Introduction to Penn

At the University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find a historic, Ivy League school with highly selective admissions and a history of innovation in interdisciplinary education and scholarship. You’ll also find a picturesque campus amidst a dynamic city and a world-class research institution.

Intellectual rigor and a practical outlook

Penn carries on the principles and spirit of its founder, Benjamin Franklin: entrepreneurship, innovation, invention, outreach, and a pragmatic love of knowledge. Franklin’s practical outlook has remained a driving force in the university’s development.

A singular campus

With its green lawns and landmark architecture, our beautiful West Philadelphia campus houses all of Penn’s activities, from student life, athletics, and academics to research, scholarship, and cultural life. All of Penn’s 12 schools are located within walking distance of one another. This geographical unity, unique among Ivy League schools, supports and fosters Penn’s interdisciplinary approach to education, scholarship, and research.

A vibrant city

Penn’s picturesque campus is situated near the heart of Philadelphia, a vital and lively city. Our students and faculty enjoy both campus life and the expansive cultural offerings of the city. Penn makes a substantial investment in its surrounding neighborhood and offers ways for students and faculty to make community service part of their educational experience.