A Brief History
The University of Pennsylvania, often referred to as UPenn, has a storied history dating back to its founding in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. It is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Ivy League institutions. UPenn became the first university in the United States to adopt the multidisciplinary model, emphasizing both professional and liberal arts education. Over the centuries, the university has continued to evolve and innovate, becoming a leader in research, education, and community engagement.