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    Room & Board

    • Penn's 11 College Houses are hubs of intellectual, social, and recreational activity. 
    • Students may choose from more than 41 residential programs supporting interests in everything from world cinema to modern languages to music to entrepreneurship. 
    • About a quarter of students are members of a residential fraternity or sorority.
    • 99% of freshmen live on campus. 64% of undergraduates live on campus.
    • View layouts of Penn student housing.
    • Penn has retail and residential dining locations, in addition to a long tradition of food carts. Philadelphia also boasts a diverse restaurant scene.
    • View the complete list of the dining options at Penn.

    Student Life

    Interesting Facts

    • Penn traces its origin to 1740, claims Ben Franklin as its founder and is recognized as America's first university.
    • In 1994, Penn President Judith Rodin became the first woman to be inaugurated President of an Ivy League institution.
    • In 2007, current Penn President Amy Gutmann was the first Ivy League signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, required Penn to develop a long-range plan for carbon neutrality.
    • Penn has a set of governing principles called The Penn Compact. It embraces three principles deeply rooted in Penn's history: increased access to education; integrated knowledge; and community and global engagement.
    • Learn about Penn's numerous campus traditions

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    Relevant rankings

    • In 2010, Newsweek names Penn #1 in a list of "Most Diverse Schools"
    • In 2010, Penn was also named #1 in a list of "Best Gay-Friendly Schools"
    • Penn has a 5-star (top) rating from Campus Climate Index for inclusivity, safety, health and retention amongst LGBT students!
    • One of the "Best 377 Colleges" from Princeton Review
    • Named a "Best Northeastern College" by the Princeton Review
    • Named a "Best Value Colleges for 2013- Private" by the Princeton Review