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Reviews 834 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Diversity: A very diverse place. Unless you join interest-based groups rather than cultural or religious or even "social" based groups, it might seem like the diversity of the school is still segregated, but once you join a choir or club you can become friends with all different kinds of interesting people.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: One star removed because it is Philadelphia and there are real people living in the city and real problems that brush up against the campus "bubble." However, the campus is an extremely safe place and if you ever feel unsafe walking home to an off-campus location you can always ask a bicycling penn police man or woman to walk with you.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are much more expensive than they should be. Though they can be slightly closer to classes than other housing options, the comfort of the rooms isn't enough to really be worth it, in my opinion. With a few important exceptions, there isn't too much of a sense of community in the upperclassman dorms unless you plan to have several rooms on the same floor with all your existing friends. The few exceptions, such as program floors like the Arts House in Harnwell and Rodin in general, can offer more social outlets although usually you already know the people you interact with from other activities anyway.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: University of Pennsylvania has a lot of very convenient off campus dining options and the selection is continually expanding. There are chains as well as restaurants, although most of the restaurants are a bit pricy and are really only options when parents come to visit, for most students. There are occasionally promotions and discounts for students but only at the more commercial eateries like QDoba. There is a good range of kinds of foods from burgers to Mexican to Asian cuisines and steak houses, organic restaurants and seafood. Still, for a student on a budget who already has to afford the University's outrageous costs, it's hard to take advantage of the options due to cost. Even the most convenient supermarket is much more expensive than the quality of its products merits, although it's still more affordable to shop there and make your own food than constantly get take-out or eat out like many of the students do.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Definitely an affordable city for off campus housing.

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5 College Junior

Majors: There are a range of courses, as well as undergraduate and graduate schools.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Not many issues, although a few issues with email communication and responses.

3 College Junior

Administration: For an undergraduate campus, the level of strictness is relatively average.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There are many places for physical activity which is a great resource!

4 College Junior

Technology: The technology resources are great and I have no complaints.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Philadelphia in general does not have a great reputation for being a safe city, although I feel relatively safe on campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: An education from UPenn is great, since all of the students and faculty are always willing to help and act as a resource!

3 College Junior

Local Area: Philadelphia has great dining and events for every type of person! There are restaurants, museums, sporting events, and many other options. The city is relatively easy to maneuver, as well!

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't see too many druggies on campus.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Student Health Center is close to campus and easily accessible.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I really like it besides the freezing temps.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Nursing is tied with Johns Hopkins and the University of Washington at being the best Nursing School in the country.

5 College Junior

Majors: The nursing school is amazing with great simulation labs.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great places to eat near campus at a reasonable price.

5 College Junior

Technology: We have a lot of computers in the computer lab.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I found my own housing.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial office was very quick to respond! Helpful and provided me links and mailed me important information that I had to take care of.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy my English major because we have some of the top professors in the world, who are also very kind and helpful. The workload is rigorous but manageable.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The English department is excellent, but the major isn't known for producing top jobs immediately.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is very diverse and there are buildings, clubs, and events for various ethnicities, religions (even a secular and pagan club), political parties, and the LGBTQ community.

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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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