Penn Compact Tenets

 John L. JacksonDean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Richard Perry University Professor teaching a seminar


Our highest institutional priority is to prepare promising students of all races, religions, and backgrounds to become the leaders and innovators of the future.

Students and researchers conduct a robotics demonstration outside of the Pennovation Center on a clear spring day.


The drive to innovate compels our students and faculty to work across Penn’s myriad disciplines to create previously unimagined solutions to today’s—and tomorrow’s—most complex problems.

An aerial photograpgraph showing the historic Quadrangle with the Philly skyline in the background


Effecting potent positive impact in our neighborhoods, nation, and world are the bricks on which democracy and global citizenship are built, and are the cornerstones of a Penn education.

Signature Initiatives

Incoming freshmen run up the Rocky steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during New Student Orientation

Grant-Based Financial Aid Program

At Penn, all undergraduate financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. Penn does not offer aid based on academic or athletic merit. Penn covers demonstrated financial need with financial aid packages that consist entirely of grant funding and work study, assisting families across a wide range of the economic spectrum. This makes it possible for students from a variety of backgrounds to afford a Penn education.

Penn students sitting on a striking interior staircase at the Pennovation Center

An Innovation Ecosystem

The Pennovation Works is anchored by the Pennovation Center, a business incubator and laboratory that aligns and integrates researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs for the commercialization of research discoveries. Intended to marry entrepreneurs with an expert workforce and scientifically advanced facilities, key features of the Pennovation Center are the common creative spaces, including coworking areas, a cafe, and a venue for events and programs.

An aeriel view of campus looking east toward Philadelphia

Penn Connects 3.0

Penn Connects 3.0 is the University’s master plan to create an innovative and beautiful urban campus with vibrant living and learning spaces that make a positive impact on the local community. Building on Dr. Gutmann’s original campus plan, which added 5 million square feet of new and renovated space and increased open space by 25 percent, Penn Connects 3.0 reinforces the University’s sustainability objectives as outlined in its Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0.