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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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Many computer labs available for students like myself that do not own a printer. The library also has many computers to work from and all labs are 24 hours.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school has a few places that are considered off-campus but owned by the school and most of them are fairly new/renovated.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Majority of the dorms are suite style so you have your own bathroom. Most are close to class buildings as well as places to eat. Study rooms in each building that help me study in peace and quiet.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus options include the run of the mill few places that most people frequent including Greek Lady, Chipotle, Sweetgreen etc. These are average priced with Sweetgreen being a bit more expensive. If you spend some time in West Philadelphia you will be able to find a variety of ethnic food places including Caribbean food, soul food, Indian food, Japanese food, etc. These places are probably more affordable and offer a variety of different types of cuisine. There are also a plethora of food trucks that serve things from cheesesteaks to various ethnic foods which are very cheap.

3 College Senior

Majors: For my major and interest, my internship experiences have varied. I have had the most interesting experiences at those internships I've held in the entertainment industry however those were unpaid and thus presented an unfortunate downside. The corporate internship I held it was well payed, required long hours as well as a large amount of responsibility.

4 College Senior

Majors: My career goals include law school and becoming an attorney therefore my undergraduate program in History does not directly relate to my ability to find a job within that field.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Rent is relatively affordable especially the further you live from campus into the West Philadelphia area. Depending on whether you have an independent landlord or one that works within a larger company you can have a varied experience in responsiveness about house maintenance. The further away from campus, the less safe it is and Penn safety guards are less present past 42nd street. The school has an online database that allows students to see what housing is available but word of mouth, the passing down of houses, and usage of the larger companies is more effective than any o campus sources.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's West Philadelphia so there's somewhat of an inherent risk of being here, but all things considered, I feel very safe on campus. Just don't be dumb and you'll be fine!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Yes it's slightly old, but the quad provides an awesome social atmosphere for freshman. The high rises are fine for upperclassmen and the new dorms being constructed seem like they will be very nice as well.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: For the most part, facilities are wonderful and are always being updated.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Being in the city, there's not much parking on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Even though it's not amazing, the food quality has improved a lot and there are a decent amount of options on campus. Go for the dining dollars over the meal swipes though.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Penn. It feels a bit overwhelming at times but if you find your niche, you will make great and friends and have access to some of the best resources in the country.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many majors to choose from.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very predominant on campus, providing a lot of social options for students on the weekends and an improved emphasis on community service in recent years.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many students start to go off campus after their freshman year and there are a good amount of options. However both the quality and price of the facilities can vary greatly so start the search early.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options around campus and plenty more in center city.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is beautiful by typical standards. People generally have finesse in their fashion. Everyone has a certain depth in personality and interest.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The international relations department is awesome. Beyond just providing a great curriculum, the heads of the department support students in the trajectory of selecting a career and getting employment.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Penn curriculum has some general requirements that students in all courses of study have to fulfill. The registration process is very flexible and not to cutthroat.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Quad is old and grimy on the inside, but it's pretty on the outside. The high-rises are a bit better, but none of the housing is worth the money.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not too little, but not too much as well. If you really want to do something you can (except starting your own club, that won't happen).

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People can be pretty normal, but it's still pretty common to meet a preppy "who are you to be talking to me" type of person.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Asian, jewish, and wealthy - the three words I'd pick if I had to describe the student population. The school tries hard to talk up their diversity, but don't be fooled. Like many schools, Asians are abundant, but there are also an incredibly large number of wealthy jews, most of whom have come to this school holding their legacy status. Most of the international students are very wealthy, and the "minorities" the school admits to fulfill their quotas also tend to come from very wealthy families.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty pricey, but convenient. A much better choice than the dining hall food.

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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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