The University of Pennsylvania

At the University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find a historic, Ivy League school with highly selective admissions and a history of innovation in interdisciplinary education and scholarship. With its green lawns and landmark architecture, Penn’s beautiful West Philadelphia campus houses all of Penn’s activities, from student life, athletics, and academics to research, scholarship, and cultural life. All of Penn’s 12 schools and 6 centers are located within walking distance of one another. This geographical unity, unique among Ivy League schools, supports and fosters Penn’s interdisciplinary approach to education, scholarship, and research.

Historic Roots:
The University of Pennsylvania has the distinction of being the first university in the United States, created by founding father, Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Amy Gutmann was inaugurated as Penn’s eighth President in 2004.

The Mascot:
Penn’s sports teams are nicknamed the Quakers after the religion adopted by William Penn, who established Pennsylvania as a Quaker province. Today, we see the Quaker at Penn football and basketball games.

Hey Day:
In 1916, Hey Day was established as a “Moving-Up” celebration to mark the advancement of each class. Hey Day has represented the official passage of the junior class to senior status and is characterized by marching students parading around campus wearing red T-shirts, carrying canes, and biting into fake straw hats.

Ivy Day:
In 1873, the first graduating class on Penn’s West Philadelphia campus established Ivy Day as a new tradition set aside for the senior class. As a vine was planted and an invocation pronounced, ivy became a lasting symbol for each year’s graduating class

Of those accepted for admission to the Class of 2017, 50 percent are black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American. Women comprise 53 percent of all students currently enrolled.

Eleven percent of the first year class is international students. Of the international students enrolled in the Class of 2017, 12 percent were from Africa and the Middle East, 44 percent from Asia, 3 percent from Australia and the Pacific, 19 percent from Canada and Mexico, 7 percent from Central and South America and the Caribbean and 17 percent from Europe.

Total undergraduate majors currently being pursued: 88 (Fall 2012). In addition, 9 traditional undergraduates were pursuing individualized majors.

Conferred Degrees:
Penn has offered and conferred more than 100 different degrees since 1757.

Community Service:
Approximately 13,000 University students, faculty and staff participate in more than 300 Penn volunteer and community service programs, as well as the more than 60 academically based community service courses that are taught each year.

Athletics and Recreation:
A charter member of the Ivy League, Penn offers intercollegiate competition for men in 17 sports and 16 sports for women.  

With 142 research centers and institutes, research is a substantial and esteemed enterprise at Penn. The scale and interdisciplinary character of our research activities make Penn a nationally ranked research university.

Faculty (Fall 2013)

Standing: 2,575
Associated: 1,889
Total: 4,464
The student-faculty ratio is 6:1

In the past two decades, the faculty has been home to seven MacArthur Award recipients, five National Medal of Science recipients, four Nobel Prize recipients and five Pulitzer Prize recipients.