Founded by Walter H. Annenberg, the Annenberg School for Communication produces research that advances the understanding of public and private communication and produces applied research that advances policymakers' ability to create a media environment for the development of its citizens. Penn’s Annenberg School educates doctoral students in the theories, substance and methods of communication research and places them in leading academic and professional positions. Annenberg also provides a first-class liberal arts education to undergraduates, helping them become better consumers and producers of public information, strengthening an understanding of communication and preparing them for private and public sector leadership.
Arts & Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences, the University's intellectual core, houses 26 departments and nearly 500 scholars with honors that include the National Medal of Science, MacArthur Fellowship and Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes. SAS enrolls nearly half of University students and is integral in the education of all undergraduates plus many graduate and professional students, lifelong learners and working professionals. Undergraduate offerings include 54 majors, signature interdisciplinary programs and distinguished dual-degree programs, such as the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business and Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management. Graduate offerings include 33 doctoral and 10 master's programs.
Established in 1878, Penn Dental Medicine is among the oldest university-affiliated dental schools in the nation, with a history of forging precedents in education, research and patient care. Academic programs include a DMD program with dual-degree options in education, bioethics, bioengineering and public health; postdoctoral training in eight specialties with an option for a master's in oral biology; and a degree program for foreign-trained dentists. Students log nearly 9,600 service hours annually serving more than 20,000 neighborhood residents. Penn Dental Medicine spans basic and clinical sciences and provides community dental care in teaching clinics and the Penn Dental Faculty Practices.
PennDesign is an inventive place of learning where the fields of architecture, planning, preservation, landscape and fine arts come together. Formerly known as the Graduate School of Fine Arts, the school is committed to design that is creative in nature and transformative in impact. Faculty and students seek to recast the distinction between theory and practice, expand knowledge and invention through research and contribute works of value and beauty. PennDesign offers a number of dual degrees and certificate programs that foster inquiry and experimentation in a collaborative environment.
Founded in 1852 as the School of Mines, Arts and Manufactures, today's School of Engineering and Applied Science is a vibrant part of the University. At Penn Engineering, world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer students an unparalleled experience. Innovation and technology drive the program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning. Penn Engineering students play a critical role in posing and answering the important questions that will improve human health and transform our world.
Graduate School of Education
The Graduate School of Education is one of the nation's premier research education schools, and GSE faculty members are national leaders in the production of educational and social research. The school has long been known for excellence in teacher education and in leadership-preparation programs for educators in K-12 and higher education settings. Penn GSE also excels in the production of scholarship in language and literacy, teacher education, educational policy, higher education, applied psychology, social theory and social research methods. GSE offers innovative degree programs for practicing professionals and provides students with partnership opportunities with local educators.
Penn Law offers a superior legal education enhanced through cross-disciplinary study opportunities unrivaled among leading law schools. To complement their rigorous legal training, students can take classes to earn certificates or joint degrees at other Penn schools and programs, from Wharton to the Center for Bioethics. The intellectual vitality of Penn Law is defined by the faculty, an outstanding group of scholars in every major legal area. More than 70 percent hold advanced law-related degrees beyond the JD, and more than 50 percent have joint appointments or affiliations with other Penn schools.
The School of Nursing is one of the nation's premier research institutions in nursing. Penn Nursing faculty consistently receive more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other private nursing school, and many master's programs are ranked first in the country. Students are offered unparalleled resources and experiences, including a state-of-the-art simulation lab, a nurse-led elder-care practice and classrooms equipped with the latest technologies. Penn Nursing students gain valuable clinical experiences in two of the nation's best medical institutions, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Perelman School of Medicine
As the nation's first medical school, the Perelman School of Medicine, named for Raymond and Ruth Perelman, has a long-standing commitment to education, research and patient care. Today, it consistently ranks among the top medical schools in the country and among the top three in National Institutes of Health grants awarded to medical schools . In addition, the Perelman School of Medicine offers outstanding Ph.D., master's and combined-degree programs. The school's students are among the finest in the nation, receiving training at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes nationally acclaimed hospitals dedicated to high-quality patient care and service.
Social Policy & Practice
As the School of Social Policy & Practice enters its second century, it is one of the nation's leading centers of knowledge development, transfer and application in human services. The theory-based master's programs in social work, social welfare, non-profit leadership and social policy and the clinical doctorate program in social work encourage students to think and work nationally and internationally across disciplines and cultures. This vision is reflected in all aspects of the school's educational and research programs as well as in work on the Penn campus, in the Philadelphia community and in national and international social change efforts.
Penn Vet is focused on providing the best care to beloved pets, preventing zoonotic diseases in animals and humans, protecting the food supply and discovering treatments for animal illnesses. Since 1884, Penn Vet has recognized that human and veterinary medicine are "one medicine," and close ties with the Perelman School of Medicine have resulted in groundbreaking research. The Philadelphia campus includes the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital for small and companion animals, and Kennett Square's New Bolton Center houses the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals. Penn Vet also plays an integral role in supporting Pennsylvania agriculture.
The Wharton School
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, Wharton is recognized globally for intellectual leadership across every major discipline of business education. Wharton delivers the knowledge to take action and advance society through leading programs at every level: undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral. The school reaches out annually to 9,000 participants through Executive Education programs. Knowledge@Wharton, the school's online journal in multiple languages, reaches more than 1.7 million global subscribers. Wharton has one of the largest business school alumni networks in the world with more than 88,000 graduates.