University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin, is located in America's birthplace, the city of Philadelphia. The 302-acre campus, set within an urban environment, ensures that Penn students take full advantage of city life. The West Philly neighborhood is called University City, vibrant with restaurants, museums, shops, and theaters. Ivy League Penn is the dominant institution but also shares the area with Drexel University. UPenn has a rich history, academic excellence and the friendly, livable city of Philadelphia at its doorstep. 


Stay: The Study |  Breakfast: Federal Donuts

Lunch: White Dog  | Dinner: Zahav

Visitor Information: Tour Penn

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Transportation: The Philadelphia International Airport is located in the Southwest section of the city, approximately 20 minutes from the UPenn campus. Amtrak provides intercity rail service to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. Frequent service is offered to Northeastern cities including Boston, New York, Baltimore, and Washington. Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound and Trailways bus lines from the terminal at 1001 Filbert Street, and MegaBus and Bolt Bus provide service to 30th Street Station.

Stay: Newly opened, The Study, is the perfect place to stay. Other choices are Inn at Penn and the Sheraton University City. If you prefer to stay downtown, we suggest The Rittenhouse Hotel, AKA Rittenhouse Square or fresh off a 25 million dollar renovation The Ritz-Carlton.

Coffee: Join the students at HubBub serving Stumptown coffee.  Saxby’s is another good alternative. 

Breakfast: Food trucks are a big deal in Philly and perfect for a quick bite before your tour. Schmear It serves up custom spreads with their freshly baked bagels. If mixing chopped salmon, Sriracha or mangos into your cream cheese sound appealing to you, then this is a must try. Known for their fresh artisan bread, Metropolitan Café uses locally sourced products in their delicious granola, cereals, and tarts. Donuts and fried chicken—that’s our kind of hook up. Federal Donuts is a must during your visit, and luckily the West Philly branch is close to campus. The donuts start at 7 am, but you have to go after 11 am if you want to try their addictive fried chicken sandwich as well.

Anytime Of Day: For an awesome meal whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner Res Ipsa is your place. You don’t need reservations for breakfast or lunch when the stark space serves as part coffee house and part café. The breakfast sandwich, a square frittata with Asiago, a fennel sausage patty, and salsa verde sandwiched between a baked English muffin is the buzz of the town. Book in advance for dinner, when the menu heads towards Italy. Bon Appetit’s put Res Ipsa on their 2017, 50 best new restaurants list and local critics are singing the praise of up and coming chef Michael Vincent Ferrer, who earned his stripes at Zahav. Oh, and bring wine with you as Res Ipsa is BYOB.  

Lunch: Right in University City are many great restaurants depending on your mood. White Dog, is popular with locals and students alike for it's quirky and adorable dog decor and delicious, eclectic farm to table menu. Distrito from Iron Chef Jose Garces is a hip, modern cantina.  Harvest Seasonal Grill changes their menu every three months based on the seasons, and what the local farms are providing. Everything on the menu is less than 500 calories. A great vegetarian option is Magic Carpet food truck.



Casual:  Nominated for “Best Burger in America,” Rouge’s hamburgers are filled with Gruyere cheese topped with caramelized onions. Overlooking Rittenhouse Square, Parc is a modern Parisian styled bistro. Right near UPenn in University City, head to Han Dynasty for Dan Dan noodles and some of the best Chinese food in Philly.


A Step Up:  Don't miss what many consider to be Philly’s best restaurant, Zahav, from Chef Michael Solomonov.  His unique take on Middle Eastern cuisine has garnered him high praise and legions of fans. Try to snag a seat at the chef’s counter. You couldn’t hope for better reviews or more accolades than the one’s Vernick Food & Drink has accrued in the last two years. Located in a brownstone right off Rittenhouse Square the menu reads comfort food with a chef’s twist. One of Food and Wine’s best new chefs, Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market is another favorite Philly spot. Tired after a long day and looking for something convenient, right in University City, Restaurateur Stephen Starr's stylish Asian fusion Pod set in a funky, modern room--sit in one of the pods which change colors or at the conveyor sushi bar.


Late Night Snack: Satisfy your sweet tooth at T-Swirl Crepe, a Japanese crepe chain that uses rice flour batter, good news if you’re gluten free or with a chocolate dip at Big Gay Ice Cream.


Local Attractions: If you haven't visited the Liberty Bell since an elementary school trip, it's time for a repeat visit. And stop by the nearby National Constitution Center; an engaging, interactive and surprisingly stirring museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution.  If you a fan of Renoir, Cezanne, and Matisse you must visit the Barnes Foundation, home to one of the best collections of French Impressionists in the world. Philadelphia Art Museum is another worthy art stop. Eat your way through Reading Terminal Market, the country's oldest farmer's market with more than 80 merchants.


— Quotes From Campus —

Make sure you visit a food cart! Lyns, Magic Carpet, Buis.. Food carts are where most students eat every day and they are incredible!
— Dan
I love the incredible opportunities both academically and socially at Penn. The ability to take classes in different schools and combine disciplines, like marketing and psychology or international relations and finance is very cool. The social life is also very cool. There is a vibrant campus life both for those that go Greek and those who do not. In addition, the city of Philadelphia offers so many new and unique places to visit and enjoy with friends. The resources at Penn both on campus and off are extraordinary.
— Kari
I love that it is a campus school in the middle of a big city.
— Ellen
Try to take advantage of the resources. Step out of your comfort zone and explore new subjects academically and off the beaten track places in Philly!!
— Charlotte
You will feel the spirit and energy when you feel when you are walking around campus. I also love the fact that UPenn is a campus school within a great city with so many resources.
— Zachery






School Colors

Red & Blue

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision


Average - 1540


Average - 33




Medium - 9,500 Undergraduates




Admissions Office

1 College Hall, Room 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6376

(p) (215) 898-7507
(f) (215) 898-9670

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I
Ivy League

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Benjamin Franklin
John Heisman
Noam Chomsky
Louis Kahn
Warren Buffet
John Legend
Jon Huntsman Sr.
Tory Burch
Elizabeth Banks
Elon Musk
just to name a few...

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