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University of Pennsylvania

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A charter member of the Ivy League, Penn offers intercollegiate competition for men in 17 sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, golf, lacrosse, heavyweight rowing, lightweight rowing, soccer, sprint football, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and wrestling. It offers intercollegiate competition for women in 16 sports, including basketball, cross country, field hockey, fencing, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball. During the 2012-2013 academic year, there were 9,120 team members participating in 12 leagues and 24 special events. 1,292 additional students were members of 37 active club sports.


  • The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a major cultural destination and crossroads in the performing arts, connecting Philadelphia regional audiences and the University of Pennsylvania through exposure to innovative human expression in theatre, music and dance.
  • Serving as a rich cultural resource for students, scholars and the community, the Arthur Ross Gallery presents global art and artifacts through gallery exhibitions, scholarship and educational outreach.
  • Founded in 1995 by a group of students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Kelly Writers House is an actual 13-room house at 3805 Locust Walk that serves as a center for writers of all kinds from Penn and the Philadelphia region at large.
  • The Morris Arboretum is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.
  • The University Library that Benjamin Franklin founded - one of the first in the country - is the only Penn institution to have been in continuous operation since 1750.
  • The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, through its research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, advances understanding of the world's cultural heritage.
  • The University of Pennsylvania Press exists to publish meritorious works that advance scholarly research and educational objectives.
  • University Life Arts Initiatives provides leadership and support for the creation and implementation of arts programming for students at the University of Pennsylvania.


With 11 College Houses, two high-rise towers and many off-campus housing options, Penn can help those searching for a place to live find a home—short-term or long-term. From food carts to fine dining, the University is full of places with good eats, drinks and treats.


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