Philadelphia, PA
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Reviews 985 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

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

5 College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Penn takes good care of students and there is always available staff to walk a student home late at night. It is in a difficult neighborhood.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It is nice food and there are a lot of dining opportunities. Food trucks are really great! Yummy

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Lots of historical architecture and a lot of need LEED buildings also. Athletic center is really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of club options. The varsity athletes work really hard and take it very seriously. It is hard to be a varsity athlete as Penn is a challenging school academically so everyone has a lot of respect for them, juggling grades and training. Penn is very supportive.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are super friendly, it is hard to get in because there are limits to numbers and Penn is a big school so a lot of students apply.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Philly is wonderful, thinking of settling permanently.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Have not lived off site yet. I have to wait to comment.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Wharton is a really excellent business school. Professors are very friendly and accessible as is the support staff. All kinds of opportunities available to study different areas.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Study abroad, huge range of classes available, wonderful professors.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: R.A.'s are really nice--Penn really concerned about student happiness. The community is very warm, and welcoming, social atmosphere is great, everyone works hard and is motivated. Fun people!

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very helpful and efficient staff. Really nice people to deal with.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Its presence is definitely felt on campus, but I'm not part of one and still feel like there's so much to do. A lot of people you meet will be in a sorority or a frat and you can still go to events through knowing them, but you honestly just choose whether or not that lifestyle fits most comfortably with you. Housing is usually run-down (at least perceived as this) from the outside and for the ones off campus. Some on-campus ones are really nice on Locust Walk but other than that the houses aren't great looking.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Overall a lot of people live on campus but many live off, too. For freshman dorms, there are some better housing options than other ones but it is randomly selected (after you give your first-third options). Afterwards if you want to be in the system you can apply for the lottery and are given a time slot to enter what house/room you want. Community is welcoming everywhere you go unless you hide away off campus. Amenities include front desks and security checkin points which are great.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot to eat everywhere! Wish some places were cheaper but on the whole, a lot of small hole in the wall places and food trucks to check out.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Overall fine -- good stores to go into in Center City, close to the main downtown area. EXCELLENT eateries/food places. Parking is generally okay but college students don't typically use cars.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Overall the people at Penn are great to be around. Definitely a party environment, but counteracted with a hard working environment as well (work hard, play hard motto exists). For the most part outgoing and nice, as a whole Penn is a very active campus even if you're not on a sports team.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: Philly's a great city -- convenient to get to places by sharing a cab with friends. Covers are always high for what the places offer, but not bad. Gets monotonous sometimes in terms of places to go, but it's still a fun place to discover and explore.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Policies are for the most part average. I wouldn't say they limit or restrict the student too much -- average restrictions.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Overall good food on campus -- the eateries and external restaurants are really great and have a good variety. The on-campus dining halls are just okay, but have great options for kosher foods and also offer veg/vegan options. The late-night place is a local convenience store, Wawa, but otherwise we could have better cafeteria food.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Smooth and easy -- need-based aid, helpful financial services office.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Though in Division I, our sports teams don't garner too much attention or spirit from the student body unless you are directly involved or affiliated with someone on the team. I can think of Penn Relays as being one of the biggest sports events held on campus. The football or basketball teams are both just okay. Athletic facilities are amazing, love our gym.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Super diverse and lively -- different cultures are apparent on our campus.


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Perry Petra-Wong
Pasadena, Calif.
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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