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Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great Place to Live – Philly has a ton of history and a lot of culture. You really get a feeling like you're in a place that changed the fate of the U.S. Beyond that, the night life is a lot of fun. Septa is a cheap way to get downtown and enjoy the city life. I love it here

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4 College Freshman

Parking: There is free street parking available and I have never not been able to find a spot

5 College Freshman

Computers: Plenty of Labs – Plenty of labs and computers all around campus. Its never an issue if you dont have your own laptop

4 College Student

Overall Experience: More Than Your School's City – Philadelphia is a great city, it is the city of brotherly love. It is really easy to get caught up socially here, there is so much culture and history in this city, as well as events throughout the year. I wouldn't choose any other place to live and go to school.

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4 College Student

Academics: I chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania because it is an Ivy league school, offering excellent education within all programs at the university. Most of the professors that I have are wonderful, they are full of knowledge and are great educators. They are able to answer question and give you extra help with coursework when needed. The classroom setting encourages you to ask questions and participate in class discussion.

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4 College Student

Transportation: Public transportation is great in the city of Philadelphia. The city has buses that run at all hours of the day, and access to schedules and routes are available at all stations as well as via the web. There are also university shuttle buses that you can catch on campus that travel on and around campus.

4 College Student

Academics: I'm in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies as a non-traditional student at the University of Pennsylvania and will begin attending May 21, 2012. Although I am not able to explain what it is like to be my specific major at my school, I am very hopeful about my program; it has offered me the possibility to start all over with my education; given me the opportunity to start a new GPA, given me options as far as classes and curriculum that I may participate in. The faculty that I have been in contact with are very helpful; they have been more than a resource within the academic scope for me; they are wonderful leaders in their respect and they truly care about the livelihood of their students. Although I am not eligible for work study this summer semester, I have been directed on how I might go about taking the steps for internships/job opportunities for fall semester.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I would have never thought an Ivy had so many beautiful girls from all around the world. God Bless America.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As Safe as You'd Feel in West Philly – Penn is right in West Philadelphia. I feel extremely safe on campus, but be careful wandering around off campus. Especially at night.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The Penn police are completely understanding of all partying. All you need to do is listen to their requests, for example "turn the music down", etc. and they are fine. Just be respectful, they deal with intoxicated people a lot and are good at it. Also like most schools there is the amnesty policy.

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Obviously there are many different social scenes, but if you intend on being involved in the fraternity scene, be prepared to witness a heavy use of alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine. Cocaine use is very prevalent at Penn and to say it's not would be a total lie. At any frat party, if you manage to get upstairs and open a closed door, chances are there will be cocaine. Molly and ecstasy were also big highlights of this years spring fling, and there is widespread criticism of the school's open stance towards drug use.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Great Community Feel (Especially in the Nursing School) – One of the reasons why I chose Penn in the first place was because I loved the sense of community. Your professors want you to succeed, and they want you to reach out to them if you need any help (or even if you don't need it).

3 College Freshman

Weather: As a California girl by heart, I personally am not a fan of east coast weather... But living in a dorm without air conditioner is totally do-able (just get a nice fan and you'll be fine), and wear layers in the winter because the buildings tend to crank up the heat. Hanging out on College Green is common when the weather is nice outside.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally am going to live on-campus next year, but my friends who are living off campus are currently struggling to find summer sublets. Most houses and apartments are close to campus; you can find something cheaper than oncapus along with much more expensive (the Radian, Chestnut Hall, etc).

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe on UPenn's campus. Of course, make smart choices (e.g. don't go off-campus at night alone, return to your dorm at the latest by 2 AM, etc.). A good group of friends will keep you from any real trouble (drinking, petty theft, pranks).

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most people walk here, the occasional car is often borrowed by friends to take care of large moving tasks.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Food – Pretty diverse, if one gets tired of the fast food the food trucks always provide a cheap alternative.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Terrible System – The application process for Housing has changed this year. A lot of people were forced to live off campus or with substandard housing. By the time the University notifies you that you don't have housing, most off campus vacancies have already been filled. Rooms are small, and mice can be found in all residential housing. Residential services is VERY unhelpful and rude. The Quad can be very dirty. Also, housing is extremely expensive, although many units do not have any air conditioning. Most college houses need to be renovated. My experience with housing has been terrible. There is simply not enough housing for undergraduates.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is expensive and there are not enough options. Hours are inconvenient. It is better to not get a meal plan with all the great restaurants around for the same (and often cheaper) price. I have also found roaches and sometimes mice in dining halls, as well as unfresh food.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Very Big School – Workload and grading curves are very stressful and competitive. Larger intro classes have less professor availability.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are three main college bars on campus where students go on the weekends. One has a dance floor--the other two do not. Drink prices are decent--cheaper than Center City bars. Underage students can go to frat parties, which can be fun, depending on the frat. Most people take the subway or cabs into Center City if they want to go out there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of off campus housing at Penn. There are houses with various numbers of bedrooms to accommodate groups of several sizes. They are cheap, and there is free residential parking around. However, some of the houses are dirty and run down.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I enjoyed the sociology classes I took. I found most of them to be interesting. We had research papers and tests, but I did not think that the workload was at all overwhelming. I also had a lot of excellent professors who were passionate about their subjects.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Easy If Done in Advance – I chose to fulfill my fall term requirements early this year to avoid a limited choice or no choice at all. The process was very easy because I am a student- i.e. no guarantor needed. I went with the company that seemed to have a monopoly of the properties that are in close proximity to campus. They offer varied and unique properties, that are well-kept and very nice, based on the ones I had seen.
My university has an off-campus housing office, which I think would be quite helpful, considering the emails I receive from them regularly. However I have not used their services. They offer help finding an apartment, as well as guides on off-campus living.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Open Community – West Philadelphia is where the university is situated. An open campus means an opportunity of interaction with not just students, but people of the local area; this is true also when going off campus, to walk around the beautiful old townhouse lined streets, each unique and worth a second to observe- either due to their interesting choice in decor including color scheme, or because of their stately, old presence.
There are many local restaurants that support the school community, from chain stores, to the more unique locally owned locals. There are places tucked away on the aforementioned streets that invites you to explore the area.

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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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