The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. and an elite member of the ivy league schools. While the esteemed university is most popularly known for its high caliber undergraduate study programs, UPenn additionally has a multitude of graduate schools and professional programs that have garnered the school an elevated reputation of academic scholarship.
Located in West Philadelphia off the banks of the Schuylkill (skoo-kuhl) River in University City, UPenn is home to over 15,000 graduate students distributed across each of its schools including the:
- School of Arts and Sciences
- Wharton (Business) School
- Annenberg School for Communication
- School of Dental Medicine
- Weitzman School of Design
- Graduate School of Education
- School of Engineering and Applied Science
- Penn Law School
- Perelman School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Social Policy & Practice
- School of Veterinary Medicine
Wharton School of Business
Naturally as the oldest business school in the county, the Wharton School of Business consistently ranks either first- or second-best in the nation. With an average population of 2,400 graduate students, Wharton is among the University of Pennsylvania’s largest graduate school programs.
Most notably Wharton’s business school has successfully produced the most billionaire alumni, such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Former wife of Steve Jobs Laurene Powell Jobs, and Warren Buffet.
The Wharton School has in recent years led serious efforts to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in not only the surrounding areas but also across the globe. The Student Life Space in Center City, Philadelphia’s main business district and downtown area, was created to provide rooms and meeting space for conferences and study groups, which has quickly evolved since its erection to serve as a startup incubator for the entire region.
Furthermore, the school has expanded physical locations, opening a campus in San Francisco to cater to graduate students allured to working in Silicon Valley, as well as a campus in Beijing for students keen on exploring international business.
The majority of graduate students from Wharton, especially the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program, over 95 percent, secure full-time job offers with average salaries ranging from $122,000 to $150,000 a year plus bonuses available. With a tight knit group of just under 100,000 alumni around the world, graduate students at Wharton receive a globally conscious education in business.
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania has a robust master’s program for engineering and applied science that have helped it earn its title as one of the top 20 best engineering schools in the country. With programs in Bioengineering, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Materials Science, and Mechanical Engineering, UPenn’s Engineering schools have collectively worked to help it rank as #18 in the country.
Graduate students at UPenn’s School of Engineering are at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies given the state-of-the-art lab facilities, such as the Nanoscale Characterization Facility a fully equipped with specimen preparation equipment that is used not only by the academics, but also by local corporations that have flocked to the area.
In combination with the Sung Robotics Group, the Sinno Research Group, the Penn Complex Fluids Laboratory, the Nanoscale Engineering Laboratory, and the Micro and Nanofluidics Lab, the School of Engineering at UPenn has further attracted some of the largest biomedical companies in the world to the surrounding area.
With opportunities abounding for those in the engineering program, graduate students attending the School of Engineering and Applied Science will not help but feel a buzz of excitement while living at UPenn.
Penn Law School
Penn Law is a more intimate graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, and is ranked as the sixth best law school in the U.S. Located among the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, Penn Law School is settled across four interconnect buildings in the center of University City.
The majority of the law school students are able to obtain full-time employment post-graduation, with placement salaries starting at $180,000. With the most elite alumni of UPenn including the CEO of Oracle, Safra Catz; the executive vice-president of Comcast, David L. Cohen; the managing director of Goldman Sachs; as well as numerous Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Following the tradition of the UPenn curriculum, Penn Law School students have the ability to attain a joint Wharton Business and Law Certificate, and gain subject expertise from a world class faculty, as well as obtain tangible experience through applied concepts. Students at the school can additionally works to publish one of the many law school journals sponsored by the school.
Penn Law School also offers certificate programs in International Business and Law and the School of Social Policy & Practice. With the ability to participate in team sports, study across other graduate programs, attending Law School at the University of Pennsylvania is the picturesque ivy leave graduate school experience.
Penn School of Veterinary Medicine
UPenn’s School of Veterinary Medicine is truly one of a kind. As the only veterinary school in the world directly associated with a medical school, and one of only 4 private veterinary schools, UPenn’s Vet program has developed breakthrough research in multiple fields of transgenesis, oncology, cell biology and infectious disease research.
Researchers at the Penn School of Veterinary have achieved many firsts in the field of veterinary medicine. After being founded in the 1800’s, the first African American in the U.S. to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (VMD) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, August Nathaniel Lushington.
In the 1920’s UPenn veterinary researches were among the first to detect the bird flu in the United States. Drs. Richard Palmiter and Ralph Brinster of the school were the first to develop transgenic animals by successfully fusing a rat growth-hormone gene.
Even more recently, a team of Penn School vets were the first in the world to restore vision to a dog using gene cell therapy, and even launched the Institute for Regenerative Medicine created to investigate the applicability of stem cells in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, degenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, wound healing and aging among animals.
As a community dedicated to the care and well-being of animals, UPenn Veterinary hopefuls will find a welcoming and giving community among their fellow graduate students.
Penn Dental Medicine
Founded in 1852 as the Philadelphia College of Dental Surgery, the Dental School at UPenn has strived to provide the highest quality dental care and education both locally and around the world.
Penn Dental is comprised of three connected buildings on UPenn’s main campus: the Robert Schattner Center which holds clinical facilities dedicated to oral surgery and an emergency clinic; the Leon Levy Center for Oral Health Research a facility designed to facilitate research and to house associated faculty; and the Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute which is considered one of the most advanced dental teaching facilities in the U.S.
Educating students in the field of general dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontics, pediatrics, orthodontics, endodontics, graduate students at Penn Dental Medicine, researchers at UPenn Dental School also lead the country in their work to uncover more in the fields of oral microbiology tooth development, dental materials, and periodontal disease.
As one of the oldest schools of dental medicine in the county, UPenn’s Dental graduate program seamlessly carries on the tradition of academic excellence at the university.
Penn School of Medicine
The School of Medicine at UPenn is one of the top 10 best medical schools rating highest in medical research, technology, and related sciences. The school most recently ranked 3rd in its Obstetrics and Gynecology program.
Additionally, the School of Medicine is directly affiliated with numerous hospitals throughout the major Philadelphia metropolitan area, including a clinical and research entity within steps of the main University of Pennsylvania in the West Powelton neighborhood of University City.
These facilities, both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (respectively called HUP and PPMC), in U.S. News & World Report have achieved numerous accolades in key specialties such as:
- # 9 in the U.S. for Ear, Nose and Throat
- #11 in the U.S. for Diabetes and Endocrinology
- #21 in the U.S. for Cancer and Related Research
Regardless of which graduate school or program you are attending, the University of Pennsylvania excels in academic excellence and achievement, which make living in the surrounding areas with and alongside fellow students the most attractive atmosphere to live, work and study.
Graduate Student Housing Near UPenn
While certain UPenn graduate schools do provide certain accommodations, graduate students are more likely to live off campus, yet very close to their personal school of study.
As a graduate student at any of the University of Pennsylvania programs, if you are looking for an apartment that is conveniently close, with modern amenities at an affordable price, the University City Lofts is the best selection.
Among UPenn’s graduate students, fellows, medical residents, PhD candidates, and working professionals, the University City Lofts are lauded as the ideal community for students seeking both a quiet study environment as well as a close community.
A short distance 15-minute walk from the main campus, the University City Lofts are situated in West Powelton which is largely regarded as the ‘hipster’ pocket of University City. Coffee shops, traditional pizza shops, corner stores, and Aldi, make living at the University City Lofts a unique environment where urban meets suburban in the perfect combination for the working graduate student.
Medical residents and students at the School of Medicine take further delight in the quick 5-10-minute walk to both from all the action that University City has to offer.
One-bedroom apartments at the University City Lofts start at approximately $1,300 a month, which in other areas of University City is unheard given the full array of amenities providing including a roof deck, game room, a study lounge, and elevator in the recently renovated building. As well as in unit washer and dryers, stainless steel appliances, high quality finishes, breakfast bars, and deep soak tubs.
Residents like Cierra have especially liked how the University City Lofts are “right across the street from a little market if you just want to grab something to drink, some milk or some bread that you have forgotten”.
While others like Subryna commenting, “As for major amenities, we aren’t really lacking for anything. It’s easy to run quick errands on your way home because pretty much everything you would need is practically all on/around campus anyway. There is a large grocery store on Walnut Street on the way to campus, and Trader Joe’s on Market Street (with a parking lot) is a short drive or trolley ride away. Public transportation is great in this area, and Center City in general is very walkable. The vet school is only a 15- or 20-minute walk away (again, I’ve always felt safe), and honestly, I’ve never even considered taking public transportation to campus because there’s really no need.”
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