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Campus & Student Life at University of Pennsylvania

Home to about 11,155 undergraduates in 2020, UPenn is a very large, private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, UPenn offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by UPenn can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our UPenn Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

UPenn Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 12.0% of the student population at UPenn. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit UPenn Disability Services.

UPenn for the Military

While not a "service academy", UPenn does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit UPenn Veteran Services . For more information, check out our UPenn for Veterans Guide.

UPenn offers On-Campus Day Care

For students with young families, UPenn does offer some day care. Programs like this are often in very high demand, so be sure to inquire as soon as you can.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at University of Pennsylvania

UPenn offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at University of Pennsylvania

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at University of Pennsylvania

UPenn has a comparatively very large, student body. There were 11,155 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 9,960 (89.3%). Part-time attendance was 1,195 (10.7%).


University of Pennsylvania is Ranked #24 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, UPenn receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank UPenn #24 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at University of Pennsylvania

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at UPenn by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the UPenn Diversity Guide.

University of Pennsylvania Competes in the NCAA

UPenn has a total of 1033 student athletes, 637 men and 396 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$37,669,540
Total Expenses (all teams)$37,669,540

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to University of Pennsylvania Athletics

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