University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

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Warden Garden and Main Entrance to the Penn Museum © Mefman00

Warden Garden and Main Entrance to the Penn Museum © Mefman00

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university claims a founding date of 1740 and is one of the nine colonial colleges chartered prior to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, Penn’s founder and first president, advocated an educational program that trained leaders in commerce, government, and public service, similar to a modern liberal arts curriculum. The University of Pennsylvania considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, though this is contested by Princeton and Columbia Universities. The university also considers itself as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Penn has four undergraduate schools as well as twelve graduate and professional schools. Schools enrolling undergraduates include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School, and the School of Nursing. Penn’s “One University Policy” allows students to enroll in classes in any of Penn’s twelve schools. Among its highly ranked graduate and professional schools are a law school whose first professor wrote the first draft of the United States Constitution, the first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765), and the first collegiate business school (Wharton School, 1881).

Benjamin Franklin statue in front of the College Hall © MatthewMarcucci Claudia Cohen Hall © panoramio.com - Bohao Zhao/cc-by-3.0 Clinical Research Building of the Perelman School of Medicine © Rehua/cc-by-sa-3.0 College Green © Bryan Y.W. Shin/cc-by-sa-3.0 Entrance to Logan Hall, the College Hall © MatthewMarcucci Fisher-Bennett Hall © Matthew Marcucci Hamilton Walk at the Perelman School of Medicine © Rehua/cc-by-sa-3.0 Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0 Huntsman Hall © WestCoastivieS Jaffe History of Art Building © Daderot Levine Hall © Daderot Penn campus © Bryan Y.W. Shin/cc-by-sa-3.0 Penn campus © Bryan Y.W. Shin/cc-by-sa-3.0 Robert Wood Johnson Pavilion of the Perelman School of Medicine © Rehua/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Castle © Pennalumni The Perelman quadrangle: Houston Hall, Cohen Hall and College Hall © Etumretinw/cc-by-sa-3.0 University of Pennsylvania Law School © Jeffrey M. Vinocur/cc-by-2.5 Warden Garden and Main Entrance to the Penn Museum © Mefman00
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The Perelman quadrangle: Houston Hall, Cohen Hall and College Hall © Etumretinw/cc-by-sa-3.0
Penn is also home to the first “student union” building and organization (Houston Hall, 1896), the first Catholic student club in North America (Newman Center, 1893), the first double-decker college football stadium (Franklin Field, 1924 when second deck was constructed), and Morris Arboretum, the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The first general-purpose electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed at Penn and formally dedicated in 1946. In 2019, the university had an endowment of $14.65 billion, the sixth-largest endowment of all universities in the United States, as well as a research budget of $1.02 billion. The university’s athletics program, the Quakers, fields varsity teams in 33 sports as a member of the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference.

As of 2018, distinguished alumni and/or Trustees include three U.S. Supreme Court justices, 32 U.S. senators, 46 U.S. governors, 163 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, eight signers of the Declaration of Independence and seven signers of the U.S. Constitution (four of whom signed both representing two-thirds of the six people who signed both), 24 members of the Continental Congress, 14 foreign heads of state, two presidents of the United States, and Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris. As of October 2019, 36 Nobel laureates, 80 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 64 billionaires, 29 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Marshall Scholars, and 16 Pulitzer Prize winners have been affiliated with the university.

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