FAQs

A useful reference outlining the rules and regulations that govern the University.

  1. Where is Penn located?

    Penn’s 299-acre urban campus is located in the West Philadelphia neighborhood known as University City, just across the Schuylkill River from Center City Philadelphia. Penn also maintains the 23-acre Pennovation Works campus in Grays Ferry, and sites in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Beijing. The Morris Arboretum is located in Chestnut Hill and Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is in Kennett Square.

  2. Is Penn a state university?

    No. The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League institution with no connection to Pennsylvania State University.

  3. How much does it cost to attend Penn?

    Tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year are $60,042, room and board fees total $15,309. Visit the Student Registration & Financial Services website for more information on paying for a Penn education.

  4. How do I apply to Penn?

    Penn’s Undergraduate Admissions website provides complete information on the admissions process and how to prepare to apply to Penn.

    Graduate and professional program admissions are handled individually by each of Penn’s 12 graduate and professional schools. Visit the site of the school you wish to attend for information.

  5. What are the average class rank and test scores for students admitted to Penn?

    Penn received 44,961 applications for admission to the Class of 2023. Of those applicants, 3,446, or 7.7 percent, were offered admission. Ninety-four percent of the students admitted for Fall 2019 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 two SAT components, are as follows:

    • SAT Reading component: 700 to 760, with a median of 740
    • SAT Math component: 750 to 800, with a median of 780
    • 2,400 students matriculated into this year's freshman class.

  6. What kind of financial aid do you offer?

    Penn offers a variety of grant and loan packages, including an enhanced financial-aid package known as the Mayor’s Scholarship for graduates of Philadelphia public, private, and parochial high schools. Penn practices need-blind admissions; no student will be denied admission based on ability to pay. Whatever your circumstances, Penn has programs designed to make attending affordable.

  7. Where can I find facts and figures?

    Our Facts & Figures page has statistics on student enrollment, faculty size, faculty honors, athletics, employment, endowment and more.

  8. Where can I find a map of the campus?

    There's an interactive map available online.

  9. Where can I learn more Penn's history?

  10. What are your colors and mascot?

    Our colors are red and blue; our sports teams are nicknamed the Quakers, and a Quaker mascot performs at football games.

  11. What does your motto mean?

    Our motto, Leges sine moribus vanae, translates to “Laws without morals are useless.”