University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania, or UPenn, is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia. It was one of nine colonial colleges chartered prior to the US Declaration of Independence when Benjamin Franklin and other Philadelphians established the university in 1749. It is the fifth-oldest institution of higher education. Notable campus landmarks include Houston Hall, the first modern student union, and Franklin Field, the nation’s first dual-level college football stadium. Many of Penn’s buildings combine the Gothic architecture of Oxford and Cambridge with the local landscape to establish the Collegiate Gothic style. The present core campus covers over 299 acres in a contiguous area of West Philadelphia’s University City section.
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