University of Pennsylvania

1,090 reviews
  1. Philadelphia, PA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
University of Pennsylvania is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
Address
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Website

University of Pennsylvania Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
10%
SAT Range
1360-1550
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$22,694/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,636/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,330/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,939/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,110/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,639/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.92 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.92 responses
40%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.91 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,406Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 59 responses
Report
  • Work hard, play hard
    22%
  • Driven
    20%
  • There is no typical student
    17%
  • Overly stressed obsessively "busy"
    15%
  • Overachieving
    14%
  • Composed and hard working
    7%
  • Work hard, play harder
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.86 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.122 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    47%
  • Dynamic
    17%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Well-rounded
    10%
  • Intellectual
    8%
  • Ecclectic
    3%

After University of Pennsylvania

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$78,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
96%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses

Reviews

1,090 reviews
  • Excellent
    253
  • Very Good
    439
  • Average
    332
  • Poor
    38
  • Terrible
    28
This is a great school environment! The professors are the best and the resources are amazing. However, as a commuter, I would strongly encourage students to stay on campus and immerse him or herself in the college experience. I regret not being on campus more and involving myself in more clubs and activities!
  • College Senior
  • 7 months ago
The academics at Penn are top-notch. Professors have always been extremely helpful in assisting in research and career advice, especially in my department. Career Services is also great in helping with the practical side of life after graduation. The school also offers many opportunities for study abroad, internships, conferences, and a whole list of other things. The community is lacking and cold at times, although there are some excellent student clubs. However, Penn is in the heart of Philadelphia, so there's always something to do near the school. Come to Penn for a great university, but don't come expecting a fun atmosphere on campus.
  • College Senior
  • 6 months ago
The thing that makes Penn worth it for me is the job security, even in a field like mine (design/communications). There are tons of opportunities here that smaller schools wouldn't have - the expert professors, the networking opportunities, the variety of groups, the overall pre-professionalism and career preparation. However, if you're looking for a four year experience that really stresses the actual act of learning, and don't want to obsess about your job future, Penn is not the place for you.

In addition to the overall level of stress and over competitiveness here, there is a very apparent social hierarchy that mostly revolves around where you're from, who you know, and how much money you have/spend. Many people drop a lot of money on social events on the weekends. It is possible to ignore this, of course, but you will notice it. Luckily the school is big enough that you can find people like yourself, though it may take longer.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago