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Reviews 1132 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

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

7 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

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.

2 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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

5 people found this useful Report
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.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: As long as you aren't super loud pregaming with your friends, you won't get in trouble for alcohol in the dorms. Same with weed, just open a window and you will be fine. Administration is pretty chill.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I got my laptop stolen but crime isn't very common. There is a lot of security.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Penn only gives need based scholarships and grants- no loans. These were not sufficient for me.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Teams aren't great. Also almost no one goes to the football games.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Very diverse student body; however, you're not going to see the diversity if you stick with one kind of activity (like only Greek life for example) so try new things!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity athletics are currently in a slump in terms of attendance. However, there are tons of options for club and IM sports.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Penn doesn't offer merit scholarships but was awesome with my financial aid. They even offered me ample aid for my experience abroad over my freshman summer!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: There is almost limitless possibilities, especially with Penn's emphasis on interdisciplinary studies. Want to combine English and Finance? No problem! Penn will help you make it happen.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Party Scene: For a school with such serious academic students, Penn has some awesome parties, especially during key weekends like NSO, St. Paddys and Fling. Whether its BYOing with your friends, hitting the local bars or clubs, or attending fraternity parties, there is something for everyone. Having a fake ID is a must though if you want to experience all Philly and Penn has to offer...

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Administration: Police officers are there to protect rather than to get you in trouble, and they are all very friendly and helpful. In the rare occasion that something serious happens, they respond swiftly and adeptly.

1 person 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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