The University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (also known as Penn or UPenn), is a private, Ivy League university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the oldest educational institutions in the United States, and was one of the first to offer both undergraduate and graduate education.
The University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin, one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the United States who also invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass ‘armonica.’ Franklin’s focus in establishing Penn was as much on practical education for commerce and public service as it was on teaching theology and the classics.
UPenn was home to the first school of medicine in America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765), the first collegiate business school (Wharton, 1881), and the first student union (Houston Hall, 1896).
Penn, or UPenn, offers a broad range of academic departments as well as an extensive research enterprise. They also provide a number of community outreach and public service programs.
The University of Pennsylvania has a medical school, dental school, law school, school of business, communications school, nursing school, veterinary school, biomedical teaching and research capabilities, as well as social sciences and humanities programs. One of Penn’s most well-known academic qualities is its emphasis on interdisciplinary education. This emphasis shows up most strongly in its joint degree programs, research centers and professorships, and unified campus. Penn students are allowed to take classes at any of the university’s schools; this is known as the “One University Policy.”
Entrepreneur and reality TV mogul Donald Trump graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. Two of Donald Trump’s children (Donald Trump Junior and Ivanka Trump) also graduated from UPenn. Donald Trump Junior had a double concentration in finance and marketing, while his sister Ivanka graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Noam Chomsky studied philosophy and linguistics at Penn; he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949, his Master of Arts degree in 1951, and his PHD in 1955.
Other notable Penn graduates include former US president William Henry Harrison, Mark Pincus (founder of Zynga; Zynga is the company behind Farmville, a widely played Facebook game), millionaire investor Warren Buffet, cartoonist Charles Addams (creator of the Addams Family television show), former US Senator Arlen Spector who represented Pennsylvania in the Senate for 30 years, poets William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound, and the current president of Harvard University, Drew Gilpin Faust.