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

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Nursing is very difficult and there is a lot of studying, but it is very interesting and worth the work because we are actually learning things that are relevant to our work as nurses.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Very disorganized office. I would recommend contacting a specific financial aid officer.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation is extremely convenient including every mode of transportation. The cost of traveling is not expensive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls come from all over the nation and the world. The university is definitely a not party school. Generally the students are very focused and career minded.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on a UPenn owned campus lot is almost $2000 a year for commuters and $2,300 a year for 24 hour spots.

Street parking is available throughout campus, but spots close to campus are all metered, and the ones further west (free parking) fill up very quickly. It typically takes me 15 to 30 minutes to find a spot during school hours.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: My school is set in aside from a small town and is academically successfully while keeping up in sports also

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation is pretty nice around Penn. There are buses, cabs, subways, and trolleys. Even if you're not from Philly, and are not familiar with the public transportation, you can easily ask your friends or just search it up to find the routes. Fares are not too high, around 2 dollars per ride for buses and subways.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus police can be strict, but not too much as long as you keep the streets clear. Most of the fraternities/sororities do a good job of this, and they also keep underage drinking indoors and under control, so most of the times there is not much of a campus-wide problem. But if your music is too loud, obviously they will come visit you. And as always, when you get caught it probably won't do you any good, so be careful in advertising your parties.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Frat parties are always free, so it's easy for those who are underage to have fun. There are parties Wednesday-Saturday almost every weekend. There is public transportation to take you downtown to the Frat parties at clubs in Center City.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The nice off-campus housing options are kind of expensive but easy to get an apartment. There are a lot of other off-campus options at more reasonable pricing but of course there is more demand for those places.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people use adderall for midterms and finals, but the vast majority of drug usage is marijuana. Marijuana is heavily prevalent on campus but it is not as popular as drinking.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Fraternities and sororities are definitely involved in Penn's social life. However, you do not have to ever step foot into a frat or sorority. There are so many clubs and other organizations that they aren't necessary, even for big parties. On the other hand, there are enough of them (and they are diverse enough), that if you are looking to join Greek life, you'll have lots of opportunity.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you want to play, you will play! There are tons of sports, played at any level, from varsity to just goofing around. The Penn Band is a huge part of school spirit and support of our athletic teams. They're at every football and men's basketball game and always bring tons of enthusiasm.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn is known as one of the best schools in the country for a reason. Academics take priority among students and are hugely important, but they don't preclude having a social life. All instructors are professors (have doctorate degrees in their field) or, in a few cases, are currently earning their degree.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a resident of the Quad and a member of the Integrated Studies residential program, my experience with Penn Housing has been fantastic. Riepe College House, like nearly every other college house, is open to students from all years. Faculty residents add to the experience with weekly or bi-weekly events such as cookie nights, comfort-food nights, and espresso hours. Additionally, there are many house trips from a visit to Philly Orchestra to a day trip to NYC. The buildings themselves are beautiful, although most of the rooms are tiny. Most dorms have air conditioning and sinks in the rooms and the high-rises have personal bathrooms and common rooms. Campus Housing is a community experience at Penn, which is what makes it so great!

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Parking: There isn't a large need for cars on campus. UPenn is in a city and you really don't need a car to get around - you can just take SEPTA. That being said, street parking isn't that hard to find on campus but garages are expensive

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Overall, the food is pretty good but there are definitely some flaws. For breakfast, there's a decent variety with the options of waffles, oatmeal, breakfast potatoes, eggs, omelets, yogurt, and fruit. For lunch and dinner, the dining halls have two main stations - the pizza, fries, burgers and hot dogs stand and then another which changes every day. The variety and taste of the second station is moderately good. Houston Hall is my favorite place to eat but, sadly, it only takes Dining Dollar$ - no meal swipes. Also, it's extremely difficult to eat on the weekends because sometimes it feels like there are no dining halls open.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are constantly being updated and renovated, and even the older buildings are in pretty good shape and well-maintained. They're also easy to access at pretty much all hours, for the most part, as long as you've got your PennCard.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Penn offers a lot of variety, there are many dining halls and smaller shops and cafes across campus. There are also many places on campus like Subway and Starbucks where you can use your dining dollars. Most people I know don't have dining plans after freshman year, because the dining plans are very expensive for the amount you actually go to the dining hall. There are awesome, cheap places around campus and a grocery store a block away that most upperclassmen go to instead of dining halls.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Penn is much more concerned for its students' safety than it is about disciplining its students. Oftentimes a student will be 'written up' for various misdemeanors such as drinking in your dorm room, but all that comes of it is going to a disciplinary hearing where they slap you on the wrist. It is rare for a Penn student to get in serious trouble.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a biochemistry major. I took a couple of chemistry classes first semester and they were both extremely challenging. The professors were easily accessible.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is delicious and their is a large variety so I don't get bored eating the same thing all of the time.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: University of Penn has been very generous to me. Without their help, it would not be possible for me to go to college. I am very grateful.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: there are a great variety of majors offer at this University.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It's great you meet students from different walks of life.


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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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