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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Penn has a proud tradition of translating knowledge into social-minded action that dates back to our founder Benjamin Franklin. This tradition of active pragmatism, articulated in Franklin’s maxim “well-done is better than well-said,” lives today through the Penn Compact 2022 and its the inclusive policies, innovative work, and impactful engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)

About

History

Penn dates its founding to 1740, when a plan emerged to build a Philadelphia charity school that would double as a house of worship. After construction was underway, however, the cost was seen to be much greater than the available resources, and the project went unfinished for a decade.

Education

Penn’s academics are boosted by its inherent culture and ecosystem of innovation. You name it, if it’s cutting-edge, the University’s faculty—and students—have their hands in it. Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and enriched by the integrated resources of four undergraduate and 12 graduate schools, Penn offers students an unparalleled education informed by inclusivity, intellectual rigor, research, and the impetus to create new knowledge to the benefit of individuals and communities around the world.

Research

With more than $1.02 billion in annual R&D expenditures, Penn is one of the nation’s top research universities, not only generating important new knowledge in the fields of medicine, technology, business, science, and beyond, but applying this knowledge to improve the lives of individuals and communities at home and around the world. 

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
13 -2
2020
11 1
2019
12
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
14 2
2020
16
2019
16
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
16 -1
2020
15 4
2019
19
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
19 -2
2019
17 -1
2018
16
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Student services

  • Office of Government and Community Affairs

OGCA manages relationships with government and community leaders, advocates for policies and legislation consistent with the University’s goals, and shapes local engagement initiatives.

  • Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships

The Netter Center is Penn’s central administrative office for community partnership programs, including academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development.

Housing services

Penn’s residential system is comprised of twelve undergraduate College Houses and Sansom Place. Approximately 5,500 undergraduates live on campus. The College Houses offer distinct room types, amenities, and communities – making it easy to find what’s right for you. For our graduate students, we offer housing in Sansom Place, which is home to 500 graduate students.

Library services

  • Albrecht Music Library
  • Annenberg Library
  • Biddle Law Library
  • Biomedical Library
  • Chemistry Library
  • Education Commons
  • Fisher Fine Arts Library
  • Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • Levy Dental Medicine Library
  • Lippincott Library of the Wharton School
  • Math/Physics/Astronomy Library
  • Penn Museum Library
  • Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
  • Veterinary Medicine Libraries

ICT services

ISC works and collaborates with IT professionals in Penn’s Schools and Centers to deliver key systems, services, and products that will help transform how the University works, educates, and conducts research.

Medical services

  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Penn Dental Medicine
  • Penn Nursing
  • OncoLink®

Student Life

Campus life

To this day, Penn’s 299-acre West Philadelphia campus reflects its rich heritage—a heritage closely bound with the birth of the United States—boasting more than 180 buildings and many notable landmarks, including the nation’s first student union and first double-decker college football stadium.

The 190 research centers and institutes on campus also reflect the University’s innovative, civic-minded, and pragmatic creator: More than 250 years after Ben Franklin broke new ground in founding Penn, its faculty, students, and alumni continue to make breakthroughs in research, scholarship, and education.

Sports facilities

A proud member of the Ivy League, Penn offers many unique and exciting opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to cheer on the mighty Quakers, participate in competitive team sports, and stay physically fit at state-of-the-art, world-class training centers.

  • Penn Athletics
  • Campus Recreation
  • Sport Clubs
  • Wellness & Fitness Programs
  • Penn Relays

Student clubs

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • Penn Clubs

Search student groups, register an organization, and view upcoming campus events.

  • Fraternities and Sororities

Learn about Greek life at Penn and resources available through the Office of Student Affairs/Fraternity Sorority Life. Find information tailored to the needs of students, parents, and alumni.

  • Student Government

Deliberative and representative bodies for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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