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Tradition of Aspiration and Achievement

Penn founder Benjamin Franklin was 17 when he arrived in Philadelphia—penniless and lacking in formal education, but armed with the wit, intelligence, and determination needed to change his circumstances and make the world a better place. Inventor, author, scientist, printer, ambassador, and leader, Franklin used his ideas and learning to serve society.

The world’s brightest scholars come to Penn to follow Franklin’s example. They are inspired by a common desire to push the limits of the possible and to shape the world for the better. Penn is committed to making its world-class education attainable for these talented and hardworking students, regardless of their economic circumstances.