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Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation at UPenn is excellent. There are free bus shuttles that run throughout the University from Monday-Friday. There are trolleys, subways, and buses all around the campus. It is however not the safest to travel alone at night in the SEPTA's transportation options. But UPenn provides its own transit services for students at night.

14 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: It rains often, BUY RAIN BOOTS. It gets chilly pretty early on. When it's a nice day it either a nice day, or an ok day since it can change pretty fast.

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They have a great amnesty policy which will prevent you or anyone from getting in trouble when calling MERT. (medical emergency team) (as long as you don't ruin campus property or do anything illegal while intoxicated). So basically, if you had alcohol poisoning you call them and you're good. They might call your parents, but you can give them what ever excuse you want.

17 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The bathrooms in the quad suck. But the over all room isn't too bad and the amenities are decent. The cost to live on campus is a bit up there if you're not getting financial aid, but it's really convenient and quick to get everywhere. The people are really social and easy to get to know if you have time

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options offered, you can stay on campus or go off campus for variety.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are many games and events offered to the locals.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do around Philly and with a pretty good public transportation system you can get anywhere you need. There is a trolley that takes you to all the sports complexes very easily.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The social atmosphere is great. There are plenty of student groups. You can definitely find somewhere to fit in. There is little to no attendance at school sporting events. I enjoy watching and playing sports so that was upsetting.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics are amazing but very challenging. There are times where I feel that I'm being thrown in the fire.

4 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Im majoring in Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The engineering atmosphere at penn is amazing. I love the team atmosphere.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: My school has a make your own major program that will allow student to study exactly what they want to study. They can make the program as hard or as easy as they want.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Parking: If you really need a parking spot, they there are parking spaces you can pay for. On the upside, this means you are guaranteed a spot no matter what--downside is that it can cost up to 2400, depending on whether or not you plan plan on getting annual, school year, commuter, etc parking. Ticketing is pretty harsh, so I wouldn't suggest parking on the street unless you know that you will be there for less than 2hrs. Meter maids will literally be waiting by your car and watching the second to give you a ticket. On the flip side you absolutely DON'T need a car for campus unless you plan on commuting to/from campus. Even then, the SEPTA transportation is more than adequate to get you to and from where you need to be.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: It is an Ivy League School, so there is really no needed explanation as to while the academics are excellent. What I will say is that you have to have initiative, because although no one will hold your hand, you will receive help if you go looking for it. There are plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning but it is competitive and you need to make sure you are ambitious enough for the challenge.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus and downtown area is very safe, but venturing outside of the campus might not be a good idea. Within the campus there are campus and Philadelphia police, 24hr escorts, and campus-run buses.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Penn's got everything - top-notch academics, lots of social life, bustling activity on campus!

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Amazing libraries, and they're adding green space for recreation and campus activities. The athletic centers are cool but a little less accessible because it's tucked away in a far corner of campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: West Philly/University City isn't the most affordable neighborhood, and some houses are much older. However, if you're willing to pay a little more, you can find more modern options that are very close to campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The major itself is excellent - some premiere research happens at our university, and the department is top-notch. It is not the most practical major if you're not looking to continue on in the field (i.e. acquire additional degrees), but I enjoyed my program very much.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Because Penn is so pre-professional, there are so many resources for job seekers. I think that the problem is that the market itself is tough, but it is still feasible to find opportunities. There is on-campus recruiting over the school year for summer internships and full-time positions, but most of the recruiters look for business/consulting people.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: I love my program, faculty, fellow cohort members, and the alumni panel. The coursework is dense although fascinating to me, and extremely valuable. Everything that we read, learn, and discuss in class is highly relevant to the field, and I could not ask for a better program or more effective training and preparation for my profession.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There is a very limited amount of scholarship resources in our department that barely skim the surface of the total tuition costs. Yet the financial aid support is excellent, they are very patient and are willing to help you in every way possible in order to finance your education.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Our campus dining is a caterer that is supplied by our department. The food will rock your world.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: Our orientation included an alumni panel, with each graduate explaining the career paths they pursued upon completion of the program. The faculty and alumni are extremely supportive and available, willing to help anyone who reaches out to them for any issue or concern they may have. We are encouraged to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone and to remain open to all learning experiences, because many of us may discover a whole new path that we never saw ourselves following. Their are a multitude of resources available for students to take advantage of, and easy access to them all.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: There's nothing more I can say, Penn is an Ivy League institution and the quality of the education I am receiving exceeds it's reputation. Penn is very well known for diversity, which I believe enriches the academic experience even further. I could not ask for better professors, plus my department pays for my books and caters our meals during class. Penn is by far my most rewarding and superb academic experience I have ever known.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I haven't ever felt unsafe on Penn's campus. I do not live on campus, yet whenever I am on campus I do not fear for my safety in any way. I would definitely lock my car doors, because it is an urban environment, though that is just common knowledge anywhere you go.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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