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

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's not bad and there's some selection. Plus because of the surrounding colleges there's even more selection.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: Tons of diversity here. It is totally a liberal campus, accepting LGBTQ and many races. We have a lot of international students here.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is not really a party scene on campus. There may be parties at the frats and sororities, but most of those are "off campus". Walking through campus on a Friday or Saturday night does not entail seeing parties.

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.

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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.

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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

4 people 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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