George Whitefield founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740 as a charity school which he intended to use as a religious center as well. Some years after construction began, the school finally opened as the Academy and Charitable School in the Province of Pennsylvania. Benjamin Franklin was the president of the school until 1755 and served on its board until his death in 1790.
As of 2014, the University of Pennsylvania had an enrollment of 24,806 students, with 21,441 of those number being full-time students and 3,365 part-time students. The 2014 enrollment statistics show that 35,866 hopeful students applied for admission to the university for the class of 2018, with 3,718, or 10.4 percent, admitted.
The university also offers academic credit in 74 countries, ranking first among Ivy-league schools in the amount of students studying abroad. A total of 429 international applicants were admitted into the university, with 43 percent of them being from Asia, 15 percent from the Middle East and Africa, 15 percent from Canada and Mexico, and 3 percent from Australia and the Pacific.
The University of Pennsylvania libraries boast a total of 6.19 million print books, 1.11 million e-books, 4.23 million microform items and 2.08 million digitized images.