Bioengineering Fast Facts


Academic Rank

US News & World Report 2022 ranks Penn Engineering’s Bioengineering department at 8th place for its graduate program and 10th place for its undergraduate program. Our programs consistently rank within the top ten programs in the nation.


Number of Standing Faculty

Our renowned faculty offers a flexible curriculum and world-class research environment on the cutting-edge of new knowledge in basic science, technology, and translational research.


Number of Undergraduates*

Our undergraduate Bioengineering program, among the top 10 in the country,  is a springboard for discovery in engineering, medicine, business, and the arts and sciences.


Undergraduate Student-to-Faculty Ratio

The size of our faculty allows for working with students on a one-on-one basis. Students are not just a face in the crowd, and get to know their professors well by the time they graduate, allowing for better advising, learning and collaboration.


Number of Master’s Students*

The master’s program in Bioengineering (MSE) admits qualified students each fall from programs across the country and abroad. The master’s degree program provides rigorous and advanced training in engineering with a focus on biological and medical sciences and is designed to prepare students for positions in industry, research and development, government or academia.


Number of PhD Students*

The first doctoral degree in Bioengineering in the nation was awarded at Penn in 1953, and since that time, Penn Bioengineering has been an integral academic program linking faculty from the engineering, medical, and arts and sciences schools on a single centrally-located campus.


Affiliated Graduate Group Faculty

Our graduate group faculty have research activities in all areas of bioengineering and are from schools throughout Penn, including Penn Engineering, Penn Dental, Penn Medicine, Penn Vet and the School of Arts and Sciences.


Affiliated Engineering Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes affiliated with Bioengineering span across the departments in Penn Engineering and foster collaborations across different schools throughout the university, such as Penn Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences.

$20 Million

Approximate Yearly Research Expenditure

Our research stretches across the disciplines of engineering, biology and medicine and uses not only the resources of Penn Engineering but also those of the University as a whole. Projects span the entire spectrum of Bioengineering, from tissue engineering to biomechanics.

*Approximate total, as student numbers tend to fluctuate due to changes in major or degree program.