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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Since Penn is located in a city, public transportation is very easy to use to get into Center City (or anywhere else in Philadelphia) or the airport. The train station is within walking distance, or a quick (about $8) cab ride from the heart of campus. Trolleys, SEPTA (subway), taxis, and buses are all easy to use and readily available.

Students do not need transportation on campus, since everything is within walking distance. The 30th Street Station (for trains) is great for long distance travel, and the airport is accessible by cab.

In addition, students can get free rides from PennRide within a specific radius around campus, which is especially useful at night.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am in the Huntsman Program. It is a specialized dual degree program between a B.S. in Economics from Wharton and a B.A. in International Studies from the college of arts and sciences. Note that all undergrad Wharton students receive a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, or whatever else it is you choose to specialize in. The are a bunch of bonuses to being in the program. One of my favorites is your a part of a small group with a specialized advisor who treats you like a mother. You must apply directly to the program for admittance.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: As a freshman at Penn you can choose from hundreds of clubs. All of these clubs have parties or at least BYOs. There is never a lack of possible fun to go to, especially as a freshman since all the fraternities are looking for new dudes (official rush, however, is in the Spring). Frat parties exist as if Penn were a state school; more refined events happen as well (but the average Penn part tends to involve plenty of drink and shenanigans).

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4 College Junior

Parking: Who drives? Undergrads live on campus and off-campus housing is functionally on campus. Parking garages are available at a price for on campus housing. Free parking comes with many of the off-campus houses.

5 College Junior

Academics: What do you rate academics by? Enthusiasm and fame of professors? The number of hours students spend studying on average? Whatever the metric is, Penn scores highly when it comes to academics. The workload is stressful and professors tend to really like the students that get excited about what they teach (they see teaching Penn kids as a privilege). There are many professors that focus on doing research, but that's just another opportunity! Most are happy to take undergraduate research assistants. Go win that Nobel Prize!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You should know the majority of students live on campus (about 63%), and even those that live off campus are only a block or two away. As for grading the off-campus housing, I wish I could assign three different grades to off-campus housing. An A+ would go to the Radian (a private apartment building but is really just another Penn dorm). Rooms have quality kitchens, living rooms, etc. though it is reflected in the price. Almost all the other off-campus houses are owned by Campus Apartments and its one competitor. A B+ or A- would go to the more newly renovated buildings but there aren't many. A C+ would go to the rest of the available housing. And a quick shout out to on campus housing: once you are pasted freshman year, the High Rises are quite nice, at least a B+.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is no food for freshmen on weekends because of hours, and poor choice in dining. All grocers and convenience stores are overpriced and have poor selection. Food choice repeats over and over every day and is usually tasteless. The pizza is often still doughy. Sometimes they serve breakfast at dinner. Dining halls close way too early. 1st year students are forced onto the dining plan. Staff varies from detached to openly hostile to students. Sometimes the dining hall serve completely random food for dinner. For example, sometimes you go into a dining hall for dinner and they are serving breakfast instead.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is close by,conventional,and healthy choices.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: The Penn transit bus makes it really easy to travel around campus. My house is a mile from my classes and at night its really nice to ride a bus instead of walking the mile. Septa is also readily available on campus and that can take you anywhere in Philadelphia.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I had a paid internship last year. I did have a concern about finding an internship but it was extremely easy with the help of career services. I plan to have another internship this summer.

3 College Senior

Majors: I'm in the Computer Science program in the engineering school. The program is very difficult and there is a lot of work involved but there are so many job opportunities it's almost overwhelming.


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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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