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Tuition and mandated fees, Room and Board and other educational costs at Penn since 1900:
1970-1979

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 *

1970

Undergraduate Schools:

College, College of Liberal Arts for Women, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

Education:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

Law:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

Medicine:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $2,550
General Fee: $200

Social Work:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $2,350
General Fee: $200

Room and Board: $1,250
Books and Equipment: $150
Personal Expenses: $450

1971

Undergraduate Schools:

College, College of Liberal Arts for Women, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Education:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Law:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Medicine:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Social Work:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $2,450
General Fee: $300

Room and Board: $1,250
Books and Equipment: $150
Personal Expenses: $550

1972

Undergraduate Schools:

College, College of Liberal Arts for Women, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Combined Tuition and General Fee: $3000*

*The minutes of the Trustees (March 10, 1972) do not note the individual tuition and general fee amounts that contribute to this $3000 total.

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Education:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Law:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Medicine:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Social Work:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $2,750
General Fee: $300

Room and Board: $1,350
Books and Equipment: $150
Personal Expenses: $550

1973

Undergraduate Schools:

College, College of Liberal Arts for Women, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $2,850
General Fee: $315

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $2,900
General Fee: $150

Education:
Tuition: $3,100
General Fee: $150

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $3,050
General Fee: $150

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $2,900
General Fee: $150

Law:
Tuition: $3,050
General Fee: $150

Medicine:
Tuition: $2,900
General Fee: $150

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $3,900
General Fee: $160

Social Work:
Tuition: $3,050
General Fee: $150

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $3,100
General Fee: $150

Room and Board: $1,535
Books and Equipment: $150
Personal Expenses: $500

1974

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $3,100
General Fee: $350

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $3,100
General Fee: $160

Education:
Tuition: $3,350
General Fee: $180

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $3,100
General Fee: $160

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $3,150
General Fee: $160

Law:
Tuition: $3,250
General Fee: $180

Medicine:
Tuition: $3,100
General Fee: $160

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $3,100
General Fee: $160

Social Work:
Tuition: $3,300
General Fee: $180

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $3,350
General Fee: $180

Room and Board: $1,700
Books and Equipment: $150
Personal Expenses: $550

1975

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $3,430
General Fee: $360

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $3,710
General Fee: $190

Education:
Tuition: $3,710
General Fee: $190

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $3,750
General Fee: $190

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $4,560
General Fee: $190

Law:
Tuition: $3,660
General Fee: $190

Medicine:
Tuition: $4,310
General Fee: $190

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $4,200
General Fee: $190

Social Work:
Tuition: $3,710
General Fee: $190

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $3,710
General Fee: $190

Room and Board: $1,960
Books and Equipment: $150
Personal Expenses: $550

1976

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $3,755
General Fee: $370

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $4,050
General Fee: $280

Education:
Tuition: $3,920
General Fee: $280

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $4,050
General Fee: $280

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $5,500
General Fee: $215

Law:
Tuition: $3,935
General Fee: $215

Medicine:
Tuition: $4,785
General Fee: $215

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $5,535
General Fee: $215

Social Work:
Tuition: $4,050
General Fee: $280

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $4,050
General Fee: $280

Room (1 bedroom with living room and kitchen in a University dormitory): $1324; Board (15 meals per week): $890

1977

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $4,080
General Fee: $370

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $4,395
General Fee: $280

Education:
Tuition: $4,395
General Fee: $280

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $4,395
General Fee: $280

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $5,775
General Fee: $215

Law:
Tuition: $4,460
General Fee: $215

Medicine:
Tuition: $5,785
General Fee: $215

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $6,285
General Fee: $215

Social Work:
Tuition: $4,395
General Fee: $280

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $4,395
General Fee: $280

Room and Board: $2,350

1978

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition: $4,420
General Fee: $405

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $4,770
General Fee: $305

Education:
Tuition: $4,770
General Fee: $305

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $4,770
General Fee: $305

 

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

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $5,785
General Fee: $235

Law:
Tuition: $4,840
General Fee: $235

Medicine:
Tuition: $5,785
General Fee: $235

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $6,285
General Fee: $235

Social Work:
Tuition: $4,770
General Fee: $305

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $4,770
General Fee: $305

Room and Board: $2,475

1979

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the Wharton School, the School of Nursing, and the School of Allied Medical Professions (SAMP)
Tuition and General Fee: $5,270

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $5,195
General Fee: $350

Education:
Tuition: $5,195
General Fee: $350

Fine Arts:
Tuition: $5,195
General Fee: $350

 

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

Dental Medicine: The Trustees resolved that tuition "be increased to reflect the budget requirement now being developed in [this school] and [this tuition] ...be determined administratively and announced" and that the tuition and fees for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences were to serve "as a floor for all professional tuition and fees."

Law: The Trustees resolved that the tuition and fees for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences were to serve "as a floor for all professional tuition and fees."

Medicine:
Tuition: $7,375
General Fee: $270

Veterinary Medicine
Tuition and Fees: $7,900

Social Work:
Tuition: $5,195
General Fee: $350

Annenberg School:
Tuition: $5,195
General Fee: $350

Room: $1,094-$1,810; Board (15 meals per week): $1,050

 

Notes:

* Undergraduate expenses only

 

Sources:

1970: Minutes of the Trustees for 16 January 1970 and University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: Undergraduate Courses of Study for 1970-1971, at p. 309; University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs, 1971-1972, at p. 83.

1971: Minutes of the Trustees for 15 January 1971; University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs, 1972-1973, at p. 83; University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: School of Veterinary Medicine, 1971-1973, at p. 20.

1972: University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs, 1973-1974, at p. 52; Minutes of the Trustees for 10 March 1972.

1973: University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: Undergraduate Programs, 1974-1975, at p. 22; Minutes of the Trustees for 9 March 1973; University of Pennsylvania Bulletin, issued 1972-1973, passim.

1974: University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: the Campus and the Community, 1974-1975, at p. 43; Minutes of the Trustees for 15 March 1974; University of Pennsylvania Bulletin, issued 1973-1974, passim.

1975: University of Pennsylvania Bulletin, issued 1974-1975, passim; Minutes of the Trustees for 12 April 1976; University of Pennsylvania Information for Matriculants in September, 1975.

1976: Minutes of the Trustees for 12 April 1976; Intro to Penn for 1976-1977 [student guide], at p. 52, 68.

1977: Minutes of the Trustees for 10 March 1977; Intro to Penn for 1977-1978 [student guide], at p. 83; Philadelphia Sunday Bulletin, 16 April 1978, 3.

1978: Minutes of the Trustees for 16 March 1978; Philadelphia Sunday Bulletin, 16 April 1978, 3.

1979: Minutes of the Trustees for 8 March 1979; University of Pennsylvania Bulletin, issued 1979-1980, passim; University of Pennsylvania Bulletin: School of Veterinary Medicine for 1981, at p. 27; Daily Pennsylvanian, 4 March 1980, 1; "University of Pennsylvania Dining Services: A Historical Perspective" [c. 1995] in "Dining Service," Information Files, University of Pennsylvania Archives and Records Center.

 

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