The University of Pennsylvania is known to many as UPenn or Penn.
Penn is an Ivy League university situated in the heart of Philadelphia. Established in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, Penn is one of nine colonial colleges that predate the founding of the United States and is the first U.S. university to have a medical school.
After four long years, Penn graduates join one of the most powerful alumni networks that includes Warren Buffet, John Legend, Donald Trump, John Huntsman Jr., Sharon Stone, Mehment (Dr.) Oz, Andrea Mitchell, and more recently Naomi Biden (granddaughter to Vice President Joe Biden) and Tiffany Trump (daughter of Donald Trump).
But is the University of Pennsylvania right for you?
Penn academic departments consistently rank in the top of their fields for business, nursing, communications, education, engineering, and medicine among others. You apply directly to one of the four schools that best fits your interests and academic goals: College of Arts and Sciences, Wharton School of Business, School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of Nursing.
Just as Ben Franklin was known for his interests in many subjects, today Penn provides students with multidisciplinary opportunities to make the most of their education. For example, Penn's College of Arts and Sciences offers a number of dual degree programs: The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, Life Sciences and Management, and Technology and Management. Additionally, undergraduate students can take advantage of course offerings from any of the four schools, including some of the best business, engineering and nursing programs in the country.
For students who want to be on the forefront of emerging fields, Penn provides generous programming and resources for their intellectual and professional development. Penn's newest Networked and Social Systems Engineering program is the world’s first program to fully integrate the disciplines needed to design and analyze the complex social networks. Students in the program study the interplay of computer science, economics, and sociology while participating in cutting-edge research in networks, markets, optimization, and information management. For graduating seniors, Penn offers a unique chance for students to apply their education with real-world application through the President's Engagement and Innovation Prizes, both providing winner with up to $150,000.
One thing is certain - the University of Pennsylvania through its bountiful resources invests in the academic and intellectual success of its students during their four years as undergraduates and beyond. To learn more about other colleges and universities, stayed tuned for more College Crash Course articles on the Hillview Blog!