After their first year at Penn, 98% of freshman continue their education at the university. 87 go on to graduate within four years and 96 within six, one of the best rates in the country.

With over 4,600 professors, Penn has a 6 to 1 student to faculty ratio, very high for the mid-east. All students are assigned at least one adviser to help them during their time at the school, including advice for academics and extracurricular activities. Several professors also live within the college houses, which can act as an extension of the classroom. These living arrangements also result in learning experiences for the professors.

The university features students from all over the globe but a majority come from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, California, and Florida. Penn also offers students ROTC (Air Force, Navy, Army), study abroad programs, distance learning, and weekend/evening classes.

Academic Profile for 2018

Four Year Graduation Rate
87%

Six Year Graduation Rate
96%

Eight Year Graduation Rate
96%

Student to Faculty Ratio
6 to 1

First Year Retention Rate
98%


Distribution of Students per State

for the first-year class of
2,486
students in 2016

(Hover in each state to view details of distribution)

None
1 To 10
11 To 30
31 To 50
51 To 100
101 and Above

Student Race, Ethnicity, and Age Information


Total Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity for the 2016 school year

Students Total
11,716

Total Enrollment by Age for the 2016 school year

Students Total
11,716

Other Learning Opportunities
Distance learning
Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education
Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education
Special learning
ROTC - Air Force
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
Study abroad
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Weekend/evening college


Accreditation

Institutional

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Agency Period of Accreditation Status
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1921 - Current
Accredited
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
(University of Pennsylvania at Wharton West)
07/01/1921 - Current
Accredited
Specialized

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Agency / Program Period of Accreditation Status
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
[Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses]
02/25/1980 - Current
Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
[Law (LAW) - Professional schools]
01/01/1923 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Endodontics]
12/09/1966 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)]
12/09/1966 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics]
05/26/1967 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Orthodontics/Peridontics]
05/26/1967 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Pediatric Dentistry]
01/30/2004 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Periodontics]
12/09/1966 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)]
02/02/2017 - Current
Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
[Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs]
02/07/1948 - Current
Accredited
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
[Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree (School of Veterinary Medicine)]
07/01/1960 - Current
Accredited
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
[(SCPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE and supervisory CPE programs]
11/01/1986 - Current
Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
[Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration]
07/01/1972 - 11/23/2011
Loss of Accreditation or Preaccreditation: Voluntary Withdrawal
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
[Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels]
04/21/2004 - Current
Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
[Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels]
04/21/2004 - Current
Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
[English Language (English Language Intensive Program in the English Language Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences)]
07/01/2001 - Current
Accredited
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
[Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels]
10/04/1992 - Current
Renewal of Accreditation
Council on Education for Public Health
[Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health]
09/30/2006 - Current
Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
[Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree]
07/01/1942 - Current
Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
[Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers]
(University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Presbyterian)
04/16/2004 - Current
Accredited