University of Pennsylvania


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Pennsylvania


Founded by Benjamin Franklin, Penn should not be confused with Penn State or a public university. The University of Pennsylvania holds its own against the best of its Ivy League brethren. From Penn's location in West Philadelphia, Center City is an easy walk across the Schuylkill river. With nearly 12,000 undergraduates and a similar number of graduate students, Penn has a diverse and bustling urban campus. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Penn was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its strength in research has earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, Communications Studies, Economics, English, Finance, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 24107
Total Grad Students: 12167
Undergraduate Students: 11940
Faculty: 3835

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 3:1

Percent Male: 48%
Percent Female: 52%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 89%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1 College Hall
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19104


Main Email:

Main Phone: 215-898-5000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Quenby Jackson Mott
Vice Dean and Director, Undergraduate Admissions
(215) 746-6950

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Steve Bilsky
Director of Athletics, Department of Athletics

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? Yes

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Minimum GPA requirements vary by school.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted for courses taken at regionally accredited institutions where the curriculum is similar to that at U Penn and a grade of at least a C has been earned.

Credits (Min/Max):
For students to apply as transfers you must have completed at least 8 academic courses at an accredited institution. In addition, we will only accept up to the equivalent of two academic years for course work.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT/ACT scores are required. SAT Subject Tests are not required.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Letters of recommendation from two current college professors are required.

Essay(s) required:
Applicants must complete the two essays on the application.

Application Fee:
A $75 nonrefundable fee must be submitted with the application.

Other Requirements:
A Mid Term Grade Report and Dean's Report must be completed by the faculty and dean of your current institution. Additional requirement, including academic requirements, vary by school.

Fall Deadline:
March 15

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 30 34
English 30 35
Math 29 34
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 660 750
Math 690 780
Writing 670 770

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 2155

Transfers Accepted: 328

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 15%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 12%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 3%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1160

Other Expenses: 2224

Room and Board: 11878

Tuition and Fees: 42098

Total Cost: 57360

Note on Costs:
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Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Admission is need blind (not affected by a student's ability to pay/financial aid), and is based solely on financial need. We are committed to meeting 100% of determined need. To make it possible to graduate debt-free, we don't include loans in aid.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? Yes

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5567

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 63%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 48%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 28%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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