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Introduction to Penn

Penn has a proud tradition of translating knowledge into social-minded action that dates back to our founder Benjamin Franklin.

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Trustees & Administration

Learn about the people who look after the University’s well-being and oversee its academic and business operations.

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The President's Website

Explore President Amy Gutmann’s involvement in selected campus and world events, and read about her background, her vision for the University, and the functions of her office.

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Penn’s academics are boosted by its inherent culture and ecosystem of innovation. You name it, if it’s cutting-edge, the University’s faculty—and students—have their hands in it. Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and enriched by the integrated resources of four undergraduate and 12 graduate schools, Penn offers students an unparalleled education informed by inclusivity, intellectual rigor, research, and the impetus to create new knowledge to the benefit of individuals and communities around the world.

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Penn is dedicated to promoting a sustainable culture and implementing environmentally conscious policies.

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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 the nation.

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Visit Penn

We invite you to spend time on campus and see the many ways our diverse community brings excitement and discovery to Penn’s grand buildings and state-of-the-art facilities.

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Penn Compact 2020


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.

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Global Campus

Penn is a leading institution for the range of countries represented, and cultures supported, on campus.

Global Opportunities

Whether through study abroad, service learning, or innovative travel initiatives, international experience is an indispensable part of Penn.

Global Impact

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.

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Penn Integrates Knowledge Professorships

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.

All-grant Financial Aid

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.

President's Engagement Prizes

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.

President's Innovation Prizes

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.