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At a Glance

Basic Facts

  • 1,229 students
  • 55 standing faculty, 33 full-time lecturers
  • Dean: Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Ranked #1: Top nursing school in the world by QS World University, 2016 - 2023
  • Ranked #1: Undergraduate program by US News and World Report, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Top ranked Graduate programs
  • In 2020 had a 100% pass rate for first-time test takers on the AMCB certification exam in 2020 (One of only 13 programs in the country to accomplish this)
  • Most selective undergraduate program at Penn
  • 14 active, nursing-centered student organizations
  • 90% of Penn Nursing BSN graduates go on to pursue their MSN
  • Two T32 institutional training grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows 
  • Approximately 15,000 alumni living in 51 countries


  • BSN: 583
  • MSN: 416
  • DNP: 104
  • PhD: 56
  • Non-degree and certificates: 22
  • Post-MSN: 136
  • Under-represented minority (URM): 17%
  • Male: 12%
  • Desirable student-faculty ratios in labs and clinical practicums

Undergraduate degree options

Graduate degree options


  • Highest percentage of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing and members of the National Academy of Medicine than any other peer institution
  • American Academy of Nursing Living Legends and American Nurses Association Hall of Fame honorees
  • 10 members of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
  • Editors of leading scientific journals and researchers who amass hundreds of publications and thousands of citations annually
  • Our scientists are in the top five private nursing schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health 

School of Nursing firsts

  • First nursing doctorate in the Ivy League
  • First privately funded center for nursing research in the country
  • First school at Penn and one of the first in North America to be named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center
  • First operating room nurse in the nation
  • First nurse anesthetist in Philadelphia
  • First nurse to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “genius” award
  • Among the first endowed chairs for nursing in the country
  • First nursing school to use interactive simulated (SIM) patients
  • One of the first nursing schools to integrate the electronic health record into the curriculum