University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Tour University of Pennsylvania to see the largest of the Ivy League universities and arguably the oldest university in the United States. The school combines an intimate charm with plenty of opportunities for exploring. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the campus boasts one of the world's best archaeology museums--a testament to its leadership in that field in the 19th and 20th centuries. Catch a football or basketball game if the season's right, tour the auditorium to see its incredible interior design, take in the campus architecture, or stop at the performing arts venue. Though in the heart of the city, the university retains a countryside feel, with many walking trails and a botanical garden. All the same, the urban setting offers convenient proximity to transportation and restaurants. Plan your visit to University of Pennsylvania and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Philadelphia trip planner.
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  • My niece was studying in a summer program nearby and I had a chance to walk her through the campus and all the stores and banks. I do like the university feel of it. The architecture was marvelous...  more »
  • Dear OLD PENN is where I went to college and law school. It is a spectacular school academically and now has an exquisite urban campus gracefully combining the old and the modern. It has a classic.....  more »
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  • The University of Pennsylvania (Penn or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence and the first institution of higher learning in the United States to refer to itself as a university.Benjamin Franklin, Penn's founder and first president, advocated an educational program that trained leaders in commerce, government, and public service, similar to a modern liberal arts curriculum.
  • While often overshadowed by other Ivies (Harvard, Yale, Columbia), this is still an amazing university full of history. The business school might just be the best in the nation and several of the Trumps went here so it's rolling in prestige.

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