STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
1 College Hall, Room 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6380
Phone: (215) 898-5000; Fax: (215) 898-9659
www.upenn.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Amy Gutmann, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 11588 Undergraduate; 13288 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
Carnegie Classification: Research - Very High Research Activity
Approved Degree Levels: Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's, Post-Master's Award/Cert/Diploma, Doctor's - Professional Practice, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Approved (Doctorate in Social Work)
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar ; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation ; American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation ; American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education ; Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission ; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ; Commission on English Language Program Accreditation ; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs ; Council on Education for Public Health ; Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Other Accreditors: Accreditation Board for Engineering &Technology (ABET); American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation; American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International); Commission on Acceditation of Healthcare Management Education; Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP); Council on Social Work Education; Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE); National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Wharton West, San Francisco, CA
Other Instructional Sites: None
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1921
Last Reaffirmed: June 26, 2014

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 29, 2015: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Doctorate in Social Work degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 26, 2014: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023 - 2024

Next Periodic Review Report: 2019

Date Printed: May 25, 2016

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at sc@msche.org) of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.