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

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining places are aimed towards the college students, a lot of fried greasy food that is available at late hours.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid wasn't at all an issue, I handed in all the forms that are needed and received the intended aid that was expected

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There isn't really much to do in the town of California there are one or two places to eat but nowhere to really shop or have recreational activities unless its held on campus

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Student health gets you in fast and there are always cops around- Penn and Drexel share enforcement so you can go to a city cop, a penn cop, or a Drexel cop

4 College Senior

Athletics: You have to pay a membership fee if you are a grad student but they have golf and classes

College Senior

Campus Housing: I have never lived in campus housing

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that huge, but most of the parties are thrown by fraternities, especially the parties that freshmen go to.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone likes to be involved with their extracurriculars. Also, everyone is really social and the scene for that is actually great at Penn.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: You live in a city, so you don't really need to have a car on campus. Anyways, if you do have one, spots are pretty hard to find unless you pay to have a spot in a parking lot rather than looking for street parking.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Kids in programs have a better sense of community rather than getting lost within the whole school.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: A lot of people are focused on getting internships from the very beginning. While it is difficult when you're younger, once you become a junior, you're one of the most competitive candidates.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: People lack school spirit for the most part except for particular events.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I wish I could get a little more personal attention but the program is great. I hope to make the transition into financial services upon graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: It is pretty easy to switch programs within your respective school.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in a city of course comes with great food choices.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather pretty typical for an east coast city I'd say.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Being from Chicago I feel very safe on Penn's campus for it being in an urban environment.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are very inclusive and accepting of those different from them.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus allows for a lot more freedom but also hassles in terms of planning.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Night life is great. There is always something going on whether bars or parties.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Upenn is bigger than many expect, and being in a frat myself I would not trade the experience for anything.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A very interesting mix of people at the school allows you to meet new people every day.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The 100% need based financial aid held true for me as I received all the money I needed.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The urban atmosphere of Philadelphia has been a great transition for me coming from Chicago and allows for numerous options no matter what you are interested in doing.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Economics program at UPenn is world renowned and very rigorous. Being in introductory courses there is not a lot of individual attention unless you seek it and the work is heavily math based.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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