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​​12 Facts About Penn You Definitely Didn't Know

Photo Credit: Carey Salvin, Penn Political Science, NJ.com//Edits by Carey Salvin
  1. In total, there are over 35 windows in University of Pennsylvania buildings. 
  2. The founder of the University, Benjamin Franklin, invented fire by rubbing a stick really fast between his hands. 
  3. The University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall lies at the highest altitude point in all of Pennsylvania, at a whopping 87 feet above sea level.
  4. Margot Robbie received a BFA in Acting from the University of Pennsylvania.
  5. Henry David Thoreau was inspired to write Walden after eating his lunch on a bench by the Biopond
  6. X, formerly known as Twitter, 
  7. Between the years 1949 and 2008, Amy Gutmann, Ambassador of the United States to Germany, laid each and every brick on Locust Walk by hand. Every night, she tenderly rested one brick in a location of her choosing, placing a gentle kiss upon its surface.
  8. The 6-year undergraduate graduation rate is 102%.
  9. The initial plans for the Statue of Liberty were first sketched on a napkin in Williams Cafe.
  10. Penn received 54,588 applications for admission to the Class of 2004.
  11. On January 6, 2021, then-Provost Wendell Pritchett was spotted gazing longingly at College Green from a window in Claudia Cohen Hall. A staffer later reported him mumbling “I have somewhere to be. He did it. I can prove it. Help…”.
  12. The Wharton School of Business is rated #2 Undergraduate Business School east of the Mississippi, north of the Mason-Dixon Line, south of the Housatonic River Basin, and west of Toms River, NJ, just behind Drexel University's LeBow College of Business.