University of Pennsylvania
At the University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find a historic, Ivy League school with highly selective admissions and a history of innovation in interdisciplinary education and scholarship. You’ll also find a picturesque campus amidst a dynamic city and a world-class research institution.
Today Penn is home to a diverse undergraduate student body of more than 10,000, hailing from every state in the union and all around the globe. Penn consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the country. Another 10,000 students are enrolled in Penn’s 12 graduate and professional schools, which are national leaders in their fields. The Wharton School is consistently one of the nation’s top three business schools. The School of Nursing is one of the best in the U.S. The School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and Annenberg School for Communication all rank among the top schools in their fields.
Admissions are among the most selective in the country. Of the 22,718 applications Penn received for admission to the class of 2013, 4,018 (17.7%) were accepted. 95.3% of the students admitted for fall 2009 came from the top 10% of their high school graduating class and scored an average of 1,440 on the SAT. 2,501 students matriculated into this year’s freshman class.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1 College Hall, Room 1
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office of Financial Aid Phone
The University of Pennsylvania is dedicated to providing a wide array of athletic opportunities on both the intercollegiate and recreational levels, enhancing and enriching the educational experience of our students, as well as to provide recreational and fitness facilities and activities for the entire university community. Penn Athletics is committed to conducting a program that is consistent with the educational purposes of the University of Pennsylvania and the principles of the Ivy Group Agreement, ECAC and NCAA. We encourage the highest standards of competition for our intercollegiate teams, foster the individual balance between the academic and athletic experience and promote a shared experience with the university community, alumni and friends, helping to form the foundation of a lifelong relationship between the individual and the university.
Penn offers an astounding number of ways to get involved in campus activities. Almost every day, Locust Walk is crowded with club representatives selling tickets to student performances, holding bake sales for social causes or simply urging you to join their groups. You can find clubs and organizations based on civic engagement, sports, cultural backgrounds, politics—almost anything you can imagine. Join! You’ll learn leadership skills, meet new people and enjoy special events. If you can’t find the club you want to join, create it!
Programs of Study
The University of Pennsylvania offers courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences that are taught by an elite faculty dedicated to undergraduate education. Selecting courses could be among students’ greatest challenges, as Penn offers a variety of courses not seen at most institutions in the world. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves well beyond introductory courses. Faculty members from the 12 graduate schools at Penn, such as the Graduate School of Education, the Graduate School of Fine Arts, the Law School, the Veterinary School and the Medical School, are involved with teaching undergraduates. There is no limit to what the University of Pennsylvania can offer students, and Penn seeks curious students to be a part of our mission of creating, understanding and disseminating knowledge. Interdisciplinary learning flourishes in an atmosphere of eager collaboration between departments and schools.
The University of Pennsylvania is an extraordinary collegiate community, with the 11 College Houses at the center of the undergraduate experience. The houses bring together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students to form shared communities within the larger context of a vast, urban campus.
Each house has one faculty master and one house dean, with at least two College House fellows (members of the faculty and senior administration) in residence. All house deans serve as academic advisors and mentors to their residents, and many teach both credit and non-credit courses. Faculty in residence also serve as mentors, while inviting colleagues from various disciplines into the house for informative dinners and lectures. There are more than 200 RAs and GAs in residence to plan activities and assist students with a wide range of issues. They also serve as academic mentors and guides to campus resources.
All of the houses provide a wide range of programs, services and social opportunities for residents, including academic advising, music lessons, intramural sports, guest speakers, dance lessons, study breaks, charity work and much more. Students may choose to live on one of more than 40 specialized “theme floors,” called Residential Programs, that provide smaller, tight-knit communities within the houses. Typically, Fisher Hassenfeld, Hill, Kings Court English, Riepe and Ware College Houses have a majority of first-year students. Du Bois, Gregory and Stouffer have an equal number of first-year and upper-class students. Harnwell and Harrison have largely upper-class populations, while Rodin is currently housing upper-class students only. Penn does not require freshmen to live on campus, but 99% of them do. The housing application process is administered by the Department of Housing Services.
Penn offers both traditional dormitory living—a roommate and a shared bathroom—and the relative privacy of an apartment. Students can live high above campus in a 24-story skyscraper with panoramic views, or at street level where the city is bustling.
Information sessions are presented by admissions officers and campus tours are led by current Penn students. All information sessions begin at the Office of Admissions, 1 College Hall. Weekend tours that do not follow information sessions meet at the information desk in Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street. Be sure to allow yourself time to find parking and find your way to College Hall. Information sessions are one hour, while campus tours are approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
If you plan your visit during certain holidays or school vacations, please anticipate large crowds during these popular times of year. Call us at 215.898.7507 if you have questions or seek advice on planning your trip.
Be sure to bring a photo ID if you intend to take the campus tour; the ID will be required for the dorm section of the tour.
Individual visitors and groups of less than 10 do not need reservations. Groups of 10 or more must contact us at least two weeks prior to the requested visit date at GroupTours@admissions.upenn.edu. Our group visit calendar fills up fast, and we are better able to accommodate your group on your requested date the earlier you contact our office. Group visits are not available on weekends, holidays, spring break or during Penn Previews events in April.
Directions to Campus
University of Pennsylvania
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104