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Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 916 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Penn has more computer labs and computers available for student use than I could count. The library is packed with computer areas and also laptops that you can check out for use anywhere in the library. All of the dorms have computer labs, as do many academic buildings on campus. You just log on with your PennKey and password to access any of them.

There's also wireless - AirPennNet - all over campus, which any student can log in and use in class, in the dorm, outside on the green... anywhere. It works well most of the time. The computing website has a great page that explains how to configure each type of computer to access it, in case you have trouble.

Most students have a personal computer of their own, mostly laptops. But if you don't, that's not a problem. There are so many on campus to use.

The only thing Penn doesn't have is FREE printing. Printing is available, some cents for a page. But not free, and can add up. That's why I have my own printer. It's also way more convenient.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Endless Opportunities – The University of Pennsylvania offers diversity among peers, great opportunities to engage in research, super healthy dining options, leadership opportunities, engaging classes and teachers, opportunities to study abroad, vast area for dining, shopping, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not a Partier – Since I am not a partier I am not familiar with clubs, etc. My idea of a great night is getting together with friends for dinner and guitar/singing.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Dream College – Located in busy West Philadelphia, my college is alive with abundant opportunities for challenge and diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Even though the campus is located in West Philadelphia, I have always felt safe thanks to the many PENN security guards.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: On-Campus Sucks, So Go Off-Campus! The dining halls on campus are truly terrible. Luckily, there are great restaurants in University City and downtown.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love It! I love Penn. It really is great all around, and is what you make of it. There is definitely something for everyone- athletics, greek life, academics, etc.

4 College Junior

Transportation: It Is a City – Honestly, you do not need a car (I don't know anyone who has one on campus). The campus is in West Philadelphia, which means you have great access to SEPTA (buses, regional rail, subways, etc) at any hour of the day. If you hate public transportation, there are always taxis. In addition, there are Penn Transit options and walking escorts, etc.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Penn isn't strict at all. They have their own private police force for campus, who don't seem in the least concerned with underage drinking. If you live off-campus, things are even more lenient. Also, their are policies in place so that if you go to the hospital for alcohol-related issues, you will not be persecuted.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: You Make It What You Want It to Be – Rushing is a landmark time in the spring semester. Some students who decide from beforehand that they will participate will reduce their workload because they know that rushing will take up a huge amount of time. Apart from rushing, once you're in you pretty much have complete control over how involved you wish to become in Greek life. A party atmosphere surrounds the sorority and fraternity houses and they are typically at their most active starting Thursday and up until Sunday night.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A Wide Mix – In Philly you get what you paid for. It is relatively easy to find economic apartments through Craigs list however you may have to forgo air conditioning, extra living space, and cleanliness. One of the best things to do is get together with friends and rent a house which there are a few available near campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Food and Culture – Philadelphia is a very international city with a plethora of restaurants, concerts, and recreation activities in general. UPenn is located in University City right beside Center City and is an easy walking distance from Trader Joe's, the Zoo, and the Art Museum among others.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Hardly Any School Spirit – UPenn is not really a sport school. Homecoming is the hilight of the year when everyone gets to throw toast on the filed. The Penn relays are also held there in the spring which brings people from all over the country. But other than that, Penn students are not so into sports.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Quad Isn't Everything – As a freshmen, everyone wants to live in one of the three dorms in the Quad. I must say the Quad is really oretty and does have a lot of things to do, but if you don't live there freshmen year its no big deal. I would personally reccommend Hill because it tends to be a bit friendlier. If you live in the quad you may find a lot of cliques develop which is something that should be left in high school.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Preetty Good – The facilities at Penn are pretty good. Given that the school is the third oldest in the country, I must say its not that bad. You're especially lucky if your int he Wharton school. All of those facilities are like new.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of Diveristy, Little Mixing – Pretty diverse campus but a lot of self segregation occurs. Most people befriend and associate people that look like them.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of restaurants within walking distance. There are a lot of fine dining options as well as restaurants that offer cheaper items for us poor college students.

1 College Senior

Parking: Forget It Unless You Have to – The parking on campus is non existent. You have to pay to park on the street or monthly parking. The monthly parking will cost you around $200.

1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Penn students are here because of their ability, but not their looks. Most are nerdy, but not in a hot way. The guys tend to be the nerdy/brainy type. The football team isn't even that great looking. Girls are not any better either.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Not a Great Selection – There are some decent foods in the dining hall, but the selection is lacking. Since Penn is around decent restaurants, it seems to not have as many foods to choose from within the dining hall. This aspect keeps me from eating in the dining hall on most days. Luckily, there are other food choices surrounding the campus!!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life seems to have a pretty significant presence, but I would say the majority are not involved, or if they are, not significantly. It's not really a big deal either way, and you can go to parties and stuff whether or not you are affiliated with the frat.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe, but Be Smart – Obviously, Penn is in the middle of West Philly, so there are things that happen, but I've always felt safe, even late at night. Campus security and campus police are pretty much everywhere, and there is the blue light system. Nothing has ever happened to me yet, but I've heard of people getting chased when they are walking home alone at night, so just be smart.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: See What You Like – Freshman year everyone goes to all the different frat parties, especially first semester, but come winter and spring, people begin to figure out where they like to go best, and usually stick to those places. There are basically two bars- one is impossible to get into if you are under 21, but the other is pretty easy to get into. Most fun are probably house parties at sports teams houses, and pretty much everything is within walking distance.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Full Range of Options from Free to Mid-Priced – Most people walk or take the SEPTA (bus, trolley, and subway lines) but there are always cabs available on the bigger streets. SEPTA tokens are $1.55 and it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the routes. The train station on 30th street is a walkable distance from campus and the Philadelphia Airport is about $30 away by cab.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just Be Responsible. The administration and the advisers know what's going on; many of them are cool about it as long as you're safe. There's increased vigilance during Spring Fling because that's when the entire school goes crazy, and I have heard stories of parties getting busted but students usually do not get in trouble. Penn does a good job of letting kids have fun while encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions. If you are caught, they won't punish you but you're trusted to know not to do it again.

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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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