Fast Facts about University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania is one of the leading universities in the US, ranking at number 8 in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges, National Universities. Penn has 12 schools, with 4 offering undergraduate and graduate studies and 8 offering only graduate studies. The undergraduate schools are the College of Arts and Sciences, Penn Engineering, School of Nursing, and The Wharton School. Penn’s highly ranked graduate programs include its Wharton School, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School and School of Medicine. Penn’s other notable graduate programs include its Design School and School of Dental Medicine. Penn enrols 3,602 part-time students and 21,358 full-time students, of which 10,468 are undergraduates and 10,890 are graduates/professionals.

Penn offers many avenues to allow students to find out what they like and what they are good at, and meet peers whose interests align with and diverge from theirs. This wide diversity of social, political, religious, and cultural activities on campus deeply enriches the life of the University. Notable Penn alumni include former U.S. President William Henry Harrison, poet William Carlos Williams and President Donald Trump.


The average SAT score at Penn is 1510, with a class GPA average of 3.93. With an admissions rate for international students of 6.6% in 2016, Penn is one of the most competitive colleges in the world.
Penn accepts either the Common Application or Coalition Application. They have no preference for either format and treat both applications equally in the process. Students are encouraged to review the features of each application format and to use the platform that is the best fit for them. Students should submit only one application per admissions cycle and not mix-and-match across platforms. Penn offers need-based assistance to admitted students whose families require financial support to afford Penn.

Prior to the expected date of entrance at Penn, an international applicant should have completed a program of secondary education that would enable the student to enter a university in his or her own country (e.g., A-levels, Abitur), as well as TOEFL exams for non-native English speakers. Because Penn’s admissions decisions are made prior to the announcement of the results of many national examinations (such as the A-levels or the French Baccalaureate), applicants are expected to be enrolled in programs preparing them for these examinations. Applicants must also request that their schools send Penn predictions of external examination results in addition to the school marks.

Applicants should include the non-scholarly interests, community service, and extracurricular activities (while recognizing that patterns for non-academic involvement vary from country to country).

Penn does support transfer admissions, in which at least one full year of transferable academic coursework (8 courses) must be completed by the close of the spring term prior to the September of anticipated enrollment at Penn. The University does not admit freshmen or transfers to enrol mid-year. Students who leave college at the end of the first term may apply to the freshman class entering in the subsequent September. Once the application has been submitted a student may not enrol in additional college-level courses.

Penn maintains a two-year academic enrollment requirement. At least one-half of the total number of courses required for the Penn degree must be completed here, regardless of the number of transferable credits completed elsewhere. If you have completed more than two years of transferable work at other institutions, you may not be eligible to transfer to Penn. Students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible to transfer to an undergraduate school at Penn.

Records from summer school, study-abroad programs, or special college programs must be submitted in official transcript form with certified English translations, if applicable. These records will be considered along with other credentials.

The LMI Advantage

If you don’t already have a stellar SAT score or GPA, it’s still possible to enrol in Penn without SAT, and with a GPA of 3.0. We can also help your application as a transfer admissions student, through our pathways program which grants enrolment into a top US university, from which we help you maximise your GPA on college level coursework before you transfer to Penn. Contact your admissions consultant here at LMI to help you maximise your chances of admission to UPenn. After all, we have a proven track record that helps our students go where they need to go, and take off through the gates of their preferred university.

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