University of Pennsylvania

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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. 

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An Inspriring 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.  

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