Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1007 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Students are pretty free to do as they please, as long as they are respectful to others around them.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: None of our sports teams are successful, therefore, there isn't much support from the student body. However, faculty and the coaches are great. The only good team is the fencing team, however, we don't get much support.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Student life is pretty segregated. The segregation isn't so much by class or race by choice. But, rather the segregation is by interest/social life.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing isn't that great because of the price. Campus Apartments and University Housing makes a huge profit on the students who reside in their houses because the companies can charge however much they see fit. Their monopoly on off-campus housing makes them extremely profitable, all while taking away from the students.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: All types of events are frequently happening on campus. The events range from student run promotions, to campus ran events.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The university police system is great in Philadelphia. Police officers frequently walk students home. The students may be too intoxicated, or just returning from a late night at the Library. Regardless, the police is always a felt presence and if needed, will be there to assist.

4 College Junior

Academics: The unique aspects of my major range from our internship opportunities, teachers, and peers involved. My university offers a range of internships, the most remarkable, in my opinion, being our partnership with the Cannes film festival.

4 College Junior

Academics: A unique experience that I was able to be apart of at my University was my enrollment in a class taught by Paul Sylbert. Paul Sylbert is an academy award winning production designer. The experience taught me so much just by absorbing the wisdom from Mr. Sylbert.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is present on campus but it isn't too big

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The College does not provide a prelaw major which I wanted

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The program provides interesting courses and access to guest professors

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My courses thus far have been very interesting as have the professors. Recitation sizes are great and allow plenty of interaction with your TAs.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Many companies and nonprofits come to Penn to offer internships and jobs following graduation. Career services on campus is also extremely helpful.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body is very diverse but people from different groups don't interact as often as they should. College is a lot like high school in that way

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We definitely have an attractive campus but not much variety (i.e lots of preppy)

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is available and generally used by upperclassmen. It isn't heavily supported by the university though and you shouldn't venture too far into West Philly for housing just due to safety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Rooms are often larger than standard college dorms depending on which one you choose to live in

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are many campus traditions that students participate in such as Hey Day, Tossing the Toast, etc. Student activities are abundant and very visible, especially on Locust Walk.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Center City isn't too far away and offers many great dining options for a reasonable price.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There might be some safety concerns occasionally but overall Philly is an excellent city to live in. There are tons of opportunities if you choose to capitalize on them.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Political Science program offers interesting professors and great internship opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at Penn are often the top of their field. They also provide a great deal of insight into their field which goes beyond what might be offered at other schools.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Really nice friendly students, very diverse supportive community.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse campus in every way. Very supportive of LGBT community also.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Penn students are treated like responsible adults by the administration.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Perry Petra-Wong
Hometown
Pasadena, Calif.
Major
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Students seem to be extremely content and do not regret their decision to come to Penn, even though the school definitely has a pre-professional feel. Despite this fact, it is extremely common to find yourself in an intellectual conversation, and the students really do work hard, while remembering that college is about fun as well. The opportunities provided at Penn are astounding; in fact there is almost too much to do. Most students base the reasons for their happiness around the people, the academics, the urban environment, and the endless opportunities. People who enjoy their experience at Penn tend to appreciate city life, socializing, and a busy schedule. Usually, students do not hesitate to endorse Penn, and many feel that everyone should love the school as much as they do.

Many adults call their years as an undergraduate the best four years of their lives. Penn students certainly can not make that prediction so soon, but most would agree that their time at Penn has been the best years of their life so far. Obviously, Penn is not the school for everyone, but the student body consists of interesting, intelligent, and well-rounded people, which creates a stimulating and fun environment for most. If you come to Penn, I can almost guarantee that you will meet fascinating people, find something to be passionate about, and enjoy the benefits of living in a vibrant city. You can also feel confident that an education from Penn will prepare you for what lies beyond your undergraduate years. The Penn Overall Experience is defined by the combination of the rich history and academic rigor of an Ivy League school and the school spirit and propensity for socializing of many other schools. This "work hard, play hard" mentality is what many Quakers, and prospective Quakers, find so appealing.

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