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The University of Pennsylvania (commonly known as Penn or UPenn ) is a private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States. Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania , Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. [4]

The University considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, [note 2] as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

The institution of higher learning was known as the College of Philadelphia from 1755 to 1779. In 1779, not trusting then-provost the Rev. William Smith's "Loyalist" tendencies, the revolutionary State Legislature created a University of the State of Pennsylvania. [21] The result was a schism, with Smith continuing to operate an attenuated version of the College of Philadelphia. In 1791 the Legislature issued a new charter, merging the two institutions into a new University of Pennsylvania with twelve men from each institution on the new Board of Trustees. [21]

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