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Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 931 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Excellent. Has escorts at night for security. HUP is obviously one of the best hospitals. There are safety issues outside of campus though.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are extremely approachable and easy to talk to. It is very easy to get a research internship around here. There are also several excellent interdisciplinary programs that make Penn unique - the market for people who specialize only in one pure field is saturated. Today's industries, especially in technology, demand for employees and entrepreneurs who have an interdisciplinary background. Penn prepares you for that.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Most Extensive and Excellent Network Opportunities – There are just so many great opportunities at Wharton.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Limited by Broadness of Scope – My program (Liberal Arts) had students from a lot of varying backgrounds and levels of scholarship, and I felt the time it took to get everyone on the same page often meant there was less time to go in depth into the material. However, the classes I had with less students, or with more an esoteric interest base to start with, were excellent. I would assume students studying in more focused programs experienced more rigorous academics.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is very visible on campus, and the Penn Police don't really care about anyone drinking, as long as no one is out of control or being dangerous.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: At Penn, there is a lot of diversity in race and hometown, but very little diversity in economic status. Obviously they are outliers, but for the most part, most people fit the Penn stereotype.

4 College Student

Transportation: You're Well-Served – Philly, as a huge and major American city, is pretty comfortable concerning public transportation. Moreover, security and transportation services for students at Penn are extremely convinient.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Don't Worry Too Much – College is, after a lot of hard-working, time for fun and social life. If you like drinking, do it, but don't make it crystal clear for everyone that you're often drunk. It's just a matter of being discrete and moderate. Have fun in way that you'll feel good and won't bother anyone. That's the best advice not only if you're going to Penn, but anywhere else.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Living on campus is definetely the best option at Penn, specially because of safety matters. Although you'll be able to count on some Penn security help off-campus, the campus is likely to be place where you can feel 100% safe at Philly. Moreover, the social advantage of living on campus in very unique and you wouldn't like to miss the chance of increasing the likelihood of meeting amazing people everyday during 4 years.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Give Me the Money – Excellent experience because their technology is quite up to date.
Only allow the students to come into the office when the letter of their last name is being served.

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5 College Student

Parking: Please, Leave a Space – Parking is horrible but remember, we are across the street from the University of Penn Hospital and this makes for difficult parking.Permit cost are outrageous costing 250.00 a month. Ticketing and fines in this area can range from 50.00-350.00 if your car is towed. Forget about parking spaces, they literally do not exist. No one in their right mind will drive or try to park in this area. Philly car share is available to students, and they are quite accessible for students.

5 College Student

Greek Life: Social Life With the Greeks – Greek life is quite enormous on Penn's campus, but it does not affect the social life on campus because there are many other activities in which students participate. Greek students are viewed as, groups that want to enjoy life on and off campus. There is plenty of Greek housing available in the University City area. Most of the Greek houses are beautiful four bedroom stone houses, which are close to campus

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very Unique Majors, and Very Bright Students – Majors like Biological Basis of Behavior, Sealth and Societies, the Vagelos program and the Huntsman program are very unique to Penn and great opportunities. The students are incredibly smart and engaged.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Fun but Not Central – There is a good amount of support for sports teams, and there are lots of great traditions.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing Is Not Guaranteed – Many students are unable to get on campus housing, and need to go off campus. Often these houses are very nice, but having a whole year lease is a pain.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Best 4 Years Ever! I had a fabulous time at UPenn! I was very happy with the academics, research opportunities, extra-curricular activities, and student life in general. The administration really listens to students and responds to their wants and needs. I was able to find my niche in the performing arts community (theater and dance), but felt at home in professional student groups and just hanging out around campus. I'd choose it again in a heartbeat!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys Look Better Than Girls – On average, just walking around campus, you'll notice that guys tend to be better looking than girls, but there's still plenty to look forward to. There's a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, so you'll be able to find someone you'd like to date whether you're artsy, sporty, geeky, or all about high-rollin'.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Supermanageable City – Philadelphia has all the benefits of a big city in a manageable size. The areas of University City, Center City, and Old City are all very walkable, with easy subway and bus access. The city offers great restaurants, including a bounty of BYOBs, as well as great cultural activities at places like the Kimmel Center and Theater District. For history buffs, Philadelphia has few cities that compare, with many "firsts" of the U.S. and of course, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It would be nice if it was easier to get to areas like South Philly, which offer a great neighborhood vibe and different aspect of the city culture.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers labs are campus are really nice and have new Windows 7 pcs with i7 processors. Sometimes the Van Pelt labs get crowded, but the labs at Huntsman are always open. There's also a few places with macs if you'd prefer that. The wireless is usually pretty fast, it just sometimes gets slow inside my room.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A Wide Variety of Dining Options to Choose from – There are a lot of different kinds of restaurants: Mexican, Japanese, Indian, Chinese...I certainly was not disappointed. Many healthy options are available, if you're into that (and many not-so-healthy items-if you're into that). Of course, there's always Wawa for those late-night drunken escapades.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Snowing a Lot This Year – roads & pathways are cleared of snow although off street parking is not around campus.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Work Hard, Play Harder – Penn truly lives up to its reputation of being the "social ivy." Students go out almost all nights of the week frequenting bars on campus, frat parties, house parties, or events downtown. Downtown events require taking a cab or SEPTA while all other events are reached by walking.

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4 College Junior

Computers: All Penn students that I know have their own personal computer. However, there are a great number of computers available for use in all libraries with easy printing ability. Wifi on campus is fast and reliable--it can even be accessed from some off-campus buildings.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The beginning of the semester is mostly comfortable and sunny, especially when you bask in the sun while travelling from buildings. But it gets windy and chilly during December. Didn't experience enough snow to miss class or cancel class.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food Trucks – ... heard that their foods smell and taste very delicious and that most are around campus noontime, which makes it very convenient and tempting.

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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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