Penn History

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

Note that during this decade, in accordance with resolutions passed by the University Trustees, “the tuition for professional students will be determined administratively to reflect budget requirements of the various schools.” Thus, fees vary from school to school, and from program to program within schools.

Year Tuition and Fees, By School Other Expenses*
2010-2011
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $36,208
General Fee: $3,300
Technology Fee: $646
Recreation Fee: $360

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $25,660 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,152 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $646

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $25,660
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $58,958
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $586

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $45,430
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $780

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $42,472
General Fee: $2,074
Technology Fee: $1,000

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $32,450 (in-state and contract) and $41,460 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $880

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $7,248
Average meal plan: $4,182
2011-2012
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $37,620
General Fee: $3,510
Technology Fee: $668
Recreation Fee: $300

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $26,660 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,318 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $668

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $26,660
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $61,316
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $610

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $47,600
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $800

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $45,498
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $1,012

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $33,716 (in-state and contract) and $43,078 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $914

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $7,592
Average meal plan: $4,286
2012-2013
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $39,088
General Fee: $3,646
Technology Fee: $692
Recreation Fee: $312

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $27,700 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,408 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $692

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $27,700
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $63,770
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $634

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $49,900
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $830

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $47,090
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $1,200

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $34,896 (in-state and contract) and $44,586 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $950

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $7,952
Average meal plan: $4,416
2013-2014
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $40,594
General Fee: $3,772
Technology Fee: $716
Recreation Fee: $324

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $28,768 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,492 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $716

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $28,768
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $66,322
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $658

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $51,630
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $870

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $48,738
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $1,200

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $35,908 (in-state and contract) and $45,878 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $982

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $8,330
Average meal plan: $4,592
2014-2015
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $42,176
General Fee: $3,916
Technology Fee: $740
Recreation Fee: $336

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $29,890 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,586 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $740

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $29,890
General Fee: $2,586
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $68,278
General Fee: $2,586
Technology Fee: $678

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $53,430
General Fee: $2,586
Technology Fee: $900

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $50,444
General Fee: $2,586
Technology Fee: $1,300

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $37,308 (in-state and contract) and $47,668 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,586
Technology Fee: $1,018

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $8,688
Average meal plan: $4,776
2015-2016
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $43,838
General Fee: $4,070
Technology Fee: $766
Recreation Fee: $348

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $31,068 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,686 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $766

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $31,068
General Fee: $2,686
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $70,294
General Fee: $2,686
Technology Fee: $878

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $55,300
General Fee: $2,686
Technology Fee: $932

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $52,210
General Fee: $2,686
Technology Fee: $1,326

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $39,456 (in-state and contract) and $49,456 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,686
Technology Fee: $1,056

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $9,060
Average meal plan: $4,930
2016-2017
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $45,556
General Fee: $4,224
Technology Fee: $792
Recreation Fee: $362

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $32,286 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,788 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $792

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $32,286
General Fee: $2,788
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $71,700
General Fee: $2,788
Technology Fee: $896

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $57,236
General Fee: $2,788
Technology Fee: $964

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $54,036
General Fee: $2,788
Technology Fee: $1,400

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $41,384 (in-state and contract) and $51,384 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,788
Technology Fee: $1,096

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $9,450
Average meal plan: $5,086
2017-2018
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $47,416
General Fee: $4,752**
Technology Fee: $820

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $33,604 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,984 (for first 5 years)***
Technology Fee (if applicable): $820

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $33,604
General Fee: $2,984
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $73,134
General Fee: $2,984
Technology Fee: $914

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $59,382
General Fee: $2,984
Technology Fee: $998

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $55,928
General Fee: $2,984
Technology Fee: $1,450

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $43,310 (in-state and contract) and $53,310 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,984
Technology Fee: $1,136

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $9,818
Average meal plan: $5,248
2018-2019
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $49,220
General Fee: $4,938**
Technology Fee: $840

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $34,882 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $3,162 (for first 5 years)***
Technology Fee (if applicable): $840

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $34,882
General Fee: $3,162
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $74,598
General Fee: $3,162
Technology Fee: $932

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $61,608
General Fee: $3,162
Technology Fee: $1,034

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $57,884
General Fee: $3,162
Technology Fee: $1,450

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $44,910 (in-state and contract) and $54,910 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $3,162
Technology Fee: $1,170

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $10,200
Average meal plan: $5,416
2019-2020
Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $51,156
General Fee: $5,136**
Technology Fee: $870

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $36,254 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $3,320 (for first 5 years)***
Technology Fee (if applicable): $870

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $36,254
General Fee: $3,320
Technology Fee: $1,082

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $76,090
General Fee: $3,320
Technology Fee: $952

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $63,610
General Fee: $3,320
Technology Fee: $1,068

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $59,910
General Fee: $3,320
Technology Fee: $1,450

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $46,420 (in-state and contract) and $56,420 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $3,320
Technology Fee: $1,202

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University’s residence halls: $10,600
Average meal plan: $5,590

Notes

* Undergraduate expenses only
** Prior to FY18, Undergraduates were charged a separate Recreation Fee. Beginning in FY18, Undergrad Rec Fee is incorporated into General Fee.
*** Beginning FY18, Graduate/Professional General Fee includes recreation access, phasing in the increase.

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).