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Penn University Guide

University of Pennsylvania

Est. 1740

Motto: Leges sine moribus vanae (Laws without morals are useless)

Location: University City, (West) Philadelphia

Acceptance Rate: 9%

Tuition:  $47,416

Schools: 12 schools: Arts & Sciences, Communication, Dental Medicine, Design, Engineering & Applied Science, Education, Law School, Nursing, Medicine, Social Policy, Veterinary Medicine, Wharton Business School.

6:1 Student to faculty ratio

Rank: #13th World University  ’17, # 4th US College rankings (Source: Times Higher Education)

Freshman: Admits 2,491

SAT guide

  • 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

Ben Franklin StatueBen Franklin On Penn’s Campus.

Student review:

Although it is in the heart of a major metropolitan city this campus is in the bottom half of all the Ivy League schools for a few different reasons. First, the fact that it is in the heart of a city makes it feel congested and difficult to navigate at times. Second, the student dorms with massive satellites at the top are not exactly the most luxurious. Third, this university neighbors one of the most crime ridden neighborhoods in all of the country, West Philadelphia.

In West Philadelphia born and raised on the playground at Penn is where I spent most of my days!

I hope so because if you go anywhere else West of the University you are venturing into no man’s land, and because of its proximity Penn is in fact the most crime ridden campus in all of Philadelphia according to Billy Penn. However the proximity to the heart of Philadelphia certainly is a major pro with party ready undergraduates looking to experience a major city’s nightlife.

Overall Penn’s location is both a positive and a negative, which ultimately demotes its campus to the bottom half of the whole Ivy League.