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University of Pennsylvania Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about University of Pennsylvania. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Pennsylvania Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Pennsylvania was awarded 168 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is mental and social health services.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, UPenn is ranked #9 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

UPenn also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UPenn?

Acceptance Rate

University of Pennsylvania has a very low acceptance rate of 9%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to UPenn just in case you don't make the cut.

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

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at UPenn it is much better at 6 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Pennsylvania enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UPenn for first-time, full-time students is 87%, which is better than 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 11,851 undergraduates at UPenn with 10,605 being full-time and 1,246 being part-time.

UPenn Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UPenn, approximately 13% of students took out student loans averaging $7,842 a year. That adds up to $31,368 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UPenn make about $85,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UPenn students 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

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Philadelphia makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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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 118 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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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