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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, one of the nation's first institutions of higher education, was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. Penn established the nation's first medical school, first collegiate school of business and first modern liberal arts curriculum.

Today, Penn is a private, coed, lvy league institution located in Philadelphia. The university is composed of four undergraduate schools and twelve graduate and professional schools including: the Annenberg School for Communication, Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine and the Wharton School of Business.

Penn is consistently recognized for its excellence. The 1991 ranking of American Universities placed Penn 13th in the nation for overall performance. Many programs rank in the top ten nationwide, notably: anthropology, psychology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, materials science, and computer information science.

Penn values diversity and is dedicated to attracting and retaining talented students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, races and ethnicities. Penn's undergraduates represent every state as well as some 76 foreign countries. Minorities currently represent 13% of Penn's student body, and Hispanics account for 3%. There are 18,100 full-time undergraduate and 8,500 graduate students.

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1740
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 9,730
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $5,300,000,000
Admissions Address

3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.9
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Willis J. Stetson, Jr.
Admissions office telephone: (215) 898-7507
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $70
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.admissionsug.upenn.edu/applying/ Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 4
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 4
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 18%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 29%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 15%
Total applicants: 20,483
Total acceptances: 3,613
Total freshman enrollment: 2,385
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 49%
Male applicants: 10,344
Male acceptances: 1,755
Male freshman enrollment: 1,161
Female applicants: 10,139
Female acceptances: 1,858
Female freshman enrollment: 1,224
Out-of-state freshmen: 81%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,911
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 1,494
Students enrolled from waiting list: 37

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 94%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 99%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 100%
Average high school GPA: 3.9
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 97%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 650 – 750
Math: 680 – 780
Combined: 1330 – 1530

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 52.0% 66.0%
600-699 41.0% 30.0%
500-599 7.0% 4.0%
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 26%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 – 34
Math: 29 – 34
Composite: 31 – 34

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 66.0% 69.0% 69.0%
24-29 33.0% 27.0% 30.0%
18-23 1.0% 4.0% 1.0%
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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