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University of Pennsylvania

Employer Reputation: 91.5%
Address: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA

Description University of Pennsylvania

  • Founded: in 1740
  • Total number of teachers: 5276 people
  • Total number of students: 20339 people (approximately 19 % are foreign students).

University of Pennsylvania is the oldest university in the United States, today considered to be one of the most prestigious educational institutions of the country and the world. It is part of the legendary Ivy League - a community of eight most elite and prestigious universities in the United States. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin (who also became the first president of the university) to provide American students with high-quality education, research and discovery. Today in the University of Pennsylvania (students often call it simply Penn) students are accepted from anywhere in the world, regardless of gender or religious belief.

The University of Pennsylvania was established in 1740: it was originally called the Charity School in Philadelphia and was subsequently given the status of a college and later of a university. From the very beginning, the basis for the development of the educational institution has become an interdisciplinary approach to both science and education - this principle Penn adheres to our days.

In 1765, the university established the first specialized medical school in the USA, in 1850 - the law school, in 1852 - the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In 1881, the Wharton School of Business began its work on the campus: today it is considered to be one of the best in the world (by the way, the first profile in the US), and the first educational programs were written by Warton himself - a successful entrepreneur who was the founder of the business school.

Among the most successful and sought after areas of studying are medicine, physics and economics. Only during the last 20 years graduates and teachers of the university received 4 Nobel and 5 Pulitzer Prizes.

The University of Pennsylvania is a real alma mater for researchers and scholars. It is worth noting such important scientific achievements and discoveries as:

  • The first electronic digital computer ENIAC;
  • The study of brain regions that are responsible for cravings for tobacco and narcotic substances;
  • Detection of the tomb of Sebekhoutep pharaoh (more than 3800 years ago, who lived in Egypt);
  • Synthesis of heavy-duty diamond polymer threads: potentially this is the most durable material known to man, and at the same time very thin (hundreds of times thinner than optical fiber);
  • The invention of a new method for the treatment of renal failure;
  • Confirmation of the connection between schizophrenia and toxoplasmosis;
  • Compiling a daily schedule for the work of genes: this helped to compile more precise dates for taking different medications during the day to increase their efficiency;
  • The study of the universe and the cosmos (for example, the discovery of water clouds outside the solar system);
  • The invention of direct reprogramming of cells (conversion of human fibroblasts into melanocytes);
  • The implementation of the scientific program Restoring Active Memory (RAM): the creation of a neuroprosthesis to prevent memory loss.

The university has accreditation to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is part of many prestigious and large educational organizations:

  • 568 Group
  • Associated Universities, Inc. All rights reserved. (AUI)
  • Association of American Universities (AAU). Sport affiliations and memberships National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • The Ivy League
  • Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE).

The university constantly collaborates with universities around the world - more than 60 partners in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, Asian countries, between which a student exchange is established. Among students, courses in the following universities are popular (duration may be 1 semester or 1 year):

  • National University of Singapore 
  • York University (United Kingdom),
  • Technical University of Dortmund (Germany)
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • University of Bologna, Italy
  • Kyoto University (Japan).

The university includes the following schools and profile colleges, institutes and faculties:

  • Annenberg School of Communication (Political Communication, Culture and Communication, Digital Media and Social Networks)
  • Higher School of Education (Language and Literacy, "Education, Culture and Society", "Intercultural Communication")
  • The Wharton Business School (founded back in 1881, today trains more than 9,000 students, including distance education students)
  • Dental School (founded in 1878, health, biotechnology and bioethics programs, As well as 8 directions of doctoral studies)
  • Law School ("National Security", "Family Law", "Constitutional Law")
  • School of Nurses (the curriculum includes compulsory practice in the Pennsylvania Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; - "Emergency Care", "Family Sister", "Children's Nurse")
  • Veterinary School (opened in 1884 and supports the agriculture of the whole state, popular directions - Pathobiology, Biomedicine)
  • School of Arts and Sciences (profile specialties - Languages ​​of the Middle East and Ancient civilizations "," History of Arts "," Physics and Astronomy "," History of Science and Sociology ")
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science (since 1852, it was founded as the "Mountain School": today it is the most modern and innovative institute, it has its own research and scientific laboratories)
  • School of Social Policy and Practice (main programs - "Social Policy", "Social Security", "Master of Social Work")
  • School of Design (major specialties: "Fine Arts", "Urban And regional planning "," Historical reconstruction "," Architecture ")
  • Perelman School of Medicine (major specialties - genetics, microbiology, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, is included in the national TOP-3 in the number of profile grants).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Pennsylvania

Program name

Bachelor's programs are provided to students in all major schools and faculties of the University of Pennsylvania:

  • Medical school
  • Wharton School of Business
  • School of Electromechanics and Systems Design
  • Engineering School
  • Graduate School of Education
  • School of Public Policy
  • School of Programming and Informatics
  • School of Law
  • School of professional studying.

The price can vary depending on the chosen specialty, and also on the peculiarities of the option of accommodation - the exact amount will help you to calculate our manager.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Biotechnology, Accounting, Accounting - Doctoral, Accounting - MBA, Actuarial Mathematics Minor, Actuarial Science Concentration, Advanced Management Program (AMP) - Wharton Executive Education, Africana Studies, American Public Policy Minor, American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Minor, ancient history, Ancient history, anthropology, Applied Economics - Doctoral, Applied Geosciences, Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, applied mechanics, Applied Positive Psychology, applied Science, architecture, art, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, Asian American Studies, astronomy, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Behavioral and Decision Sciences, Behavioral Economics Concentration, BIBB & Health Services Mgmt Minor, Bio-Dental Submatriculation Program, biochemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group, bioengineering, Bioethics, Biological Basis of Behavior, Biological Basis of Behavior & Health Care Management Minor, Biological Basis of Behavior & Health Services Management Minor, biology, Biomedical Graduate Studies, Biomedical Science, Biomedicine, Biomolecular, chemical engineering, biophysics, business, Business - BS in Economics, Business Administration - Doctoral, Business Administration - MBA, Business and Public Policy - MBA, Business Economics and Public Policy Concentration, Cancer Biology, Caring for people, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group, Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism, Center for Africana Studies, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemical engineering, Chemical Sciences, chemistry, Chemistry Education, Cinema and Media Studies, City and Regional Planning, Classical Studies, Cognitive sciences, Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs, Communication, Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC), communications, Comparative linguistics, Comparative Literature, Computational Biology , Computational Neuroscience Minor, Computer and Cognitive Science, Computer and Cognitive Science (Dual Degree Program), Computer and Information Science, Computer and Information Technology (MCIT), Computer engineering, Computer Graphics and Game Technology (CGGT), computer science, Consumer Psychology Minor, Counseling and Mental Health Services, criminology, Critical Writing Program, Demography, Dental Medicine, design, Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology, Digital Humanities Minor, Digital media, Digital Media Design, Dual Degrees - MBA, Dual Degrees - Undergraduate, Earth Science , East Asian Languages and Civilization, East Asian studies, economic policy, Economic Policy Minor, economics, Education Entrepreneurship, Education Policy, Education, Culture, and Society, Educational Leadership, Educational Linguistics, Educational policy, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Electrical engineering, Electrical engineering, Embedded Systems, engineering, English, English as a Foreign Language, English Language Programs, Entrepreneurship & Innovation - MBA, Environmental and Risk Management - MBA, Environmental Policy and Management Concentration, Environmental science, ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Graduate Group, Ethics and Legal Studies - Doctoral, Executive Development Program (EDP) - Wharton Executive Education, Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management, Fels Institute of Government, Film Studies - "see Cinema Studies", finance, Finance - Doctoral, Finance - MBA, Finance Concentration, fine arts, Fine Arts (LPS), Folklore and Folklife, Food and nutrition, French and Francophone Studies, Gender studies, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, Gene Therapy and Vaccines, General Admission, Genetics and Gene Regulation, Genomics and Computational Biology Graduate Group, geology, Geology - "see Earth Science", german language, Germanic Language and Literature, Global Analysis Concentration, Global Medieval Studies Minor, Global research, Graduate Medical Education, Graduate Studies in Music, Health and Societies, Health care, Health Care Innovation, Health Care Management & Economics - Doctoral, Health Care Management - MBA, Health Care Management and Policy Concentration, Health management, Hebrew, Higher Education, Hispanic Studies, Historic Preservation, history, History and Sociology of Science, History of art, humanitarian sciences, Humanities (LPS), Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business, Immunology Graduate Group, Individualized - MBA, Individualized Concentration, Information: Strategy and Economics - MBA, insurance, Insurance and Risk Management - MBA, Insurance and Risk Management Concentration, intercultural communication, International Development Minor, international relationships, International Studies and Business, Italian language, Italian Studies, Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Jewish Studies, Joint B.A./J.D. Program in Arts and Sciences and Law, Joseph Wharton Scholars (JWS), jurisprudence, Kelly Writers House, landscape architecture, Landscape Studies Minor, Language and literacy, Language Certificate Program, Latin American and Latino Studies, Latin language, Lauder Institute of Management, law, Law and Society Minor, Leadership in education, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Concentration, Legal Studies & History Minor, Life Sciences and Management, linguistics, Logic, Information and Computation, logics, Management Concentration, Managing Electronic Commerce - Undergraduate, Marketing and Communications Concentration, Marketing and Operations Management Concentration, Marketing Concentration, Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematical Economics, maths, Mechanical engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Medical Sociology, medicine, modern languages, Modern Languages Program, Modern media, Modern Middle Eastern Studies, music, musical art, Native American & Indigenous Studies Minor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations , Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS), Nursing, Nursing & Health Services Management Minor, Nursing and Health Care Management, Nutrition Minor, Operations and Information Management Concentration, pedagogy, Penn Language Center, Penn Summer, Penn Summer Abroad, Penn Summer High School Academies, philosophy, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Physics and Astronomy, political science, politics, Pre-College Program, psychology, Real Estate Concentration, Religious studies, Retailing Concentration, Risk management, Romance Languages, Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Award, Russian - "see Slavic", Russian language, Science and technology, Science, Technology and Society, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Social Impact and Responsibility Concentration, Social Policy, social politics, Social Science (LPS), social sciencies, Social Welfare, social work, sociology, South Asia Studies, Spanish, Statistics - Doctoral, Statistics - MBA, Statistics Concentration, Statistics Minor, Statistics, Measurement, and Research Technology, Stomatology, Strategic Management - MBA, Submatriculation, Survey Research and Data Analytics Minor, Sustainability and Environmental Management Minor, Systems Engineering, Systems Science and Engineering, Teach for America, Teacher Education Program, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, Theatre Arts, Undergraduate Research, urban economy, Urban Education Minor, Urban Education Program, Urban Real Estate & Development Minor, Urban Spatial Analytics, Urban Studies, Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management, Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences, VETERINARY MEDICINE, Veterinary science, Virtual Online Teaching Certificate Program (VOLT), Visual Studies, Washington Semester Program, Wharton MBA for Executives, Wharton/SAIS, Women's Studies, Young Scholars,  Creative writing,  Slavic languages ​​and literature,  Technology management


  • Philadelphia is a very hospitable, lively, historically interesting city of the USA with a mild and favorable climate. In the city itself there are more than 100 museums, the Philadelphia Orchestra, known all over the world, a lot of theaters and dance, opera companies, there are well-known monuments of architecture of different styles;
  • The University of Pennsylvania works closely with more than 142 institutes and research centers - the widest scope for a variety of research and scientific projects;
  • Active volunteer activity of students - according to the latest data, more than 14,000 employees, teachers and students are involved in specialized programs;
  • The University of Pennsylvania has one of the largest targeted capitals in the world: according to data of 2014 it is more than 9.58 billion US dollars;
  • On the campus there is one of the largest university academic libraries: more than 4 million books, periodicals and electronic carriers.

Equipment University of Pennsylvania

The university is located in Philadelphia: a large, developed, vibrant, cosmopolitan city; It was Philadelphia that used to be the historic center of the United Colonies. The campus is located in the central area of ​​the city.

Most of the campus buildings were designed in the same style (Gothic collegiate) by Cope and Stewardson. The total area of ​​the campus reaches 279 acres: there are 4 schools and specialized colleges with undergraduate programs and more than 12 colleges for magistracy students, 6 studying centers, libraries and research institutes. The territory is very well and harmoniously designed: it takes only a few minutes to get from one building to another. In walking distance from the main town there are restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and pubs, grocery stores, cinemas, museums, sports centers and gyms, as well as student residences for living.

The nearest universities are the Drexel University and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. On the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Wistar Cancer Research Institute is located, with which productive links have been established in the field of research and oncological diseases. Popular among students  the Institute of Contemporary Art, which is a fairly large museum.

Scholarships University of Pennsylvania

Penn Grant University scholarships are always calculated individually and are designed to help gifted students, for whom it is too expensive to pay the full cost of studying. There are other scholarship programs (both university and external):

  • University Named Scholarships - a nominal scholarship for outstanding academic performance;
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship is a program for students who have their own research projects;
  • Pennsylvania Engineering Foundation Faber Scholarship is a scholarship for achievements and discoveries in the field of engineering, which is issued to students from 2 years and above;
  • NACA East Coast Higher Education Research Scholarship is a special NACA scholarship for junior students participating in advanced projects and research.

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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