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  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 10,468 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Penn acceptance rate is only 9%. Popular majors include Finance, Nursing, and Economics. Graduating 95% 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
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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

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
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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
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.97 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.96 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,468Undergrads
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 64 responses
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  • Driven
    20%
  • Work hard, play hard
    20%
  • Overly stressed obsessively "busy"
    17%
  • There is no typical student
    17%
  • 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.91 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.127 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    46%
  • 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
95%
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
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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

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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!
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The University of Pennsylvania has been my top choice school, and I am very satisfied with my experience so far. I am most impressed by the stylistically varied yet unified campus architecture, the quality of professors and extracurricular activities, and the times I spent at Locust Walk.
Few reviews of Penn can be written without mentioning Locust Walk. It serves as the central walkway for several dorms, dining options, and significant locations. At the same time, it is a hub for students of all majors and interests and a vibrant representation of Penn's life and culture. The Walk continues to be a wonderful addition to my college experience.
At the same time, I appreciate Penn's dedication to development. Every year, new constructions, programs, and extracurricular opportunities arise, and I enjoy being part of such a community. I would recommend Penn to anyone who loves challenges, immersive experiences, and diverse social connections.
I loved the academics. The academics were challenging, and I had to grow comfortable with not getting A's like I did in high school. The professors were very engaged and wanted to see their students do well. I was also a varsity athlete and found the facilities to be amazing! I joined greek life and found it to be very rewarding. The greek life at Penn is much more laid back than some other schools. I had work study jobs throughout my time at Penn, which I found enabled me to get a handle on the work world while also pursuing my studies and academics.