The University of Pennsylvania by the numbers: enrollment, tuition, employment, faculty size, annual budget and more.

Students (Fall 2016)

Full-time: 21,358
Part-time: 3,602
Total: 24,960
Full-time Undergraduate: 10,468
Full-time Graduate/professional: 10,890

Undergraduate Admissions (Fall 2016) Admissions →

Penn received 38,918 applications for admission to the Class of 2020. Of those applicants, 3,674, or 9.4 percent, were offered admission. Ninety-seven percent of the students admitted for Fall 2016 came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The middle 50% of scores, as well as the median scores, on each of the three SAT components, are as follows:

  • SAT Reading component: 690 to 790, with a median of 740
  • SAT Math component: 710 to 800, with a median of 760
  • SAT Writing component: 700 to 790, with a median of 750

2,491 students matriculated into this year's freshman class.

Commencement 2016

Penn President Amy Gutmann was joined by Commencement speaker Lin-Manuel Miranda—the award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer—in celebrating the University graduates of the Class of 2016.

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Internationalism (Fall 2016) International Applicants →

A total of 7,165 international students applied for admission to Penn’s undergraduate schools for Fall 2016 and 475 (6.6 percent) received admissions offers. Thirteen percent of the first year class is international students. Of the international students enrolled in the Class of 2020, 11 percent were from Africa and the Middle East, 46 percent from Asia, 6 percent from Australia and the Pacific, 17 percent from Canada and Mexico, 8 percent from Central and South America and the Caribbean and 12 percent from Europe. Penn had 4,859 international students enrolled at all levels in Fall 2016.

Study Abroad International Programs →

Penn undergraduate and graduate/professional students earned academic credit in 80 countries in 2013-2014. Penn ranks 1st among the Ivy League schools and 23rd nationwide among doctoral/research institutions in the number of students studying abroad, according to the most recent data (Institute of International Education, 2015). In 2013-2014, 1,824 Penn students participated in study abroad programs for academic credit.

Diversity (Fall 2016) Diversity at Penn →

Of those accepted for admission to the Class of 2020, 57 percent are black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American. Women comprise 54 percent of all students currently enrolled.


6.47 million book volumes (print)
4.24 million microform items
185,068 serials received
1.31 million e-books
167,092 e-journals
3.21 million digitized images
65,538 videos

Ancient Mesopotamia Goes Digital

From his office on the second floor of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Grant Frame directs a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project that is increasing the understanding of Assyrian and Babylonian history, using never-before-translated or published royal inscriptions.

Ancient Mesopotamia Goes Digital

Undergraduate Schools

Penn’s four undergraduate schools, with their Fall 2015 student populations, are:
The College at Penn (School of Arts and Sciences), 6,311
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1,748
School of Nursing, 587
The Wharton School, 1,771

Graduate and Professional Schools

Penn’s 12 graduate and professional schools, with their Fall 2016 student populations, are:
Annenberg School for Communication, 82
School of Arts and Sciences, 2,143
School of Dental Medicine, 653
Graduate School of Education, 1,557
School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1,415
School of Design, 699
Law School, 897
Perelman School of Medicine, 1,740
School of Nursing, 716
School of Social Policy & Practice, 486
School of Veterinary Medicine, 489
The Wharton School, 2,367

Campus Size (Fall 2016)

West Philadelphia campus: 299 acres, 215 buildings (excluding hospital)
New Bolton Center: 694 acres, 110 buildings
Morris Arboretum: 92 acres, 33 buildings

Penn’s Unique and Diverse Green Canopy

The University is committed to caring for and raising awareness about the green spaces on campus—from significant trees to specialty gardens.

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Faculty (as of December 2016)

Standing: 2,581
Associated: 2,141
Total: 4,722
Academic Support Staff: 2,472
The student-faculty ratio is 6:1

Members of distinction of the faculty, active and emeritus, include:
82 members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences
92 members of the National Academy of Medicine
34 members of the National Academy of Sciences
23 members of the American Philosophical Society
163 Guggenheim Fellowships
11 members of the National Academy of Engineering

In the past two decades, the faculty has been home to:
8 MacArthur Award recipients
4 National Medal of Science recipients
4 Nobel Prize recipients
2 Pulitzer Prize recipients


As of December 2016, Penn has a total regular work force of over 17,500 faculty and staff, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has a regular work force of 21,626 employees, including 1,276 House staff.


Total undergraduate majors currently being pursued: 91 (Fall 2015). In addition, 7 traditional undergraduates were pursuing individualized majors.

Undergraduate Graduation Rate

Penn has an aggregate undergraduate graduation rate of 95 percent.

Powerful Research

With 137 research centers and institutes, research is a substantial and esteemed enterprise at Penn. As of fiscal year 2017, the research community includes over 4,400 faculty and over 1,100 postdoctoral fellows, over 5,500 academic support staff and graduate student trainees, and a research budget of $928 million. The scale and interdisciplinary character of our research activities make Penn a nationally-ranked research university.

Athletics and Recreation Athletics / Recreation

A charter member of the Ivy League, Penn offers intercollegiate competition for men in 17 sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, lacrosse, heavyweight rowing, lightweight rowing, soccer, sprint football, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and wrestling. It offers intercollegiate competition for women in 16 sports, including basketball, cross country, field hockey, fencing, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball. During the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 9,029 team members participating in 12 intramural leagues and 20 special events. A total of 1,338 students are members of 36 active club sports.

Living Alumni of Record (FY 2016)

Total: 310,569

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Academic Year 2016-17
Tuition and fees: $51,464

Room and Board Fees

Academic Year 2016-17 $14,536

Community Service Netter Center for Community Partnerships →

Nearly 14,000 University students, faculty, and staff participate in more than 300 Penn volunteer and community service programs and more than 60 academically based community service courses that are taught each year. Community service at Penn is primarily coordinated by Civic House (student volunteerism and advocacy), Fox Leadership, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships (coordinates academically based community service) and Penn VIPS (Volunteers in Public Service—faculty and staff volunteers), which is a part of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.

Urban Learning through Granola Bars, Library Books, and a Fruit Stand

In a course from the Annenberg School for Communication, Penn undergraduates worked at four West Philadelphia-based social justice initiatives, where they did an ethnographic study of their surroundings and created documentaries about what they discovered.

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Endowment $10.7 billion (Fiscal Year 2016)
Voluntary support: $517.2 million (as of June, 2015)
143,995 individuals gave $315.0 million in contributions
$137.3 million in gifts from foundations and associations
$64.9 million in gifts from corporations

Sponsored Projects (Oct. 2016)

$1 billion in awards
7,567 awards
4,001 projects submitted
1,626 principal investigators that had a submitted project

Total University Budget (Fiscal Year 2017)

$8.78 billion (GAAP reporting basis)

Budgeted Payroll (including benefits)

$5.11 billion (Fiscal Year 2017)