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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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
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

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.

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
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Penn, for four years at the current tuition, would cost the average student just under a quarter of a million dollars. Fortunately, my family received 5/6 of the first year cost in financial aid, making a Ivy League education extremely plausible for our lowly Midwestern incomes.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Penn supplies the fraternities and sororities with a certain amount of money so they can attract the new students into the frat/sorority housing. Some are pretty high end- it is the Ivy League, some of these kids didn't get in on merit- and some are relatively low key.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England. If you're from somewhere where its warm a lot, bring plenty of clothes for the winter time.

5 College Freshman

Computers: I've never had to use the computer labs, and some of the students have a hard time finding enough open computers whenever midterms or finals roll around, but the wifi for my laptop is ridiculously fast.

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College Freshman

Parking: I didn't bring a car with me to Penn, and I'm not sure if freshmen are even allowed to have vehicles on campus. Again, I don't know why anyone would need a vehicle, taxis are cheap, public transportation is cheaper, and you can walk almost anywhere you want. Having a car is a waste of money.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Quad has a great atmosphere for incoming freshmen, the social life and the close ties really bond new students together, plus there's air conditioning (unlike Hill House) and its in the middle of campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Trolleys aren't reliable, but the taxis are cheap and when all of SEPTA is up and running its really convenient when you need to get into Center City. It isn't necessary to use the public transportation, Penn has a relatively large campus when you compare it to somewhere like Columbia, but everything is more or less within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Academics: UPenn has a phenomenal English program, and I enjoy the classes a great deal, but the prevailing opinion of English majors in such a business focused university is English majors are people who gave up on their dreams in other majors.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are amazing and the classes are small enough you can actually interact with them.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I LOVE MY SCHOOL. You guys didn't ask about students' satisfaction but that's definitely an A+.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Excellent, just right. But drugs (weed) could be controlled better.

4 people 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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