The University of Pennsylvania is a private, Ivy League university located in Philadelphia. Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and one of the nine original colonial colleges. Penn was one of the first academic institutions to follow a multidisciplinary model pioneered by several European universities, concentrating multiple “faculties” (e.g., theology, classics, medicine) into one institution. It was also home to many other educational innovations. The first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765), the first collegiate business school (Wharton School of Business, 1881) and the first “student union” building and organization (Houston Hall, 1896) were all born at Penn. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn enrolls 10,000 undergraduate students and welcomes an additional 10,000 students to their world-renowned graduate and professional schools.
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