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History at University of Pennsylvania

If you plan to study history, take a look at what University of Pennsylvania has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

UPenn is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has a total student population of 26,552. Of the 3,499 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2021, 53 of them were history majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in History section at the bottom of this page.

UPenn History Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History
  • Master’s Degree in History
  • Doctorate Degree in History

UPenn History Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the history progam at UPenn compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The history major at UPenn is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for History. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Value History Doctor’s Degree Schools 9
Best Value History Schools 136

In 2021, 7 students received their master’s degree in history from UPenn. This makes it the #127 most popular school for history master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 11 students who received their doctoral degrees in history, making the school the #16 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of UPenn History Graduates

The median salary of history students who receive their bachelor's degree at UPenn is $50,380. This is great news for graduates of the program, since this figure is 74% higher than the national average of $28,881 for all history bachelor's degree recipients.


History Student Demographics at UPenn

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the history majors at University of Pennsylvania.

UPenn History Bachelor’s Program

51% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The history program at UPenn awarded 53 bachelor's degrees in 2020-2021. About 49% of these degrees went to men with the other 51% going to women. The typical history bachelor's degree program is made up of only 43% women. So female students are more repesented at UPenn since its program graduates 8% more women than average.


About 57% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in history at UPenn are white. This is below average for this degree on the nationwide level. Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 3% more racial-ethnic minorities in its history bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 4
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 5
White 30
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

UPenn History Master’s Program

43% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 57% of history master's degrees went to men and 43% went to women.


Of the students who received a history master's degree from UPenn, 86% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a master's in history.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 6
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

UPenn also has a doctoral program available in history. In 2021, 11 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That History Grads May Go Into

A degree in history can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for PA, the home state for University of Pennsylvania.

Occupation Jobs in PA Average Salary in PA
High School Teachers 50,460 $64,830
Managers 11,060 $126,290
History Professors 1,000 $93,300
Curators 670 $53,840
Museum Technicians and Conservators 600 $42,700


*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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