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

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Very good options all around campus.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia is underrated, and while I still have a lot left of the city to explore, from what I have seen it is vibrant, historical, and proffers many activities for college students.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Weather: It can get fairly cold, and it snows every now and then, but it's nothing too terrible.

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1 College Student

Scholarships: It's incredibly difficult to get in touch with people, and countless mistakes were made with my file. Eventually things worked out, but it took considerable (to the point of unnecessary) brain power and effort on both ends.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It constantly snows here and is always cold with winds making it feel colder than it is. I am not used to the constant slush and snow on the ground nor such cold winters.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a small town so things are very close. Many restaurants to eat at as well as a mall and movie theater close by. The school offers free bus to students to get to any place they need to go.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Rather than campus security we have the Indiana Boro Police who have an office on campus. There are also the emergency lights spread all around campus if ever there was an emergency while walking. The health center is convenient when you need supplies such as antibiotics but personally not very helpful.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The nursing program is run very well. We have a 95.3% pass rate on the NCLEX and a lot of labs to practice skills. We also have many facilities in close proximity for clinicals. The professors are great because many of them still hold jobs in the hospitals so we are getting our information from people who know what they are doing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The fraternities are most popular. Sororities are not allowed to live in a house together as per some rule the school/town has, but pledging for a sorority is still popular. We also have many fraternities that are major related which I plan to join for nursing.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: So far basketball and football seem to be the big sports at this school and many students attend the games.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a federal and private loan and the last two semesters the school took too much which turned into financial aid. The loans are a lot compared to many of the students who received scholarships and grants.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different minority groups that attend this school. A lot are from out of the country.

1 person found this useful Report
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!

4 people found this useful Report
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.

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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

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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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