Penn’s 12 schools include some of the top-rated undergraduate and graduate programs in the world. Because they share one contiguous campus, collaboration and the integration of knowledge across the disciplines happens in formal and informal settings every day. The unique aspect of a Penn education prepares students to excel in an increasingly complex 21st century world.

Annenberg School for Communication

Annenberg School for Communication

Founded by Walter H. Annenberg, the Annenberg School for Communication produces research that advances the understanding of public and private communication, and generates applied research that helps policymakers create an intellectually and culturally rich media environment for its citizens. The School educates doctoral students in the theories, substance, and methods of communication research and launches them into leading academic and professional positions. Annenberg’s undergraduate program also provides a first-class liberal arts education, helping its students become more discerning consumers and producers of public information and preparing them for leadership in the private and public sectors.

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School of Arts &amp; Sciences

Arts & Sciences

The School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) houses 26 departments and nearly 500 faculty scholars with honors that include the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes. Penn's intellectual core, SAS enrolls nearly half the University students and is integral in the education of all undergraduates as well as many graduate and professional students, lifelong learners, and working professionals. Undergraduate offerings include 54 majors, signature interdisciplinary programs, and distinguished dual-degree programs such as the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business and the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management. Graduate offerings include 33 doctoral and 10 master's programs.

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Evans Institute, School of Dental Medicine

Dental Medicine

Established in 1878, Penn Dental Medicine is one of the oldest university-affiliated dental schools in the country, and has set numerous precedents in education, research, and patient care. Academic programs include a DMD program with dual-degree options in education, bioethics, bioengineering, and public health; postdoctoral training in eight specialties with an option for a master's in oral biology; and a degree program for foreign-trained dentists. Penn Dental Medicine encompasses basic and clinical sciences and provides community dental care in teaching clinics and faculty practices. Its students serve more than 20,000 local residents, logging close to 9,600 service hours each year.

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School of Design


PennDesign is a place of learning and invention where the fields of architecture, planning, preservation, landscape, and fine arts coincide. Formerly known as the Graduate School of Fine Arts, the School is committed to design that is creative in nature and transformative in impact. Faculty and students seek to recast the distinction between theory and practice, expand knowledge and invention through research, and contribute works of value and beauty to settings at home and around the world. PennDesign offers a number of dual degrees and certificate programs that foster inquiry and experimentation in a collaborative environment.

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School of Engineering

Engineering and Applied Science

Founded in 1852 as the School of Mines, Arts, and Manufactures, today's School of Engineering and Applied Science is a vibrant part of the University. At Penn Engineering, world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer students an unparalleled experience. Innovation and technology drive the program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning. Penn Engineering students play a critical role in asking and answering the questions that will improve human health and transform the world.

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Graduate School for Education

Graduate School of Education

Penn's Graduate School of Education (GSE) is one of the nation's best, where faculty across the board are national leaders in the production of educational and social research. Long known for excellence in teacher education and in leadership-preparation programs for educators in K-12 and higher education settings, Penn GSE also generates groundbreaking scholarship in language and literacy, teacher education, educational policy, higher education, applied psychology, social theory, and social research methods. Penn GSE offers innovative degree programs for practicing professionals and provides students with partnership opportunities with local educators.

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Law School

Penn Law offers a superior legal education enhanced through cross-disciplinary study opportunities that are unrivaled among leading law schools. To complement their rigorous legal training, students can take classes to earn certificates or joint degrees at other Penn schools and programs, such as Wharton or the Center for Bioethics. The School's intellectual vitality is defined by the faculty, an outstanding group of scholars whose collective expertise covers every major legal area. More than 70 percent of Penn Law professors hold advanced law-related degrees beyond the JD, and more than 50 percent have joint appointments or affiliations with other Penn schools.

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The School of Nursing is one of the nation's premier research institutions in nursing science. Penn Nursing faculty consistently receive more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other private nursing school, and many master's programs are ranked first in the country. Students are offered unparalleled resources and experiences, including a state-of-the-art simulation lab, a nurse-led elder-care practice, and classrooms equipped with the latest technologies. Penn Nursing students gain valuable clinical experiences in two of the nation's best medical institutions, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Perelman School of Medicine

Perelman School of Medicine

As America's first medical school, the Perelman School of Medicine, named for Raymond and Ruth Perelman, has a long-standing commitment to education, research, and patient care. Today, it consistently ranks among the top medical schools in the country and among the top three in grants awarded by National Institutes of Health. The Perelman School offers outstanding Ph.D., master's, and combined-degree programs, in addition to medical degrees, and its students are among the finest in the nation. Students receive training in the nationally acclaimed hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, a network of medical facilities known for a dedication to high-quality patient care.

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School of Social Policy and Practice

Social Policy & Practice

The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) enters its second century as one of the country's leading centers of knowledge development, transfer, and application in human services. The theory-based master's programs in social work, social welfare, non-profit leadership, and social policy, and the clinical doctorate program in social work, encourage students to think and work across disciplines, countries, and cultures. This vision is reflected in all aspects of the school’s educational and research programs as well as in its work on the Penn campus, in the Philadelphia community, and in national and international social change efforts.

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School of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

Penn Vet focuses on providing the best care to beloved pets, preventing zoonotic diseases in animals and humans, protecting the food supply, and discovering treatments for animal illnesses. Since 1884, Penn Vet has recognized that human and veterinary medicine are "one medicine," and close ties with the Perelman School of Medicine have resulted in groundbreaking research. The Philadelphia campus includes the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for small and companion animals, and Kennett Square's New Bolton Center houses the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals. Penn Vet also plays an integral role in supporting Pennsylvania agriculture.

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The Wharton School

The Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the world's first collegiate business school, Wharton is globally recognized for intellectual leadership across every major discipline of business education. Wharton delivers the knowledge to take action and advance society through leading programs at every level: undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral. The School also reaches out annually to 9,000 participants through Executive Education programs. Published in multiple languages, the school's online journal, Knowledge@Wharton, reaches more than 1.7 million global subscribers. Wharton's 88,000-plus graduates make up one of the largest business school alumni networks in the world.

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