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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek system is there if you want it, not there if you don't. Greek life is a large presence in the social scene, but there are tons of alternate options for students who don't want to become a part of it. For example, many extracurricular activity groups have parties and events that are just as, and even more prevalent than Greek events. That being said, should a student want to join Greek life there's almost definitely a place where they will fit in.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is an awesome city. Although many Penn students don't venture out enough, the city is an amazing resource, with things happening all the time. A deeply historic city with a deep tradition in arts and a burgeoning modern living movement, there's always something for everyone, should students bother to venture off campus (which also happens to have tons going on).

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is a great alternative. Independence, more kitchens, more private bathrooms, and more convenience make them an attractive option for students. They're also significantly cheaper than most other alternatives, and almost all fall within the Penn Patrol Zone, so they remain with the utmost in safety.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While West Philadelphia turns some people off, the Penn Police are never more than a minute away. Their response times are incredibly fast, and they act with the utmost professionalism and care for the students. The campus blue-light phone and security camera system ensures that all corners of the campus are always within reach to help promote student safety. The Penn Patrol Zone, where Penn Police actively patrol and respond within, goes far past campus in many directions, providing for the utmost safety for students.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining nearby is incredible. Philadelphia is a very foodie-centric city, with much of that sprawling into University City. Low-cost restaurants and food trucks with incredible food at relatively reasonable prices are everywhere in a huge variety. You won't be lacking for off-campus food.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Job and internship prospects are bright for students, and alumni are present in almost every major industry. OCR, or on-campus recruiting, is legendary for its ability to connect students with jobs, and Career Services does an amazing job helping students find what they need.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is popular for freshmen, but drops to about 50/50 in sophomore year. There are plenty of options, though, from traditional dorms to high-rise apartments so that students can find what's best for them.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Nothing like a state school.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The middle of Philadelphia--anything you could want is here.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: I think Philly is so cute

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Frat parties can get a lil boring but luckily theres the Philly club scene and bars. Plus, wine and netflix exist

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Scholarships: Honestly, dealing with financial aid here is a huge hassle

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've met incredible friends, had great classes.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are a great many things that could be improved, particularly around mental health

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: No one really cares about sports like at all

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It depends on the building, since there is a big disparity between the best and worst dorms.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Athletics: This year, Penn athletics have been pretty terrible as a whole.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There is no merit-based aid, which is completely understandable, but SFS cut my aid in half after giving me my first estimate.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Because the school is worried about parties this year, the parties themselves have been a little more exclusive and hard to find.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Area: Philadelphia is a great city, with lots of things to do. My friends and I often go into the city.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Recently, the university has been shutting down parties en masse, which is irritating.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Being in a large city, there are countless options nearby.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Cog Sci major and I love it because it's interdiscplinary and the professors are very interesting.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good for freshman year but definitely not after that.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots to do especially if you are involved in Greek life.

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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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