university of pennsylvania

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

With over 10,400 students, the University of Pennsylvania has the second largest undergraduate enrollment in the Ivy League. Penn’s location in the diverse and vibrant city of Philadelphia, as well as outstanding programs in business and engineering, makes it a top choice for students around the world. Last year’s freshman class drew most heavily from PA, NY, CA, NJ, and Asia. 89 different majors are available through Penn’s four undergraduate schools (along with a whopping 4,200 course offerings), but perhaps the most well-known (and selective) programs are the University’s dual-degree options. Highly competitive students can earn two concurrent bachelor’s degrees in international studies and business; sciences and management; management and technology; and nursing and health care management. Interested in researching chemistry in Japan, composing music in South Africa, or practicing social policy in Sweden? You’d be in good company at Penn. More students pursue study abroad here than do students at any other Ivy League school. Both community service and athletics are also a major part of student life. Considering the 300+ volunteer opportunities and numerous intramural, club, and DI sports to choose from, passionate and engaged students are sure to find their niche.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.