Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Work hard, play hard
    22%
  • Driven
    20%
  • Overly stressed obsessively "busy"
    17%
  • There is no typical student
    17%
  • Overachieving
    12%
  • 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.92 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.128 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 66 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    47%
  • Dynamic
    15%
  • Diverse
    14%
  • Well-rounded
    11%
  • Intellectual
    9%
  • Ecclectic
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$82,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
96%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses
Colleges like University of Pennsylvania
More

University of Pennsylvania Reviews

1,166 reviews
All Categories
The University of Pennsylvania has given me an excellent learning experience. Academics are challenging, and you will be required to invest a good amount of time to them. Personally, I spent most of my time focused on this but did not find myself feeling overwhelmed for the most part. The university provides excellent study environments where you can study with your friends or by yourself. People at the university are very social and making friends is not a very hard thing to do. I was satisfied with my dining plan except for the fact that it is a little bit overpriced. Despite having a large student population, moving around on campus is not difficult at all. Regarding financial aid, the process of applying can get complicated and some of the staff can be impatient at times. Finally, there is always something to do whether you want to party on campus or do some culinary exploring in the city. Overall, I have had a fantastic experience!
Start Your Review of University of Pennsylvania
Rate It!
I truly love the University of Pennsylvania. I had an amazing time here and look forward to getting my graduate degree here next year. The highly professional environment and competitive atmosphere pushes students to reach their highest potential and grow beyond it. Penn also encourages students to have balanced social lives, and provides the students with the necessary resources to have their interests be represented within campus and in student groups. However, I must admit that Penn's hyper-competitive environment does have drawbacks, especially on students' mental health. I think Penn could tackle this by changing their grading scheme, especially for underclassmen.
During my time at Penn I have grown both as an academic and an individual. I have been challenged like never before in my time management, studying skills, and abilities to adapt to new ways of thinking. The professors present their individual subjects with a desire to create change and better that field. Socially, the environment is competitive but I have encountered many peers who are eager to collaborate and help one another succeed. The surrounding area and the city of Philadelphia encourage adventure, and even on campus there is no shortage of activities on any given day of the week because of the boundless events and clubs. Students at Penn have limitless opportunities to discover and cultivate their interests through the engaging academia and diverse, friendly community of students.