University of Pennsylvania Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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As a member of the Ivy League with a 9 percent acceptance rate in 2017, the University of Pennsylvania is one of the most selective universities in the country. To be admitted, you're going to need to have a GPA in the "A" range and SAT or ACT scores that are well above average. The university uses the Common Application, and you will also need strong application essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • University of Pennsylvania Acceptance Rate: 9%
  • Penn GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 700 / 770
    • SAT Math: 720 / 790
    • ACT Composite: 32 / 35
    • ACT English: 33 / 35
    • ACT Math: 30 / 35

University of Pennsylvania Description

Founded by Benjamin Franklin, Penn should not be confused with Penn State or a public university. The University of Pennsylvania holds its own against the best of its Ivy League brethren. From Penn’s location in West Philadelphia, Center City is an easy walk across the Schuylkill River. With nearly 12,000 undergraduates and a similar number of graduate students, Penn has a diverse and bustling urban campus. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Penn was awarded a chapter of ​Phi Beta Kappa, and its strength in research has earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. It shouldn't be a surprise that Penn made my lists of Top National UniversitiesTop Business SchoolsTop Pennsylvania Colleges and Top Middle Atlantic Colleges.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 25,367 (11,716 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $53,534
  • Books: $1,280 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,066
  • Other Expenses: $1,835
  • Total Cost: $71,715

Penn Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 58%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 48%
    • Loans: 14%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $44,801
    • Loans: $7,733

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Communications Studies, Economics, Finance, History, Neuroscience, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 85%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Rowing, Baseball, Fencing, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Rowing, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Swimming, Field Hockey

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Penn and the Common Application

The University of Pennsylvania uses the Common Application.