About

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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.

Penn Facts

1740

Year Founded

5,093

Total Faculty Members

6:1

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Sustainability

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 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.

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.

Penn Global

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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.