of the University
The University of Pennsylvania's roots are in
Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy. But Penn's reach spans
Faithful to the vision of the University's founder,
Benjamin Franklin, Penn's faculty generate knowledge that is unconstrained by
traditional disciplinary boundaries and spans the continuum from fundamental to
applied. Through this new knowledge, the University enhances its teaching
of both theory and practice, as well as the linkages
Penn excels in instruction and research in the
arts and sciences and in a wide range of professional
disciplines. Penn produces future leaders through excellent programs at the
undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.
Penn inspires, demands, and thrives
on excellence, and will measure itself against the best in
every field or endeavor in which it participates.
proudly entrepreneurial, dynamically forging new connections and inspiring learning through
problem-solving, discovery-oriented approaches.
Penn research and teaching encourage lifelong learning
relevant to a changing global society.
Penn is a major
urban university that is committed to strength and vitality in
each of its communities. In this connection, Penn will:
sustain, and reward its faculty; nurture, inspire, and challenge its
students; and support and value its staff;
appreciate the diversity of its communities;
Support free expression,
reasoned discourse, and diversity in ideas;
Pursue positive connections
to the city, state, and region and a mission of
service to its neighbors in West Philadelphia;
support its connections to alumni and friends; and
the growth of humane values.