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University of Pennsylvania Admissions

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University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania Description:

Founded by Benjamin Franklin, Penn should not be confused with Penn State or a public university. The University of Pennsylvania holds its own against the best of its Ivy League brethren. From Penn’s location in West Philadelphia, Center City is an easy walk across the Schuylkill river. With nearly 12,000 undergraduates and a similar number of graduate students, Penn has a diverse and bustling urban campus. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Penn was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its strength in research has earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 24,725 (11,678 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 88% Full-time

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Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,890
  • Books: $1,190 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,922
  • Other Expenses: $1,798
  • Total Cost: $61,800

Penn Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 61%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 48%
    • Loans: 19%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $35,539
    • Loans: $5,651

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Business Administration, Communications Studies, Economics, English, Finance, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Penn and the Common Application

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University of Pennsylvania Mission Statement:

"The University of Pennsylvania's roots are in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. But Penn's reach spans the globe. Faithful to the vision of the University's founder, Benjamin Franklin, Penn's faculty generate knowledge that is unconstrained by traditional disciplinary boundaries and spans the continuum from fundamental to applied. Through this new knowledge, the University enhances its teaching of both theory and practice, as well as the linkages between them. Penn excels in instruction and research in the arts and sciences and in a wide range of professional disciplines. Penn produces future leaders through excellent programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Penn inspires, demands, and thrives on excellence, and will measure itself against the best in every field or endeavor in which it participates. Penn is proudly entrepreneurial, dynamically forging new connections and inspiring learning through problem-solving, discovery-oriented approaches. Penn research and teaching encourage lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society. Penn is a major urban university that is committed to strength and vitality in each of its communities. In this connection, Penn will: Encourage, sustain, and reward its faculty; nurture, inspire, and challenge its students; and support and value its staff; Strengthen and appreciate the diversity of its communities; Support free expression, reasoned discourse, and diversity in ideas; Pursue positive connections to the city, state, and region and a mission of service to its neighbors in West Philadelphia; Develop and support its connections to alumni and friends; and Foster the growth of humane values."

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