University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

First things first: We're the University of Pennsylvania (aka Penn), an Ivy League research university founded by Ben Franklin in the heart of Philadelphia.

Penn is a place for people who want to do something big. But it's also for people for who want to try a bunch of little things first. It's a place for sparking revolutionary ideas. For pioneering thinkers. And it's a place that will help you figure out what inspires and excites you. Where you won't just gain knowledge, you'll make it. You'll research solutions, invent ideas, engineer art - all in a culture that's not about perfection, but about perfecting the pursuit.

The people who love it here? People who are drawn to other people and who are curious about everything. This is the time to figure things out. Try everything that seems worthwhile. You'll find what truly is.

Sound like the place for you? Then we can't wait to meet you.

Four Schools, One University
There’s no one path to success here. Penn has four undergraduate schools that each offer unique opportunities, all on one campus. As an applicant, you'll choose one of our four schools (or coordinated dual-degree programs) to serve as your home base, but you'll never be limited to just one thing. Begin in one school, take classes in another. Or pursue an Interschool Minor. Or even a second degree.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Civic Engagement
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver
  • Wellness

Visit us

We offer a variety of ways for prospective undergraduate students to engage with the Penn community. Visit our website to learn more about our virtual and in-person programs and to schedule a visit.  We hope to see you soon!

Penn students learn from brilliant teachers who are leaders in their fields, and they have the chance to study alongside a diverse group of classmates in a city budding with opportunities. At Penn, your knowledge will grow, your perspective will evolve, and your impact will be felt far and wide.

Liz Magill, President, University of Pennsylvania
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

3535 Market Street, Suite 850
Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States of America

Phone number

(215) 898-7507