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Why Penn?

Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740, The University of Pennsylvania provides a rich array of venues for your event: buildings, ballrooms, auditoriums, theaters, and outdoor plazas. Take a stroll through Perelman Quadrangle. Cut through Sansom Commons. You'll feel an energy in the air, vibrant and lively as Franklin himself.

It's one of the many things that has always made Penn Campus an ideal setting for meetings, conventions and noteworthy gatherings.

The University of Pennsylvania offers:

A Beautiful Urban Campus:

Expansive college greens and recreational spaces. Landmark architecture. Twelve schools connected on a single campus. Penn's geographical unity is unique among Ivy League schools, fostering our integrated approach to education, scholarship, and research.

Research Discovery:

Penn is one of the world's most powerful research and teaching institutions, with a research budget last year topping $800 million and more than 4,000 active faculty members. The scale and interdisciplinary character of research and teaching sets Penn apart, and our highly ranked Perelman School of Medicine is one of the top recipients of NIH funding in the country.

A Dynamic and Diverse Community:

Penn is committed to creating a community of scholars, students and staff that reflects the diversity of the world we live in. This range of perspectives and dialogue contributes to educational excellence and an inclusive, dynamic campus environment.

Community Engagement:

At Penn, civic engagement is an integral part of campus life. Situated near the heart of Philadelphia, one of our country's most historic and vibrant cities, Penn was named a "number one good neighbor" among universities in 2009. We are a national leader in academically based community service through our Netter Center for Community Partnerships, supporting community engagement for students and faculty alike.

For a visual of what it is like to be at Penn, visit the University's A Day in the Life Of Penn led by University Communications.