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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The racial and cultural diversity is great, although there could be more diversity in economic background. The academics range from extremely difficulty to enjoyable depending on the course load, professors, etc. that are chosen. Social life is enjoyable and exciting, and there is a strong Greek presence.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's very expensive, but it might be worth it if you want to go into certain fields with good programs like business and nursing. Social life is ok, a lot of Greek life and parties but also options for quieter folk. Professors are great but there's a lot of work

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wonderful atmosphere where you are constantly surrounded by intelligent and interesting people! It's not easy to find a place where 3 am discussions of global politics, physics, or statistics thrive. The kind of environment where even drunk college kids ask each other "where do you want to be in 10 years?"

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Overall, my school is great. If I could do it over, I would go to a less-competitive school.

7 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Excellent academics, diverse social experience

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn is academically very challenging, but I believe it's very rewarding. You will not have a perfect GPA by the end but the learning experience is very worthwhile. In addition, your peers at Penn are wonderful. I'm in the engineering school, and I've never met an engineer that wasn't very nice. It's hit or miss with professors though. Overall, Penn's a good school but definitely not for everybody.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn has surpassed my expectations in everything I thought it would be. It is most certainly challenging and the student body is highly competitive. However, this pushes me to be better and be more well rounded.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Academics are good but competetive. There are many professors truly looking to make their students' experiences worthwhile but some are not focused on teaching. Socially it's tough if you aren't in Greek life or don't have money.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UPenn is unique compared to other top colleges because of its location in the city. Philadelphia provides work opportunities, internship opportunities, shopping, fun restaurants, and an opportunity to escape "the Penn bubble".

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everything dealing with sports is fine as far as many students are concerned.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the housing off campus is beautiful and actually less expensive than the on-campus dorms. The nicer ones tend to fill up quickly though.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We are known for being a party school and its mainly because so many of the fraternities and clubs host parties almost every weekend.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining has a wide variety and is interesting. However, the food off campus is pretty costly.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Administration: I think that their main goal is to make sure that we are safe. Other than that, they allow us to have fun.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food for the most part is pretty good but sometimes the food is cold and often times the hours of the dining halls are bad.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school made a commitment to giving need-based financial aid and that is exactly what I have received.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The close proximity that the dorms have to classes and the views of the city make them nice places to live in. I also really like the community atmosphere that comes with living in the dorms and getting to know other people.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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