The University of Pennsylvania was born in the mind of none other than American statesman, inventor, and philosopher Benjamin Franklin. “U Penn” has, fittingly, always reflected Franklin’s innovative spirit, combining intellectual daring with down-to-earth practicality and a commitment to the public good. This tradition can be seen in the long list of ‘firsts’ that the University of Pennsylvania can lay claim to. It was the first institution of higher learning in the American colonies to open a school of medicine (in 1765) and the first to establish a teaching hospital (in 1874). UPenn’s Wharton school, founded in 1881, was the United States’ first collegiate school of business. Another ‘first’ that the University of Pennsylvania can take pride in is ENIAC, the first-ever large-scale, general purpose computer, which was built at U Penn in 1946.

Today, the University of Pennsylvania is consistently regarded as one of the best universities in the United States. It comprises a School of Arts and Sciences, the Wharton School of Business, a School of Law, a School of Medicine, and the Annenburg School of Communication, as well as outstanding schools of veterinary medicine, nursing, social work, engineering and applied science, and education.

The University of Pennsylvania is particularly noted as a leader in interdisciplinary and joint degree programs, including an Institute for Medicine and Engineering, the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, and the Jerome Fisher Management and Technology Program. The University is also home to a highly regarded Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

U Penn is located on a 260-acre campus in West Philadelphia’s University City, across the Schuykill River from downtown Philadelphia. Residents enjoy this urban neighborhood for its historic charms (Victorian row houses and red brick walls), its green space and trees, its range of ethnic restaurants and markets and its cultural attractions, and its intimate feel – it’s a friendly environment for both pedestrians and cyclists.

The University of Pennsylvania campus community brings together just over 10,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students, coming from across the U.S. and around the world. The University of Pennsylvania takes particular pride in the fact that it houses all of its component schools on this one campus. This makes for a ‘mixing bowl’ in which students, professors, and researchers from all disciplines can cross paths and share ideas, further contributing to the intellectual vigor that distinguishes the U Penn community and a U Penn education.


Acceptance Rate

UPenn acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

University of Pennsylvania average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

U Pennsylvania SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UPenn ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early Decision
Early decision application deadline: November 1.
Decisions are mailed by December 20.

Regular Decision
Regular decision application deadline: January 1.
Decisions are mailed by May 1.

Transfer application deadline: March 15.
Decisions are made by early June.

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 42,205
Enrolled: 2,400
Yield: 69.6%
Acceptance rate: 8.1%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2021 (Class of 2025) applicants: 7,962
Enrolled: 1,194
Acceptance rate: 15.0%

Transfer Admissions
Transfer applicants: 2,951
Transfer applicants admitted: 174
Transfer applicants enrolled: 114
Acceptance rate: 5.9%

Waitlist Admissions
Waitlisted applicants: 2,051
Admitted: 101
Acceptance rate: 4.9%

Average GPA: 3.9
Top 10% of High School: 94%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 700-760
SAT Math: 750-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 34-36
ACT Math: 31-35

Standardized Test Requirements

UPenn does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Penn does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

U Penn does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

* Student-athletes must still take either the ACT or SAT in accordance with Ivy League recruitment requirements.

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Graduation Rates

UPenn college graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 85.7%
5 years: 94.3%
6 years: 96.0%

Loan default rate: 1.1%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 24

Salary after attending: $85,900

R&D Expenditures: $1.442 billion

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 10
Robberies: 6
Aggravated assaults: 7
Burglaries: 3
Car thefts: 1

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

UPenn financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $75,351

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $79,635

Net Cost
Average: $24,771

By income
$0 to $30,000: $3,181
$30,001 to $48,000: $4,833
$48,001 to $75,000: $12,752
$75,001 to $110,000: $20,632
$110,001 and more: $41,421

Graduates with student debt: 22%

Average student debt at graduation: $23,009

Student Body

Student Residence

U Penn student residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

University of Pennsylvania undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

UPenn student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1

Women: 54%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 71%
20 to 39: 18%
40 to 99: 9%
100+: 2%

Student Population
Total: 22,432
Undergraduate: 10,019

Student Residence
In State: 17%
Out of State: 67%
International: 13%
Unknown: 3%

U Penn student population

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This page was last updated in December 2020.