Since the University museum was founded in 1887, it has taken part in 400 research projects worldwide. The museum's first project was an excavation of "Nippur, a location in current day Iraq. The museum has three gallery floors with artifacts from "Egypt, the Middle East, "Mesoamerica, Asia, the Mediterranean, Africa, and indigenous artifacts of the Americas. Its most famous object is the goat rearing into the branches of a rosette-leafed plant, from the "royal tombs of Ur. The Museum's excavations and collections foster a strong research base for graduate students in the "Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World. Features of the "Beaux-Arts building include a "rotunda and gardens that include Egyptian "papyrus. The "Institute of Contemporary Art, which is based on Penn's campus, showcases various art exhibitions throughout the year.
Every College House at the University of Pennsylvania has at least four members of faculty in the roles of House Dean, Faculty Master, and College House Fellows. Within the College Houses, Penn has nearly 40 themed residential programs for students with shared interests such as world cinema or science and technology. Many of the nearby homes and apartments in the area surrounding the campus are often rented by undergraduate students moving off campus after their first year, as well as by graduate and professional students.
The College Houses include W.E.B. Du Bois, Fisher Hassenfeld, Gregory, Harnwell, Harrison, Hill, Kings Court English, Riepe, Rodin, Stouffer, and Ware. Fisher Hassenfeld, Ware, and Riepe together make up one building called "The Quad."
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department (UPPD) is the largest private police department in Pennsylvania, with 117 members. All officers are sworn municipal police officers and retain general law enforcement authority while on the campus.
In 2016, a UPPD explosives detection dog named "Zzisa" took fifth place in a national competition.
|University of Pennsylvania graduate and professional schools|
|"Annenberg School for Communication||1958|
|"Graduate School of Arts and Sciences||1881|
|"Graduate School of Education||1915|
|"Law School||1850[note 3]|
|"Perelman School of Medicine||1765|
|"School of Dental Medicine||1878|
|"School of Design||1868|
|"School of Engineering and Applied Science||1850|
|"School of Nursing||1935|
|"School of Social Policy and Practice||1948|
|"School of Veterinary Medicine||1884|
|"The Wharton School||1881|
The "College of Arts and Sciences is the undergraduate division of the School of Arts and Sciences. The School of Arts and Sciences also contains the Graduate Division and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, which is home to the "Fels Institute of Government, the master's programs in Organizational Dynamics, and the Environmental Studies (MES) program. "Wharton is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania. Other schools with undergraduate programs include the "School of Nursing and the "School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
Penn has a strong focus on interdisciplinary learning and research. It offers double degree programs, unique majors, and academic flexibility. Penn's "One University" policy allows undergraduates access to courses at all of Penn's undergraduate and graduate schools, except the medical, veterinary and dental schools. Undergraduates at Penn may also take courses at "Bryn Mawr, "Haverford, and "Swarthmore, under a reciprocal agreement known as the "Quaker Consortium.
Coordinated dual-degree and interdisciplinary programs
Penn offers specialized "coordinated dual-degree (CDD) programs, which award candidates degrees from multiple schools at the University upon completion of graduation criteria of both schools. Undergraduate programs include:
- "The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology
- Artificial Intelligence: Computer and Cognitive Science
- "The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business
- Nursing and Health Care Management
- "The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management
- "Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences
- Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)
- Accelerated 7 year Bio-Dental Program
- "Singh Program in Networked & Social Systems Engineering (NETS)
- Accelerated 6-year Law and Medicine Program
Dual-degree programs which lead to the same multiple degrees without participation in the specific above programs are also available. Unlike CDD programs, "dual degree" students fulfill requirements of both programs independently without involvement of another program. Specialized dual-degree programs include Liberal Studies and Technology as well as an Artificial Intelligence: Computer and Cognitive Science Program. Both programs award a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and a degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In addition, the "Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences allows its students to either double major in the sciences or submatriculate and earn both a B.A. and a M.S. in four years. The most recent Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) will be first offered for the class of 2016. A joint program of Penn's School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, VIPER leads to dual Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees by combining majors from each school.
For graduate programs, Penn offers many formalized "double degree graduate degrees such as a joint J.D./MBA, and maintains a list of interdisciplinary institutions, such as the Institute for Medicine and Engineering, the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.
Academic medical center and biomedical research complex
Penn's health-related programs—including the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine, and programs in bioengineering (School of Engineering), biology (School of Arts and Sciences), and health management (the Wharton School)—are among the university's strongest academic components.
The size of Penn's biomedical research organization, however, adds a very capital intensive component to the university's operations, and introduces revenue instability due to changing government regulations, reduced federal funding for research, and "Medicaid/"Medicare program changes. This is a primary reason highlighted in bond rating agencies' views on Penn's overall financial rating, which ranks one notch below its academic peers. Penn has worked to address these issues by pooling its schools (as well as several hospitals and clinical practices) into the "University of Pennsylvania Health System, thereby pooling resources for greater efficiencies and research impact.
The "Princeton Review ranks Penn as the 6th most selective school in the United States. For the Class of 2018, entering in the fall of 2014, the University received a record of 35,868 applications and admitted 9.9 percent of the applicants (7% in the regular decision cycle), marking Penn's most selective admissions cycle in the history of the University. "The Atlantic also ranked Penn among the 10 most selective schools in the country. At the graduate level, based on admission statistics from U.S. News & World Report, Penn's most selective programs include its law school, the health care schools (medicine, dental medicine, nursing, Social Work and veterinary), and its business school.
Research, innovations, and discoveries
Penn is considered a "very high research activity" university. Its economic impact on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 2015 amounted to $14.3 billion. In fiscal year 2015 Penn's research budget was $851 million. In line with its well-known interdisciplinary tradition, Penn's research centers often span two or more disciplines. In the 2010–11 academic year alone 5 interdisciplinary research centers were created or substantially expanded; these include the Center for Health-care Financing, the Center for Global Women's Health at the Nursing School, the $13 million Morris Arboretum's Horticulture Center, the $15 million Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at Wharton, and the $13 million Translational Research Center at Penn Medicine. With these additions, Penn now counts 165 research centers hosting a research community of over 4,300 faculty and over 1,100 postdoctoral fellows, 5,500 academic support staff and graduate student trainees. To further assist the advancement of interdisciplinary research President "Amy Gutmann established the "Penn Integrates Knowledge" title awarded to selected Penn professors "whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge." These professors hold endowed professorships and joint appointments between Penn's schools. The most recent of the 13 PIK professors is "Ezekiel Emanuel, who started at Penn in September 2011 as the Diane S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor with a joint appointment at the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, which he chairs in the "Perelman School of Medicine, and the Department of Health Care Management in the Wharton School.
As a powerful research-oriented institution Penn is also among the most prolific and high-quality producers of doctoral students. With 487 PhDs awarded in 2009, Penn ranks third in the Ivy League, only behind "Columbia and "Cornell (Harvard did not report data). It also has one of the highest numbers of post-doctoral appointees (933 in number for 2004–07), ranking third in the Ivy League (behind Harvard and Yale), and tenth nationally. In most disciplines Penn professors' productivity is among the highest in the nation, and first in the fields of Epidemiology, Business, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Languages, Information Science, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Social Sciences and Sociology. According to the "National Research Council nearly three-quarters of Penn's 41 assessed programs were placed in ranges including the top 10 rankings in their fields, with more than half of these in ranges including the top 5 rankings in these fields.
Penn's research tradition has historically been complemented by innovations that shaped higher education. In addition to establishing the first medical school, the first university teaching hospital, the first business school, and the first student union, Penn was also the cradle of other significant developments. In 1852 Penn Law was the first law school in the nation to publish a law journal still in existence (then called The American Law Register, now the "Penn Law Review, one of the most cited law journals in the world). Under the deanship of "William Draper Lewis, the law school was also one of the first schools to emphasize legal teaching by full-time professors instead of practitioners, a system that is still followed today. The Wharton School was home to several pioneering developments in business education. It established the first research center in a business school in 1921 and the first center for entrepreneurship center in 1973, and it regularly introduced novel curricula for which "BusinessWeek wrote, "Wharton is on the crest of a wave of reinvention and change in management education."
Several major scientific discoveries have also taken place at Penn. The university is probably best known as the place where the first general-purpose electronic computer ("ENIAC) was born in 1946 at the "Moore School of Electrical Engineering. It was here also where the world's first spelling and grammar checkers were created, as well as the popular "COBOL programming language. Penn can also boast some of the most important discoveries in the field of medicine. The "dialysis machine used as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function was conceived and devised out of a pressure cooker by William Inouye while he was still a student at Penn Med; the "Rubella and "Hepatitis B vaccines were developed at Penn; the discovery of cancer's link with genes, "cognitive therapy, "Retin-A (the cream used to treat acne), "Resistin, the "Philadelphia gene (linked to "chronic myelogenous leukemia), and the technology behind "PET Scans were all discovered by Penn Med researchers. More recent gene research has led to the discovery of the genes for "fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental retardation, "spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, a disorder marked by progressive muscle wasting, and "Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the hands, feet, and limbs. "Conductive polymer was also developed at Penn by "Alan J. Heeger, "Alan MacDiarmid and "Hideki Shirakawa, an invention that earned them the "Nobel Prize in Chemistry. "Ralph L. Brinster, on faculty since 1965, developed the scientific basis for "in vitro fertilization and the transgenic mouse at Penn. The theory of "superconductivity was also partly developed at Penn, by then faculty member "John Robert Schrieffer (along with "John Bardeen and "Leon Cooper). The university has also contributed major advancements in the fields of economics and management. Among the many discoveries are "conjoint analysis, widely used as a predictive tool especially in market research, "Simon Kuznets's method of measuring "Gross National Product, the "Penn effect (the observation that consumer price levels in richer countries are systematically higher than in poorer ones), and the "Wharton Model" developed by Nobel-laureate "Lawrence Klein to measure and forecast economic activity. The idea behind "Health Maintenance Organizations also belonged to Penn professor Robert Eilers, who put it into practice during then President Nixon's health reform in the 1970s.
|"U.S. News & World Report||8|
|"U.S. News & World Report||14|
- General rankings
According to "U.S. News & World Report 's 2017 rankings, Penn is ranked tied for 8th among national universities in the United States. U.S. News also includes Penn in its Most Popular National Universities list, and so does "The Princeton Review in its Dream Colleges list. As reported by USA Today, Penn was ranked 1st in the United States by College Factual for 2015.
In their 2016/17 editions, Penn was ranked 18th in the world by the "QS World University Rankings, 18th by the "Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and 13th by the "Times Higher Education World University Rankings. According to the 2015 ARWU ranking, Penn is also the 8th and 9th best university in the world for economics/business and social sciences studies, respectively. University of Pennsylvania ranked 12th among 300 Best World Universities in 2012 compiled by "Human Resources & Labor Review (HRLR) on Measurements of World's Top 300 Universities Graduates' Performance.
- Research rankings
The Center for Measuring University Performance places Penn in the first tier of the United States' top research universities (tied with "Columbia, "MIT and "Stanford), based on research expenditures, faculty awards, PhD granted and other academic criteria. Penn was also ranked 18th of all U.S. colleges and universities in terms of R&D expenditures in fiscal year 2013 by the "National Science Foundation. The High Impact Universities research performance index ranks Penn 8th in the world, whereas the 2010 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (published by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan) ranks Penn 11th in the world for 2007, 2008, and 2010, and 9th for 2009.["citation needed] The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers measures universities' research productivity, research impact, and research excellence based on the scientific papers published by their academic staff. The "SCImago Institutions Rankings World Report 2012, which ranks world universities, national institutions and academies in terms of research output, ranks Penn 7th nationally among U.S. universities (and 2nd in the Ivy League behind Harvard) and 28th in the world overall (the first being France's "Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique).
- Other rankings
The "Mines ParisTech International Professional Ranking, which ranks universities on the basis of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies, ranks Penn 11th worldwide, and 2nd nationally behind Harvard. According to a US News article in 2010, Penn is tied for second (tied with "Dartmouth College and "Tufts University) for the number of undergraduate alumni who are current Fortune 100 CEOs. "Forbes ranked Penn 17th, based on a variety of criteria.
- Undergraduate programs
Penn's arts and science programs are all well regarded, with many departments ranked among the nation's top 10. At the undergraduate level, "Wharton, Penn's business school, and Penn's nursing school have maintained their No. 1, 2 or 3 rankings since U.S. News began reviewing such programs.["citation needed] The College of Arts and Sciences' English Department is also consistently ranked in the top five humanities programs in the country, ranking 4th in the most current US News report. In the School of Engineering, top departments are "bioengineering (typically ranked in the top 5 by U.S. News), "mechanical engineering, "chemical engineering and "nanotechnology.["citation needed] The school is also strong in some areas of computer science and "artificial intelligence.
- Graduate and professional programs
Among its professional schools, the schools of "business, "communication, "dentistry, "medicine, "nursing, and veterinary medicine rank in the top 5 nationally (see U.S. News and National Research Council).["citation needed] Penn's "Law School is ranked 7th, its Design school is 8th, and its "School of Education and School of Social Policy & Practice are ranked in the top 10 (see U.S. News).["citation needed] In the 2010 "QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, Penn was ranked 2nd in North America.
- Executive salary
Amy Gutmann's total compensation in 2016 was $3,333,378, placing her as the second highest paid college president in the Ivy League, behind Columbia University's Lee C. Bollinger.
|"African American||693 (7.1%)|
|"Native American||9 (0.1%)|
|"Asian American and
|Two or More Races||373 (3.8%)|
Of those accepted for admission to the undergraduate Class of 2018, 52 percent are "Asian, "Hispanic, African-American, or "Native American. In addition, 53% of current students are women.
Twelve percent of the undergraduate Class of 2018 were "international students. The composition of international students accepted in the Class of 2018 is: 43% from Asia; 15% from Africa and the Middle East; 20% from Europe; 15% from Canada and "Mexico; 5% from the "Caribbean, Central America, and South America; 3% from Australia and the "Pacific Islands. The acceptance rate for international students applying for the class of 2018 was 429 out of 6,428 (6.7%).
Selected student organizations
The "Philomathean Society, founded in 1813, is the United States' oldest continuously existing collegiate literary society and continues to host lectures and intellectual events. The "Mask and Wig Club is the oldest all-male musical comedy troupe in the country. "The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club, founded in 1862, is one of the oldest continually operating collegiate choruses in the United States. "Bruce Montgomery, its best-known and longest-serving director, led the club from 1956 until 2000. The International Affairs Association (IAA) was founded in 1963 as an organization to promote international affairs and diplomacy at Penn and beyond. With over 400 members, it is the largest student-funded organization on campus. The IAA serves as an umbrella organization for various conferences (UPMUNC, ILMUNC, and PIRC), as well as a host of other academic and social activities.
"The University of Pennsylvania Band has been a part of student life since 1897. The Penn Band performs at football and basketball games as well as university functions (e.g. "commencement and "convocation) throughout the year and was the first college band to perform at "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Membership fluctuates between 80 and 100 students.
- Performing arts organizations
Penn is home to numerous organizations that promote the arts, from dance to spoken word, jazz to stand-up comedy, theatre, a cappella and more. The Performing Arts Council (PAC) oversees 45 student organizations in these areas. The PAC has four subcommittees: A Cappella Council; Dance Arts Council; Singer, Musicians, and Comedians (SMAC); and Theatre Arts Council (TAC-e).
The Dance Arts Council (DAC) comprises 13 organizations, including the African Rhythms, Pan-Asian Dance Troupe, and the West Philly Swingers. The Arts House Dance Company is one of the council's most prominent groups. Founded in 1985, the Company is known for its strong technique, innovative student choreography, and vivid stage presence.
- Religious organizations
Dating back to 1857, The Christian Association (a.k.a. The CA) is the oldest religious organization at the University and is composed primarily of students from "Mainline Protestant backgrounds. When the University moved to its current campus in the 1880s the CA was based out of Houston Hall. After moving around several times it relocated to its new building at 36th & Locust Streets (now the ARCH Building), which it occupied from 1928 until 2000. During its most active period it ran several foreign missions as well as a camp for socio-economically disadvantaged children in Philadelphia. At present the CA occupies part of the parsonage at Tabernacle United Church of Christ.
The "Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's Sinai Scholars Society Academic Symposium is a prestigious event that brings together Jewish college students with noted Jewish academics for a day of in-depth discussion and debate at the university.
The Penn Newman Catholic Center (the 'Newman Center') was founded in 1893 with the mission of supporting students, faculty, and staff in their religious endeavors. The organization brings prominent Christian figures to campus, including "James Martin in September 2015. During the 2015 "World Meetings of Families, which included a visit from "Pope Francis to Philadelphia, the Newman Center hosted over 900 Penn students and alumni.
- The Daily Pennsylvanian
"The Daily Pennsylvanian is an independent, student-run newspaper, which has been published daily since it was founded in 1885. The newspaper went unpublished from May 1943 to November 1945 due to "World War II. In 1984, the university lost all editorial and financial control of The Daily Pennsylvanian when the newspaper became its own corporation. In 2007, The Daily Pennsylvanian won the "Pacemaker Award administered by the "Associated Collegiate Press.
Penn's "sports teams are nicknamed the "Quakers, but the teams are often also referred to as "The Red & Blue. The athletes participate in the "Ivy League and "Division I (Division I FCS for football) in the "NCAA. In recent decades they often have been "league champions in football (14 times from 1982 to 2010) and basketball (22 times from 1970 to 2006). The first athletic team at Penn was its "cricket team.
"Rowing at Penn dates back to at least 1854 with the founding of the "University Barge Club. The university currently hosts both heavyweight and lightweight men's teams and an openweight women's team, all of which compete as part of the "Eastern Sprints League. Penn Rowing has produced a long list of famous coaches and Olympians, including "Susan Francia, "John B. Kelly Jr., "Joe Burk, Rusty Callow, "Harry Parker, and "Ted Nash. In addition, the 1955 men's heavyweight crew is one of only four American university crews to win the "Grand Challenge Cup at the "Henley Royal Regatta. The teams row out of "College Boat Club, No.11 "Boathouse Row.
The Penn Men's "Rugby Football Club is recognized as one of the oldest collegiate rugby teams in America. The earliest documentation of its existence comes from a 1910 issue of the Daily Pennsylvanian. The team existed on and off during the "World Wars.
The current club has its roots in the 1960s. The University of Pennsylvania rugby teams play in the "Ivy Rugby Conference, and have finished as runners-up in both 15s and 7s. As of 2011[update], the club now utilize the state-of-the-art facilities at "Penn Park. Quakers Rugby played on national TV at the 2013 "Collegiate Rugby Championship, a college rugby tournament played every June at "PPL Park in Philadelphia and broadcast live on NBC. In their inaugural year of participation, the Penn men's rugby team won the Shield Competition, beating local rivals Temple University 17-12 in the final. In doing so, they became the first Philadelphia team to beat a non-Philadelphia team in CRC history, with a 14-12 win over the University of Texas in the Shield semi-final.
In the latter half of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth Philadelphia was the center of "cricket in the United States. Cricket had gained in popularity among the upper class from their travels abroad, and cricket clubs sprung up all across the Eastern Seaboard. (Even today Philadelphia still has three cricket clubs—the "Philadelphia, the "Merion, and the "Germantown.) Many East Coast universities and colleges fielded cricket teams with the University of Pennsylvania and "Haverford College being two of the best in the country. (Cricket was the first organized sport at Pennsylvania.) The Penn Cricket Team frequently toured Canada and the British Isles, and even defeated a combined Oxford-Cambridge team in 1895. Perhaps the University's most famous cricket player was "George Patterson who went on to play for the professional Philadelphia Cricket Team. Following the First World War cricket began to experience a serious decline as baseball became the preferred sport of the warmer months; however, to this day the University still fields a cricket team.
Penn first fielded a "football team against "Princeton at the "Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia on November 11, 1876.
Penn football made many contributions to the sport in its early days. During the 1890s, Penn's famed coach and alumnus "George Washington Woodruff introduced the quarterback kick, a forerunner of the "forward pass, as well as the "place-kick from scrimmage and the delayed pass. In 1894, 1895, 1897, and 1904, Penn was generally regarded as the national champion of collegiate football. The achievements of two of Penn's outstanding players from that era—"John Heisman and "John Outland—are remembered each year with the presentation of the "Heisman Trophy to the most outstanding college football player of the year, and the "Outland Trophy to the most outstanding college football "interior lineman of the year.
In addition, each year the "Bednarik Award is given to college football's best defensive player. "Chuck Bednarik (Class of 1949) was a three-time "All-American "center/"linebacker who starred on the 1947 team and is generally regarded as Penn's all-time finest. In addition to Bednarik, the '47 squad boasted four-time All-American "tackle "George Savitsky and three-time All-American "halfback "Skip Minisi. All three standouts were subsequently elected to the "College Football Hall of Fame, as was their coach, "George Munger (a star running back at Penn in the early '30s). Bednarik went on to play for 12 years with the "Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the "NFL's last 60-minute man. He was elected to the "Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969. During his presidency of the institution from 1948 to 1953, "Harold Stassen attempted to recultivate Penn's heyday of big-time "college football, but the effort lacked support and was short-lived.
"ESPN's "College GameDay traveled to Penn to highlight the "Harvard-Penn game on November 17, 2002, the first time the popular college football show had visited an Ivy League campus.
Penn "basketball is steeped in tradition. Penn made its only (and the Ivy League's second) "Final Four appearance in 1979, where the Quakers lost to "Magic Johnson-led "Michigan State in Salt Lake City. (Dartmouth twice finished second in the tournament in the 1940s, but that was before the beginning of formal League play.) Penn's team is also a member of the "Philadelphia Big 5, along with "La Salle, "Saint Joseph's, "Temple, and "Villanova. In 2007, the men's team won its third consecutive Ivy League title and then lost in the first round of the "NCAA Tournament to "Texas A&M.
"Franklin Field is where the Quakers play football, "field hockey, "lacrosse, "sprint football, and track and field (and formerly soccer). It is the oldest stadium still operating for football games and was the first stadium to sport two tiers. It hosted the first commercially televised football game, was once the home field of the Philadelphia Eagles, and was the site of early "Army – Navy games. Today it is also used by Penn students for recreation such as "intramural and club sports, including "touch football and cricket. Franklin Field hosts the annual collegiate track and field event "the "Penn Relays."
Penn's home court, the "Palestra, is an arena used for men's and women's basketball teams, volleyball teams, "wrestling team, and "Philadelphia Big Five basketball, as well as high school sporting events. The Palestra has hosted more NCAA Tournament basketball games than any other facility. Penn baseball plays its home games at "Meiklejohn Stadium.
The "Olympic Boycott Games of 1980 were held at the University of Pennsylvania in response to Moscow's hosting of the "1980 Summer Olympics following the "Soviet incursion in Afghanistan. Twenty-nine of the boycotting nations participated in the Boycott Games.
9th President of the United States "William Henry Harrison.
"Martha Hughes Cannon, first female State Senator elected in the United States.
Physician and poet "William Carlos Williams graduated from Penn's School of Medicine.
"Noam Chomsky studied philosophy and linguistics at Penn graduating with a BA in 1949, an MA in 1951, and a PhD in 1955.
"Donald Trump, businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States.
"Jon Huntsman Jr., politician, businessman, and diplomat.
"Ivanka Trump, businesswoman, former reality TV personality, socialite, author, and fashion model.
Penn has produced many alumni that have distinguished themselves in the sciences, academia, politics, the military, arts, and media. The size, quality, and diversity of Penn's alumni body have established the institution as one of the most powerful alumni networks in the United States, as well as internationally.
Fourteen heads of state or government have attended or graduated from Penn, including "U.S. President "Donald Trump and former president "William Henry Harrison, who attended the medical school for less than a semester; former Prime Minister of the "Philippines "Cesar Virata; the first president of "Nigeria, "Nnamdi Azikiwe; the first president of "Ghana, "Kwame Nkrumah; and the current president of "Ivory Coast, "Alassane Ouattara. Other notable politicians who hold a degree from Penn include India's Minister of State for Finance "Jayant Sinha, former ambassador to China and former 2012 presidential candidate and Utah governor "Jon Huntsman, Jr., Mexico's current minister of finance, "Ernesto J. Cordero, long-serving Pennsylvania senator "Arlen Specter, and former Pennsylvania governor "Ed Rendell.
The university's presence in the judiciary in and outside of the United States is also notable. It has produced three "United States Supreme Court justices, "William J. Brennan, "Owen J. Roberts and "James Wilson, Supreme Court justices of foreign states (e.g., "Ronald Wilson of the "High Court of Australia and "Ayala Procaccia of the "Israel Supreme Court), "European Court of Human Rights judge Nona Tsotsoria, Irish "Court of Appeal justice "Gerard Hogan and founders of international law firms, e.g. "James Harry Covington (co-founder of "Covington & Burling), "Martin Lipton (co-founder of "Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz), and "George Wharton Pepper (U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and founder of "Pepper Hamilton).
Penn alumni also have a strong presence in financial and economic life. Penn has educated several governors of central banks including "Yasin Anwar (State Bank of Pakistan), "Ignazio Visco (Bank of Italy), "Kim Choongsoo (Bank of Korea), "Zeti Akhtar Aziz (Central Bank of Malaysia), "Pridiyathorn Devakula (Governor, Bank of Thailand, and former Minister of Finance), "Farouk El Okdah (Central Bank of Egypt), and "Alfonso Prat Gay (Central Bank of Argentina), as well as the director of the "United States National Economic Council, "Gene Sperling. Founders of technology companies include "Ralph J. Roberts (co-founder of "Comcast), "Elon Musk (founder of "PayPal, "Tesla Motors, and "SpaceX), "Leonard Bosack (co-founder of "Cisco), "David Brown (co-founder of "Silicon Graphics) and "Mark Pincus (founder of "Zynga, the company behind "Farmville). Other notable businessmen and entrepreneurs who attended or graduated from the University of Pennsylvania include "William S. Paley (former president of "CBS), "Warren Buffett[note 4] (CEO of "Berkshire Hathaway), "Donald Trump, Jr., and "Ivanka Trump, "Safra Catz (President and CFO of "Oracle Corporation), "Leonard Lauder (Chairman Emeritus of "Estée Lauder Companies and son of founder "Estée Lauder), "Steven A. Cohen (founder of "SAC Capital Advisors), "Robert Kapito (president of "BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager), and "P. Roy Vagelos (former president and CEO of multinational pharmaceutical company "Merck & Co.).
Among other distinguished alumni are the current or past presidents of "Harvard University, "Drew Gilpin Faust; the "University of California, "Mark Yudof; and "Northwestern University, "Morton O. Schapiro; poets "William Augustus Muhlenberg, "Ezra Pound, and "William Carlos Williams, linguist and political theorist "Noam Chomsky, "architect "Louis Kahn, cartoonist "Charles Addams, actress "Candice Bergen, theatrical producer "Harold Prince, counter-terrorism expert and author "Richard A. Clarke, pollster and strategist "Frank Luntz, attorney "Gloria Allred, journalist "Joe Klein, fashion designer "Tory Burch, recording artist "John Legend, and football athlete and coach "John Heisman.
Within the ranks of Penn's most historic graduates are also eight signers of the "Declaration of Independence and nine signers of the "Constitution. These include "George Clymer, "Francis Hopkinson, "Thomas McKean, "Robert Morris, "William Paca, "George Ross, "Benjamin Rush, "James Wilson, "Thomas Fitzsimons, "Jared Ingersoll, "Rufus King, "Thomas Mifflin, "Gouverneur Morris, and "Hugh Williamson.
In total, 30 Penn affiliates have won Nobel Prizes, of whom four are current faculty members and nine are alumni.["citation needed] Penn also counts 115 members of the "United States National Academies, 79 members of the "Academy of Arts and Sciences, eight "National Medal of Science laureates, 108 "Sloan Fellows, 30 members of the "American Philosophical Society, and 170 "Guggenheim Fellowships.["citation needed]
From 1930 to 1966, there were 54 documented "Rowbottom riots, a student tradition of rioting which included everything from car smashing to panty raids. After 1966, there were five more instances of "Rowbottoms", the latest occurring in 1980.
In 1965, Penn students learned that the university was sponsoring research projects for the United States' "chemical and biological weapons program. According to "Herman and Rutman, the revelation that "CB Projects Spicerack and Summit were directly connected with U.S. military activities in Southeast Asia", caused students to petition Penn president "Gaylord Harnwell to halt the program, citing the project as being "immoral, inhuman, illegal, and unbefitting of an academic institution." Members of the faculty believed that an academic university should not be performing classified research and voted to re-examine the University agency which was responsible for the project on November 4, 1965.
In 1984, the Head Lab at the University of Pennsylvania was raided by members of the "Animal Liberation Front. Sixty hours' worth of video footage depicting animal cruelty was stolen from the lab. The video footage was released to "PETA who edited the tapes and created the documentary "Unnecessary Fuss. As a result of an investigation called by the Office for Protection from Research Risks, the chief veterinarian was fired and the Head Lab was closed.
The school gained notoriety in 1993 for the "water buffalo incident in which a student who told a noisy group of black students to "shut up, you water buffalo" was charged with violating the university's racial harassment policy.
In recent years, mental health has become an issue on campus with ten student suicides between 2013-2016. The school responded by launching a task force.
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- The University officially uses 1740 as its founding date and has since 1899. The ideas and intellectual inspiration for the academic institution stem from 1749, with a pamphlet published by "Benjamin Franklin, (1705/06-1790). When Franklin's institution was established, it inhabited a schoolhouse built in 1740 for another school, which never came to practical fruition. Penn archivist Mark Frazier Lloyd  notes: "In 1899, UPenn's Trustees adopted a resolution that established 1740 as the founding date, but good cases may be made for 1749, when Franklin first convened the Trustees, or 1751, when the first classes were taught at the affiliated secondary school for boys, Academy of Philadelphia, or 1755, when Penn obtained its collegiate charter to add a post-secondary institution, the College of Philadelphia." Princeton's library  presents another, diplomatically phrased view.
- Penn is the fourth-oldest using the founding dates claimed by each institution. The College of Philadelphia (later Penn), "College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) and "King's College (later Columbia College, now Columbia University) all originated within a few years of each other. After initially designating 1750 as its founding date, Penn later considered 1749 to be its founding date for more than a century, including alumni observing a centennial celebration in 1849. In 1895, several elite universities in the United States convened in New York City as the "Intercollegiate Commission" at the invitation of "John J. McCook, a "Union Army officer during the "American Civil War and member of Princeton's board of trustees who chaired its Committee on Academic Dress. The primary purpose of the conference was to standardize American academic regalia, which was accomplished through the adoption of the ""Intercollegiate Code on Academic Costume". This formalized protocol included a provision that henceforth "academic processions would place visiting dignitaries and other officials in the order of their institution's founding dates. The following year, Penn's "The Alumni Register" magazine, published by the General Alumni Society, began a campaign to retroactively revise the University's founding date to 1740, in order to become older than Princeton, which had been chartered in 1746. Three years later in 1899, Penn's board of trustees acceded to this alumni initiative and officially changed its founding date from 1749 to 1740, affecting its rank in academic processions as well as the informal bragging rights that come with the age-based hierarchy in academia generally. See Building Penn's Brand for more details on why Penn did this. Princeton implicitly challenges this rationale,  also considering itself to be the nation's fourth oldest institution of higher learning.  To further complicate the comparison, a "University of Edinburgh-educated "Presbyterian minister from Scotland, named "William Tennent and his son "Gilbert Tennent operated a ""Log College" in "Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from 1726 until 1746; some have suggested a connection between it and Princeton because five members of Princeton's first Board of Trustees were affiliated with the "Log College", including Gilbert Tennent, William Tennent, Jr., and Samuel Finley, the latter of whom later became President of Princeton. All twelve members of Princeton's first Board of Trustees were leaders from the ""New Side" or ""New Light" wing of the "Presbyterian Church in the "New Jersey, "New York and "Pennsylvania areas. This antecedent relationship, if considered a formal lineage with institutional continuity, would justify pushing Princeton's founding date back to 1726, earlier than Penn's 1740. However, Princeton has not done so, and a Princeton historian says that "the facts do not warrant" such an interpretation.  Columbia also implicitly challenges Penn's use of either 1750, 1749 or 1740, as it claims to be the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States (after Harvard, William & Mary, Yale and Princeton), based upon its charter date of 1754 and Penn's charter date of 1755.  Academic histories of American higher education generally list Penn as fifth or sixth, after Princeton and immediately before or after that of Columbia.    Even Penn's own account of its early history agrees that the original secondary school (the Academy of Philadelphia) did not add an institution of higher learning (the College of Philadelphia) until 1755, but university officials continue to make it their practice to assert their fourth-oldest place in academic processions. Other American universities which began as a colonial-era, early version of secondary schools such as "St. John's College (founded as "King William's School" in 1696) and the "University of Delaware (founded as "the Free Academy" in 1743) choose to march based upon the date they became institutions of higher learning. According to sometime Penn History Professor Edgar Potts Cheyney, the University did indeed consider its founding date to be 1749 for almost a century. However, it was changed with good reason, and primarily due to a publication about the University issued by the "U.S. Commissioner of Education. The year 1740 is the date of the establishment of the first educational trust that the University had taken upon itself. Cheyney states further that, "it might be considered a lawyer's date; it is a familiar legal practice in considering the date of any institution to seek out the oldest trust it administers." He also points out that Harvard's founding date is also the year in which the "Massachusetts General Court (state legislature) resolved to establish a fund in a year's time for a "School or College". As well, Princeton claims its founding date as 1746--the date of its first charter. However, the exact words of the charter are unknown, the number and names of the trustees in the charter are unknown, and no known original is extant. With the exception of Columbia University, the majority of the American Colonial Colleges do not have clear-cut dates of foundation. (Edgar Potts Cheyney, "History of the University of Pennsylvania: 1740-1940", Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1940: pp. 45-52.)
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