The Ivy League Tradition
The University of Pennsylvania traces its origins to Colonial America. In 1749, Benjamin Franklin formed a new vision for education, from educating the clergy to preparing a new group of students for lives in business and public services which has, over the centuries, becomes the 12 schools of the University of Pennsylvania. Nine signers of the Declaration of Independence and 11 signers of the U.S. Constitution are associated with the Penn tradition of public service up until today when 15 Nobel Prize winners have ties to Penn.
As America's first university, its beautiful, urban campus contains buildings designed by such noted architects as Frank Furness, Louis Khan, Eero Saarinen, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown while Franklin Field is the oldest football field still in use.
Students have a number of colorful traditions, including Hey Day, when juniors parade down Locust Walk in straw hats and carrying canes in rite of passage for their senior year.