University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104

University of Pennsylvania is a private institution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Benjamin Franklin established the university in 1740, making it one of the oldest universities in the country. It is also one of the nine colonial colleges that were chartered before the American Revolution. It has become an Ivy League university that is regularly ranked as the top institution in a variety of national rankings. Over 20,000 students enroll each year. Many of the academic buildings on the main campus are historic buildings. However, the campus also includes many state-of-the-art facilities. It also operates one of the most highly funded nursing schools in the US. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing receives $480 million from the National Institutes of Health. 

Penn Nursing considers itself the top nursing school in the world. They offer three BSN paths, including traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. There are also several Ph.D. programs and an MSN program. The MSN program includes four specialty tracks, including Clinical Nurse Specialist. The BSN, MSN, and Ph.D. programs are accredited by the CCNE. With the traditional BSN program, students receive clinical experiences at the two teaching hospitals and various clinical sites throughout the region, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio6:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate98%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (PhD, BSN to PhD)
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 179
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery Master's degree 17
Women's Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 17
Women's Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 8
Nursing Education Master's degree 0
Nursing Education Master's degree 1
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing Master's degree 0
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing Master's degree 0
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 137
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 0
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 15
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 57
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 0
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 9
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 27
Nurse Anesthetist Master's degree 28
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 0
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 2
Nursing Administration Master's degree 0
Nursing Administration Master's degree 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 11

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of Pennsylvania

Drexel University
0.37 miles away
Thomas Jefferson University
1.88 miles away
Saint Joseph's University
3.82 miles away
La Salle University
6.41 miles away
Villanova University
10.09 miles away
Widener University
10.62 miles away
Eastern University
11.67 miles away
Holy Family University
13.14 miles away
Neumann University
13.96 miles away
Gwynedd Mercy University
17.19 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1921 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
02/25/1980 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
10/04/1992 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading680 to 770
SAT: Math700 to 800
SAT: Writing690 to 780
ACT Composite32 to 35
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$4,939
30k to 48k$5,263
48k to 75k$12,322
75k to 110k$20,398
Over 110k$37,370
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,610.00 $1,610.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,584.00 $1,584.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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University of Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, PA 19104

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