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University of Pennsylvania

A preeminent Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) was founded in 1749 by Benjamin Franklin (though the University itself prefers the founding date of 1740, from a pre-existing charity school). Penn's most notable programs are its Wharton School of Business, School of Medicine, College of Arts and Science, Law School, Nursing School, Annenberg School of Communications[?], School of Education, School of Social Work, and its English, history, economics, and anthropology departments. It is also noted for its Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology[?].

The first medical school[?] in the United States was founded at Penn in 1765. In 1786 Penn was chartered by the state as the first "university" in America. Penn also established the first graduate school in the United States.

Located in downtown Philadelphia for over a century, the campus was moved across the Schuylkill River[?] to West Philadelphia in 1872, where it has remained. The present campus covers over 200 urban acres.

The University of Pennsylvania should not be confused with the Pennsylvania State University (commonly referred to as "Penn State"), another high-quality, research-oriented university with the main campus located in the geographic center of Pennsylvania.

Penn's sports teams are called the Quakers. They participate in the Ivy League conference and the NCAA's Division I (Division I-AA for football).

Famous Alumni Some famous University of Pennsylvania alumni:

There are numerous other past and present U.S. Ambassadors, members of congress, governors, and cabinet members, and corporate leaders.

The University of Pennsylvania borders Drexel University.

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