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About UPenn

UPenn Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

UPenn will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the UPenn Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of Pennsylvania Overview

University of Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. UPenn was founded in 1740 and now enrolls around 22,436 students a year, including 9,872 undergrads. UPenn offers on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UPenn! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of UPenn's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UPenn students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? UPenn has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UPenn has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UPenn on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at UPenn on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 5. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by April 1.

2021 UPenn Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 19%
Average GPA 3.9
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 65%
Tuition $54,652

Is UPenn a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what UPenn offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

UPenn Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into UPenn. In 2021, UPenn accepted just 9% of all applicants. Out of 42,205 applications received in 2021, 3,789 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UPenn

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UPenn, around 95% come back the next year. Around 96% of students who started at UPenn earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UPenn Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

UPenn's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. UPenn's endowment was valued at $14.9 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, UPenn spends about $68,281 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UPenn

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. UPenn meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UPenn full-time are awarded $58,352 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $23,876 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UPenn. Based on this information, how does UPenn sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UPenn a good school for you?

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Where is University of Pennsylvania Located?

UPenn is located in the urban setting of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If you want to see UPenn for yourself, 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.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UPenn and Philadelphia are like without leaving home.

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College Info

3451 Walnut Street 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

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UPenn ACT Scores

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ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

33 to 35

Avg

33 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UPenn is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into UPenn. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UPenn SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

760 - 800

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Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

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UPenn Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$80,372

In State

$80,372

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$54,652
$54,652
Fees
$7,058
$7,058
Housing
$17,304
$17,304
Books
$1,358
$1,358

Student Life

Wondering what life at UPenn is like? There are approximately 22,436 students enrolled at UPenn, including 9,872 undergraduate students and 12,564 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from PA and 81% percent of students are from other states.

98%

Full Time

2%

Part Time

19%

In State

81%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

22,436

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

9%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,710

Out-of-State

$61,710

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 5
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