University of Pennsylvania
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The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private, Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia. Penn was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the scientist and Statesman of the United States. The University is considered the forth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States as well as the first modern university in the United States with his education aim to train young people for leadership in business, government and public service. Penn was also home to many educational innovations. 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 – these first organizations were all born at Penn. Penn offers a broad range of academic programs. It is particularly well known for its medical school and dental school which are best schools in the US. Among its professional and graduate schools, the schools of education, economics, history, law, and English are ranked in the top 10 nationally.
There are nearly 25,000 students at Penn. The concept of Elite education which is based on small-size class teaching is still reserved. The student-faculty ratio at University of Pennsylvania is 6:1, and the school has 67.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students (Source: US News & World Report). Up to 74% of the courses are made up of below 20 students. The variety of student organizations contributes to an inclusive and dynamic campus. As one of the top universities in the world, Penn has very strong academic teams and research institutions, with over 140 research centers and more than 4,300 active faculty members. Penn also has many distinguished alumni in different areas, such as Eugene DuPont, the first President of DuPont; Jon Huntsman, the former US Ambassador to China; Economist Larry Lang, Architect Liang Sicheng.
Penn has four undergraduate schools: The College (College of Arts and Science), School of Engineering and Applied Science, The Wharton School and School of Nursing. The College of Arts and Science is the largest of the undergraduate schools, enrolling 6,000 of the University's 10,000 undergraduates. The College of Arts and Science offers include over 50 majors, signature interdisciplinary programs, and distinguished dual-degree programs. There are many distinctive buildings on this green campus. Campus facilities include distinctive restaurants, supermarkets, movie theatres and gyms. Penn is committed to creating a community of students, scholars and staff that reflects the diversity of the world we live in.
The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia which is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. Philadelphia had played an instrumental role in the America’s War of Independence as a meeting place for the founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia is also the center of economic activities of Pennsylvania and is home to some Fortune 500 companies, including Comcast Corporation, American worldwide health services organization CIGNA, Lincoln Financial Corporation, Sunoco Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, PepBoys etc.