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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 8%. Popular majors include Finance, Economics, and Nursing. Graduating 95% of students, Penn alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $71,600.
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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About University of Pennsylvania...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League

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
8%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1420-1550
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,266/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$46,318/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
58%

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.101 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.100 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,496Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,220
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 68 responses
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  • Driven
    22%
  • Work hard, play hard
    21%
  • Overly stressed obsessively "busy"
    16%
  • There is no typical student
    16%
  • Overachieving
    12%
  • Composed and hard working
    6%
  • "Composed", actually chronically stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.95 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.131 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    48%
  • Dynamic
    14%
  • Diverse
    13%
  • Well-rounded
    12%
  • Intellectual
    9%
  • Ecclectic
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$85,900/ 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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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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A true research institution, the University of Pennsylvania encourages all of its students to be curious about the world. Fund their research, it provides once in a lifetime opportunities with access to remarkable faculty, an international reach, and trail blazing peers. As a member of the Ivy League, it connects its study body to similar-minded students in a culture of alma matter pride, playful rivalry, and inter-school dependent programming. Whether it be an Ivy League conference on LatinX heritage, political science, or veganism, the University of Pennsylvania encourages curiosity at every seam of the institution’s fabric.
I attended the University of Pennsylvania as an exchange student during the 2017-2018 academic year. It is one of the most meaningful years of my time as a college undergraduate. I want to cite three reasons why I consider UPenn a very good university; its location and campus, its resources and extracurricular, and its prestigious academic atmosphere.

UPenn is located in Philadelphia, a city with a lot to do, whether the goal is leisure and entertainment or career advancement and research for a project. But the campus itself is beautiful and busy enough to trap you. There is always something going on, especially if you commit to activities and clubs that interest you. And lastly, everything from your classmates to the professor bring alive that feeling that gives UPenn its cannon as an Ivy League; beyond academic excellence, its people are friendly, intellectually curious, driven, and serviceable, willing to share their passions and desire to grow with others.