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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?

10,496 Full-Time Undergraduates
$25,033 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 doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at UPenn.
  • 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.

University of Pennsylvania Rankings

College Factual ranked UPenn as #9 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #1 out of 123 schools in Pennsylvania.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UPenn has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UPenn

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 6
Best Colleges 9
Best Colleges for Diversity 17
Best Colleges for Veterans 564
Best Colleges for the Money 703

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?

$25,033 Net Price
13% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UPenn is $25,033. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UPenn

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,440 $5,305 $12,552 $21,496 $41,033

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

10,496 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,716 undergraduate students at UPenn, with 10,496 being full-time and 1,220 being part-time.

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

There are also 13,651 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,496 full-time undergraduates at UPenn, 48% are male and 52% 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 2,109
Black or African American 719
Hispanic or Latino 1,066
White 4,468
International Students 1,463
Other Races/Ethnicities 671

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Pennsylvania awarded 7,264 undergraduate degrees and 11,974 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 39 16 3
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 12 0
Anthropology 0 19 4 10
Applied Mathematics 0 0 7 2
Archeology 0 0 1 6
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 155 0
Area Studies 0 22 4 1
Behavioral Science 0 0 27 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 46 0 10
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 37 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 12 5
Biomedical Engineering 0 51 50 10
Biotechnology 0 0 40 0
Business Administration & Management 0 154 602 7
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 3 45
Chemical Engineering 0 29 25 8
Chemistry 0 14 27 19
Child Development & Psychology 0 82 29 12
Classical Languages & Literature 0 8 1 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 102 0
Cognitive Science 0 68 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 82 10 17
Computational Science 0 0 3 0
Computer Engineering 0 12 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 144 255 18
Computer Science 0 70 69 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 5 0
Criminology 0 15 18 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 8 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 0 2
Dentistry 0 0 0 153
Drama & Theater Arts 0 2 0 0
East Asian Languages 0 7 21 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 29 2
Economics 0 183 21 19
Education Philosophy 0 0 22 0
Educational Administration 0 0 114 43
Educational Assessment 0 0 29 1
Electrical Engineering 0 25 65 8
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 15 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 287 0
Ethnic Studies 0 8 1 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 19 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 406 323 9
Fine & Studio Arts 0 37 15 10
General Architecture 0 14 5 2
General Biology 0 154 1 8
General Business/Commerce 0 27 0 2
General Education 0 0 155 10
General English Literature 0 62 10 10
General Psychology 0 0 45 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 2 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 3 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 13 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 23 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 11 8 5
Geoscience Engineering 0 0 3 0
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 21 97 1
History 0 71 8 16
Human Resource Management 0 0 29 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 11 0
Insurance 0 1 0 0
International Business 0 1 2 0
International Relations & National Security 0 59 0 0
International Studies 0 52 65 0
Law 0 0 0 249
Legal Research 0 0 24 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 30 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 20 3 9
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 204 292 3
Marketing 0 100 119 3
Materials Engineering 0 17 45 8
Mathematics 0 42 6 7
Mechanical Engineering 0 86 35 13
Medical Science 0 0 24 0
Medicine 0 0 0 149
Mental & Social Health Services 0 93 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 7
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 5 1 4
Music 0 7 2 6
Nanotechnology 0 0 11 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 18 75 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 116 3 12
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 116 0
Nursing 0 187 318 25
Other Education 0 0 11 6
Other Engineering 0 22 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 19 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 11
Philosophy 0 192 1 6
Physics 0 46 12 21
Political Science & Government 0 152 5 12
Public Administration 0 0 80 0
Public Health 0 0 66 0
Public Policy 0 17 0 0
Real Estate 0 35 29 0
Religious Studies 0 8 1 4
Romance Languages 0 27 10 4
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 9 0 0
Social Work 0 0 213 25
Sociology 0 27 4 8
Statistics 0 95 36 5
Sustainability Science 0 0 13 0
Systems Engineering 0 45 57 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 66 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 60 5
Teaching English or French 0 0 58 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 1
Urban Studies 0 27 0 0
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 121
Total 0 7,264 9,542 2,432

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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