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

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

9 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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As a commuter student, so far, I haven't seen or been involved with any mischief that would give me any other opinion than a safe & well policed campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls, at least a month into my freshman year, is actually quite good. There is a decent variety at Commons, which undeservedly gets a bad wrap, and the other dining halls make fine alternatives. Unfortunately, the hours are so inconvenient. All dining halls close before nine and are not even open for most of the weekend. You can get food at the late night express, but there really isn't much to choose from. There have been many times when I was starving, looking for a quick bite at the dining hall after my practice, only to find nothing open. Food A- Hours C

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: Facilities are all very nice, although some are more outdated than others. You will walk into some buildings and be wowed by the beauty of the architecture or by the level of technology at your fingertips. Penn is also constantly renovating and building new things, which is great, minus the construction.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: This university is outstanding if it comes to academics. Only exceptions I would say is the music program.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Weather: I am not from this area, but honestlty, I hate the weather here. Summers are hot and humid, winters cold and dry. There are like 6 nice fall weeks, and 6 nice spring weeks. We have airconditioners, dehumidifiers and humifiers in our apartments to keep it bearable inside during the seasons (and I live in a very nice building!)

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health service works perfect. I like all the doctors and nurse practs I've seen there. They do have insane high standards for immunizations, don't know if it is normal, but I had to get at least 3 additional vaccinations, and I believed two of them to be completely unnecessary.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's the best place for my personal program, Bioengineering. Academics in general are great. I like the campus, but the problem is the surrounding neighborhood is not that great.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is tytpical Northeastern weather. There are four seasons, and we get quite a bit of rain throughut the year. Fall and Spring are my favorites, because there's a nice breeze!

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's very easy to make friends at this school, lots of different types of people to get to know.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very fun to live in Philly, Great people, great atmosphere! Lots of places to eat!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's Definitely Visible – While the frats and sororities arent to be ignored, you definitely dont have to be involved in one to have a good time. Granted, most people who arent involved in greek life are on sports teams or really involved in clubs, but there are still a large number of people who arent into any of that and still manage to have fun and go out on weekends. The frats offer a nice selection for people who aren't yet 21 to hang out, drink, and just chill without really worrying about getting in trouble for underage drinking (As they would if they were to, say, drink in the dorms).

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They Understand – While the Penn police dont treat anything like a joke, the general idea about underage drinking is that they know it's happening, but as long as they dont see it and as long as no one gets hurt / gets into a dangerous situation, they let it go. The medical amnesty policy on campus says that when someone calls for medical attention for a friend who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, neither the friend nor the sick person can get in trouble for consumption. This is a great policy, in my opinion, because it allows people to feel free to get medical help when they need it, but not worry about getting into trouble.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Prepare Yourself for the Frats – Penn always tells students that Greek life isnt a major part of campus - while it's true that you dont need to be IN a sorority or fraternity to have fun, you will absolutely end up partying in them. Before you're 21, there arent as many options for you, so most people head to the frats. While they're the "typical college experience", just be sure to prepare yourself for the dirtyness, stickyness, and sweatyness of everyone and everything inside those houses. That said, you can always find a drink and a good time when you head to 40th street and beyond to hit up the frats.

1 person 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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