School of Engineering and Applied Science

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The School of Engineering and Applied Science, or Penn Engineering, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the United States, tracing its beginnings to 1852, when it was established as the School of Mines, Arts, and Manufactures.

Penn Engineering is at the forefront in providing what is arguably the most effective foundation for leadership in a fast-changing world: a rigorous education in engineering and science, grounded in the liberal arts and surrounded by professional preparation.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we go inside Penn Engineering.

$200 Cost to attend Penn Engineering in 1900. Room and board cost an additional $250 and textbooks cost $50.

1893 Year in which Penn Engineering’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department was founded. It is America’s oldest continuously operating degree-granting program in chemical engineering.

2.6 Number of milliseconds it took for the Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (ENIAC) to multiply two 10-digit numbers. ENIAC, the world’s first large-scale, general-purpose, electronic digital computer, was developed at Penn.

$500,000 Approximate amount that Trustee John Henry Towne bequeathed to Penn’s Scientific School upon his death in 1875, far and away the largest gift Penn had received at the time. The school was renamed in his honor. It became SEAS in 1979.

33 Percent of women in Penn Engineering’s Class of 2013, compared to 20 percent nationally.

5 Number of days in Penn Engineering’s Girls in Engineering Math & Science Camp, held August 2 to 6 and open to rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Registration is open now.

Originally published on March 25, 2010