University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104
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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. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students25,367
Student to Faculty Ratio6:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate98%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 1 3
Master's degree 0 19
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1 14
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 91.7%

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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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1420 to 1560
ACT32 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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $75
Graduates $80

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,687/credit
In State Students$1,687/credit
Out of State Students$1,687/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,651/credit
In State Students$1,651/credit
Out of State Students$1,651/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $75,915 $75,915 $75,915
ADN 70 $118,090 $118,090 $118,090
BSN 125 $210,875 $210,875 $210,875
FNP 50 $82,550 $82,550 $82,550
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 58% of University of Pennsylvania's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 13% $4,772
Other Federal Grant 10% $3,934
State Grant & Scholarships 5% $3,153
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 47% $42,575
Federal Student Loans 13% $4,985
Private Loans 2% $19,394


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,755
$30,001 to $48,000$5,323
$48,001 to $75,000$12,968
$75,001 to $110,000$20,979
Over $110,000$39,340

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
University of Pennsylvania
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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