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What Makes Admission To The University of Pennsylvania So Special?

The University of Pennsylvania (usually called "Penn") is a private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is one of the Ivy League schools. It was founded in 1740 and is home to the world-renowned Wharton School of business.


Before becoming one of the "founding fathers" of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin founded Penn around an educational program that focused as much on practical education for commerce and public service as on the classics and theology. The university coat of arms features a dolphin on the red chief, adopted directly from the Franklin family's own coat of arms.

Penn Quick Facts

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Year Founded: 1740

US News Ranking: 6

Application Deadline: January 5th

Must receive SAT/ACT score by: December

2024 regular decision acceptance rate: 7%

Total applications received (2023): 59,465

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Few institutions in human history can boast the accomplishments that Penn has achieved for example, the first general-purpose electronic computer was built in Penn's engineering school.  Originally announced on February 14, 1946, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), was hailed by The New York Times as "an amazing machine which applies electronic speeds for the first time to mathematical tasks hitherto too difficult and cumbersome for solution," the ENIAC was a revolutionary piece of machinery in its day.

In modern times, Penn has pioneered interdisciplinary education for undergraduates. All Penn students have the ability to cross academic disciplines within their “home” undergraduate school and the flexibility to integrate courses, ideas, and research across Penn’s four undergraduate and twelve graduate schools.

Prompts for Penn's 2023-24 Undergrad Supplemental Application

Penn Supplemental Short Answer Prompts (Required)

  • Write a short thank-you note to someone you have not yet thanked and would like to acknowledge. (We encourage you to share this note with that person, if possible, and reflect on the experience!) (150-200 words, only required for first year applicants)

  • How will you explore community at Penn? Consider how Penn will help shape your perspective, and how your experiences and perspective will help shape Penn. (150-200 words)

  • The school-specific prompt will now be unique to the school to which a student is applying. Considering the undergraduate school you have selected, please respond to your school-specific prompt below. (For example, all applicants applying to the College of Arts and Sciences will respond to the prompt under the “College of Arts and Sciences” section).

For students applying to the coordinated dual-degree and specialized programs, please answer this question regarding your single-degree school choice; your interest in the coordinated dual-degree or specialized program may be addressed through the program-specific essay.

  • Transfer Essay (required for all transfer applicants): Please explain your reasons for transferring from your current institution and what you hope to gain by transferring to another institution. (4150 characters)

Penn's Programs Ranked

Business School:  #3 (USNews)

Education School: #3 (USNews)

Law School: #4 (USNews)

Engineering School: #19 (USNews)

Medical School: #3 (USNews)

Nursing School: #1 (USNews)

Economics Department: #8 (USNews)

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