Recognized as America’s first university, the University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League research university with a deep history that shares many ties with the city of Philadelphia and the birth of the United States. Penn is comprised of 4 undergraduate schools and 12 graduate schools. The flexible curriculum makes it possible to sample courses from across the university, and to explore exciting combinations of majors and minors. Penn's many on-campus research centers and institutes on campus reflect its innovative and civic-minded mission. Students are immersed in a practical, hands-on approach to learning, which includes opportunity to engage in research projects with faculty.
Penn students are part of a dynamic and diverse community of students from across the country and around the world. Outside of class, they interact in Penn’s 11 College Houses, which offer intellectual, social, and recreational activities to enrich the on-campus experience, and in 450+ student-run clubs, including performing arts, student government, community service, school publications, cultural awareness, academic, and more. Students also show school spirit by cheer or playing on the university’s NCAA Division I athletic teams.
Did you know? Penn’s founder is the legendary American stateman, inventor, writer, and science, Benjamin Franklin.