University of Pennsylvania – Rankings and Review

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The University of Pennsylvania (“Penn”) was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1751, who also served as the first president of the university. Franklin of course was a renowned inventor, philosopher and journalist who went on to become one of the founders of the United States, and served as its first Ambassador to France. Penn is one of the eight Ivy League universities. With broad academic offerings, including engineering, business and Veterinary programs, it has one of the most well-rounded academic environments among that group. Penn was the home of the first large-scale digital computer, named ENIAC. 

The Basics

Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Official Website Penn
Nickname Quakers
School Colors Penn Red & Blue
Athletic Conference Ivy League

RealRank Ranking Categories

Reputation Platinum
Renown Silver
Diversity Success Silver
Sports Renown NI
Tuition Profile High cost private college..
Endowment Platinum
Alumni Engagement Bronze

Key: Platinum: Elite Class; Gold: Very good; Silver: Successful, with room to improve;

Bronze: Mid to low range; NI: Needs improvement.

Academic Profile

Academic Range Well-rounded
Professional Schools:
Architecture Yes
Business Yes
Dental Yes
Engineering Yes
Law Yes
Medical Yes
Nursing Yes
Veterinary Medicine Yes
Core Science Breadth Yes
Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Breadth Yes
Agriculture No
Human Sciences / Education Yes
Public Health / Urban Policy Yes

Renowned Alumni

Here are some of the more famous alumni of Penn. Can you think of any others you would like to put on the list?

  • Gloria Allred – Attorney.
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe – First President of Nigeria.
  • Elizabeth Banks – Actress.
  • Edward R. Becker – Judge on U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.
  • Candice Bergen – Actress.
  • Leonard Bosack – Co-Founder of Cisco.
  • William Brennan – Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Mitchell P. Brook – Founder of Brook Report.
  • Warren Buffett – CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; author and investor.
  • Tory Burch – Fashion designer.
  • Noam Chomsky – Linguist and Philosopher.
  • Bruce Dern – Actor.
  • William Henry Harrison – 9th President of the United States.
  • Doc Holliday – famed gunslinger of the “Wild West”.
  • Laurene Powell Jobs – Philanthropist; wife of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers.
  • John Legend – Grammy award winning musician.
  • Andrea Mitchell – NBC News correspondent.
  • Elon Musk – Founder of Tesla, PayPal and SpaceX.
  • Kwame Nkrumah – First President Of Ghana.
  • Samuel Nicholas – First Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • I.M. Pei – Architect.
  • Sundar Pichai – CEO of Google.
  • Mark Pincus – Founder of Zynga.
  • Ezra Pound – Poet.
  • Ayala Procaccia – Judge, Israel Supreme Court.
  • Owen J. Roberts – Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Ralph J. Roberts – Founder of Comcast.
  • Ed Rendell – Former Mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of Pennsylvania.
  • Tammi Terrell – Motown singer and songwriter.
  • Donald J. Trump – Author, real estate developer and 45th President of the United States.
  • Cenk Uygur – Founder of “The Young Turks.” Political commentator.
  • James Wilson – Justice of the United States Supreme Court, appointed by George Washington.
  • William Wrigley, Jr. – Founder of the Wrigley Company.
  • Steve Wynn – Founder of Wynn Resorts and former CEO of Mirage Resorts.

Any others you would add to this listing? What has been your experience at U. of Penn?



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