University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania, founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin, is located in America's birthplace, the city of Philadelphia. The campus of 302 acres, set within an urban environment, ensures that Penn students take full advantage of city life. It's West Philly neighborhood is called University City, vibrant with streets of 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.  

Visitor Information: Tour Penn

Stay: There are two hotels directly on the Penn campus, our first choice is the Inn at Penn.  If it's full try the Sheraton University City. If you prefer to stay downtown, The Rittenhouse Hotel  is a very nice choice. 

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

Breakfast: Food trucks are a big deal in Philly. Schmear It serves up custom spreads with their freshly baked bagels. If mixing chopped salmon, Sriracha or mangos  into your cream cheese sounds interesting, then this is a must try. Known for their artisian fresh breads, Metropolitan Café uses locally sourced products in their delicious granola, cereals and tarts. If you are in the mood for legendary donuts, check out Federal Donuts, the donuts start at 7am, but if you go after 11 you can get the addictive fried chicken as well.  

Lunch: Right in University City are many great restaurants depending on you're 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. Fat Ham is pork-centric Southern cooking from Top Chef winner Keven Sbraga. (His first Philly restaurant, Sbraga, open for dinner only, has been recognized as one of the best new restaurants in town.) Harvest Seasonal Grill changes it's menu every 3 months based on the seasons, and what the local farms are providing. Everything on the menu is under 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 popular Parisian styled bistro.  Right near UPenn head to Han Dynasty for Dan Dan noodles and some of the best Chinese food in Philly.


A Step Up:  Right in University City, Restaurateur Stephen Starr's stylish Asian fusion Pod is set in a funky, modern room--sit in one of the pods which change colors or at the conveyor sushi bar. 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. One of Food and Wine’s best new chefs, Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market will impress any foodie as well as Greg Vernick's Vernick Food & Drink.    

Late Night Snack: Gluten free T-Swirl Crepe and Big Gay Ice Cream

Local Attractions: If you haven't visited the Liberty Bell since your 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 Matisee you must visit the Barnes Foundation,for one of the best collections of French Impressionists. 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.


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

9.4% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








Admissions Office

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

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

Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions

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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