Penn History

Tuition and Mandated Fees, Room and Board, and Other Educational Costs at Penn

1900-1909

Compiled by Mark Frazier Lloyd, Director of the University Archives and Records Center, with the assistance of Nicholas G. Heavens, University Archives Summer Research Fellow

First published in 2003, with annual updates

Year Tuition and Fees, By School Other Expenses*
1900 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $100

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $100

Law:
Tuition: $160

Medicine:
Tuition: $200

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $250; Text-books: $50

1901
Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $100

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $100

Law:
Tuition: $160

Medicine:
Tuition: $200

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $250; Text-books: $25 (a decrease of $25)

1902 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150 (an increase of $50)

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $100

Law:
Tuition: $160

Medicine:
Tuition: $200

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $250; Text-books: $25

1903 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200


Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $100

Law:
Tuition: $160

Medicine:
Tuition: $200

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $250; Text-books: $25

1904 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150 (an increase of $50)

Law:
Tuition: $160

Medicine:
Tuition: $200

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350 (an increase of $100); Text-books: $25

1905 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee(**) of $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Law:
Tuition: $160, plus a General Fee of $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28; plus a General Fee of $10

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1906 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Law:
Tuition: $160, plus a General Fee of $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28, plus a General Fee of $10

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1906 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Law:
Tuition: $160, plus a General Fee of $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28, plus a General Fee of $10

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1907 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200 (an increase of $50), plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Law:
Tuition: $160, plus a General Fee of $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28; plus a General Fee of $10

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1908 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Law:
Tuition: $160, plus a General Fee of $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28, plus a General Fee of $10

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1909 Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150, plus a General Fee of $10

Law:
Tuition: $160, plus a General Fee of $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200, plus a General Fee of $10

Veterinary Medicine: Tuition: $100; Books and instruments: $28; plus a General Fee of $10

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

Notes

* Undergraduate expenses only

** “Fee for Gymnasium and Houston Club”

For a historical commodity price index see www.westegg.com/inflation/ and John J. McCusker, How Much Is That In Real Money? (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 2001).