Philadelphia, PA
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Reviews 920 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Majors: I am very happy with Penn. I know I will get a job in my field once I graduate and I would definitely do it all over again. I am so lucky to be here. My career goal is to be an actuarial analyst for insurance firms.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I would say the dining halls are slightly below average. They have improved the quality of food a lot over the past few years but the price of a dining plan for a freshmen (which is required) is really high. The plans are split into dining dollars, where there are many places with good food to eat, and dining swipes, which are for the dining halls. You have the option of how to balance your account between those two options.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is pretty great here if you know what you are doing. Freshmen should ask upperclassmen friends for help in deciding. What I think is best is the variety. If you want to live in a fancy high rise apartment Penn has it. If you want to live in a nice big house with friends Penn has it. The only difference is that it can cost you. The houses are often much much cheaper and very reasonable while the high rises can be quite expensive.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: A great thing is that you can walk anywhere on campus. You never have to worry about accidents driving. There are two major bars on campus while you are only a few minutes from a huge city that has tons of them. Frats also have a ton of parties, which make underage nightlife very easy and fun.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: With the entire city of Philadelphia at your finger tips, there is so much available for Penn students to explore. From bars to restaurants to museums, Philly has almost everything a college student could want, and public transportation makes it easy to get around. Living in the city obviously requires some patience and intelligence; expect a lot of noise and construction, which is not always beautiful to look at, and more importantly, be careful when you're out late at night.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Wharton and Van Pelt Library facilities are second to none. Campus life is what you make it. I think overall there may be less participation in campus events because of the seriousness of most of the students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life here at Penn exists but everything here takes a backseat to academic study.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation in and around the city of Philadelphia is excellent. Penn is in Center City, which is in close proximity to downtown. Late at night taxis are an inexpensive option if you out past 2 am.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are sooooo many places to eat off campus ranging from restaurants to food trucks to fast food places! Also, different price ranges are available.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life here is excellent, especially amongst the Black frats.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's not bad and there's some selection. Plus because of the surrounding colleges there's even more selection.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: Tons of diversity here. It is totally a liberal campus, accepting LGBTQ and many races. We have a lot of international students here.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is not really a party scene on campus. There may be parties at the frats and sororities, but most of those are "off campus". Walking through campus on a Friday or Saturday night does not entail seeing parties.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: For the most part the weather is pretty nice. It's usually pretty cool, although it can get a little hot in summer and really cold in winter. It rains fairly often, but with an umbrella, rain boots, or other rain gear it really isn't that bad. Snow isn't ever really a problem, the school and city do a pretty good job of keeping roads clear. For me the grade is an A+, but for those not as inclined to cooler weather it's probably a B or C.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus life on UPenn is one of the best I've ever seen. There is a student group for pretty much every type of person based on everything from ethnicity to religion to dietary diversity. There are separate libraries for most major groups and a main library with a large storehouse of books, magazines, newspapers and microfiche. There are several student centers for students to get together and study or just hang out. Add all that to the fact that you are going to school in one of the oldest universities in the US and you are walking with history all around you.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food quality is poor. It improves only slightly when parents are around (surprise, surprise). The staff at the dining halls are generally impatient, mean, and not pleasant to deal with.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is WAY too much of it. It is actually ridiculous and not the right fit for me at all.

8 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It sucks!!! The quad looks nice only from the outside. The high rises are the only good options if you want to stay on campus. Insulation is pathetic and it is freezing. They take 9 days to turn on the heat.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia is a disgusting city to be in. There is always construction, and it is pretty dirty. There are some places to go, but they are not in the same part of town as campus.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: philadelphia has everything. many nice restaurants, bars and dance clubs

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: small school. many internship opportunities. will work with you to find one you like

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4 College Senior

Majors: Classics Post-Bac advancement on the Languages is a very specific field and only a few selected students will be brought into this program.
We had to take a Placement test for the Languages (Latin & Ancient Greek) to be put into Undergrad classes or 3rd year language ability.
This is a pre-step before applying to Masters or PHD programs in the
Mediteranian Archeology or Classical fields.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Transportation: Being in a city environment, public transportation is easily accessible & convenient. It is also very cost afordable.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school has a high prestige & looks great on your resume. For me, it's one of only 5 schools in the country with a Classics Post-Bac program. I was thrilled to have been accepted into this program. So far, I really like the department & the campus. The professors are very willing to help. Although I am a commuter student, I try to take advantage of some of the things on campus like food, bookstore, library, etc...which are great.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: By the time you get to Post-Bac Grad studies, you are pretty dedicated to academics & have a firm grasp of reality, therefore you are a clean-cut person, nerdy but dress casual nice. You can still have a great social life & relationships without all the bing drinking. It's more an
adult approach to the social casual drink.

5 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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