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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2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The strictness is pretty average for schools. Safety issues are pretty strict.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: One of my friends visited Penn's campus and was amazed at our on-campus housing. The amenities are pretty good, including computer labs, dance studios, floor lounges, cafes, and a mailroom. This mostly refers to the high rises, where upperclassmen live. The freshman housing is less comfortable, but good nonetheless. The quad has a very lively social scene and Hill House is small, but many people find their best friends here because of the close quarters.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There isn't much pressure to do drugs here. Most people engage in drinking. Those who do drugs mostly smoke, and do so by their own will.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Penn's campus is 100% walkable. However there are many options to get around outside of campus. Trolleys and train stops are within a few blocks from campus. Many people use bikes. There is a bike rental option on campus for a very low price. Taxis are abundant, however are a little pricey. There are also many buses that run to all parts of the city, and are very affordable.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am very happy with the degree I choose. I would do it all over again if I had to, although the staff is not very helpful I loved my experience there. My career goals are to eventually manage an area utilizing my administration of justice degree.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation was very inconvenient. If traveling by own car parking was a nightmare or if by city bus it was far from campus. The school did have yellow buses that went into the city, but they were very uncomfortable and they didn't run at night. It was very expensive traveling from north Philadelphia to Abington PA.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: No, I did not have an internship. I am not planning on starting a internship because most internships are not paid, and very time consuming. No I do not have any concerns on finding one since I live in a city with many opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: All city or suburban kids. Lots of Asians. Upenn is nerdy - what did you expect? People are fun to hang out with, but the hot guys are in limited supply.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Penn maintains a decent police force to escort people after-hours, but the wait time for such services varies. Overall, due to Philadelphia's past problems with campus security, it has really tried to step up its police force.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A good commute may be needed for an excellent apt.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: You go expecting rough winters, but lately they've been pretty mild. Just be prepared to take out your winter coat for about a week.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid, but the aid substantially rises from year to year. By the time junior year came around, financial aid offices weren't sympathetic at all.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

4 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

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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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