University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is everything you expect and then some!  The concept for the University dates to 1740, but the doors didn’t open until 1751, under the leadership of Benjamin Franklin.  The University City campus located in West Philadelphia comprises 302 acres and over 200 buildings (including ivy covered ones).  The University is made up of 4 undergraduate schools, 12 graduate schools, and 3 teaching hospitals.  The educational philosophy follows that of Franklin; pursue passions across multiple disciplines and learn through classroom experience, research and civic engagement.  Students apply to one of the four undergraduate schools; the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Nursing or Wharton School, but (following Franklin’s educational philosophy) can take any undergraduate classes regardless of their school.  I was lucky to visit on a 70 degree day in February.  There were students everywhere; grilling in front of fraternities, lounging on the library steps, throwing frisbees on the Quad with music blasting.  The opportunities at Penn seem just about endless!