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University of Pennsylvania Overview

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of UPenn is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is University of Pennsylvania Known For?

3,632 Undergraduate Awards
$56,246 Avg Cost After Aid
9% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at UPenn since the student to facuty ratio is 6 to 1.
  • Students at UPenn have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at UPenn is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 74% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UPenn makes roughly $85,900 a year. This is 111% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average UPenn student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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University of Pennsylvania Rankings

UPenn landed the #19 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #2 out of 137 schools in Pennsylvania.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UPenn has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#153 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UPenn.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Legal Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UPenn has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#5 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#9 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual

Where Is University of Pennsylvania?

Location of University of Pennsylvania

Contact details for UPenn are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 34Th & Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
Phone: 215-898-5000
Website: www.upenn.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-PA/University-of-Pennsylvania/98508878775
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Penn

How Do I Get Into UPenn?

You can apply to UPenn online at: www.admissions.upenn.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for UPenn

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UPenn?

9% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
46% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to UPenn, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 9%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 9%, and the acceptance rate for women is 10%.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to UPenn submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 770. Math scores were between 720 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 700 to 770 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 720 to 790 )
200
800
UPenn received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 35.

ACT English Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 33 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Pennsylvania?

$56,246 Net Price
13% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UPenn is $56,246. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UPenn, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $7,842 a year. That adds up to $31,368 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UPenn is 1.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,448 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,872 undergraduate students at UPenn, with 10,448 being full-time and 1,424 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UPenn

There are also 14,803 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,448 full-time undergraduates at UPenn, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UPenn

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Pennsylvania students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UPenn Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,273
Black or African American 783
Hispanic or Latino 1,041
White 3,996
International Students 1,575
Other Races/Ethnicities 780

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at University of Pennsylvania. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 138 countries are represented at UPenn. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Pennsylvania

326 Took All Classes Online
585 Took At Least One Class Online
252.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at UPenn. In 2017-2018, 585 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UPenn has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 37th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UPenn

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Pennsylvania was 252.5%. This is the #217 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UPenn regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UPenn majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Other Health Professions 10%
Public Administration & Social Service 16%
Social Work 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UPenn ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UPenn.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing #33
Health Professions #59

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 154 3 602 7 766
Finance & Financial Management 406 0 323 9 738
Nursing 187 0 318 25 530
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 204 0 292 3 499
Computer Information Systems 144 0 255 18 417
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 287 0 287
Law 0 0 0 249 249
Social Work 0 0 213 25 238
Economics 183 0 21 19 223
Marketing 100 0 119 3 222
Philosophy 192 0 1 6 199
Political Science & Government 152 0 5 12 169
General Education 0 0 155 10 165
General Biology 154 0 1 8 163
Educational Administration 0 0 114 43 157
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 155 0 155
Dentistry 0 0 0 153 153
Medicine 0 0 0 149 149
Computer Science 70 0 69 0 139
Statistics 95 0 36 5 136
Mechanical Engineering 86 0 35 13 134
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 116 0 3 12 131
Child Development & Psychology 82 0 29 12 123
Health & Medical Administrative Services 21 2 97 1 121
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 121 121
International Studies 52 0 65 0 117
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 116 0 116
Biomedical Engineering 51 0 50 10 111
Communication & Media Studies 82 0 10 17 109
Systems Engineering 45 0 57 0 102
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 102 0 102
Electrical Engineering 25 0 65 8 98
History 71 0 8 16 95
Mental & Social Health Services 93 0 0 0 93
Natural Resources Conservation 18 0 75 0 93
Real Estate 35 20 29 0 84
General English Literature 62 0 10 10 82
Public Administration 0 0 80 0 80
Physics 46 0 12 21 79
Materials Engineering 17 0 45 8 70
Cognitive Science 68 0 0 0 68
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 66 0 66
Public Health 0 0 66 0 66
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 60 5 65
Chemical Engineering 29 0 25 8 62
Fine & Studio Arts 37 0 15 10 62
Chemistry 14 0 27 19 60
International Relations & National Security 59 0 0 0 59
Accounting 39 0 16 3 58
Teaching English or French 0 0 58 0 58
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 46 0 0 10 56
Mathematics 42 0 6 7 55
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 3 45 48
General Psychology 0 0 45 0 45
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 30 12 0 42
Romance Languages 27 0 10 4 41
Biotechnology 0 0 40 0 40
Sociology 27 0 4 8 39
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 37 0 37
East Asian Languages 7 0 21 8 36
Anthropology 19 0 4 10 33
Criminology 15 0 18 0 33
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 20 0 3 9 32
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 29 2 31
Educational Assessment 0 0 29 1 30
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 30 0 30
General Business/Commerce 27 0 0 2 29
Human Resource Management 0 0 29 0 29
Geography & Cartography 0 6 23 0 29
Area Studies 22 0 4 1 27
Legal Research 0 0 24 3 27
Behavioral Science 0 0 27 0 27
Urban Studies 27 0 0 0 27
Medical Science 0 2 24 0 26
Geological & Earth Sciences 11 0 8 5 24
Public Policy 17 6 0 0 23
Education Philosophy 0 0 22 0 22
Other Engineering 22 0 0 0 22
General Architecture 14 0 5 2 21
Other Health Professions 0 2 19 0 21
Engineering-Related Fields 0 5 15 0 20
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Urban & Regional Planning 0 17 0 1 18
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 12 5 17
Other Education 0 0 11 6 17
Music 7 0 2 6 15
Ethnic Studies 8 0 1 5 14
Sustainability Science 0 0 13 0 13
Religious Studies 8 0 1 4 13
General Visual & Performing Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Computer Engineering 12 0 0 0 12
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 11 11
Instructional Media Design 0 0 11 0 11
Nanotechnology 0 0 11 0 11
Classical Languages & Literature 8 0 1 2 11
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 5 0 1 4 10
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 9 0 0 0 9
Applied Mathematics 0 0 7 2 9
Computer Software & Applications 0 3 5 0 8
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 8 0 8
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 7 7
Archeology 0 0 1 6 7
Landscape Architecture 0 5 0 0 5
International Business 1 0 2 0 3
Geoscience Engineering 0 0 3 0 3
Computational Science 0 0 3 0 3
General Social Sciences 3 0 0 0 3
Environmental Design 0 2 0 0 2
General Sales & Marketing 2 0 0 0 2
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 2 0 0 2
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 0 2 2
Drama & Theater Arts 2 0 0 0 2
Insurance 1 0 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,632 105 4,771 1,216 9,724

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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