Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Timing is very bad, and the package for Freshman is mandatory and very expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Overall great, relationships not always priority for students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: City-style night life, but if you go to frat parties, you can have a LOT of fun without spending any money.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Attendance in games is not popular. The opportunities are excellent... Ivy League frame.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Well, it's the East coast. Windy, cold winters, but the spring and the fall are amazing: sweater weather.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Penn is in West Philadelphia, which is, in general, not a very safe area. However, Penn worked a lot on improving the are and there has been tremendous improvements recently. There are escorts available 24/7 and police on all campus so I generally feel very safe on campus grounds.

5 College Student

Academics: It's an ivy league so it's great!

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: it's okay, sometimes a bit too expensive.

College Student

Parking: I don't own a car so am unsure.

3 College Student

Scholarships: It is better than other schools.

3 College Student

Transportation: The transportation is okay, a bit expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Penn's aid is good, but not as good as promised. If you're in the middle class, don't get your hopes up.

7 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: Do not-- I repeat, do not-- own a car on campus.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The deeper into West Philly you go, the better and cheaper the food.

3 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Transportation: Just buy a bike. Bets decision you'll ever make. Most places are too close by to validate SEPTA.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You can have an incredible night out in Philly for $15 and some BYO'd Franzia. Very cheap living.

Also, it's SUCH a fantastic city for biking!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are absolutely incredible, and the workload is very manageable. Most in Comm latch on another major or a few minors

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Definitely take a Wharton class. Their curves are killer, but the experience teaches you a lot about the cut throat world of job hunting.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: Majoring in communications is a painless process.

College Sophomore

Majors: I interned in Manhattan doing market research for kid's toys, and got the hook up through a professor

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking and drug culture is entirely dependent upon involvement in Greek life. If you're not in it, it's relatively easy to have fun whil staying sub free

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Frat scene is pretty dominant, but there are always raging band or frisbee parties that are far more fun.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The college house experience shifts drastically from year to year. In freshman year,most people live the Quad or Hill, where the environment s super social but living arrangements are tight. In later years, most live in the high rises,which have great amenities but are more independent. apartment style suites.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is free wifi everywhere on campus, but it drops about once a day for like 10 seconds. All of the computer labs have the Adobe Suite, which is fantastic.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Bon Appetit, the food provider, is delicious, but each meal swipe is extremely expensive. It's required for freshmen, and they're about the only ones who go to dining halls.

2 people found this useful Report
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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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