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University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn), one of the eight members of the Ivy League, is a private research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education[4] in the United States, and is one of several institutions that claims to have been the first university in America. Penn is also one of the Colonial Colleges. Benjamin Franklin, Penn's founder, advocated an educational program that focused as much on practical education for commerce and public service as on the classics and theology. Penn was one of the first academic institutions to follow a multidisciplinary model pioneered by several European universities, concentrating multiple "faculties" (e.g., theology, classics, medicine) into one institution.[5] Penn offers a broad range of academic departments, an extensive research enterprise and a number of community outreach and public service programs. Penn is particularly well known for its medical school, dental school, the Wharton business school, law school, the Annenberg School for Communication, nursing school, veterinary school, its social sciences and humanities programs, as well as its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. Its undergraduate programs are also among the most selective in the country. Penn is also home to many firsts, including the first student union (the Houston Club, 1896),[6] the first collegiate business school (Wharton, 1881), and the first general-purpose large-scale digital computer (ENIAC, 1946)