University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as UPenn or just Penn) is a private research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and is one of several institutions that claims to have been the first university in the US (see First university in the United States). Penn is a member of the Ivy League and is one of the Colonial Colleges.

Benjamin Franklin, Penn’s founder, advocated an educational program that focused as much on practical education for commerce and public service as on the classics and theology. Penn was one of the first academic institutions to follow a multidisciplinary model pioneered by several European universities, concentrating multiple “faculties” (e.g., theology, classics, medicine) into one institution[citation needed]. Penn is today one of the largest private universities in the nation, offering a very broad range of academic departments, an extensive research enterprise and a number of community outreach and public service programs. Penn is particularly well known for its business school, law school, education school, medicine school, health school, social sciences/humanities, and its biomedical teaching and research capabilities.

In FY2009, Penn’s academic research programs undertook more than $730 million in research, involving some 3,800 faculty, 1,000 postdoctoral fellows and 5,400 support staff/graduate assistants. Much of the funding is provided by the National Institutes of Health for biomedical research. Penn tops the Ivy League in annual spending, with a projected 2009 budget of $5.542 billion.[citation needed] In 2008, it ranked fifth among U.S. universities in fundraising, bringing in about $475.96 million in private support.

Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities.

University of Pennsylvania
Motto: Leges sine moribus vanae
Motto in English: Laws without morals are useless
Established: 1740
Type: Private
Endowment: US $5 billion
President: Amy Gutmann
Staff: 4,038 (Faculty), 2,276 (Staff)
Students: 19,816
Undergraduates: 10,153
Postgraduates: 9,653
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Campus: Urban, 279 acres (1.13 km2), West Philadelphia campus; 600 acres (2.4 km2), New Bolton Center; 92 acres (0.37 km2), Morris Arboretum
Colors: Red and blue
Nickname: Quakers
Athletics: NCAA Division I
Affiliations: Ivy League, AAU, COFHE

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