Introduction to Penn
A Message from Penn President Amy Gutmann.
Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn has a proud tradition of intellectual rigor and boundary-breaking innovation that dates back to our founder, Benjamin Franklin. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
Scholarship and Learning: Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2019 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.
Penn's eminent, award-winning educators and scholars encourage students to follow their passions, pursue inquiry and discovery, and address the most challenging problems through an interdisciplinary approach.
Beautiful Urban Campus: Expansive college greens and recreational spaces. Landmark architecture. Twelve schools connected on a single campus. Penn's geographical unity is unique among Ivy League schools, fostering our integrated approach to education, scholarship, and research.
- $851 million
- Research budget
Research Discovery: Penn is one of the world's most powerful research and teaching institutions, with a research budget last year topping $800 million and more than 4,000 active faculty members. The scale and interdisciplinary character of research and teaching sets Penn apart, and our highly ranked Perelman School of Medicine is one of the top recipients of NIH funding in the country.
Access and Affordability: Financial need is not a barrier to a quality Penn education. Penn admits undergraduate students without regard to need, and offers “all-grant” financial aid, substituting grants for loans in undergraduate financial aid packages since 2009.
Penn’s undergraduate financial aid budget has grown by 161 percent throughout the past nine years, even during one of the country's most difficult financial periods. In 2015-16, it is estimated that the average grant for students receiving aid will be $43,800.
Integrated Knowledge: Solving today's complex problems requires knowledge that crosses traditional boundaries. True to our roots, Penn encourages both intellectual and practical pursuits, and has attracted some of the most eminent interdisciplinary scholars and teachers working today through our Penn Integrates Knowledge program.
Dynamic and Diverse Community: Penn is committed to creating a community of students, scholars and staff that reflects the diversity of the world we live in. This variety of perspectives and dialogue contributes to educational excellence and an inclusive, dynamic campus environment.
Community Engagement: At Penn, civic engagement is an integral part of campus life. Situated near the heart of Philadelphia, one of our country's most historic and vibrant cities, Penn was named a "No. 1 good neighbor" among universities in 2009. We are a national leader in academically based community service through our Netter Center for Community Partnerships, supporting community engagement for students and faculty alike.
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