Philadelphia, PA
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Reviews 1007 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I originally chose Penn, but after experiencing some of the presumptions people have of those in the "Arts" part of "Arts and Sciences," I question if I want to spend my remaining college career here or transfer to a more literary study focused Ivy.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Penn, for four years at the current tuition, would cost the average student just under a quarter of a million dollars. Fortunately, my family received 5/6 of the first year cost in financial aid, making a Ivy League education extremely plausible for our lowly Midwestern incomes.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Penn supplies the fraternities and sororities with a certain amount of money so they can attract the new students into the frat/sorority housing. Some are pretty high end- it is the Ivy League, some of these kids didn't get in on merit- and some are relatively low key.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England. If you're from somewhere where its warm a lot, bring plenty of clothes for the winter time.

5 College Freshman

Computers: I've never had to use the computer labs, and some of the students have a hard time finding enough open computers whenever midterms or finals roll around, but the wifi for my laptop is ridiculously fast.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Parking: I didn't bring a car with me to Penn, and I'm not sure if freshmen are even allowed to have vehicles on campus. Again, I don't know why anyone would need a vehicle, taxis are cheap, public transportation is cheaper, and you can walk almost anywhere you want. Having a car is a waste of money.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Quad has a great atmosphere for incoming freshmen, the social life and the close ties really bond new students together, plus there's air conditioning (unlike Hill House) and its in the middle of campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Trolleys aren't reliable, but the taxis are cheap and when all of SEPTA is up and running its really convenient when you need to get into Center City. It isn't necessary to use the public transportation, Penn has a relatively large campus when you compare it to somewhere like Columbia, but everything is more or less within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Academics: UPenn has a phenomenal English program, and I enjoy the classes a great deal, but the prevailing opinion of English majors in such a business focused university is English majors are people who gave up on their dreams in other majors.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are amazing and the classes are small enough you can actually interact with them.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I LOVE MY SCHOOL. You guys didn't ask about students' satisfaction but that's definitely an A+.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Excellent, just right. But drugs (weed) could be controlled better.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Timing is very bad, and the package for Freshman is mandatory and very expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Overall great, relationships not always priority for students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: City-style night life, but if you go to frat parties, you can have a LOT of fun without spending any money.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Attendance in games is not popular. The opportunities are excellent... Ivy League frame.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Well, it's the East coast. Windy, cold winters, but the spring and the fall are amazing: sweater weather.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Penn is in West Philadelphia, which is, in general, not a very safe area. However, Penn worked a lot on improving the are and there has been tremendous improvements recently. There are escorts available 24/7 and police on all campus so I generally feel very safe on campus grounds.

5 College Student

Academics: It's an ivy league so it's great!

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: it's okay, sometimes a bit too expensive.

College Student

Parking: I don't own a car so am unsure.

3 College Student

Scholarships: It is better than other schools.

3 College Student

Transportation: The transportation is okay, a bit expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Penn's aid is good, but not as good as promised. If you're in the middle class, don't get your hopes up.

8 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: Do not-- I repeat, do not-- own a car on campus.

3 people found this useful Report

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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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