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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate6%
Acceptance Rate6%

About UPenn

University of Pennsylvania Overview

University of Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit school in the urban setting of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. UPenn was founded in 1740 and the school currently enrolls around 23,431 students per year, which includes 9,962 undergraduate students. UPenn offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 5, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from UPenn by April 1.

Student Involvement at UPenn

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school'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 both 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.

2022 UPenn Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 15%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 49%
Tuition $56,212
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $54,954

Is UPenn a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what UPenn offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Pennsylvania

The acceptance rate at UPenn is 6%. Out of 56,332 applications received in 2022, 3,304 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UPenn

Retention refers to 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 98% return for their sophomore 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 statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with UPenn directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Pennsylvania'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.

For more information about UPenn's endowment, check with the school directly. The school spends $68,281 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UPenn

Tuition 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. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $54,954 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $26,481 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

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 someone else! 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 would like 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

University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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UPenn ACT Scores


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UPenn SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

720 - 770


Math SAT Range

34 - 35


Reading SAT Range

760 - 800

UPenn Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UPenn is like? There are approximately 23,431 students enrolled at UPenn, including 9,962 undergraduate students and 13,469 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 20% percent are from PA and 80% percent of students are from other states.


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