#23 Best Colleges in America

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania overview
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Online upenn.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Pennsylvania overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Ivy League located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a private research university that boasts a rich history dating back to its founding by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. Renowned for its interdisciplinary education, the campus is characterized by a blend of gothic and contemporary architecture, nestled in an urban setting that provides students with access to a myriad of cultural and professional opportunities in America's sixth-largest city. UPenn offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in business through the Wharton School, as well as in medicine, engineering, and law. The university's application process is highly selective, seeking students who exhibit strong academic potential. Housing is provided with a variety of on-campus living options for students. While the university supports a range of athletic teams known as the Quakers, it is its academic rigor and professional opportunities that stand as its defining features.

In the most recent statistical year 54,588 prospective students applied, and 3,549 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,409 enrolled in the school.  23,559 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 4,642 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $56,212 plus fees of $7,240. Penn is ranked 23 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Penn is rated within the top 5% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Pennsylvania overview
SAT 1500/1570
ACT 34/35
Estimated GPA 3.95

Applications Accepted

University of Pennsylvania overview
Applications Due Jan 5, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Pennsylvania
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,358
Other Fees$7,240
Room and Board $17,888
Budget for Other Expenses$3,040
Total One Year Cost$85,738

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$123,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

96% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Pennsylvania students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 26%
Social Sciences 16%
Biology 8%
Engineering 7%
Health Professions 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215062 IPEDS survey data for University of Pennsylvania.

Current students may use the University of Pennsylvania GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.

Last updated February 24, 2024