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University of Pennsylvania

Human Resources Office: 3401 Walnut Street
Suite 527A
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Employees: 16,300
President: Dr. Amy Gutmann

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The University of Pennsylvania ranks among the nation's top 10 universities and is a member of the prestigious Ivy League.

Over 25,000 students are enrolled in Penn's 12 graduate and professional schools, which are national leaders in their fields. The Wharton School is consistently one of the nation's top three business schools. The School of Nursing is one of the two best in the U.S. The School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education, Law School, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Annenberg School for Communication all rank among the top 10 schools in their fields.

The UPenn campus is located in West Philadelphia on 269 acres and has 165 research centers and institutes.

As of Fall 2010, there were 21,203 full-time students and 3,804 part-time for a total of 25,007 students. There are 10,394 full-time undergraduates and 10,809 full-time graduate/professional students. Women make up 51.1% of all students enrolled.

Penn received 26,941 applications for admission to the Class of 2014. Of those applicants, 3,841, or 14.3 percent, were offered admission. 97 percent of the students admitted for Fall 2010 came from the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

Tuition for the 2010-11 school year is $40,514 and an additional $12,000 for room and board.

Penn is the largest private employer in the city of Philadelphia and the second-largest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of December 2010, Penn has a total regular work force of over 16,300 faculty and staff. As of November 2010, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has a regular work force of 15,533 employees, including 1,195 House staff.

The university has a $6.0 billion budget for fiscal 2011 and payroll of $3.26 billion including benefits.


Penn traces its origins to 1740 when a trust was formed to establish the Charity School of Philadelphia. Later, in 1749, Benjamin Franklin presented his vision for a new type of learning institution, that unlike other American Colonial colleges, would not focus on education for the clergy, but would instead prepare students for lives of business and public service. The proposed program of study would become the nation's first modern liberal arts curriculum. When, in 1750, Franklin and the first Trustees purchased Penn's first campus, they also assumed responsibility for the Charity School (though it had never opened, the Trust was still alive and well). Both the Academy and the Charity School opened in 1751.


Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance

With a wide variety of choices available, Penn offers a comprehensive package to protect the health and welfare of you and your family. Many choices are available for your health and welfare coverage.

Paid Time Off

Between 15 and 24 days of paid time off is given each year, depending on length of service. In addition, several paid holidays and a special winter vacation is observed.

Tax Deferred Retirement Plan

To plan for retirement, you can optionally choose to contribute money on a pre-tax basis to a 403b account. Through the Tax Deferred Retirement Plan, you will have access to mutual funds through both TIAA-CREF and Vanguard. Not only does the University contribute a basic amount on your behalf, they match your contributions up to a pre-determined percentage.

Quality of Work Life

Recommendations on flexible work options such as flextime, flex space, job sharing, and compressed work weeks are available for individual employees and their managers to discuss where appropriate.

Learning and Education

Training programs and workshops are available through the University's Learning and Education department. Offerings include everything from presentation skills development to professional development seminars.

Tuition Assistance Program

Programs are available to assist you with tuition for both you and your family at the University of Pennsylvania. A program is even available to assist with tuition for your eligible children at other institutions.

University Resources

The full range of University resources are available to Penn's employees, including use of the athletic facilities and libraries.

Wellness and Fitness Programs

Along with access to the University's athletic facilities, programs such as GlobalFit help secure discounted rates to area gyms. The University also offers a wide range of courses and workshops from swimming, scuba diving, dancing, and tennis.

Discounts and Services

Several programs have been designed to offer discounts and special services to University employees, such as discounts on public transportation and auto insurance.

Updated April 20, 2011


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