University of Pennsylvania

Pursue knowledge beyond traditional boundaries

An Extraordinary Vision

Benjamin Franklin, who founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740, sought to create a school that would "marry the theoretical and the practical".  That spririt is very much alive today, as Penn is well-positioned as a problem-solving institution whose three-part mission--education, research, and service--is achieved through cross-disciplinary collaboration and local and global engagement. 

Learn more about President Amy Gutman's vision for Penn

A Respected University

Penn is home to 12 schools, including leading programs in business, law, and medicine. An impressive mix of international students, Americans from all 50 states, and life-long Philadelphia residents, Penn's diverse student body is the largest in the Ivy League.  Students have access to all the amenites one would expect from a 20,000 student university, including cultural events, athletic facilities, student support services, libraries, and an internatinally-renowned faculty that includes Nobel, Guggenheim, Fulbright, Pulitzer, and MacArthur award winners.

Quick facts

A Dynamic Location

Penn is located within the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, known for its Victorian homes, abundance of ethnic restaurants and markets, and the beloved Clark Park. 

An Inspiring Campus

Penn has one of the most beautiful urban campuses in the world.  While walking through Locust Walk, the tree-lined pedestrian path that runs through campus, it's easy to forget that vibrant city streets filled with coffee shops, restaurants, and retail lie just a few blocks away.  

Life at Penn