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Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has a distinguished reputation for the quality of its faculty and academic programs. Penn Engineering students rank among the very best in the nation and the world.

As one of the 12 schools of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Engineering is part of the Ivy League and the legacy of America's first university, founded by Ben Franklin in Philadelphia over 250 years ago. Situated within a beautiful urban campus, Engineering students benefit from close contact with the Penn’s Wharton School of Business, Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Law, Penn Design and more.

Penn provides the largest private university undergraduate financial aid program to meet admitted students’ financial needs through grants and work-study jobs; therefore, no loans are included in eligible students’ award packages.

Undergraduates can choose from programs offered by Penn Engineering’s departments in Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Unique interdisciplinary degree programs are also offered in:

•Management and Technology (in coordination with The Wharton School), which combines the study of engineering and technology with business;

•Computer and Cognitive Science, which combines studies in computer science and engineering with linguistics, mathematics, philosophy or psychology;

•Digital Media Design, which combines computer science and graphics with studio fine arts and mass communications;

•Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS), which combines computer science, social media, networks, applied economics, and business;

•Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), in coordination with Penn's College of Arts and Sciences, where students are immersed in energy research and its application.

According to internal surveys, 98 percent of Penn Engineering undergraduates had full-time positions by graduation, with an average starting salary of $82,851.

Graduate students are immersed in a collaborative research and learning environment that truly distinguishes Penn Engineering from its peers. Working with and learning from faculty mentors within the core disciplinary programs, as well as through scholarly interactions with collaborators across Penn and beyond, students are prepared for advanced careers in academe, government, or industry. The graduate experience is further enriched by Penn's many targeted institutes, centers, and laboratories.

While at Penn Engineering, undergraduate and graduate students alike have the opportunity to start their own businesses. Close ties with The Wharton School and the Penn Center for Innovation, Penn’s tech transfer hub, encourage and foster entrepreneurship. The recently opened Pennovation Center was designed to speed this pipeline to commerce and industry; Penn Engineering spin-offs are already making use of its incubator space, including “start-up garages” for nascent businesses.

Penn Engineering alumni have achieved international distinction in research, higher education, management, entrepreneurship and industrial development, and government service.

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