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Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although diversity is valued, many of the international students are socioeconomically in the higher ranks. In fact, most kids are on upper economic levels. Racially there is diversity.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Overall, there are so many types of backgrounds (religious, and racial and socioeconomic) that there is never an end of diversity/acceptance. LGBT Center's great too.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn is all about the fit. We're not for everyone, but for those who are the right fit, you'll absolutely love your experience here--just about every one here does. Being a student at Penn is the most extraordinary and humbling experience you can be blessed with. You and your classmates will engage in primary research; you'll have professors who are leading scholars and innovators in their respective fields, and who are very willing to help you learn. You have tremendous social opportunities all the time, and can acquire a very diverse group of friends at Penn very easily. Be yourself, and chances are you'll flourish here and find tons of support among your peers and professors!

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather during August-October can be hot, but it's generally beautiful on campus and great to hang outside! November-March it's usually very cold, and you'll find yourself hanging out inside most of the time. January-March can be particularly dreary with snow and freezing rains. Come April and May, though, campus will revitalize and be beautiful once again! It's not always sunny in Philadelphia, but when it is, its really nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All freshmen are required to live on campus, and if you're very social, like most Penn students are, you'll want to live in the Quad. It's beautifully old and historic, and though the rooms are very small, this is where you'll make some of your best friends and best memories. Everyone comes back to the Quad only to reminisce on their good times during freshman year.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Penn is one of the most diverse campuses you can ever belong to! As a student, your classmates and friends will be of all races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations. They'll open up your mind and you'll have a greater understanding of the differing peoples of the world. Penn is very welcoming regardless of however you identify yourself--you'll find small cultural communities to belong to and larger ones too. Many students might be first generation Americans, and many are international students. Some international students are the first ones from their country to ever come to Penn. Diversity is a very positive thing on campus, and people really respect others who come from unique backgrounds. No one will ever feel like an outsider at Penn-- if for some reason you do, chances are there are others who feel the same, and you can form your own activist group to change that. The student body is always mobilizing to make changes.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: There's no where to park on campus; if you do drive, you'll need to park off campus or spend a lot of money in a garage or to get a permit. It's really useless to have a car and more of an inconvenience. It's best to bike around campus and use public transportation like SEPTA.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation at Penn is great! SEPTA is cheap and convenient, however students cab to places as well. Those are also very convenient because you can find cabs at almost every corner, but they can get pricey.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although we do get a crime safety alerts via text message and email, but overall I would say UPenn is a pretty safe place to be. I would much rather prefer to be with a few friends when roaming around campus late at night, but if you're alone and dont want to go back to your place alone, Penn Walk or Penn Ride is always available and happy to assist you in any way. I've definitely used them in cases like these and I was ever so grateful that our school has such a great system.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You can find a diverse group of people at UPenn and thats what I love about it so much. Not everyone dresses the same way - everyone has their own sense of style. However a majority of the girls, I would say, dress very nicely (rarely bummy clothing such as sweats or hoodies except midterms/finals week). Guys, in general, wear normal clothing such as jeans and a t shirt or shorts and a tee or even just their work out clothes. However, when its time to look formal, they do a good job of cleaning up with nice suits, blazers, or even vests.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Almost any computer lab you go to, you will see nothing but Macs. Everything is up to date technology wise and I love it! There are many opportunities to borrow or use a computer when you need it solely because there are so many of them and there a quite a few places where you can go to get them as well. There are also many places you can go to get your things printed out as well and usually those work very well.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: In the University City area, where Penn is located, there are many dining options. From something as simple as the hot/cold bar at the local grocery store to Sushi, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Pizza, and Burger places, as well as the 24-hour diner, perfect for late nights/early mornings. Most of the places don't really advertise a student discount, but it never hurts to ask. There are many places within walking distance: Quiznos; Bob's Burger Palace; Philadelphia Diner; Vietnam Cafe. Philadelphia has a great food culture, so definitely take advantage. Don't be afraid of food carts either- their rise in popularity is for a reason.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting around Philly at Penn is simple, but can sometimes be problematic. The trolley stops in front of the Quad and Kings Court are convenient for going right downtown to City Hall, but the waits can be frustratingly long. Same goes for the Market-Frankford line stops at 40th Street and 34th Street. Amtrak, SEPTA Regional Rail, and NJ Transit at 30th Street Station are a quick 15-20 minute from campus. Cabs are all over campus, but it can be a pain to get one to pull over at times, especially when you're going out. Lots of kids like using Uber, a car service smartphone app, instead.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at Penn are some of the most brilliant people on the planet, and are some of the greatest teachers I have ever had. All of the professors that I have personally had have invariably been friendly and open to meet outside of class. Only at Penn would I have the opportunity to shoot the breeze on enlightenment thought with a National Humanities Medal winner or have multiple Pulitzer Prize winners come to talk in my English seminar just because they can.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The stats all say that it's a 30-70 split between Greeks and Non-Greeks, but in the end, it feels more like 40-60. I joined a fraternity and I couldn't be happier, as my brothers have been the best friends I have ever made. There's a house for literally everyone, so don't be afraid that you won't get a bid. At the same time, social doors don't necessarily close to you if you don't rush, as there's no Greek vs. Non-Greek antagonism at Penn.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: SEPTA is primarily used, and it can get rather expensive to use without any student discounts available.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking can be quite difficult, but it really only becomes an issue with visitors as all classes are easily within a 15 minute walk from any dorm.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Policies are generally very lenient and have never prevented me from doing anything I would have otherwise liked to do.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe, I have only ever had one uncomfortable situation and nothing bad has ever come of it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's pretty hit-or-miss. Some of the nicer options cost a lot more. If you're in Hill, you'll survive, but it's pretty much a fact that you're getting ripped off. Sorry.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I'd say that the University makes a very good effort at attracting students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, in all senses, as well as trying to support and promote programming to actually highlight this diversity. However, I think that there is still some work to be done in terms of actually being successful in breaking down self- and societally-imposed barriers that cause students to form "bubbles" around themselves.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: There is so much diversity at the University of Pennsylvania in terms of the majors offered. There's something out there that suits the interests of anyone applying. Whether you're of the engineering mindset or the artsy kind, there's a major for you.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are very generous with scholarships on a need based student. They work with you and answer all of your questions. They try to help make your education affordable.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: some of the dorms are outdated. I had to move this year and moved to a great housing dorm. The staff are so friendly and go beyond to help you. The security people are the best. The housing staff varies in friendliness from dorm to dorm. The housing selection process is not the best.

4 College Student

Transportation: The city of Philadelphia has a great public transportation system with many stops and stations nears campus.

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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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