Sunday, February 5, 2012

University of Pennsylvania

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 (2011):

Enrollment (2010):

  • Total Enrollment: 25,007 (11,940 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2011 - 12):

  • Tuition and Fees: $42,098
  • Books: $1,160 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,878
  • Other Expenses: $2,224
  • Total Cost: $57,360

Penn Financial Aid (2009 - 10):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 63%
  • Penn Scholarships (
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 48%
    • Loans: 28%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $31,519
    • Loans: $5,567

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: 89%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Penn and the Common Application

The University of Pennsylvania uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

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