University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) was founded in 1740 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Benjamin Franklin. It is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. Today, the 302-acre campus supports over 165 research organizations and over 10,000 undergraduate students.Features
Most of the classes at the University of Pennsylvania are on campus. However, the Penn Online Learning Initiative creates a unique online learning environment for students with credit and non-credit options. Types of classes include:
- Online Credit Courses – these classes are either fully online or hybrid formats that will allow students to gain undergraduate and graduate credits.
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – non-credit continuing education course that is offered through Coursera or EdX, such as Accounting Analytics, Building High-Performing Teams, Robotics: Mobility, Robotics: Aerial Robotics and Single Variable Calculus
- Professional Development – non-credit training program for workforce
- Flipped Courses – a unique learning environment where content is learned before class and then discussed in class with the professor.
- Online Student Communities – Student informational hub that connects students to peers, departments and Penn resources
The University of Pennsylvania has been the first to do many things. They are the first higher education institution to follow the European multidisciplinary model. It is the first collegiate business school (Wharton, 1881); had the first electronic, large-scale general-purpose digital computer (ENIAC, 1946); and the first Ivy League female president (Judith Rodin, 1994). Notable alumni include US President William Henry Harrison and current President Donald Trump.