The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League research university located in the city of Philadelphia and founded by Ben Franklin. 

Penn is a place that’s known for firsts. For greats. For sparking revolutionary ideas. And for nurturing innovative thinkers who see that the way things are isn’t the way things have to be. When students apply to Penn they choose one of our four undergraduate schools or coordinated dual-degree programs as their foundation for academic exploration. These include The College of Arts & Sciences, The Wharton School of Business, The School of Engineering & Applied Science, and The School of Nursing.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 5%
  • Average ACT range: 35-36
  • Average SAT range: 1490-1560
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Archaeology; Architecture; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Meteorology; Museum Studies; Music; Neuroscience; Nursing; Nutrition; Philosophy; Physics; Physiology; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Social Work; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Planning; Urban Studies; Veterinary Medicine; Zoology
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  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $79,014


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football, Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's Football / Soccer, Women's Football / Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Men's Gymnastics, Women's Gymnastics, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Rowing, Women's Rowing, Men's Swimming and Diving, Women''s Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, Men's Water Polo, Women's Water Polo, Men's Wrestling, Women's Wrestling 

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