Student Profile

Garrison Pierzynski

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Penn couldn’t have been a better choice for me. There are many research opportunities in my own department and shared across other departments. There are tons of electives to take, and I had the opportunity to build a master’s program that was essentially my own. Also, the student associations are unparalleled by any other school. The student life was better at Penn than any other school I visited.

More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, envisioned an academic institution where classical learning would be united with a sound practical education in the arts and sciences. In Ben's own words, students ought to receive everything that is practical and everything that is ornamental. Today Penn, the oldest university in the nation, is fulfilling that vision by preparing students for a technological world, a world where leadership goes to those who have learned how to combine the practical and the ornamental.

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