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University of Pennsylvania Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Pennsylvania? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors UPenn offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is University of Pennsylvania Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Pennsylvania was awarded 205 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is mental and social health services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UPenn as #9 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, UPenn is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UPenn?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into UPenn since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 9%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to UPenn submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 700 and 770. Math scores were between 720 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 700 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 720 to 790 )
UPenn received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 32 to 35 )

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University of Pennsylvania Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At UPenn, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 6 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Pennsylvania is 74%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  74 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Pennsylvania

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Pennsylvania has a freshmen retention rate of 98%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UPenn the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 87%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  87 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at UPenn

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,716 undergraduates at UPenn with 10,496 being full-time and 1,220 being part-time.

UPenn Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 99.54 out of 100, UPenn is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.54 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Pennsylvania Cost?

The overall average net price of UPenn is $25,033. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UPenn

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,440 $5,305 $12,552 $21,496 $41,033

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UPenn, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UPenn, approximately 14% of students took out student loans averaging $7,733 a year. That adds up to $30,932 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UPenn is 1.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UPenn Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UPenn make around $85,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future UPenn graduates since it is 116% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Pennsylvania make the most money.

Location of University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of University of Pennsylvania

Contact details for UPenn are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 34Th & Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
Phone: 215-898-5000

University of Pennsylvania Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 120 majors graduated from University of Pennsylvania. Of these students, 3,632 received undergraduate degrees and 5,987 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 406 $107,700
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 204 NA
Philosophy 192 $63,600
Nursing 187 $64,700
Economics 183 $74,700
General Biology 154 $34,900
Business Administration & Management 154 $65,700
Political Science & Government 152 $51,100
Computer Information Systems 144 $135,200
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 116 $33,500

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Pennsylvania along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UPenn

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 585 students took at least one online class at University of Pennsylvania. This is an increase from the 524 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 585 326
2016-2017 524 134
2015-2016 354 106
2014-2015 211 82
2013-2014 52 9

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