University of Pennsylvania

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States’ Founding Fathers. Penn is one of the oldest universities in the United States and is considered one of the country’s nine colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution. The university is composed of 12 undergraduate and graduate schools that together offer a wide range of academic programs.

The University of Pennsylvania is known for its strong undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines, including the arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, nursing, medicine, and law. The university is also known for its research programs, particularly in the areas of medicine, engineering, and business.

Penn has a diverse student body, with students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries. The university is also home to a number of renowned research centers and institutes, including the Penn Museum, the Penn Libraries, and the Wharton School of Business.

The University of Pennsylvania is located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, which is home to several other universities and research institutions; there is also a vibrant arts and culture scene. The university’s campus is known for its historic architecture and green spaces, including the iconic College Hall, which was built in 1740, and the beautiful Locust Walk, which runs through the center of campus.

Penn is also known for its athletic programs, particularly its football and basketball teams. The university is a member of the NCAA Division I and the Ivy League athletic conference.


SAT & ACT Score Ranges

University of Pennsylvania considers admission test scores (SAT/ACT) during the application process, but does not require them. Students who were admitted to University of Pennsylvania and enrolled typically had admission test scores in these ranges.

 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing730750770
 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile**

Students Submitting Scores


Undergraduate Admissions

Number of applicants54,588
% admitted7%
% who enrolled68%

*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above