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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't that huge, but most of the parties are thrown by fraternities, especially the parties that freshmen go to.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone likes to be involved with their extracurriculars. Also, everyone is really social and the scene for that is actually great at Penn.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: You live in a city, so you don't really need to have a car on campus. Anyways, if you do have one, spots are pretty hard to find unless you pay to have a spot in a parking lot rather than looking for street parking.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Kids in programs have a better sense of community rather than getting lost within the whole school.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: A lot of people are focused on getting internships from the very beginning. While it is difficult when you're younger, once you become a junior, you're one of the most competitive candidates.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: People lack school spirit for the most part except for particular events.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I wish I could get a little more personal attention but the program is great. I hope to make the transition into financial services upon graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: It is pretty easy to switch programs within your respective school.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in a city of course comes with great food choices.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather pretty typical for an east coast city I'd say.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Being from Chicago I feel very safe on Penn's campus for it being in an urban environment.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are very inclusive and accepting of those different from them.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus allows for a lot more freedom but also hassles in terms of planning.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Night life is great. There is always something going on whether bars or parties.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Upenn is bigger than many expect, and being in a frat myself I would not trade the experience for anything.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A very interesting mix of people at the school allows you to meet new people every day.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The 100% need based financial aid held true for me as I received all the money I needed.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: The urban atmosphere of Philadelphia has been a great transition for me coming from Chicago and allows for numerous options no matter what you are interested in doing.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Economics program at UPenn is world renowned and very rigorous. Being in introductory courses there is not a lot of individual attention unless you seek it and the work is heavily math based.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great variety of academic choices.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Penn's no-loan program is a blessing. It's the only reason I came here.

15 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: Not having a computer is a pretty big disadvantage in class, but there are plenty of computer labs to use. Each dorm has its own lab, and the main library has many available. There are computers available in some academic buildings as well. The entire campus has wireless coverage, but it's spotty around the edges.

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm currently working towards an Environmental Studies major. The department is fantastic and the advisors are very friendly. There are plenty of options within the major for specializations and concentrations. I highly recommend it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I only just declared so I don't have much experience with the deparment, but the department heads are always sending out email with internship and job opportunities. There are also a lot of invitations to events with in the EES department.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're looking for a party, you'll find one. The frats often have something going on, but if you don't have a good girl/guy ratio you won't get in. Try at least 3 girls to 1 guy. The frat parties are gross though, so get involved in an organization and party with them.

4 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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