The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League school and its graceful 279-acre (113-hectare) campus, where the university moved in the 1870s, is the country’s first example of the Collegiate Gothic style, based on a design blend of the campuses at Oxford and Cambridge, England. Walking around the grounds on a self-guided tour is a great way to soak up the atmosphere of the venerable institution. Landmarks include the beautifully landscaped Penn Park; the ornate Victorian-era Fisher Fine Arts Library, and the University Museum, which focuses on rare antiquities from around the world and is surrounded by the elegant Warden Garden.
You can learn more about the long history of this revered university with a guided walking tour of Philadelphia’s University City, these tours typically include visits to the campuses of both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. If you are thinking of enrolling in an Ivy League yourself, an alumna-led private, customized tour can take you around several east coast campuses in one day, leaving you free to focus on the universities rather than driving.