University of Pennsylvania Summary

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Outside of the Quad

Basic Statistics

Philadelphia, PA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
13 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Spring Fling
  • Penn Relays
  • Fast-speed Internet
  • The Quad

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parking
  • Inconvenient hours at the dining halls
  • Cold winters
  • Teachers with indecipherable accents

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Penn Student Reviews

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: Penn's offer wasn't initially enough, but SFS was reasonable to talk to and work with, and they eventually gave me one of my best non-merit financial aid offers. They've also been consistent over the years, and there are a number of work-study opportunities. Sometimes it's a little difficult to find work if your work-study grant is low, but there are still plenty of options there as well.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is pretty prevalent on campus, from my perspective. Most people I know drink. However, I feel there's very little pressure to, if that's not your thing, and many campus activities don't revolve around alcohol. I think the university's general attitude is "Please don't do anything stupid," and policies and enforcement are usually in line with that. They've been stepping up vigilance surrounding Fling, however, which put a bit of a damper on festivities this year. But a very small bit - Fling was still Fling, by all accounts.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's pretty good. Campus is well-lit. Penn police patrol on and off. You can always call for a walking or riding escort from various place on and around campus. It's just that sometimes we question the response time for and decision process behind what becomes a Penn Alert to let the community know of potential danger. But I've never felt unsafe on Penn's campus and am only a bit wary off. Common sense does oodles for keeping folks safe, and I think Penn Police does the rest.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are a couple of bars around campus that are good to hang out with and have varying levels of leniency with fakes. A lot of people like to go downtown, and fraternities and sororities will host downtowns, but that's a pricier way of going out. SEPTA's not luxurious, but it's pretty reliable. I just don't think it runs very late. So then there's cabs, which again ups the cost of going out, but split it and it's maybe only about double SEPTAing.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The campus has Sampson house where most of the Greeks people generally stay.

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