College Spotlight: University of Pennsylvania

The PowerScore College Spotlight gives you a snapshot of a different college or university each week. For more information about each profiled institution, be sure to check out the school's website.

The University of Pennsylvania is today's College Spotlight. From the school's website:

In 1749, Benjamin Franklin –- printer, inventor and future founding father of the United States –- published his famous essay, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth, circulated it among Philadelphia's leading citizens and organized 24 trustees to form an institution of higher education. Led by Franklin, they purchased the property of the New Building and assumed the responsibility of its educational trust. In 1751, Penn opened its doors to the children of the gentry and common people alike as the "Academy and Charitable School in the Province of Pennsylvania."

The University of Pennsylvania remains an eminent, world-class institution for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, serving as a model for colleges and universities throughout the world.

Type of school: Private

Setting: Urban, very large city

Size: 9,865 (total undergraduate enrollment)

Incoming class size: 2,370 (first-time degree-seeking freshmen)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 6 to 1

Acceptance percentage: 14%

Tuition and fees: $42,098 (2010-2011)

Room, board, and additional expenses: $15,271 (2010-2011), living on-campus
Address: 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.898.7507
Twitter accounts: @UofPenn
Facebook: University of Pennsylvania

All information was gathered from the school's profile on the website, the school's website, and the school's U.S. News & World Report profile. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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