Campus and the City
The Annenberg School for Communication
The Annenberg School is the nation's premiere doctoral program in Communication and a crossroads for scholars from around the globe.
Home to 23 full-time faculty members, more than 80 students, more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, 70 research and support staff, and 14 research centers and programs, it is a vibrant intellectual community.
The school hosts a variety of academic events every year, including the Elihu Katz Colloquium Series, the Annenberg and Gerbner Lectures, and numerous other master classes, lectures, workshops, conferences, and symposia. As the smallest of 12 schools at Penn, it is a close-knit and supportive environment for innovative inquiries.
In addition to housing world-renown faculty members and bringing through some of the world’s top thinkers as visiting scholars and guest lecturers, Annenberg provides generous funding to encourage our graduate students to present their research at national and international communication conferences and travel globally for their dissertation research. All this and more gives the school a central position in the world of global media scholarship.
The University of Pennsylvania
Established in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge.
The 302-acre campus is home to some of the most exciting intellectual talent in the world, and the Annenberg School is situated at the heart of it all. Our location provides our students with an unparalleled quality of scholarly life. Annenberg students are encouraged to enroll in courses at any of Penn's 12 schools, all located within walking distance of one another. This geographical unity, unique among Ivy League schools, supports and fosters Penn's interdisciplinary approach.
Penn is one of the nation's top research universities, with more than 165 research centers and institutes and more than $870 million in annual research and development awards.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is often described as a city of neighborhoods, each known for its unique atmosphere. Penn is located in the University City section of Philadelphia, an exciting mix of higher education, restaurants, shopping, and urban living.
Named America’s first World Heritage City in 2015, Philadelphia is rich with culture and history. Claiming world-renowned museums, performing arts venues of all sizes, and the nation’s largest public mural arts program, Philly has a vibrant art and culture scene. In addition, Philadelphia is home to American landmarks like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross house, and the National Constitution Center.
Philly may be known for cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, but its dining scene has more than junk food. The city boasts a booming food culture, from old-school Italian to a robust vegan scene and everything in between.
More than 13% of the city’s land is dedicated green space, and Philly offers hundreds of parks for nature lovers to enjoy: Fairmount Park, Morris Arboretum, and Clark Park, just to name a few. America’s first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, spans 42 acres and is home to 1,300 animals.
Philadelphia is among the most affordable cities in the Northeast, and National Geographic named it one of the best cities to visit in 2020.
Located in the heart of the East Coast, Philadelphia is a short drive away from New York City (2 hours), Washington, D.C. (2.5 hours), the Poconos (2 hours), and the beaches of New Jersey and Delaware (1-2 hours). In addition, nearby 30th Street Station is a hub for Amtrak, SEPTA Regional Rail, BoltBus, and MegaBus.
"There are so many interesting things related to activism and media activism happening in Philly, and it’s important to be involved in life beyond the boundaries of Penn." – Elisabetta Ferrari
"I was always one of those ‘west coast is the best coast’ people, but I really like Philly. It’s a small city, so you can get anywhere pretty quickly, and there’s not too many people. But there’s still plenty of fun things to do." – Jazmyne Sutton
"Philadelphia is an important and vital place to be doing scholarship because it has a complicated and rich history." – John Vilanova