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.
Founded on an Ecosystem of Innovation
Penn was built on the concept of innovation. “If it’s new, novel and holds promise to change the world,” says President Amy Gutmann, “you’ll find it at Penn.”
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 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.
Penn is a leading institution for the range of countries represented, and cultures supported, on campus.
Whether through study abroad, service learning, or innovative travel initiatives, international experience is an indispensable part of Penn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awarded annually to a graduating Penn senior or team of seniors, the President’s Innovation Prize provides our students a unique path to be inventive and to think broadly about cutting-edge commercial projects that also have social impact.
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.
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.