The University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

On June 26, 2014, the Commission reaffirmed the University's accreditation, as reflected in the most recent Statement of Accreditation Status. This action followed a rigorous process in which the University prepared an in-depth campus-wide Self-Study Report and was reviewed by an evaluation team consisting of faculty members and administrators from peer institutions. The next significant action related to the University's accreditation will be a Self-Study Review in 2023-24.

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) is the home of lifelong learning at the University of Pennsylvania. Housed within the School of Arts and Sciences, we offer high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate and summer studies as well as customizable professional training with courses that span across disciplines. As part of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, Penn LPS Online offers online courses for adult students with a focus on accessibility and flexibility.

No matter where you are in life, or in the world—preparing for college, living overseas, working full-time, active in the military or studying on-campus—the College of Liberal and Professional Studies and Penn LPS Online opens the Ivy League to you.

The University of Pennsylvania

When you become a student at the University of Pennsylvania, you join an extraordinary community of thinkers and doers at one of the greatest centers of learning in the United States.

One of eight private universities known as the Ivy League, Penn consistently ranks among the top ten national universities in the annual U.S. News and World Report survey. There are more than 25,000 students at Penn, including more than 4,800 international students. And with more than 4,700 faculty members, Penn’s student-faculty ratio is 6:1. Recognized as America’s first university, Penn remains today a world-renowned center for the creation and dissemination of knowledge and serves as a model for research colleges and universities throughout the world.