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Tuition and mandated fees, Room and Board and other educational costs at Penn since 1900:
1910-1919

Compiled by Mark Frazier Lloyd, Director of the University Archives and Records Center with the assistance of Nicholas G. Heavens, University Archives Summer Research Fellow

Published 2003, with annual updates

 

YEAR

TUITION AND FEES, BY SCHOOL

OTHER EXPENSES *

1910

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $160
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1911

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $160
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100;
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1912

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $160
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1913

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $160
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $185; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1914

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Education:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10 (The School of Education was new this year)

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $160
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100;
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $28

Minimum: Room and Board: $220 (an increase of $35); Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1915

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Education:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $200 (an increase of $50)
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $200 (an increase of $40)
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $49
Books and instruments: $49

Minimum: Room and Board: $220; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1916

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Education:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $49

Minimum: Room and Board: $220; Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1917

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Education:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10 (an increase of $50)

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $49

Minimum: Room and Board: $200 (a decrease of $20); Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $350; Text-books: $25

1918

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $10

Education:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Law:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $10

Veterinary:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $10
Books and instruments: $49

Minimum: Room and Board: $260 (an increase of $40); Text-books: $10

Maximum: Room and Board: $400 (an increase of $50); Text-books: $25

1919

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)

Education:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)

Law:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100
General Fee: $15 (an increase of $5)
Books and instruments: $49

Room and Board: $400 (given without a "minimum" or "maximum")
Text-books: $30 (given without a "minimum" or "maximum")

 

Notes:

* Undergraduate expenses only

 

For a historical commodity price index see www.westegg.com/inflation/ and John J. McCusker, How Much Is That In Real Money? (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 2001).

 

Description of financial obligations from the 1914-1915 University Catalog
From the 1914-1915 University Catalog