The University of Pennsylvania by the numbers: enrollment, tuition, employment, faculty size, annual budget and more.

Students (Fall 2017)

Full-time: 21,599.
Part-time: 3,768.
Total: 25,367.
Full-time Undergraduate: 10,496.
Full-time Graduate/professional: 11,013.

Undergraduate Admissions (Fall 2017) Admissions →

Penn received 40,413 applications for admission to the Class of 2021. Of those applicants, 3,757, or 9.3 percent, were offered admission. Ninety-seven percent of the students admitted for Fall 2017 came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The middle 50% of scores, as well as the median scores, on each of the three SAT components, are as follows:

  • SAT Reading component: 710 to 780, with a median of 760
  • SAT Math component: 730 to 800, with a median of 770

2,456 students matriculated into this year's freshman class.

Commencement 2018

Penn President Amy Gutmann waving to the University graduates of the Class of 2018.

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Internationalism (Fall 2017) International Applicants →

A total of 7,860​​​​​​​ international students applied for admission to Penn’s undergraduate schools for Fall 2017 and 512 (6.5 percent) received admissions offers. Fourteen percent of the first year class is international students. Of the international students enrolled in the Class of 2021, 11 percent were from Africa and the Middle East, 48 percent from Asia, 4 percent from Australia and the Pacific, 14 percent from Canada and Mexico, 9 percent from Central and South America and the Caribbean and 14 percent from Europe. Penn had 5,144 international students enrolled at all levels in Fall 2017.

Study Abroad International Programs →

Penn undergraduate and graduate/professional students earned academic credit in 57 countries in 2016-2017. Penn ranks 1st among the Ivy League schools and 21st nationwide among doctoral/research institutions in the number of students studying abroad, according to the most recent data (Institute of International Education, 2017). In 2015-2016, 2,005 Penn US Citizen and Permanent Resident students participated in study abroad programs for academic credit.

Diversity (Fall 2017) Diversity at Penn →

Of those accepted for admission to the Class of 2021, 46 percent are black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American. Women comprise 54 percent of all students currently enrolled.


6.53 million book volumes (print).
4.25 million microform items.
198,530 serials received.
1.73 million e-books.
169,490 e-journals.
3.54 million digitized images.
76,520 videos.

Ancient Mesopotamia Goes Digital

From his office on the second floor of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Grant Frame directs a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project that is increasing the understanding of Assyrian and Babylonian history, using never-before-translated or published royal inscriptions.

Ancient Mesopotamia Goes Digital

Undergraduate Schools

Penn’s four undergraduate schools, with their Fall 2017 student populations, are:
The College at Penn (School of Arts and Sciences), 7,437.
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1,847.
School of Nursing, 588.
The Wharton School, 1,844.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Penn’s 12 graduate and professional schools, with their Fall 2017 student populations, are:
Annenberg School for Communication, 82.
School of Arts and Sciences, 2,168.
School of Dental Medicine, 667.
Graduate School of Education, 1,677.
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1,541.
School of Design, 713.
Law School, 915.
Perelman School of Medicine, 1,796.
School of Nursing, 721.
School of Social Policy & Practice, 507.
School of Veterinary Medicine, 475.
The Wharton School, 2,389.

Campus Size (Fall 2017)

West Philadelphia campus: 299 acres, 217 buildings (excluding hospital).
New Bolton Center: 694 acres, 111 buildings.
Morris Arboretum: 92 acres, 33 buildings.

Penn’s Unique and Diverse Green Canopy

The University is committed to caring for and raising awareness about the green spaces on campus—from significant trees to specialty gardens.

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Faculty (as of December 2017)

Standing: 2,666.
Associated: 1,972.
Total: 4,638.
Academic Support Staff: 2,489.
The student-faculty ratio is 6:1.

Members of distinction of the faculty, active and emeritus, include:
85 members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
99 members of the National Academy of Medicine.
34 members of the National Academy of Sciences.
23 members of the American Philosophical Society.
167 Guggenheim Fellowships.
11 members of the National Academy of Engineering.

In the past two decades, the faculty has been home to:
8 MacArthur Award recipients.
4 National Medal of Science recipients.
4 Nobel Prize recipients.
2 Pulitzer Prize recipients.


As of December 2017, Penn has a total regular work force of over 18,000 faculty and staff, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has a regular work force of 22,642 employees, including 1,316 House staff.


Total undergraduate majors currently being pursued: 91 (Fall 2017). In addition, 3 traditional undergraduates were pursuing individualized majors.

Undergraduate Graduation Rate

Penn has an aggregate undergraduate graduation rate of 96 percent.

Powerful Research

With 138 research centers and institutes, research is a substantial and esteemed enterprise at Penn. As of fiscal year 2018, the research community includes over 4,800 faculty and over 1,200 postdoctoral fellows, over 5,500 academic support staff and graduate student trainees, and a research budget of $966 million. The scale and interdisciplinary character of our research activities make Penn a nationally-ranked research university.

Athletics and Recreation Athletics / Recreation

A charter member of the Ivy League, Penn offers intercollegiate competition for men in 17 sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, lacrosse, heavyweight rowing, lightweight rowing, soccer, sprint football, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and wrestling. It offers intercollegiate competition for women in 16 sports, including basketball, cross country, field hockey, fencing, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball. During the 2015-2016 academic year, there are 10,287 team members participating in 9 intramural leagues and 10 special events. A total of 1,533 students are members of 36 active club sports.

Living Alumni of Record (FY 2017)

Total: 314,710.

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Academic Year 2017-18
Tuition and fees: $53,534.

Room and Board Fees

Academic Year 2017-18 $15,066.

Community Service Netter Center for Community Partnerships →

Nearly 14,000 University students, faculty, and staff participate in more than 300 Penn volunteer and community service programs and more than 60 academically based community service courses that are taught each year. Community service at Penn is primarily coordinated by Civic House (student volunteerism and advocacy), Fox Leadership, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships (coordinates academically based community service) and Penn VIPS (Volunteers in Public Service—faculty and staff volunteers), which is a part of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.

Urban Learning through Granola Bars, Library Books, and a Fruit Stand

In a course from the Annenberg School for Communication, Penn undergraduates worked at four West Philadelphia-based social justice initiatives, where they did an ethnographic study of their surroundings and created documentaries about what they discovered.

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Endowment $12.2 billion (Fiscal Year 2017).
Voluntary support: $626.5 million (as of June, 2017).
150,328 individuals gave $332.2 million in contributions.
$135.1 million in gifts from foundations and associations.
$108.2 million in gifts from corporations.

Sponsored Projects (Oct. 2017)

$988.7 million in awards.
7,886 awards.
4,068projects submitted.
1,632 principal investigators that had a submitted project.

Total University Budget (Fiscal Year 2018)

$9.42 billion (GAAP reporting basis).

Budgeted Payroll (including benefits)  (Fiscal Year 2018)

$5.44 billion.