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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."HTTP://WWW.UPENN.EDU/PENNNEWS/CURRENT/NODE/2231ARCHIVEDATE=2011-06-03DATE=JUNE 3, 2011ARCHIVEDATE=2003-03-19DATE=MARCH 19, 2003, web.archive.org, }}Private university>Private research universityAssociation of American Universities>AAUConsortium on Financing Higher EducationNational Association of Independent Colleges and Universities>NAICU568 GroupURANEWSPAPER=THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN, 2018, (2018)PUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS, November 24, 2018, (2019)| founder = Benjamin Franklin| president = Amy Gutmann| provost = Wendell Pritchett| head_label = Board ChairmanDavid L. CohenHTTPS://SECURE.WWW.UPENN.EDU/SECRETARY/TRUSTEES/TRUSTEENAMELIST.HTMLDATE=JANUARY 1, 2018TITLE=THE TRUSTEES, PUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, March 15, 2018, | administrative_staff = 2,489(2017)}}(2017)}}(2017)}}| city = Philadelphia| state = Pennsylvania| country = United States1085km2}} total: {{convertacreUniversity City, Philadelphia>University City campus; {{convertacreNew Bolton Center; {{convert>92km2}}, Morris Arboretum| athletics = NCAA Division I – Ivy LeaguePhiladelphia Big 5City 6PUBLISHER=UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA#990000}} {{color box|#011F5B}}Penn Quakers>Quakersupenn.edu}}| logo = University of Pennsylvania wordmark.svg| logo_size = 200}}The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence and the first institution of higher learning in the United States to refer to itself as a university.BOOK, Brownlee, David B., Thomas, George E., Building America's First University: An Historical and Architectural Guide to the University of Pennsylvania, 2000, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 978-0812235159, Benjamin Franklin, Penn's founder and first president, advocated an educational program that trained leaders in commerce, government, and public service, similar to a modern liberal arts curriculum.The University of Pennsylvania is home to many professional and graduate schools, including the first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765), the first collegiate business school (Wharton School, 1881) and the first "student union" building and organization (Houston Hall, 1896).WEB, Tannenbaum, Seth S., Undergraduate Student Governance at Penn, 1895–2006,weblink University Archives and Research Center, University of Pennsylvania, August 19, 2011, The university has four undergraduate schools which provide a combined 99 undergraduate majors in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and engineering, as well twelve graduate and professional schools. It also provides the option to pursue specialized dual degree programs.WEB,weblink University of Pennsylvania, Coordinated Dual Degree Programs, January 30, 2019, Undergraduate admissions is highly competitive, with an acceptance rate of 7.44% for the class of 2023,WEB, Diebold, Gillian, Penn admits a record-low 7.44 percent of applicants to the Class of 2023,weblink The Daily Pennsylvanian, The Daily Pennsylvanian, Inc., 29 March 2019, en-us, 28 March 2019, and the school is ranked as the 8th best university in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. In athletics, the Quakers field varsity teams in 33 sports as a member of the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference and hold a total of 210 Ivy League championships as of 2017.WEB,weblink Ivy League Championships – By School, Council of Ivy League Presidents and The Ivy League, 11 November 2017, In 2018, the university had an endowment of $13.8 billion, the seventh largest endowment of all colleges in the United States,WEB, 2017 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), 2017,weblinkweblink" title="wayback.archive-it.org/all/20180306015434weblink">weblink yes, March 6, 2018, February 20, 2018, mdy-all, as well as an academic research budget of $966 million.As of 2018, distinguished alumni include 14 heads of state, 64 billionaire alumni;WEB,weblink More billionaires went to Harvard than to Stanford, MIT, and Yale combined, Kathleen, Elkins, CNBC, May 18, 2018, January 30, 2019, 3 United States Supreme Court justices; 33 United States Senators, 44 United States Governors and 159 members of the U.S. House of Representatives; 8 signers of the United States Declaration of Independence; 12 signers of the United States Constitution, 24 members of the Continental Congress, and two presidents of the United States, including the current president.NEWS,weblink Top 20 Colleges with the most billionaire alumni, CNN, CNNMoney, September 17, 2014, September 17, 2014, WEB, According to annual studies (UBS and Wealth-X Billionaire Census) by UBS and Wealth-X, the University of Pennsylvania has produced the most billionaires in the world, as measured by the number of undergraduate degree holders. Four of the top five schools were Ivy League institutions.,weblink Which Universities Produce the Most Billionaires?, WEB,weblink Penn Signers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, Archives.upenn.edu, January 24, 2017, They have also founded a large number of companies worldwide. Other notable alumni include 27 Rhodes Scholars,WEB,weblink University of Pennsylvania, Rhodes Scholarships, January 30, 2019, 15 Marshall Scholarship recipients,WEB,weblink University of Pennsylvania, Marshall Scholarships, January 30, 2019, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 48 Fulbright Scholars.WEB,weblink Fulbright Scholarships, January 30, 2019, In addition, some 35 Nobel laureates, 169 Guggenheim Fellows, 80 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many Fortune 500 CEOs have been affiliated with the university.WEB,weblink Facts | University of Pennsylvania, Upenn.edu, January 24, 2017, WEB,weblink Rutgers ranked: Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School, May 23, 2012, Rutgers Business School, Kowarski, Ilana (July 6, 2018). "Map: See Where Top CEOs Got MBA Degrees." USNews.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.

History

(File:PA-Philadelphia-Penn.jpg|thumb|left|Academy and College of Philadelphia (c. 1780), 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, home of what became the University from 1751 to 1801)File:House intended for the President Birch's Views Plate 13.jpg|thumb|left|"House intended for the President of the United States" from "Birch's Views of PhiladelphiaBirch's Views of PhiladelphiaFile:Peale - Benjamin Franklin.jpg|thumb|Benjamin Franklin was the primary founder, President of the Board of Trustees and a trustee of the Academy and College of Philadelphia, which merged with the University of the State of Pennsylvania to form the University of Pennsylvania in 1791 (Charles Willson PealeCharles Willson Peale(File:University of Pennsylvania, Ninth Street, above Chesnut, by Bartlett & French 2.jpg|thumb|left|Ninth Street Campus (above Chestnut Street): Medical Hall (left) and College Hall (right), both built 1829–1830) University of Pennsylvania considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, though this is contested by Princeton and Columbia Universities.{{refn|group=note| 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.WEB,weblink Gazette: Building Penn's Brand (Sept/Oct 2002), www.upenn.edu, Princeton implicitly challenges this rationale, WEB,weblink History, Princeton University, also considering itself to be the nation's fourth oldest institution of higher learning. weblink {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160403053852weblink |date=April 3, 2016 }} 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.weblink {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20131105013448weblink |date=November 5, 2013 }} 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. WEB,weblink Archived copy,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20051117052303weblink">weblink November 17, 2005, yes, January 30, 2006, 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. WEB,weblink History - Columbia University in the City of New York, www.columbia.edu, Academic histories of American higher education generally list Penn as fifth or sixth, after Princeton and immediately before or after that of Columbia. WEB,weblink COH-03-057_Page-45, dmr.bsu.edu, WEB,weblink AMERICAN COLONIAL COLLEGES, scholarship.rice.edu, PDF, 2019-05-16, WEB,weblink THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN COLLEGESAND THEIR LIBRARIES IN THESEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES, Zubatsky, David, 2007, /www.ideals.illinois.edu, PDF, 2019-05-16, 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. Penn History Professor Edgar Potts Cheyney was a member of the Penn class of 1883 who played a leading role in the 1896-1899 alumni campaign to change the university's formal founding date. According to Cheyney's later history of the event, 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 written by Francis Newton Thorpe, a fellow alumnus and colleague in the Penn history department. 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.}} The university also considers itself as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.File:Benjamin Franklin statue in front of College Hall.JPG|thumb|right|This statue of Benjamin Franklin donated by Justus C. Strawbridge to the City of Philadelphia in 1899 now sits in front of College HallBOOK, Ceremonies Attending the Unveiling of the Statue of Benjamin Franklin,weblink November 24, 2007, Strawbridge, Justus C., Allen, Lane & Scott, 978-1-103-92435-6, 1899, ]]In 1740, a group of Philadelphians joined together to erect a great preaching hall for the traveling evangelist George Whitefield, who toured the American colonies delivering open air sermons. The building was designed and built by Edmund Woolley and was the largest building in the city at the time, drawing thousands of people the first time it was preached in.BOOK, A History of the University of Pennsylvania from Its Foundation to A. D. 1770, George W. Jacobs & Co., Montgomery, Thomas Harrison, 1900, Philadelphia, 00003240, :File:History of the University of Pennsylvania - Montgomery (1900).djvu, {{rp|26}} It was initially planned to serve as a charity school as well, but a lack of funds forced plans for the chapel and school to be suspended. According to Franklin's autobiography, it was in 1743 when he first had the idea to establish an academy, "thinking the Rev. Richard Peters a fit person to superintend such an institution". However, Peters declined a casual inquiry from Franklin and nothing further was done for another six years.{{rp|30}} In the fall of 1749, now more eager to create a school to educate future generations, Benjamin Franklin circulated a pamphlet titled "(commons:File:Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania (UC) - Benjamin Franklin (1931 1749).djvu|Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania)", his vision for what he called a "Public Academy of Philadelphia".WEB,weblink A Brief History of the University, University of Pennsylvania Archives, Steven Morgan, Friedman, Archives.upenn.edu, December 9, 2010, Unlike the other Colonial colleges that existed in 1749—Harvard, William & Mary, Yale and Princeton—Franklin's new school would not focus merely on education for the clergy. He advocated an innovative concept of higher education, one which would teach both the ornamental knowledge of the arts and the practical skills necessary for making a living and doing public service. The proposed program of study could have become the nation's first modern liberal arts curriculum, although it was never implemented because William Smith (1727-1803), an Anglican priest who became the first provost and other trustees strongly preferred the traditional curriculum.WEB, Penn's Heritage,weblink University of Pennsylvania, May 8, 2016, N. Landsman, From Colonials to Provincials: American Thought and Culture, 1680-1760 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997), pp. 30.Franklin assembled a board of trustees from among the leading citizens of Philadelphia, the first such non-sectarian board in America. At the first meeting of the 24 members of the Board of Trustees (November 13, 1749), the issue of where to locate the school was a prime concern. Although a lot across Sixth Street from the old Pennsylvania State House (later renamed and famously known since 1776 as "Independence Hall"), was offered without cost by James Logan, its owner, the Trustees realized that the building erected in 1740, which was still vacant, would be an even better site. The original sponsors of the dormant building still owed considerable construction debts and asked Franklin's group to assume their debts and, accordingly, their inactive trusts. On February 1, 1750, the new board took over the building and trusts of the old board. On August 13, 1751, the "Academy of Philadelphia", using the great hall at 4th and Arch Streets, took in its first secondary students. A charity school also was chartered July 13, 1753{{rp|12}} in accordance with the intentions of the original "New Building" donors, although it lasted only a few years. On June 16, 1755, the "College of Philadelphia" was chartered, paving the way for the addition of undergraduate instruction.{{rp|13}} All three schools shared the same Board of Trustees and were considered to be part of the same institution. The first commencement exercises were held on May 17, 1757.{{rp|14}}(File:Charter of the College of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania) 1755.jpg|thumb|left|1755 Charter creating the College of Philadelphia)(File:Penn campus 2.jpg|thumb|"The Quad" in the Fall, from Fisher-Hassenfeld College House, facing Ware College House)The institution of higher learning was known as the College of Philadelphia from 1755 to 1779. In 1779, not trusting then-provost the Reverend William Smith's "Loyalist" tendencies, the revolutionary State Legislature created a University of the State of Pennsylvania.WEB, Penn in the 18th Century, University of Pennsylvania Archives,weblink Universdity of Pennsylvania, April 29, 2006, The result was a schism, with Smith continuing to operate an attenuated version of the College of Philadelphia. In 1791, the Legislature issued a new charter, merging the two institutions into a new University of Pennsylvania with twelve men from each institution on the new Board of Trustees.Penn has three claims to being the first university in the United States, according to university archives director Mark Frazier Lloyd: the 1765 founding of the first medical school in AmericaWEB, University of Pennsylvania,weblink World Digital Library, February 14, 2013, made Penn the first institution to offer both "undergraduate" and professional education; the 1779 charter made it the first American institution of higher learning to take the name of "University"; and existing colleges were established as seminaries (although, as detailed earlier, Penn adopted a traditional seminary curriculum as well).WEB,weblink The University of Pennsylvania: America's First University, University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania, April 29, 2006, After being located in downtown Philadelphia for more than a century, the campus was moved across the Schuylkill River to property purchased from the Blockley Almshouse in West Philadelphia in 1872, where it has since remained in an area now known as University City. Although Penn began operating as an academy or secondary school in 1751 and obtained its collegiate charter in 1755, it initially designated 1750 as its founding date; this is the year which appears on the first iteration of the university seal. Sometime later in its early history, Penn began to consider 1749 as its founding date and this year was referenced for over a century, including at the centennial celebration in 1849.WEB,weblink Penn Trustees 1749-1800, University of Pennsylvania University Archives, July 23, 2013, In 1899, the board of trustees voted to adjust the founding date earlier again, this time to 1740, the date of "the creation of the earliest of the many educational trusts the University has taken upon itself".BOOK, History of the University of Pennsylvania 1740–1940, Cheyney, Edward Potts, Edward Potts Cheyney, 1940, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 46–48,weblink Cheyney was a Penn professor and alumnus from the class of 1883 who advocated the change in Penn's founding date in 1899 to appear older than both Princeton and Columbia. The explanation, "It will have been noted that 1740 is the date of the creation of the earliest of the many educational trusts the University has taken upon itself," is Professor Cheyney's justification (pp. 47-48) for Penn retroactively changing its founding date, not language used by the Board of Trustees. The board of trustees voted in response to a three-year campaign by Penn's General Alumni Society to retroactively revise the university's founding date to appear older than Princeton University, which had been chartered in 1746.WEB,weblink Presidents of Penn Alumni, www.archives.upenn.edu, August 24, 2016,

Early campuses

The Academy of Philadelphia, a secondary school for boys, began operations in 1751 in an unused church building at 4th and Arch Streets which had sat unfinished and dormant for over a decade. Upon receiving a collegiate charter in 1755, the first classes for the College of Philadelphia were taught in the same building, in many cases to the same boys who had already graduated from The Academy of Philadelphia. In 1801, the University moved to the unused Presidential Mansion at 9th and Market Streets, a building that both George Washington and John Adams had declined to occupy while Philadelphia was the temporary national capital.BOOK, 07007833, 760190902, The History of the University of Pennsylvania, from Its Origin to the Year 1827, McCarty and Davis, Wood, George Bacon, George Bacon Wood, 1834, :s:en:The History of the University of Pennsylvania, Classes were held in the mansion until 1829, when it was demolished. Architect William Strickland designed twin buildings on the same site, College Hall and Medical Hall (both 1829–1830), which formed the core of the Ninth Street Campus until Penn's move to West Philadelphia in the 1870s.

Evolution from Regional Institution to International Residential University

From its founding through World War II, Penn was primarily a commuter school and regional institution as the great majority of students resided in the Philadelphia area.BOOK, Baltzell, Digby, 1996, Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia, Piscataway, NJ, Transaction Publishers, 253, 978-1560008309, The Medical School posed a significant exception to this trend, as it was able to attract a more diverse population of students. By the mid-1850s, over half of the population of the Medical School was from the southern part of the United States.WEB,weblink The Quadrangle, Linck, Elizabeth, 1990, University of Pennsylvania Archives & Records Center, March 16, 2019, WEB,weblink National Crisis, Institutional Change: Penn and the Civil War, Pieczynski, Denise, 1990, University of Pennsylvania Archives & Records Center, March 16, 2019, By 1931, Freshmen were required to live in the Quadrangle unless they received official permission to live with their families or other relatives. However, throughout this period and into the early post-World War II period, the school continued to have a large commuting population.WEB,weblink The Modern Urban University, Bessin, James, University of Pennsylvania Archives & Records Center, March 16, 2019, As an example, into the late 1940s, two-thirds of Penn women students were commuters.BOOK, Puckett, John, Lloyd, Mark, 1995, Becoming Penn: The Pragmatic American University, 1950-2000, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania Press, 45, 978-0812246803, After World War II, Penn began a capital spending program in order to overhaul its campus, especially student housing. The large number of students migrating to universities under the GI Bill, and the resultant increase in Penn's student population, highlighted that Penn had outgrown previous expansions, which ended during the Depression era. Nonetheless, in addition to a significant student population from the Delaware Valley, Penn attracted international students and students from most of the fifty states as early as the 1960s.WEB,weblink Integrated Development Plan, 1962, March 16, 2019, Referring to the developments of this time period, Penn Trustee Paul Miller remarked, "[t]he bricks-and-mortar Capital Campaign of the Sixties . . . built the facilities that turned Penn from a commuter school to a residential one . . . ."WEB,weblink “‘Keeping Franklin’s Promise’ is the Billion-Dollar Goal,” The Almanac, 1989, University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania, By 1961, 79 percent of male undergraduates and 57 percent of female undergraduates lived on campus.WEB,weblink Integrated Development Plan, 1962, March 16, 2019,

Educational innovations

(File:Universityofpennsylvaniacollegehall.jpg|thumb|College Hall and then Logan Hall viewed from Woodland Ave, c. 1892)Penn's educational innovations include: the nation's first medical school in 1765; the first university teaching hospital in 1874; the Wharton School, the world's first collegiate business school, in 1881; the first American student union building, Houston Hall, in 1896;BOOK, Building America's First University: An Historical and Architectural Guide to the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas, George E., Brownlee, David Bruce, 2000, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 3, 978-0-8122-3515-9, the country's second school of veterinary medicine; and the home of ENIAC, the world's first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer in 1946. Penn is also home to the oldest continuously functioning psychology department in North America and is where the American Medical Association was founded.WEB,weblink Welcome to the Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, April 29, 2006, WEB,weblink University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania, History of the School of Medicine, April 29, 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20051215193941weblink">weblink December 15, 2005, yes, In 1921, Penn was also the first university to award a PhD to an African-American woman, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (in economics).WEB,weblink The life and accomplishments of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, September 3, 2002, University of Pennsylvania Almanac, March 31, 2011, (File:U Penn Statue.jpg|thumb|Statue of the Reverend George Whitefield at the University of Pennsylvania)

Motto

Penn's motto is based on a line from Horace's III.24 (Book 3, Ode 24), quid leges sine moribus vanae proficiunt? ("of what avail empty laws without [good] morals?"). From 1756 to 1898, the motto read Sine Moribus Vanae. When it was pointed out that the motto could be translated as "Loose women without morals", the university quickly changed the motto to literae sine moribus vanae ("Letters without morals [are] useless"). In 1932, all elements of the seal were revised. As part of the redesign, it was decided that the new motto "mutilated" Horace, and it was changed to its present wording, Leges Sine Moribus Vanae ("Laws without morals [are] useless").JOURNAL, Hughes, Samuel, 2002,weblink Whiskey, Loose Women, and Fig Leaves: The University's seal has a curious history, Pennsylvania Gazette, 100, 3,

Seal

(File:1757 UPenn Seal.png|thumb|left|upright=0.7|1757 Seal of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania)The official seal of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania serves as the signature and symbol of authenticity on documents issued by the corporation.WEB,weblink Frequently Asked Questions: Questions about the University, University of Pennsylvania, October 4, 2011, A request for one was first recorded in a meeting of the trustees in 1753 during which some of the Trustees "desired to get a Common Seal engraved for the Use of [the] Corporation". However, it was not until a meeting in 1756 that "a public Seal for the College with a proper device and Motto" was requested to be engraved in silver.BOOK, Coleman, William, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Minute Books, volume 1, 1749–1768, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Archives, 36, 68,weblink The most recent design, a modified version of the original seal, was approved in 1932, adopted a year later and is still used for much of the same purposes as the original.The outer ring of the current seal is inscribed with "Universitas Pennsylvaniensis", the Latin name of the University of Pennsylvania. The inside contains seven stacked books on a desk with the titles of subjects of the trivium and a modified quadrivium, components of a classical education: Theolog[ia], Astronom[ia], Philosoph[ia], Mathemat[ica], Logica, Rhetorica and Grammatica. Between the books and the outer ring is the Latin motto of the University, "Leges Sine Moribus Vanae".

Campus

(File:Foliage at Penn 2005 035.jpg|thumb|right|Overlooking Lower Quad from Upper Quad)Much of Penn's architecture was designed by the Cope and Stewardson firm, whose principal architects combined the Gothic architecture of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge with the local landscape to establish the Collegiate Gothic style. The present core campus covers over {{convert|279|acre|ha}} in a contiguous area of West Philadelphia's University City section, whereas the older heart of the campus comprises the University of Pennsylvania Campus Historic District. All of Penn's schools and most of its research institutes are located on this campus. The surrounding neighborhood includes several restaurants and pubs, a large upscale grocery store and a movie theater on the western edge of campus.The campus has several notable art installations. The "Covenant", better known to the student body as "The Tampons",WEB,weblink The Tampons Look Like Tampons: A Public Reminder, www.thedp.com, May 16, 2016, is a large red structure located on Locust Walk between the high rise residences. It was installed in 1975 and is made of rolled sheets of milled steel. A larger-than-life white button, known as "The Button", is another popular sculpture. It sits at the south entrance of Van Pelt Library and has button holes large enough to stand in. Penn also has a replica of the "Love" sculpture, part of a series created by Robert Indiana. It is a painted aluminum sculpture and was installed in 1998.The Module 6 Utility Plant and Garage at Penn was designed by BLT Architects and completed in 1995. Module 6 is located at 38th and Walnut and includes spaces for 627 vehicles, {{convert|9000|sqft|m2|abbr=on}} of storefront retail operations, a 9,500-ton chiller module and corresponding extension of the campus chilled water loop and a 4,000-ton ice storage facility.WEB, University of Pennsylvania Module 6 Utility Plant and Garage,weblink BLT Architects, August 19, 2011, In 2007, Penn acquired about {{convert|35|acre|ha}} between the campus and the Schuylkill River (the former site of the Philadelphia Civic Center and a nearby {{convert|24|acre|ha|adj=on}} site owned by the United States Postal Service). Dubbed the Postal Lands, the site extends from Market Street on the north to Penn's Bower Field on the south, including the former main regional U.S. Postal Building at 30th and Market Streets, now the regional office for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Over the next decade, the site became the home to educational, research, biomedical, and mixed-use facilities. The first phase, comprising a park and athletic facilities, opened in the fall of 2011. {{Update inline span|text=Penn also plans new connections between the campus and the city, including a pedestrian bridge.|reason=Have these been built yet?|?=yes|date=November 2018}} In 2010, in its first significant expansion across the Schuylkill River, Penn purchased 23 acres at the northwest corner of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue from DuPont for storage and office space.(File:Upper Quad Gate in the fall.jpg|thumb|left|Upper Quad Gate)In September 2011, Penn completed the construction of the $46.5 million {{convert|24|acre|m2|adj=on}} Penn Park, which features passive and active recreation and athletic components framed and subdivided by canopy trees, lawns, and meadows. It is located east of the Highline Green and stretches from Walnut Street to South Streets. The University also owns the {{convert|92|acre|ha|adj=on}} Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill in northwestern Philadelphia, the official arboretum of the state of Pennsylvania. Penn also owns the {{convert|687|acre|ha|adj=on}} New Bolton Center, the research and large-animal health care center of its Veterinary School. Located near Kennett Square, New Bolton Center received nationwide media attention when Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro underwent surgery at its Widener Hospital for injuries suffered while running in the Preakness Stakes.Penn borders Drexel University and is near the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. The renowned cancer research center Wistar Institute is also located on campus. In 2014, a new 7-story glass and steel building was completed next to the Institute's historic 117-year-old brick building further expanding collaboration between the university and the Wistar Institute.NEWS, Clarke, Dominique, Wistar strategic plan includes new building and research,weblink November 10, 2011, The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 26, 2011,

Libraries

File:FisherFineArtsLibrary.JPG|thumb|right|Fisher Fine Arts LibraryFisher Fine Arts LibraryPenn's library began in 1750 with a donation of books from cartographer Lewis Evans. Twelve years later, then-provost William Smith sailed to England to raise additional funds to increase the collection size. Benjamin Franklin was one of the Libraries' earliest donors and, as a Trustee, saw to it that funds were allocated for the purchase of texts from London, many of which are still part of the collection, more than 250 years later. It has grown into a system of 15 libraries (13 are on the contiguous campus) with 400 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and a total operating budget of more than $48 million. The library system has 6.19 million book and serial volumes as well as 4.23 million microform items and 1.11 million e-books. It subscribes to over 68,000 print serials and e-journals.WEB,weblink Penn Library Data Farm, December 24, 2009, Penn's Libraries, with associated school or subject area: Annenberg (School of Communications), located in the Annenberg School; Biddle (Law), located in the Law School; Biomedical, located adjacent to the Robert Wood Johnson Pavilion of the Medical School; Chemistry, located in the 1973 Wing of the Chemistry Building; Dental Medicine; Engineering, located on the second floor of the Towne Building in the Engineering School; Fine Arts, located within the Fisher Fine Arts Library, designed by Frank Furness; Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, located at 420 Walnut Street, near Independence Hall and Washington Square; Lea Library, located within the Van Pelt Library; Lippincott (Wharton School), located on the second floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center; Math/Physics/Astronomy, located on the third floor of David Rittenhouse Laboratory; Museum (Archaeology); Rare Books and Manuscripts; Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (Humanities and Social Sciences) – location of Weigle Information Commons; Veterinary Medicine, located in Penn Campus and New Bolton Center; and High Density Storage.The Penn Libraries are strong in Area Studies,WEB, Area Studies Collections @ Penn,weblink with bibliographers for Africa, East Asia, Judaica, Latin America, Middle East, Russia and Slavic and South Asia. As a result, the Penn Libraries have extensive collections in several hundred languages.

The University Museum

(File:University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.JPG|left|thumb|University Museum and Warden Garden)Since the University museum was founded in 1887, it has taken part in 400 research projects worldwide.WEB, About Us,weblink Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, August 20, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110521153922weblink">weblink May 21, 2011, yes, The museum's first project was an excavation of Nippur, a location in current day Iraq.WEB, Research at the Penn Museum,weblink Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Antrhopology,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110811205610weblink">weblink August 11, 2011, August 20, 2011, yes, 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.

Residences

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.WEB, College Houses at Penn,weblink College Houses and Academic Services, University of Pennsylvania, August 19, 2011, October 1, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111001225828weblink">weblink yes, 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, New College House, Riepe, Rodin, Stouffer and Ware.WEB, College Houses & Academic Services: University of Pennsylvania,weblink Collegehouses.upenn.edu, July 23, 2013, August 12, 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130812121818weblink">weblink yes, Fisher Hassenfeld, Ware and Riepe together make up one building called "The Quad". A new College House called New College House West is planned to open in the next few years.WEB, Penn to Build New College House Near 40th and Walnut Streets: University of Pennsylvania,weblink May 15, 2019, November 2, 2017, yes,

Campus police

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.WEB, Penn Police Department, University of Pennsylvania,weblink November 3, 2016,

Academics

{{Graduate schools of the University of Pennsylvania}}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: 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

{{multiple image|footer=|align=left|image1=Hamilton Walk at the Perelman School of Medicine.jpg|width1={{#expr: (150 * 1331/881) round 0}}|alt1=Hamilton Walk and the John Morgan Building at the Perelman School of Medicine|caption1=Perelman School of Medicine|image2=PennDentalSchool.jpg|width2={{#expr: (150 * 2039/1138) round 0}}|alt2=University of Pennsylvania Dental School|caption2=University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine}}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.However, the size of Penn's biomedical research organization 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 Medicare and Medicaid 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.

Admissions selectivity

The Princeton Review ranks Penn as the 6th most selective school in the United States.ENCYCLOPEDIA,weblink The Ten Toughest Schools to Get Into, My College Planning LLC, July 31, 2011, April 26, 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120426041205weblink">weblink yes, For the Class of 2023, entering in the fall of 2019,WEB,weblink Penn admits a record-low 7.44 percent of applicants to the Class of 2023, Diebold, Gillian, www.thedp.com, en-us, 2019-03-28, the University received a record-high 44,960 applications and admitted 7.44 percent of the applicants (5.46% in the regular decision cycle), marking Penn's most selective admissions cycle in the history of the University.WEB,weblink Penn admits a record-low 8.39 percent of applicants to the Class of 2022, The Daily Pennsylvanian, Yoni Gutenmacher, March 28, 2018, March 29, 2018, 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

(File:Entrance to Logan Hall.jpg|thumb|Claudia Cohen Hall, formerly Logan Hall, home of the College of Arts and Sciences and former home of the Wharton School and originally, the medical school)Penn is classified as an "R1" doctoral university: "Highest research activity."WEB, University of Pennsylvania,weblink Center for Postsecondary Research, 2018, August 5, 2018, Its economic impact on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 2015 amounted to $14.3 billion.WEB,weblink Study: Penn has $14.3B economic impact, February 18, 2016, February 18, 2016, 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 2010–2011 academic year alone, five interdisciplinary research centers were created or substantially expanded; these include the Center for Health-care Financing,NEWS, New Penn Medicine/Wharton Center to Study Health-care Financing,weblink the Center for Global Women's Health at the Nursing School,NEWS, Nursing Goes Global,weblink Penn Current, June 9, 2011, May 8, 2016, the $13 million Morris Arboretum's Horticulture Center,WEB,weblink Morris Arboretum's Horticulture Center is a Model of Workaday Sustainability, August 28, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110605024346weblink">weblink June 5, 2011, yes, mdy-all, the $15 million Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at WhartonWEB, Wharton School Announces $15 Million Gift from Patty and Jay H. Baker to Establish the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center,weblink The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, October 6, 2014, and the $13 million Translational Research Center at Penn Medicine.NEWS, Penn Med receives $13 million for new research center,weblink Nadine Zylberberg, September 17, 2010, The Daily Pennsylvanian, April 7, 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110829004648weblink">weblink August 29, 2011, yes, mdy-all, 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".WEB,weblink Penn's PIK Professors, These professors hold endowed professorships and joint appointments between Penn's schools. The most recent of the 22 PIK professors is George Demiris, who started at Penn in January 2018 with a joint appointment at the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine.Penn is also among the most prolific 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).WEB,weblink Association of Research Libraries Annual Tables, It also has one of the highest numbers of post-doctoral appointees (933 in number for 2004–2007), ranking third in the Ivy League (behind Harvard and Yale) and tenth nationally.WEB,weblink MUP Post Doctoral Appointees Table, August 28, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110822182913weblink">weblink August 22, 2011, yes, mdy-all, 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.WEB,weblink The Chronicle of Higher Education Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, 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 five rankings in these fields.WEB, Holtzman, Phyllis, National Research Council Ranks Penn's Graduate Programs Among Nation's Best,weblink Penn News, University of Pennsylvania, November 10, 2011, File:Eniac.jpg|left|thumb|ENIACENIACPenn'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).WEB, Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking,weblink Washington and Lee University School of Law, November 10, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111121012415weblink">weblink November 21, 2011, 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.Owen Roberts, William Draper Lewis, 89 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1 (1949) 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 1973WEB,weblink Wharton History, 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".WEB,weblink Wharton: A Century of Innovation, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130116181606weblink">weblink January 16, 2013, NEWS, The Best B Schools Move over, Northwestern—this time, Wharton is No. 1,weblink November 10, 2011, Businessweek, October 24, 1994, John Byrne, Lori Bongiorno, 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.WEB,weblink Important Milestones and Fascinating Innovations During the Last Fifty Years of Computing Research at the University of Pennsylvania, 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;WEB,weblink Some Research Highlights at PENN Medicine, August 28, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110620150709weblink">weblink June 20, 2011, yes, mdy-all, the Rubella and Hepatitis B vaccines were developed at Penn;WEB,weblink Baruch S. Blumberg, Nndb.com, March 18, 2012, 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. On faculty since 1965, Ralph L. Brinster 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,WEB,weblink 125 Influential People and Ideas, August 28, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110610064028weblink">weblink June 10, 2011, yes, mdy-all, the Penn effect (the observation that consumer price levels in richer countries are systematically higher than in poorer ones) and the "Wharton Model"ENCYCLOPEDIA,weblink Wharton Model (economics) – Britannica Online Encyclopedia, Britannica.com, March 18, 2012, 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.

Rankings

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General rankings
According to U.S. News & World Report 's 2019 rankings, Penn is ranked 8th among national universities in the United States.MAGAZINE,weblink National University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, April 8, 2019, U.S. News also includes Penn in its Most Popular National Universities listWEB, U.S. News Staff,weblink The Most Popular National Universities, Usnews.com, January 24, 2012, March 18, 2012, and so does The Princeton Review in its Dream Colleges list.NEWS,weblink 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey Report, The Princeton Review, March 21, 2016, As reported by USA Today, Penn was ranked 1st in the United States by College Factual for 2015.NEWS,weblink UPenn named best college nationwide for 2015, USA TODAY College, In their 2019 edition, Penn was ranked 19th in the world by the QS World University Rankings,WEB,weblink QS World University Rankings 2019, April 9, 2019, 18th by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and 13th by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2019, it ranked 12th among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.WEB,weblink SCImago Institutions Rankings - Higher Education - All Regions and Countries - 2019 - Overall Rank, www.scimagoir.com, 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.WEB, Academic Ranking of World Universities – 2015,weblink ShanghaiRanking Consultancy., October 24, 2015, 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.WEB,weblink World Top 300 Universities Alumni Ranking, Chasecareer.net, June 6, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110511100108weblink">weblink May 11, 2011,
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.WEB,weblink Research- The Center for Measuring University Performance, Mup.asu.edu, November 2, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111031204542weblink">weblink October 31, 2011, 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.WEB,weblink Table 17. Higher education R&D expenditures, ranked by FY 2013 R&D expenditures: FYs 2004–13, National Science Foundation, November 3, 2015, 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,WEB,weblink 2007 National Taiwan University Ranking, NTU Ranking, February 11, 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180211131431weblink">weblink February 11, 2018, yes, mdy-all, 2008 WEB,weblink 2008 National Taiwan University Ranking, NTU Ranking, February 11, 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180211131335weblink">weblink February 11, 2018, yes, mdy-all, and 2010 WEB,weblink 2010 National Taiwan University Ranking, NTU Ranking, February 11, 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180211131535weblink">weblink February 11, 2018, yes, mdy-all, and 9th for 2009.WEB,weblink 2009 National Taiwan University Ranking, NTU Ranking, February 11, 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180211131514weblink">weblink February 11, 2018, yes, mdy-all, 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 (2nd in the Ivy League behind Harvard) and 28th in the world overall (the first being France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique).WEB,weblink SIR World Report 2012 :: Global Ranking,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130116181127weblink">weblink January 16, 2013, yes,
Other rankings
The (Mines ParisTech : Professional Ranking World Universities|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.WEB,weblink International Professional Ranking Of Higher Education Institutions 2011 Survey, MINES Paris Tech, July 31, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110720162348weblink">weblink July 20, 2011, yes, mdy-all, 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.WEB, Burnsed, Brian,weblink Where CEOs at America's Largest Companies Went to College, Usnews.com, November 15, 2010, July 1, 2012, Forbes ranked Penn 17th, based on a variety of criteria.NEWS,weblink Forbes, University of Pennsylvania Profile, March 21, 2016,
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|date=August 2011}} The College of Arts and Sciences' English Department is also consistently ranked in the top five humanities programs in the country, ranking 3rd in the most current U.S. 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|date=August 2011}} The school is also strong in some areas of computer science and artificial intelligence.{{Citation needed|date=July 2017}}
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 WEB,weblink University of Pennsylvania Grad Schools, U.S. News, March 19, 2019, Penn's Law School is ranked 7th, its Design school is 8th, and its School of Education and School of Social Policy and Practice are ranked in the top 10 In the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, Penn was ranked 2nd in North America.WEB,weblink QS Global 200 Business Schools Report 2010 North America, TopMBA, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, July 31, 2011,
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.{{Citation|title=Amy Gutmann's salary dipped 2.7 percent from last year|periodical=Daily Pennsylvanian|accessdate=Jan 31, 2017|url=http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/10/executive-salaries-2016#id=table}}

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!Ethnic enrollment,Fall 2018WEB,weblink University of Pennsylvania Common Data Set 2017-2018, Part B2, University of Pennsylvania, November 24, 2018, !Under-graduates|African American|715 (7.1%)|Native American|12 (0.1%)|Asian American andPacific Islander|2,084 (20.7%)Hispanic and Latino Americans>Hispanic andLatino American|1,044 (10.4%)White American>White|4,278 (42.6%)|International|1,261 (12.6%)|Two or more races, non-Hispanic|460 (4.6%)|Unknown|179 (1.8%)|Total|10,033 (100%)File:Library of the Philomathean Society.jpg|thumb|Library of the Philomathean Societythe Philomathean Society(File:The Castle.jpg|thumb|Psi Upsilon Fraternity a.k.a. The Castle)File:PDT and KS.JPG|thumb|Phi Delta Theta and Kappa SigmaKappa Sigma

Demographics

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%).Circa 1999 about 28% of the students were Jewish.NEWS, Pam, Caroline C.,weblink Enrollment of Jews at Princeton Drops by 40 Percent in 15 Years, The New York Observer, 1999-05-31, 2018-08-31,

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.BOOK, A History of the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania, Philomathean Society, Philomathean Society, 1913, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 22,weblink The Mask and Wig Club, founded in 1889, 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.JOURNAL, Mr. Montgomery, Long-time Glee Club Director and Renaissance Man, University of Pennsylvania Almanac, July 15, 2008, 55, 1,weblink August 20, 2011, The International Affairs Association (IAA) was founded in 1963 as an organization to promote international affairs and diplomacy at Penn and beyond.WEB, Maa, Peter, Penn IAA – About us,weblink Penn IAA, Penn IAA, July 12, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110824071325weblink">weblink August 24, 2011, yes, mdy-all, 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 Penn Debate Society (PDS), founded in 1984 as the Penn Parliamentary Debate Society, is Penn's debate team, which competes regularly on the American Parliamentary Debate Association and the international British Parliamentary circuit.WEB,weblink Penn Debate Society, The PDS has a history of success, consistently fielding debaters ranked in the top 10 nationally and advancing teams to elimination rounds at the World University Debating Championships.The University of Pennsylvania Band has been a part of student life since 1897.WEB, Who are we?!,weblink Penn Band, University of Pennsylvania Band, August 20, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111005010616weblink">weblink October 5, 2011, yes, mdy-all, 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.The PennApps organization at the university of Pennsylvania was created in Fall, 2009 and hosted the USA's first student-run hackathon 'PennApps' in 2008. As of fall 2018 they have hosted 18 iterations of this international hackathon.
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.WEB,weblink Performing Arts Council at the University of Pennsylvania, 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.WEB,weblink Performing Arts Council at the University of Pennsylvania, 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.WEB,weblink Arts House Dance Company, The A Cappella Council (ACK) is composed of 14 a cappella groups. Penn's a cappella groups entertain audiences with repertoires including pop, rock, R&B, jazz, Hindi, and Chinese songs.WEB,weblink Performing Arts Council at the University of Pennsylvania, ACK is also home to Off The Beat, which has received the most Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards of any collegiate group in the United States and the most features on the Best of College A Cappella albums.WEB,weblink Off The Beat,
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.Cheyney, Edward Potts. "A History of the University of Pennsylvania, 1740-1940." Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (1940): 433-434. 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 and 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.WEB,weblink Guide, Christian Association Records, 1857-2000, University of Pennsylvania University Archives, At present the CA occupies part of the parsonage at Tabernacle United Church of Christ.WEB,weblink The Christian Association at The University of Pennsylvania, 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.NEWS, Margolin, Dovid, Sinai Scholarship: Top Students, Academics Explore Torah's Depths at National Forum,weblink Chabad.org, May 20, 2015, NEWS, CHE, JENNY, Floch ’11 presents winning paper,weblink The Dartmouth, Dartmouth College, April 7, 2011, 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.WEB,weblink Catholic groups expecting record turnout for Pope's visit, 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
{{See also|The Daily Pennsylvanian}}The Daily Pennsylvanian is an independent, student-run newspaper, which has been published daily since it was founded in 1885.NEWS, About Us,weblink The Daily Pennsylvanian, August 19, 2011, 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.WEB,weblink ACP, National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press, 2007 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Winners, August 19, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110927161701weblink">weblink September 27, 2011,

Athletics

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.NEWS, Kieran, John, Sports of the Times, New York Times, October 8, 1932, 22, File:U. of Pa. varsity, 1915 (LOC).jpg|thumb|right|Varsity rowers approach Poughkeepsie BridgePoughkeepsie Bridge

Rowing

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.

Rugby

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 and from the influence of star winger Andrew Margolis. The University of Pennsylvania rugby teams play in the Ivy Rugby Conference and have finished as runners-up in both 15s and 7s.Rugby Mag, College 7s Looks to CRC, December 12, 2012,weblink {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130116181127weblink |date=January 16, 2013 }} {{as of|2011}}, 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.WEB,weblink Fixtures and Results, usasevenscrc.com,

Cricket

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.WEB,weblink Penn Cricket in the 1800s: Penn's first organized sport: Historical overview, University of Pennsylvania, University Archives and Records Center, February 2006, July 4, 2018, Seth S. Tannenbaum and Clifton R. Hood, 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, but to this day the University still fields a cricket team.

Football

File:FranklinFieldPenn.jpg|thumb|right|Franklin FieldFranklin FieldPenn first fielded a football team against Princeton at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia on November 11, 1876.Rottenberg, Dan (1985) "Fight On, Pennsylvania" Trustees of University of Pennsylvania pg. 25, 28, 33, 34.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 1947 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 1930s). 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.

Basketball

File:The Palestra.JPG|thumb|right|The PalestraPalestraPenn 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.

Facilities

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 18 Army–Navy games between 1899 and 1935.Didinger, Ray; Lyons, Robert S. (2005). The Eagles Encyclopedia. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. p. 205. {{ISBN|1-59213-449-1}}. Retrieved 2009-01-08Today 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.

Notable people

{{See also|List of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania}}File:Francis Hopkinson.jpg|Francis Hopkinson, signed the Declaration of Independence and designed the first official American FlagFile:George Clymer.jpg|George Clymer, Founding father; early advocate for complete independence from BritainFile:JusticeJamesWilson.jpg|James Wilson, Founding father; one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United StatesFile:Benjamin Rush Painting by Peale.jpg|Benjamin Rush, Founding Father of the United States; Surgeon General of the Continental ArmyFile:William Henry Harrison daguerreotype edit.jpg|William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United StatesFile:Doc HollidayatAge20.jpg|Doc Holliday, famed gunslinger, attended the Pennsylvania College of Dental SurgeryFile:Martha Hughes Cannon.jpg|Martha Hughes Cannon, first female State Senator elected in the United StatesFile:WM. Wrigley, Jr. LC-DIG-ggbain-29898.jpg|William Wrigley, Jr., founder and (wiktionary:eponym|eponym) of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. CompanyFile:Ezra Pound 2.jpg|American poet and critic Ezra Pound, a major figure in the early modernist movement, studied at the CollegeMoody (2007), 14; for Cheltenham Township High School, see McDonald (2005), 91, and Stock (1970), 11.File:William Carlos Williams passport photograph 1921.jpg|Physician and poet William Carlos Williams graduated from Penn's School of MedicineFile:Kwame Nkrumah (JFKWHP-AR6409-A).jpg|Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana, and previously first Prime Minister of GhanaFile:Official Portrait of President Donald Trump (cropped).jpg|Donald Trump, American businessman and 45th President of the United StatesFile:Warren Buffett KU Visit.jpg|Warren Buffett, considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the worldWEB, Ten great investors,weblink Incademy Investor Education, Harriman House Ltd., November 20, 2015, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20151120201106weblink">weblink November 20, 2015, WEB, Farrington, Robert, The top 10 investors of all time,weblink The College Investor, The College Investor, LLC, November 20, 2015, File:Arlen Specter, official Senate photo portrait.jpg|Arlen Specter, former U.S. Senator majored in international relations and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1951File:Noam Chomsky, 2004.jpg|Noam Chomsky studied philosophy and linguistics at Penn, graduating with a BA in 1949, an MA in 1951 and a PhD in 1955File:Huntley-Wynn-CROP.jpg|Steve Wynn, known for his involvement in the American luxury casino and hotel industryFile:Ed Rendell ID2004 crop.JPG|Ed Rendell, 45th Governor of Pennsylvania; 96th Mayor of PhiladelphiaFile:Ambassador Jon Huntsman.jpg|Jon Huntsman Jr., politician, businessman and diplomatFile:Elon Musk 2015.jpg|Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal,He Won’t Back Down: Elon Musk, ‘‘Wharton School’’, September 1, 2010 and founder and CEO of Tesla MotorsEntrepreneur Elon Musk: Why It's Important to Pinch Pennies on the Road to Riches, ‘‘Knowledge@Wharton’’, Mar 27, 2009 and SpaceXSpaceX Leadership: Elon Musk {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140516101427weblink |date=May 16, 2014 }}, ‘‘SpaceX’’, November 21, 2011.Penn has produced many alumni that have distinguished themselves in the sciences, academia, politics, the military, arts and media.WEB, Online College Tips – Online Colleges,weblink The 10 Most Powerful Alumni Networks | Online College Tips – Online Colleges, Onlinecollege.org, March 14, 2011, March 18, 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120414140119weblink">weblink April 14, 2012, yes, mdy-all, Fourteen heads of state or government have attended or graduated from Penn, including current president Donald Trump, former president William Henry Harrison, who attended the medical school for less than a semester;William Henry Harrison studied medicine at Penn from 1790 until his father died in 1791; after his father's death Harrison left the University to join the army.WEB, William H. Harrison,weblink Ohio History Central An Online Encyclopedia of Ohio History, Ohio Historical Society, August 19, 2011, 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,WEB,weblink Portfolios of the Union Council of Ministers, » Portfolios of the Union Council of Ministers, pmindia.gov.in, current ambassador to Russia, former ambassador to China, former 2012 presidential candidate, and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., Mexico's current minister of finance, Ernesto J. Cordero, former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter, and former Pennsylvania governor and DNC Chair 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 (co-founder of PayPal, founder and CEO of 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 {{refn|group=note|Buffett studied at Penn for two years before he transferred to the University of Nebraska.}} (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, motion picture producer Robert W. Cort, 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, football athlete and coach John Heisman, current U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, philosopher Hilary Putnam, actress Elizabeth Banks, and SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.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|date=November 2015}} 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|date=November 2015}}

Controversies

From 1930 to 1966, there were 54 documented Rowbottom riots, a student tradition of rioting which included everything from car smashing to panty raids.WEB, McConaghy, Mary D., Student Traditions Rowbottom: Documented Rowbottoms, 1910–1970,weblink University Archives and Records Center, University of Pennsylvania, August 25, 2011, Ashish Shrestha, 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.JOURNAL, Herman, Edward S., Robert J. Rutman, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania's CB Warfare Controversy, BioScience, August 1967, 17, 8, 526–529, 1294007, 10.2307/1294007, 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.JOURNAL, Eco-Violence: The Record, Intelligence Report, Fall 2002, 107,weblink August 23, 2011, Sixty hours' worth of video footage was stolen from the lab.WEB, McCarthy, Charles R., Ethical and Policy Issues in Research Involving Human Participants,weblink Onlineethics.org, Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, August 23, 2011, April 23, 2007,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070423073833weblink">weblink yes, 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 group of black students to "shut up, you water buffalo" was charged with violating the university's racial harassment policy.NEWS,weblink Alan Charles Kors, Harvey A. Silverglate, The Shadow University, The New York Times, August 17, 2013,

Penn Face and suicides

The university's social pressure surrounding academic perfection, extreme competitiveness, and nonguaranteed readmission have created what is known as "Penn Face": students put on a façade of confidence and happiness while enduring mental turmoil.NEWS, Scelfo, Julie, 27 July 2015, Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection,weblink limited, The New York Times, 17 June 2019, An apothegm long used by students to describe the practice of acting happy and self-assured even when sad or stressed, Penn Face is so widely employed that it has showed up in skits performed during freshman orientation...[e]lite colleges often make it difficult for students to take time off, and readmission is not always guaranteed, something frequently cited as a deterrent to getting help., NEWS, Capriglione, Danielle, 12 April 2019, Mental health researchers highlight risk factors for student suicide at Penn panel,weblink The Daily Pennsylvanian, 17 June 2019, ‘Penn Face,’ the tendency of Penn students to act as though their lives are perfect despite the challenges and stresses they are facing., NEWS, Dent, Mark, 11 December 2015, ‘Penn Face’ and the ‘social’ Ivy’s suicide problem, and how students are fighting back,weblink BillyPenn, 17 June 2019, Penn Face…[i]t means putting on the facade that you’re perfect and your life is perfect, no matter how pressured you are to keep up with school and social life., NEWS, Hu, Lucy, 26 September 2017, Penn Face is a part of who we are,weblink The Daily Pennsylvanian, 17 June 2019, [I]t becomes a breeding ground for competitiveness. And with competition comes the need to uphold reputation. Low acceptance rates come with very high stakes, and a slip of the mask of strength calls into question the legitimacy of your place at Penn…Stanford University calls it the Duck Syndrome…Interestingly, Penn Face perfectly mirrors social media trends., NEWS, Maheshwari, Karisma, 16 March 2018, Exchange Students Share Their Experiences with Penn Face,weblink 34th Street, 17 June 2019, Penn Face…[i]t’s the name given to Penn’s culture of perfection, which pressures students to constantly ‘do more’ with their time and appear put together academically and socially while hiding their insecurities., Stanford University calls this phenomenon "Duck Syndrome."NEWS, Zhao, Dora, 18 September 2018, Benefits of doing nothing,weblink The Daily Princetonian, 17 June 2019, Peer institutions like Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania have problems with the duck syndrome or Penn Face, respectively — similar phenomena that encourage students to appear to be unstressed while actually grappling with a lot of work. The duck appears calm from the surface, but underwater, it is struggling to stay afloat. It makes small mistakes feel like big failures and discourages students from seeking out mental health resources when needed., In recent years, mental health has become an issue on campus with ten student suicides between the years of 2013 to 2016.NEWS, Lala, Elisa, Penn student's death ruled suicide; 10th in three years at university,weblink August 4, 2016, PhillyVoice, WWB Holdings, LLC., January 12, 2016, lala, The school responded by launching a task force.NEWS, 27 February 2015, Report of the Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare,weblink PDF, Almanac Supplement, 61, 23, University of Pennsylvania, 17 February 2015, Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare, 17 June 2019, NEWS, Ozio, Ron, Penn Forms New Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare,weblink August 4, 2016, Penn News, University of Pennsylvania, February 19, 2014, ozio, The most widely covered case of Penn Face has been Maddison Holleran.BOOK, Fagan, Kate, 1 August 2017, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen, Little, Brown and Company, 978-0316356541, NEWS, Zamore, Zachary, 5 February 2018, Harvard's Varsity Club distributes biography on Penn student Madison Holleran to all athletes,weblink The Daily Pennsylvanian, 17 June 2019, In 2018, initiatives were enacted to ameliorate mental health problems, such as requiring sophomores to live on campus and the daily closing of Huntsman Hall at 2am.WEB,weblink Penn will require all sophomores to live in college housing starting in 2021, Tan, Sarah Fortinsky, Rebecca, 26 September 2018, www.thedp.com, en-us, 2019-01-22, WEB,weblink Huntsman Hall will now close at 2 a.m. as part of an effort to improve wellness on campus, Heinzerling, Kelly, 23 August 2018, www.thedp.com, en-us, 2019-01-22, The university's suicide rate was the catalyst for a 2018 state bill, introduced by Governor Tom Wolf, to raise Pennsylvania's standards for university suicide prevention.NEWS, Cohen, Max, Hodges, Bebe, 24 October 2018, In response to suicides at Penn, a new mental health bill may soon become law,weblink The Daily Pennsylvanian, 17 June 2019, In light of the recent suicides at Penn, a new Pennsylvania bill aiming to improve suicide prevention services and mental health resources at Pennsylvania universities is close to being signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D-Pa.)...In a press release, Schlossberg also said the new bill was inspired by a study conducted in response to 'multiple suicides at the University of Pennsylvania.',

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