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
Penn is one of the most diverse campuses you can ever belong to! As a student, your classmates and friends will be of all races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations. They'll open up your mind and you'll have a greater understanding of the differing peoples of the world. Penn is very welcoming regardless of however you identify yourself--you'll find small cultural communities to belong to and larger ones too. Many students might be first generation Americans, and many are international students. Some international students are the first ones from their country to ever come to Penn. Diversity is a very positive thing on campus, and people really respect others who come from unique backgrounds. No one will ever feel like an outsider at Penn-- if for some reason you do, chances are there are others who feel the same, and you can form your own activist group to change that. The student body is always mobilizing to make changes.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 3 2013
As a resident of the Quad and a member of the Integrated Studies residential program, my experience with Penn Housing has been fantastic. Riepe College House, like nearly every other college house, is open to students from all years. Faculty residents add to the experience with weekly or bi-weekly events such as cookie nights, comfort-food nights, and espresso hours. Additionally, there are many house trips from a visit to Philly Orchestra to a day trip to NYC. The buildings themselves are beautiful, although most of the rooms are tiny. Most dorms have air conditioning and sinks in the rooms and the high-rises have personal bathrooms and common rooms. Campus Housing is a community experience at Penn, which is what makes it so great!
  • College Freshman
  • Dec 30 2012
I absolutely love Penn! It's so awesome and has surprised me so much. The best part about it is the people. I would describe the students as fun, ambitious and social. I have made so many amazing friends and had so much fun freshman year. I could not possibly be happier at any other place. Philly has everything I need (hair salon, restaurants, karaoke bars, every type of food, Chipotle on campus, shopping places, etc.) and there is always something to do on and off campus. I participate in a lot of social activism, so I love that every time something messed up happens I can get off my feet and join in on a protest. I've just overall had the best experience at Penn and have been able to grow into the person I want to be .
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 17 2015