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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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Students are pretty free to do as they please, as long as they are respectful to others around them.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: None of our sports teams are successful, therefore, there isn't much support from the student body. However, faculty and the coaches are great. The only good team is the fencing team, however, we don't get much support.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Student life is pretty segregated. The segregation isn't so much by class or race by choice. But, rather the segregation is by interest/social life.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing isn't that great because of the price. Campus Apartments and University Housing makes a huge profit on the students who reside in their houses because the companies can charge however much they see fit. Their monopoly on off-campus housing makes them extremely profitable, all while taking away from the students.

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