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Reviews 1061 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school challenges me and pushes me to my limits in every way possible. It is rich in diversity and allows me the flexibility to explore my options both in the classroom and outside of it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people are amazing, and classes for the most part are interesting. The workload is admittedly very heavy though

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Admittedly the name of Penn and alumni network alone are probably the two most helpful factors in boosting student career prospects

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Student health is generally helpful, although it can take a while to get an appointment. I do feel safe on campus for the most part

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Horribly overpriced, but overall the rooms are relatively spacious

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not part of Greek life, but I do go to the parties thrown by frats

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one really cares about sports here at Penn to be honest

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people are definitely my favorite part of Penn, it really is deserving of the nickname "the social ivy"

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great school mostly because of the quality of classes for undergrads, grads and post grads.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus environment is very safe. A few neighboring parts of West Philly are unsafe, but this is true in every city.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: quality of the network is huge. I'm not sure about the ability to get a job I apply to, because there is always much competition among the best positions.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life because it is for the undergrads but I do know that they parties are very popular. There are traditional Ivy League fraternities and sororities who get great historical housing and other benefits.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics are a very big part of campus life and they are successful

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ethnically/racially it is very diverse. In terms of economic background it is not.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you go out, you'll see drug usage. You might feel pressured to drink but there isn't pressure to do other drugs unless you want to

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've taken a large variety of courses even as a freshman and liked them all. I know this isn't the case for everyone. I've especially loved my design professors/courses and have learned a ton of practical applications for art.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is why I go here to be honest (that and the tuition benefit from having a Penn-employed parent). But, after freshman year I already have an (unpaid) design internship here in Philly so that's pretty cool

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe because Penn Police are everywhere on campus at all hours of the night. It's the other students we should fear, especially as females

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are average. We all suffered (I lived in King's Court). The pricing is what sucks. I'm getting a studio apartment that is much nicer than the campus high-rises and is cheaper.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being a non-greek, I only appreciate it for the parties they throw.. but even then, I didn't really go much after second semester of freshman year. Especially for women, the greek life promotes cliques and female-female competition. The way most, but not all, sororities are picked is through where you're from, who your family is, money, and physical attractiveness. People seem to be obsessed with what greek group you're in. I've been visibly looked down on when I get asked and say I'm unaffiliated, even by guys trying to hit on me. Despite this, there are some business, service, and cultural frats that seem great. The Panhellenic system is to blame here.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even at the homecoming game, most of the people there are freshmen and parents. Even then people only stay for 30 minutes or so

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The thing that makes Penn worth it for me is the job security, even in a field like mine (design/communications). There are tons of opportunities here that smaller schools wouldn't have - the expert professors, the networking opportunities, the variety of groups, the overall pre-professionalism and career preparation. However, if you're looking for a four year experience that really stresses the actual act of learning, and don't want to obsess about your job future, Penn is not the place for you.

In addition to the overall level of stress and over competitiveness here, there is a very apparent social hierarchy that mostly revolves around where you're from, who you know, and how much money you have/spend. Many people drop a lot of money on social events on the weekends. It is possible to ignore this, of course, but you will notice it. Luckily the school is big enough that you can find people like yourself, though it may take longer.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is a wide variety of courses at this school. However, it can be very difficult to get into certain classes due to the size of the student body. I feel like the lottery system should work according to class year, with seniors getting first priority for spots and then going down by each class. This would allow people who really need to fulfill certain requirements get the courses they need. Also, the large classes sizes prevent students and professors from forming close relationships. Some professors do not seem interested in getting to know their students at all and hand off all student questions to TAs.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Career prospects are pretty good and probably one of the top reasons people choose my school. Every semester, recruiters come for job fairs and interviews seeking out potential employees. Career services has been helpful in providing job opportunities for students in all areas. I also feel that being a large university with a large alumni network has provided me with a lot of networking opportunities.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most of the time, I feel safe on campus. The campus police are always out doing their job at all times of the day. However, because the surrounding area is somewhat unsafe, I still feel like I have to be careful, especially when walking around alone at night. I feel like the atmosphere is more dangerous on weekend nights when many students are out partying and drinking, and not always aware of their surroundings. The campus rape culture is also a pretty big concern and not enough is being done to address it on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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