Diversity at Penn

Diversity at Penn

Scott Spitzer

It’s no secret that excellence and diversity go hand in hand, and at Penn, the commitment to cultivating a diverse community is part of the University’s lifeblood.

Through avenues that range from scholarships and fellowships to the University’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence, Penn is constantly seeking ways to add value to its community through a multitude of perspectives and backgrounds.

In this edition of By The Numbers, the Current looks at Penn’s dedication to fostering a multifaceted, diverse campus.


Number of academic programs, initiatives, and centers that actively integrate diversity into the curriculum across disciplines at Penn.


Approximate number of students who comprise Penn’s Fontaine Fellowship Program, which was founded through an endowment in 1970 to support the education of underrepresented groups in Ph.D. education.


Percentage of female faculty members, up from 27.1 percent in 2005. Minority faculty have also increased from 15.4 percent to 19.7 percent.


Number of international students enrolled at all levels at Penn in the fall of 2013.


Number of minutes in Penn’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs’ training program designed to make participants more familiar with the University’s policies and practices on gender identity and the transgender community at Penn.

$50 million

Amount of funds the University has committed since 2011 to implement all elements of Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence. The funds have helped provide additional resources for the recruitment and retention of distinguished faculty, and supported pipeline activities and issues, both new and in progress, related to diversity.

Originally published on February 13, 2014