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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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The deeper into West Philly you go, the better and cheaper the food.

3 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Transportation: Just buy a bike. Bets decision you'll ever make. Most places are too close by to validate SEPTA.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You can have an incredible night out in Philly for $15 and some BYO'd Franzia. Very cheap living.

Also, it's SUCH a fantastic city for biking!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are absolutely incredible, and the workload is very manageable. Most in Comm latch on another major or a few minors

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Definitely take a Wharton class. Their curves are killer, but the experience teaches you a lot about the cut throat world of job hunting.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: Majoring in communications is a painless process.

College Sophomore

Majors: I interned in Manhattan doing market research for kid's toys, and got the hook up through a professor

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking and drug culture is entirely dependent upon involvement in Greek life. If you're not in it, it's relatively easy to have fun whil staying sub free

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Frat scene is pretty dominant, but there are always raging band or frisbee parties that are far more fun.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The college house experience shifts drastically from year to year. In freshman year,most people live the Quad or Hill, where the environment s super social but living arrangements are tight. In later years, most live in the high rises,which have great amenities but are more independent. apartment style suites.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is free wifi everywhere on campus, but it drops about once a day for like 10 seconds. All of the computer labs have the Adobe Suite, which is fantastic.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Bon Appetit, the food provider, is delicious, but each meal swipe is extremely expensive. It's required for freshmen, and they're about the only ones who go to dining halls.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The cultural diversity is superb, but the economic diversity is definitely lacking. There are a lot of kids from old money and a lot on full scholarships, but there's not too many in between. Luckily though, economic background is not as large of a barrier as one might expect.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Penn's facilities are already close to superb, but keep keep getting better. Unlike most schools, almost every part of campus is accessible to every student. The gym is free even if you're not an athlete, the digital media center is helpful even if you're not studying anything related to computers, and most buildings can be opened after hours regardless of affiliation as long as you have an ID.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Each student seems to suffer from intense FOMO, or "fear of missing out." And it's hard not to-- there's so much to do with a talented undergraduate body of 10,000 that choosing one activity always involves missing out on a dozen others. However, make sure to never miss a Simply Chaos stand up comedy show, an Excellano Project spoken word performance or a Glee music show.

Athletic events really aren't central to campus, though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe roaming the campus at all hours of the day. The police are among the best in the country and are very present.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is gorgeous! Lots of green space. Study spaces are innumerable, and options range from a cozy couch in Houston Hall to a silent cubicle in the library to one of many grassy areas outdoors. The student center, Houston, is a good meet-up spot for studying or food and also hosts many events. The athletic centers, while not modern (see the Palestra and Franklin Field) reap their beauty from their history. The Palestra is a museum of basketball- absolutely amazing.

2 College Freshman

Parking: In urban Philadelphia, there is obviously a dearth of parking spaces. On-street parking can be hard to find during popular hours, but the cost is reasonable. Parking garages (There are four on or near campus) is pricier. A student should not need a car on campus, for everything is so close. Even Center City or other parts of Philly is easily accessible on foot or through public transportation. A car would be a hassle!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is so diverse with different beliefs, opinions, and personalities that a wide variety of people can love it here. In other words, the introverted person can be just as happy as the big partier; there is seemingly a niche for all. All of the religious communities are very visible, yet they don't run the campus as they may at a more conservative school. The student body is liberally-oriented when it comes to politics, but there are plenty of conservatives, too, as well as those who simply don't give a rip. Despite the ease of finding a niche, one also invariably meets people of different views and interacts with them every day, whether in social or academic circles. Overall, the diversity at UPenn is a great asset to a top-notch education.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different tyoes of restaurants in the Philly area. There are also food carts that provide relatively inexpensive fast food.

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different religiona and races at Penn.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many different types of students from ethnicity groups, sexually orientation, social backgrounds and religions.

8 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Parking: I currently dnot have a car o campus.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Computers: I have myown laptop. I don't use the campus computer labs. Network speed is reasonable.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Everything that I need is close by and there is a train system.

4 people found this useful Report
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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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