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Reviews 1132 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think safety on campus is prioritized. Penn police are everywhere and are really helpful. Student health is great. If you need anything more than student health can provide, there are a lot of great hospitals and doctors right on campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Some people attend sporting events and theyre usually fun if you go, but most people dont pay attention.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Im involved in greek life and its fun but there definitely isnt pressure to join.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is good!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options. Its nice because there are some chains like chipotle and mcdonalds, but they have some food that isn't chains. There are also a lot of cuisine variety

4 College Junior

Administration: Its as strict as you would expect. If youre making a scene, you may get in trouble, but if you mind your own business its fine.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Theres always something to do.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I get a lot of financial aid. It costs me less money than it would if I went to a state school.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is pretty good and they do have a lot of options if you have diet restrictions, but its a little overpriced.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is about what you would expect in the middle of the city. Its decently nice, but it is fairly cramped since we are in a city

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not really that familiar with the off-campus housing process.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There seems to be a lot of great off-campus dining options that are definitely cheaper than dining plan meals.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't think there is that much strictness at my school.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: Not as involved in the party scene at Penn since it can get pretty crazy during the year.

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College Freshman

Scholarships: The people in the financial aid office are helpful, but it can be difficult to receive financial aid.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Its pretty expensive to be on the dining plan. For one of the options, each meal swipe is around $16 -$18 and it is sometimes difficult to use up all the swipes. Also, the food that can be used with dining dollars sometimes feels overpriced.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Hill College House is very convenient especially if you are in engineering or the college because it is very close to classes and has a dining hall in the building. During the hot weather days, it can get stuffy in the dorm rooms that are all on the smaller side (if you have a double) since there is no air conditioning, but a good fan helps a lot. The housing process can be somewhat stressful since after freshman year housing is not guaranteed and the order in which you choose your next year's housing is basically lottery.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lot's of options, you just have to hunt around and talk to people! Don't be tricked into anything outrageous always check your options first!

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's Philly! You get everything and anything.

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College Sophomore

Administration: Have not had much experience with it.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not big into the party scene but we recently got rated Playboys top Party School so you'll find plenty of action if you want to ;)

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not very many options and the people are not friendly. Had to figure a lot out by myself and from asking other students about their experiences. I'd expect more assitance from and Ivy League honestly.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: So many awesome food carts in the area as well as great places inside of Houston Hall including Insomnia Cookies that will deliver cookies and milk to your door whenever. Love the options!

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live with my family

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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked into off campus housing so I cannot accurately rate the experience.

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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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