Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 920 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy my English major because we have some of the top professors in the world, who are also very kind and helpful. The workload is rigorous but manageable.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: The English department is excellent, but the major isn't known for producing top jobs immediately.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is very diverse and there are buildings, clubs, and events for various ethnicities, religions (even a secular and pagan club), political parties, and the LGBTQ community.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are dorms for everyone, from quiet, small halls to the large freshman-focused Quad to the high-rises, which offer apartment-style living for the more independent student. The housing process is easy, though not everyone gets their first choice.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is very walkable so there isn't really a shuttle service, but there is a free bus that runs to nearby off-campus housing.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Health & Safety: Safety is top notch, student health services is mediocre.

4 College Student

Transportation: SEPTA is omnipresent, but not the easiest to navigate.

3 College Student

Greek Life: A bigger deal than you would think.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Student

Athletics: The athletics aren't bad, it's more a lack of school spirit concerning athletics.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: It's not very strict at all, but I find this to be beneficial and allows students to develop more independence.

5 College Student

Diversity: Never did I think as a white Christian that I would feel like the minority, so the diversity here is humbling and impressive.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Student

Drug Safety: While alcohol and drugs are abundant, the open dialogue on campus & medical amnesty in the state of Pennsylvania is incredibly beneficial for students' health.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Nightlife: Lots of options on campus and usually downtowns as well.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Very good options all around campus.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia is underrated, and while I still have a lot left of the city to explore, from what I have seen it is vibrant, historical, and proffers many activities for college students.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Weather: It can get fairly cold, and it snows every now and then, but it's nothing too terrible.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Student

Scholarships: It's incredibly difficult to get in touch with people, and countless mistakes were made with my file. Eventually things worked out, but it took considerable (to the point of unnecessary) brain power and effort on both ends.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It constantly snows here and is always cold with winds making it feel colder than it is. I am not used to the constant slush and snow on the ground nor such cold winters.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a small town so things are very close. Many restaurants to eat at as well as a mall and movie theater close by. The school offers free bus to students to get to any place they need to go.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Rather than campus security we have the Indiana Boro Police who have an office on campus. There are also the emergency lights spread all around campus if ever there was an emergency while walking. The health center is convenient when you need supplies such as antibiotics but personally not very helpful.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The nursing program is run very well. We have a 95.3% pass rate on the NCLEX and a lot of labs to practice skills. We also have many facilities in close proximity for clinicals. The professors are great because many of them still hold jobs in the hospitals so we are getting our information from people who know what they are doing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The fraternities are most popular. Sororities are not allowed to live in a house together as per some rule the school/town has, but pledging for a sorority is still popular. We also have many fraternities that are major related which I plan to join for nursing.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: So far basketball and football seem to be the big sports at this school and many students attend the games.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a federal and private loan and the last two semesters the school took too much which turned into financial aid. The loans are a lot compared to many of the students who received scholarships and grants.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different minority groups that attend this school. A lot are from out of the country.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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