Colleges University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Much of its architecture combines the Gothic styles of Cambridge and Oxford with the local landscape to establish the Collegiate Gothic style. The present core campus covers over 279 acres in a contiguous area of West Philadelphia’s University City section, whereas the older heart of the campus comprises the Campus Historic District. All of Penn’s schools and most of its research institutes are located on this campus.
The University of Pennsylvania is home to many professional and graduate schools, including the first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765), the first collegiate business school (Wharton School, 1881) and the first “student union” building and organization (Houston Hall, 1896). The university has four undergraduate schools which provide 99 undergraduate majors in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and engineering, as well twelve graduate and professional schools. It also provides the option to pursue specialized dual degree programs.
The University of Pennsylvania offers a broad range of academic departments, an extensive research enterprise and a number of community outreach and public service programs. It is particularly well known for its medical school, dental school, design school, business school, law school, engineering school, communications school, nursing school, veterinary school, its social sciences and humanities programs, as well as its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. Students may take classes from any of Penn’s schools (the “One University Policy”).
College of Liberal & Professional Studies. Wherever you are in life, or in the world, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) offers ambitious students—from veterans and international scholars to high school students and working professionals—an opportunity to take full advantage of the Ivy League. Our renowned professors, global alumni network and state-of-the-art facilities guarantee an academic experience that can jumpstart your career, prepare you for post-graduate studies or help you achieve your goals. At LPS, the power of Penn is yours to create.
Fisher Fine Arts Library. The Fisher Fine Arts Library supports study, teaching and research in contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban design. Text and image collections, in analog and digital form, have a global reach and concentrate on the arts of the western experience, Islam, South Asia and East Asia, from prehistory to the present.
School Mission & Unique Qualities
The University of Pennsylvania is one of the nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence and the first institution of higher learning in the United States to refer to itself as a university. Penn has a proud tradition of translating knowledge into social-minded action that dates back to our founder, Benjamin Franklin. This tradition of active pragmatism, articulated in Franklin’s maxim “well-done is better than well-said,” lives today through inclusive policies, innovative work, and impactful engagement of our community.
“Academics are challenging, and you will be required to invest a good amount of time to them. Personally, I spent most of my time focused on this but did not find myself feeling overwhelmed for the most part. The university provides excellent study environments.”