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University of Pennsylvania

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Penn dates its founding to 1740, when prominent evangelist George Whitefield had the idea of building a Philadelphia charity school that would double as a house of worship for his followers. 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.


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.Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge… That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.


With more than $700 million 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. Innovative research that yields actionable knowledge is one of the cornerstones of Penn Compact 2020, President Gutmann’s vision for the future of the University.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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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
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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.


Student services

International Student and Scholar Services offers a wide range of services and resources to help international students, faculty, and visiting scholars, including advice, information, and referrals in such areas as immigration, employment, and overseas travel.

Housing services

West Philadelphia, home to the Penn campus, sits across from the Schuylkill River from Center City, Philadelphia. The neighborhood is characterized by tree-lined residential neighborhoods with pre-war apartment buildings, brick-row homes, ornate Victorian twins and charming single-family homes. Penn Home Ownership Services, helps foster the University's commitment to neighborhood development by offering incentives, and support to faculty and staff to purchase and renovate homes.

Library services

Penn Libraries Global is a rich network of information resources and human expertise, offering access to knowledge at Penn and around the world. This guide covers:

  • Global Subject and Regional Guides
  • Penn Users and Alumni Global Access
  • Global Partnerships and Training
  • Global Researcher Services
  • Global Digital Libraries
  • Travel Lit and Language Learning Tools
  • International News Sources

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 Medicine’s central source for information, including physician directories, directions to facilities, appointment scheduling, and health advice from one of America's best hospitals.

Student Health Service

  • Schedule appointments online and learn about health services available at Penn, including emergency care, insurance, vaccines, and women's health.

Student Life

Campus life

Penn offers many avenues to find what you like and what you’re good at, and meet peers whose interests align with and diverge from your own. This wide diversity of social, political, religious, and cultural activities on campus deeply enriches the life of the University.

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
  • Intramural Sports
  • Penn Ice Rink
  • Penn Athletics
  • Intramural Sports
  • Penn Ice Rink

Student clubs

Participate in social, political, artistic, and multicultural activities that put learning into practice.

  • Groups Online @ Penn (PennKey required)
  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • Student Government

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