A Tradition of Excellence

Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge… That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.

Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania

Introduction to Penn

Exceptional Students and Faculty

Students and faculty across all 12 Penn schools engage in cross-disciplinary research and scholarship that advances knowledge and improves the lives of individuals and communities around the world. Read here about the work they do and the impact they make.

Q&A with with Paul Offit

A Vision for Our Future

President Amy Gutmann’s far-reaching vision for the University builds on the success of the original Penn Compact, which she launched at her inauguration in 2004. Penn Compact 2020 outlines President Gutmann’s manifold strategy for making Penn the most inclusive, innovative, and impactful university in the nation.


Increasing diversity, expanding financial aid, and offering free online classes to the public are three of the many ways Penn nurtures an inclusive learning environment.


Penn’s culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary collaboration generates discoveries and applies them to pressing social needs.


Faculty and students leverage Penn’s distinctive intellectual resources to promote progress and prosperity in our local, national, and global communities.

Penn Compact 2020

Penn faculty and students share a passion for engaging with communities around the world, and Penn Global provides innumerable opportunities for them to pair passion and knowledge in ways that both enrich their academic careers and positively impact diverse people and populations all over the globe.

Global Campus

Penn is a leading institution for the range of countries represented, and cultures supported, on campus.

Global Opportunities

Whether through study abroad, service learning, or innovative travel initiatives, international experience is an indispensable part of Penn.

Global Impact

Penn’s faculty, students and alumni use their cutting-edge research, broad expertise, and University resources to effect positive change in peoples’ lives around the world.

Penn Global

Other Strategic Initiatives

Penn has established a number of key initiatives in robust support of student and faculty work that advances the mission of the University: work that bridges the divide between knowledge and action, dismantles academic silos that impede innovation, or breaks down the economic barriers that obstruct educational equality and excellence.

Penn Integrates Knowledge Professorships

The Penn Integrates Knowledge program attracts leading professors whose discipline-crossing work creates natural bridges among the University’s 12 schools, enriching student experiences and furthering Penn’s mission to integrate knowledge in service to society.

All-grant Financial Aid

Penn’s all-grant financial aid policy significantly reduces the burden of debt and, together with its need-blind admissions policy, ensures that a Penn education is accessible to outstanding students from all backgrounds.

President's Engagement Prizes

Penn seniors compete annually for prizes that fully fund local, national, and global engagement projects during the recipient’s first post-graduation year. This robust funding enables Penn’s youngest alumni to use their knowledge to serve others in profound and impactful ways.

Benjamin Franklin

A Rich History

As America’s first university, Penn has a history that dates back to 1740 and shares many ties with the colonial city of Philadelphia and the birth of our nation.

Our History

Visit Penn

We invite you to spend time on campus and see the many ways our diverse community brings excitement and discovery to Penn’s stately buildings and state-of-the-art facilities.

Visit Penn