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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
The University of Pennsylvania dates its founding to 1740, when a prominent evangelist, George Whitefield, and others established an educational trust fund and began construction of a large school building at Fourth and Arch streets in Philadelphia. The building was designed as a charity school for the children of working-class Philadelphians and as a house of worship for Whitefield's followers.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Law (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.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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.
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.


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

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 is a rich network of information resources, innovative collaborative spaces, and human expertise, offering access to knowledge throughout the University of Pennsylvania and around the globe. Comprising fifteen physical libraries, with more than 7 million volumes, a vast digital collection, and millions of manuscript items, it is the primier research collection.

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

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.

Sports facilities

    • The University of Pennsylvania's historic football stadium has hosted the best in collegiate and professional competition for most of the century.

    • Penn men's and women's basketball games, volleyball and wrestling matches are played at the historic Palestra, the most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics.

    • The Penn men's and women's squash programs have been calling the Ringe Squash Courts

    • Sheerr Pool - this facility has the capacity to be either 2 short-course pools

    • Ellen Vagelos C'90 Field is the home of the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team.

    • Student-athletes at Penn have the privilege of playing at one of the best baseball stadiums in the Ivy League

Student clubs

    • Alpha Chi Rho

    • Alpha Delta Pi

    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

    • Alpha Phi

    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    • Alpha Sigma Phi

    • Alpha Tau Omega

    • Beta Theta Pi

    • Chi Omega

    • Delta Delta Delta

    • Delta Kappa Epsilon

    • Delta Psi--St. Anthony Hall

    • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

    • Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc.

    • Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

    • Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.

    • Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority, Inc.

    • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Being at NIT, Trichy which is one of the best institutes for Engineering in India, had been a great learning experience. The learnings have paved way to my journey ahead at the University of Pennsylvania.

Falling in love with my hometown
Doris rated 5 out of 5 stars

I've lived in Philadelphia for my entire life, deciding to stay here for college was a great decision for me. Here, at the University of Pennsylvania, I've been able to see Philadelphia through the eyes of students who are new to the city. This experience has showed me, all over again, just how wonderful Philadelphia is, and all that it has to offer! I am currently a...

Falling In love with my Hometown
Doris rated 5 out of 5 stars

I grew up in Philadelphia, and my decision to stay here for college was a major one. Studying at the University of Pennsylvania has allowed me to see Philadelphia through the eyes of those who are new to the city, and I have grown to love it all the more because of that.

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