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

Academics: It is an Ivy League School, so there is really no needed explanation as to while the academics are excellent. What I will say is that you have to have initiative, because although no one will hold your hand, you will receive help if you go looking for it. There are plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning but it is competitive and you need to make sure you are ambitious enough for the challenge.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus and downtown area is very safe, but venturing outside of the campus might not be a good idea. Within the campus there are campus and Philadelphia police, 24hr escorts, and campus-run buses.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Penn's got everything - top-notch academics, lots of social life, bustling activity on campus!

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Amazing libraries, and they're adding green space for recreation and campus activities. The athletic centers are cool but a little less accessible because it's tucked away in a far corner of campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: West Philly/University City isn't the most affordable neighborhood, and some houses are much older. However, if you're willing to pay a little more, you can find more modern options that are very close to campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The major itself is excellent - some premiere research happens at our university, and the department is top-notch. It is not the most practical major if you're not looking to continue on in the field (i.e. acquire additional degrees), but I enjoyed my program very much.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Because Penn is so pre-professional, there are so many resources for job seekers. I think that the problem is that the market itself is tough, but it is still feasible to find opportunities. There is on-campus recruiting over the school year for summer internships and full-time positions, but most of the recruiters look for business/consulting people.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: I love my program, faculty, fellow cohort members, and the alumni panel. The coursework is dense although fascinating to me, and extremely valuable. Everything that we read, learn, and discuss in class is highly relevant to the field, and I could not ask for a better program or more effective training and preparation for my profession.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There is a very limited amount of scholarship resources in our department that barely skim the surface of the total tuition costs. Yet the financial aid support is excellent, they are very patient and are willing to help you in every way possible in order to finance your education.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Our campus dining is a caterer that is supplied by our department. The food will rock your world.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: Our orientation included an alumni panel, with each graduate explaining the career paths they pursued upon completion of the program. The faculty and alumni are extremely supportive and available, willing to help anyone who reaches out to them for any issue or concern they may have. We are encouraged to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone and to remain open to all learning experiences, because many of us may discover a whole new path that we never saw ourselves following. Their are a multitude of resources available for students to take advantage of, and easy access to them all.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: There's nothing more I can say, Penn is an Ivy League institution and the quality of the education I am receiving exceeds it's reputation. Penn is very well known for diversity, which I believe enriches the academic experience even further. I could not ask for better professors, plus my department pays for my books and caters our meals during class. Penn is by far my most rewarding and superb academic experience I have ever known.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I haven't ever felt unsafe on Penn's campus. I do not live on campus, yet whenever I am on campus I do not fear for my safety in any way. I would definitely lock my car doors, because it is an urban environment, though that is just common knowledge anywhere you go.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The strictness is pretty average for schools. Safety issues are pretty strict.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: One of my friends visited Penn's campus and was amazed at our on-campus housing. The amenities are pretty good, including computer labs, dance studios, floor lounges, cafes, and a mailroom. This mostly refers to the high rises, where upperclassmen live. The freshman housing is less comfortable, but good nonetheless. The quad has a very lively social scene and Hill House is small, but many people find their best friends here because of the close quarters.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There isn't much pressure to do drugs here. Most people engage in drinking. Those who do drugs mostly smoke, and do so by their own will.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Penn's campus is 100% walkable. However there are many options to get around outside of campus. Trolleys and train stops are within a few blocks from campus. Many people use bikes. There is a bike rental option on campus for a very low price. Taxis are abundant, however are a little pricey. There are also many buses that run to all parts of the city, and are very affordable.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am very happy with the degree I choose. I would do it all over again if I had to, although the staff is not very helpful I loved my experience there. My career goals are to eventually manage an area utilizing my administration of justice degree.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation was very inconvenient. If traveling by own car parking was a nightmare or if by city bus it was far from campus. The school did have yellow buses that went into the city, but they were very uncomfortable and they didn't run at night. It was very expensive traveling from north Philadelphia to Abington PA.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: No, I did not have an internship. I am not planning on starting a internship because most internships are not paid, and very time consuming. No I do not have any concerns on finding one since I live in a city with many opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: All city or suburban kids. Lots of Asians. Upenn is nerdy - what did you expect? People are fun to hang out with, but the hot guys are in limited supply.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Penn maintains a decent police force to escort people after-hours, but the wait time for such services varies. Overall, due to Philadelphia's past problems with campus security, it has really tried to step up its police force.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A good commute may be needed for an excellent apt.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: You go expecting rough winters, but lately they've been pretty mild. Just be prepared to take out your winter coat for about a week.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid, but the aid substantially rises from year to year. By the time junior year came around, financial aid offices weren't sympathetic at all.

2 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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