Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1007 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many majors to choose from.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very predominant on campus, providing a lot of social options for students on the weekends and an improved emphasis on community service in recent years.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many students start to go off campus after their freshman year and there are a good amount of options. However both the quality and price of the facilities can vary greatly so start the search early.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options around campus and plenty more in center city.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is beautiful by typical standards. People generally have finesse in their fashion. Everyone has a certain depth in personality and interest.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: The international relations department is awesome. Beyond just providing a great curriculum, the heads of the department support students in the trajectory of selecting a career and getting employment.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Penn curriculum has some general requirements that students in all courses of study have to fulfill. The registration process is very flexible and not to cutthroat.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Quad is old and grimy on the inside, but it's pretty on the outside. The high-rises are a bit better, but none of the housing is worth the money.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not too little, but not too much as well. If you really want to do something you can (except starting your own club, that won't happen).

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People can be pretty normal, but it's still pretty common to meet a preppy "who are you to be talking to me" type of person.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Asian, jewish, and wealthy - the three words I'd pick if I had to describe the student population. The school tries hard to talk up their diversity, but don't be fooled. Like many schools, Asians are abundant, but there are also an incredibly large number of wealthy jews, most of whom have come to this school holding their legacy status. Most of the international students are very wealthy, and the "minorities" the school admits to fulfill their quotas also tend to come from very wealthy families.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty pricey, but convenient. A much better choice than the dining hall food.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I come from a warm climate, but after a while I got used to the cold. It's pretty cloudy on most days and rarely sunny.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I didn't join a fraternity because I'm not interested in that type of experience, but for those who are interested, it's easy to get on board. A word of caution, many of the fraternities lack diversity and are composed mostly of Jewish students who are not very welcoming towards others. Do your research on fraternities beforehand if that is very important to you.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want to find drugs, you'll see them. If you don't want to find drugs, you won't see them. Drugs are a presence but bot enough to be concerned about them.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is helpful and help you do what you need to do. No complaints here.

1 person found this useful Report
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
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

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.

1 person 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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