Penn dates its founding to 1740, when prominent evangelist George Whitefield had the idea of building a Philadelphia charity school that would double as a house of worship for his followers. After construction was underway, however, the cost was seen to be much greater than the available resources, and the project went unfinished for a decade.
Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and enriched by the integrated resources of four undergraduate and 12 graduate schools, Penn offers students an unparalleled education informed by inclusivity, intellectual rigor, research, and the impetus to create new knowledge to the benefit of individuals and communities around the world.Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge… That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
With more than $700 million in annual R&D expenditures, Penn is one of the nation's top research universities, not only generating important new knowledge in the fields of medicine, technology, business, science, and beyond, but applying this knowledge to improve the lives of individuals and communities at home and around the world. Innovative research that yields actionable knowledge is one of the cornerstones of Penn Compact 2020, President Gutmann’s vision for the future of the University.
International Student and Scholar Services offers a wide range of services and resources to help international students, faculty, and visiting scholars, including advice, information, and referrals in such areas as immigration, employment, and overseas travel.
Penn Home Ownership Services, helps foster the University's commitment to neighborhood development by offering incentives, and support to faculty and staff to purchase and renovate homes.
Penn Libraries is a rich network of information resources, innovative collaborative spaces, and human expertise, offering access to knowledge throughout the University of Pennsylvania and around the globe. Comprising fifteen physical libraries, with more than 7 million volumes, a vast digital collection, and millions of manuscript items, it is the primier research collection.
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Penn Medicine’s central source for information, including physician directories, directions to facilities, appointment scheduling, and health advice from one of America's best hospitals.
Student Health Service
Schedule appointments online and learn about health services available at Penn, including emergency care, insurance, vaccines, and women's health.
West Philadelphia, home to the Penn campus, sits across from the Schuylkill River from Center City, Philadelphia. The neighborhood is characterized by tree-lined residential neighborhoods with pre-war apartment buildings, brick-row homes, ornate Victorian twins and charming single-family homes.
The University of Pennsylvania's historic football stadium has hosted the best in collegiate and professional competition for most of the century.
Penn men's and women's basketball games, volleyball and wrestling matches are played at the historic Palestra, the most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics.
The Penn men's and women's squash programs have been calling the Ringe Squash Courts
Sheerr Pool - this facility has the capacity to be either 2 short-course pools
Ellen Vagelos C'90 Field is the home of the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team.
Student-athletes at Penn have the privilege of playing at one of the best baseball stadiums in the Ivy League
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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
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Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.