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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%

About UPenn

University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League university known for its strong academic programs and extra focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Some of the most popular programs at the university include business, political science, economics, psychology, biology, and computer science. Penn emphasizes research and interdisciplinary learning, which encourages students to blend courses from other departments into their studies or even create their own programs. 

The atmosphere at University of Pennsylvania can be described as academically intense, intellectually stimulating, and socially diverse. Often associated with Penn is the phrase “work hard, play hard.” Penn academics are rigorous and students who thrive are passionate and engaged with their courses. Penn students are also very active in extracurricular activities, clubs, art groups, volunteer work, and city-specific cultural scenes. As an urban campus located in Philadelphia, students have access to a world of opportunities and experiences provided by the city. 

Sports culture at Penn mirrors the school’s academic culture – students are competitive and passionate about supporting the Penn Quakers. Penn competes in NCAA Division I sports as a member of the Ivy League conference. The most active sports at UPenn are football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and track & field. 

Did You Know?

University of Pennsylvania commonly goes by both Penn and UPenn. The informal use of “Penn” is a common factor of confusion with people often confusing it with Penn State. Although the University of Pennsylvania style guide designates “Penn” as the official term, UPenn is also commonly used. 

The CC Community on Penn

“Penn is a contained urban campus that is lovely in all seasons, but I prefer spring when the weather is mild and the cherry blossoms are blooming. I really enjoy early morning walks through campus, just exploring and enjoying the silence before the hustle and bustle starts.”

“All the dorms and buildings are air-conditioned which is not a guarantee at most Universities (and definitely not at all the other Ivies). Lots of new buildings. It’s a great campus!”

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University of Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit university in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. UPenn was founded in 1740. The university currently enrolls around 23,374 students per year, including 9,760 undergraduate students.

UPenn Acceptance Rate 2022

In 2022, UPenn accepted 6% of applicants. In 2022, 3,549 out of 54,588 total applicants were accepted.

University of Pennsylvania Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 15%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 48%

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University of Pennsylvania is located in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,.

If you are interested in seeing UPenn for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 76 to Philadelphia, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Philadelphia International.

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College Info

1 College Hall, Room 100 Philadelphia, PA 19104

Campus Setting: Urban

UPenn Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UPenn is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UPenn is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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UPenn SAT Scores


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Math SAT Range

770 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

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Wondering what life at UPenn is like? There are approximately 23,374 students enrolled at UPenn, including 9,760 undergraduate students and 13,614 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from PA and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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