Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 916 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: There's computers around, but they aren't very convenient to find and use, so I always carry my own.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus itself is quite safe. The surrounding area, not so much.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Absolutely horrible! Get off of the dining plan as soon as possible and run away!

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's nothing in West Philly - if you want to go for a walk outside of campus, take public transportation to Center City instead, as it's much safer and more interesting.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's a school implanted in West Philly - not the best place to be. Typically students are too busy to take advantage of "student activities" anyways.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are decent. Many older buildings but they have generally been updated to acceptable standards.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is a major area of improvement on our campus. As an IVY LEAGUE school we are mostly jewish and Asian.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Facilities: We have a great campus. We have ONE main walkway so you pass everyone between classes unlike a really big campus were you don't see your friends unless you plan on it.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Our facilities are a mix of older and newer buildings. All are maintained nicely. It would be nice if they air conditioned the indoor basketball court.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A few weeks ago the Cosi Sandwich shop acrossed the street was robbed at gunpoint and far too many laptops and bikes are stolen. The college never had freshman sign or/and pledge any type of ethics agreement. They should.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus security for dorm access is strict and I am glad it is.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Typical city atmosphere. UPENN is in West Philly and just past the university is a poor, dangerous neighborhood. The residents walk though campus to get to the city.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I am an underage freshman so I have not enjoyed the club scene yet. As for on campus parties I have been to a few and they were fun.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I say its okay because I don't do drugs and have not been pressured either.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a freshman I am not familiar with Greek life except for the few houses in the center of campus. I know Greeks and they seem ok.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Its harder than I expected but after my first semester I have come to appreciate the academics.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: Professors, well, not exactly what I expected. Some are hard to understand and I am glad we have study sessions. the automated registration process is easy and they give many ways to research classes. Academic advising is not good as its forced on professors - not volunteer. Luckily other students are willing to help with this.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I wish we had more options. A lot of ethnic options. Since UPENN and Drexel share campuses it can be a walk between options but you will always find something.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone dresses well. Some are even fashion experts.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Campus is in the city so spots are scarce. Parking give students a discount of around $18 a night but that is not cheap!! Do not expect to use a car while on campus if you don't need to. Everything is within walking distance!! Everything!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: Never a problem finding a lab. Seems like there is one in every building.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I find there is plenty of options. From high rises to small 1 bedroom studios. I am still in campus housing myself.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: All in all, I think the facilities are really good. The libraries are great. Many of the academic buildings are beautiful. The gym is great. I do wish that there were more options for recreational sports, especially basketball. The facility in the Pottruck gym is not air conditioned, so in the summer it is often closed when the temperature is above like 95. Also, I think the high rises were apparently meant to be temporary structures, so the quality of these dorms isn't that great.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: Penn Relays is pretty awesome because people come from all over the world to watch high school, college, and professional athletes, like Usain Bolt, compete in track and field events. Bill Cosby usually shows up.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the variety of people that I have been able to meet. I am a part of the Penn Band, and that has been a lot of fun over the past few years. I am also a mentor to students at a local elementary/middle school. This has really shown me that I want to continue working with under-served communities in the future. I've gotten to know a lot of kids through this, and I don't think it's something that you can do so easily at other universities. I also love the variety of classes that I have been able to take. I am a fine arts major, but I am not confined to just taking art classes. The school really wants you to have a broad base of knowledge.

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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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