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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Overall, there is a good number of options available to students, but the pricing is a little high. Freshman housing isn't the best; some of the dorms are run down and have no AC. However, I like that upperclassmen have the opportunity to live in suite-style apartments. The overall condition of the dorms are average, but it would be nice to have renovations every once in a while. The location of the dorms is probably the best things about them. It is easy to get to class or anywhere on campus from any of the dorms.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus; about 40-50% of students are in Greek organizations. I am not part of Greek life, and I have a somewhat negative view towards it. It greatly affects the social atmosphere on campus and creates cliques. The organizations are not very diverse as I have heard that they choose members based on appearance during the rushing process. Many organizations seems very superficial and snobby, and only want a certain type of people to join.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are not that big of a deal at my school. While athletes are recruited, the school's teams are not the best. There typically isn't a huge student turnout at games, which may be a result of a lack of school spirit. School spirit is represented more in academic and professional fields than in athletics. Many people do not have time to participate in club and intramural sports, and would rather spend their time doing other activities.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school provides many professional opportunities for students to get jobs, internships, and career advice. Because it is a large institution, there are opportunities and faculty who are experts in many fields. However, the downside of a large school is that professors do not always try to get to know their students. The academic environment can also be extremely competitive and stressful. One of the things I would like to see improved is the social/academic environment. Students and faculty should be more supportive of each other, which would create a more pleasant and less stressful experience for most.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Lots of access to public transportation. Philadelphia has a great arts and music scene, and it's easy to get to museums and historical sites. There is also good nightlife, but it's okay not to be as involved in it.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The academics are unparalleled. Great classes, great professors, and great opportunities. Course registration is relatively easy. Expect to work hard, but you'll get a lot out of it.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: There are people from many backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and nationalities at the school. However, many of them might come from similar experiences, like their parents are doctors or lawyers. Socio-economic diversity needs improvement, particularly on a social level, but as a high-need student I feel like the administration supports me well.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Some people drink too much, but there are great things like MERT and the Penn Police to help keep students safe. Student safety is a big concern with the administration, but sometimes students go a bit overboard.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: You can study just about anything you want at Penn, and if they don't offer it, Penn will provide you with the resources to study it. Lectures can be big, but recitations, seminars, and language classes are extremely close and personal. Nearly every professor I've had has been accommodating and goes out of their way to help students. The administration is also usually very helpful, given the occasional tendency towards bureaucracy. Overall I'm extremely happy with everything relating to academics at Penn and would chose to come here again and again.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Penn has a good reputation amongst employers, but more importantly is that Penn helps you prepare for a career. There is a lot of support for students to find internships and research projects relevant to their interests and future careers, as well as support for attending graduate school. I've gotten incredibly practical advice from my advisors in my department and career services, that has helped me consider options I might not have previously.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Rather safe, and the Penn Police do an excellent job, but the school is still located in a city, so you need to be aware of your surroundings, but I've never felt unsafe walking around campus, even coming home from the library alone at 3am. However, like many other colleges in the country, I think there can be some issues regarding sexual assault at off campus parties, but generally the on campus activities are professional and very safe.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: I honestly don't know anything about the athletics on campus. The student gym is really nice though.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The academics at Penn are top-notch. Professors have always been extremely helpful in assisting in research and career advice, especially in my department. Career Services is also great in helping with the practical side of life after graduation. The school also offers many opportunities for study abroad, internships, conferences, and a whole list of other things. The community is lacking and cold at times, although there are some excellent student clubs. However, Penn is in the heart of Philadelphia, so there's always something to do near the school. Come to Penn for a great university, but don't come expecting a fun atmosphere on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors are very passionate while others are clearly required to teach in order to perform research at the University.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A degree from this school looks very good for career prospects.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Mental health could be improved but physical safety is good.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are all clean and the new dorm will be very spacious.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life adds to the social atmosphere of campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan support is lacking but the sports program is fairly good.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The social environment although fun, is limited by the extremely difficult academic environment.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are many security easures taken to ensure the safety of the students. There is even an app that you can download so that others can monitor your safety and security when commuting.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The monetary value associated with an ivy league education can be a bit scary, but it will pay for itself in several different ways. Alumni networks, school affiliations and partnerships, relationships and experiences, and many more aspects of campus life that you will have access to will make the decision well worth it.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I did not live on campus, so I cannot assess the quality of the housing. From what I hear, it's good.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't really know much about the Greek life on campus, so I am not the best person to speak about it.

4 College Senior

Athletics: People attend athletic events, but the school's reputation revolves around academic achievement.

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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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