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Reviews 1076 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The academic quality of this institution is really top-notch, but requires initiative to take full advantage of it.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The career services center is great, and Penn does really well with a lot of the careers that students here seek.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus, and off-campus. I think that people do need to be careful though being in any city.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman year, go for the Quad, or maybe New College House. Really great experience freshman year, but the sophomore year options of High-rises are a bit overpriced and OK at best. Many people go off-campus in later years, which is better in my opinion.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: It's there if you want it, people attend Homecoming and Penn-Princeton, but not much else. People also go to support their friends, but it is not a big school for college athletics. Although, Penn Relays is really cool and unique.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's been everything I expected and more. It's a really incredible place to learn, being surrounded by the best and the brightest, in one of America's coolest city.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in Penn on campus housing is the best way to get comfortable on campus and make quality friends.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a sorority/fraternity for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are prevalent but not the focus of campus life.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have never grown so much as a person both socially and intellectually as I have at the University of Pennsylvania. Overall, my satisfaction with life as dramatically increased; I have gained so many more friends and so much more confidence in my person than I had in high school.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of frat parties, downtowns (parties frat brothers grow at clubs), good bars, etc. every weekend

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: For an Ivy League school, there is a surprisingly big party scene on campus

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Top tier academics, but you have to be ready to put in a lot of work to succeed

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Racially the student body is not exceptionally diverse but I have met a lot of international students

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Peer pressure isn't bad but some people on campus use weed cocaine and/or adderall in some form

1 person found this useful Report
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

5 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

5 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

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

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

5 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

2 people 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 Recent Alumnus

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

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

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
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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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