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University of Pennsylvania Data & Information Overview

444 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
6% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on University of Pennsylvania, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is University of Pennsylvania Ranked?

#4 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in PA
Business Administration & Management Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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University of Pennsylvania was awarded 444 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration & management.

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Overall Quality

UPenn is ranked #4 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! UPenn has maintained this ranking for at least two years in a row.

UPenn is also ranked #1 out of 109 schools in Pennsylvania.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UPenn?

6% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 6%, UPenn is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 49% 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 720 and 770. Math scores were between 760 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 720 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 760 to 800 )
UPenn received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Pennsylvania  ( 33 to 35 )

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University of Pennsylvania Faculty

6 to 1 Student to Faculty
79% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at UPenn is an impressive 6 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Pennsylvania

98% Freshmen Retention
86% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

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 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,960 Full-Time Undergraduates
47.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,155 undergraduates at UPenn with 9,960 being full-time and 1,195 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Pennsylvania Cost?

$25,046 Net Price
11% Take Out Loans
$42,040 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UPenn is $25,046. 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 +
$580 $1,938 $12,020 $20,957 $43,447

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UPenn, approximately 11% of students took out student loans averaging $10,510 a year. That adds up to $42,040 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UPenn is 0.9%. 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?

$103,246 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UPenn make about $103,246 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UPenn graduates since it is 143% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State
9,960 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
University of Pennsylvania is a private not-for-profit institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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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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

118 Majors With Completions
3,496 Undergraduate Degrees
5,932 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 118 majors graduated from University of Pennsylvania. Of these students, 3,496 received undergraduate degrees and 5,932 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 353 $118,578
Economics 222 $72,198
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 208 NA
Philosophy 199 $61,331
Nursing 189 $68,279
Computer Information Systems 156 $102,195
Business Administration & Management 149 $75,634
General Biology 146 $39,783
Political Science & Government 139 $49,929
Computer Science 108 $127,623

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

Online Learning at UPenn

20% Take At Least One Class Online
10% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 5,564 students took at least one online class at University of Pennsylvania. This is a decrease from the 22,488 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,564 2,890
2019-2020 22,488 17,087
2018-2019 1,533 1,171
2017-2018 585 326
2016-2017 354 219

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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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