Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 931 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived off campus twice during the summer. The first time wasn't the best experience because the people that lived there during the year had not moved out by the time I was ready to move in, and they left it a complete mess. The second time was a lot better. The girl whose room I was subletting set the room up with new furniture, and it was for a good price. The off-campus housing is generally west of campus but there is a good variety all around campus. You can live in houses or apartments and there is a lot of variety. The prices are generally much better than living on campus, but you're not necessarily going to have free laundry, and go won't have all of the fun things that happen within the college houses.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I haven't ever been pressured to drink or do anything that I didn't want to. This may be attributed to the people that I hang out with, but for the most part, I think people are good about that sort of thing. I cannot speak for fraternities or sororities. I think people smoke weed pretty openly with each other here, but I can't speak much for that either because I don't.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Why is it asking me for a rating of guys? Some of them come from rich families and are jerks, some are nice, some come from poor families and are jerks, some are nice. Everyone's smart.

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia seems to be a city in either a slow decline from its Colonial glory or a slow recovery from some sort of a low point. Nevertheless, Philadelphia is a good city to live in; Center City feels like Manhattan at points and the far Eastern part of Center City has a friendly vibe to it.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: David F Protruck fitness center is located a short walk from most of the dorms and has plenty of updated equipment for student use.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Columbia is small. Harvard looks old and worn down. Penn is pretty. Penn feels college-y. It's probably why they used it for the college background in one of those Transformer movies.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: Criminology- fantastic, I couldn't be happier with the quality of the courses in the major.
English- the major and everything related to it is phenomenal, its my favorite aspect of school, but being an English major doesn't hold a lot of career opportunities after college and a lot of people at Penn don't feel uncomfortable reminding you of that.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: If I could do it all over again I might have chosen Chicago or Columbia, but the attitude of those outside of certain majors isn't that big of a factor, and Penn is an Ivy League institution, so there's not a whole lot of room for a student who managed to get in to complain.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Penn employs one of the largest campus police forces in the United States, but it does so out of good measure. Some of the characters that wander onto campus could pose a threat to students, but I've never been more than a few feet from a security officer, no matter the time of day or night. Safety isn't a viable concern as long as students remain on or close to either Penn or Drexel's campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I originally chose Penn, but after experiencing some of the presumptions people have of those in the "Arts" part of "Arts and Sciences," I question if I want to spend my remaining college career here or transfer to a more literary study focused Ivy.

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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