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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a lot of courses to choose from. The professors for mathematics-based courses are experts in their fields but are not the best at teaching. However, most professors are accessible outside of class and willing to meet if you have questions. The class sizes range from 5 to several hundred.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn's career service website is very helpful. Penn has a vast alumni network. As a female athlete I've already been fortunate enough to attend a networking event. I have not yet applied for any internships so I cannot comment on that issue.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life, but I know that rushing is a huge event during the spring semester. Greeks often host parties and many varsity athletes participate in Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am a varsity soccer player at Penn. Athletes from different sports tend to be very friendly with one another. Our football team just won the Ivy League Championship.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am an undergraduate student in the Wharton program. My first Wharton-specific class was Management 100, and it was a very unique and hands-on experience. Some courses, especially mathematics and science based courses, are difficult because the professors unfortunately do not do an excellent job of clearly explaining the material, but other courses are easy. Overall, the workload is manageable. Moreover, Penn truly is the social ivy.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: feel safe 100% of the time, know there a resources for me

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: challenging and sometimes over my head

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: looking forward to seeing what i can do with my degree

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: king's court English is great

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoy the social life and the challenge provided by my classes.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are plenty of steps to ensure safety on campus. Security is available wherever you go

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoyed my smaller classes. Great for making friends!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Counseling is always available at the career center!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The quad is the place to be

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The rush process is hard

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the ability to join whatever club you desire

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I really love how supportive everyone is. And its great that the faculty make the games affordable to everyone

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Its a really fun and amazing place to be. The community is productive and inclusive. Everyone is so helpful too!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most students get an alumni interview which is the best way not only to impress the school, but to get to know it more for yourself through meeting with the kind of characters it produces after four or more years.

Interviews are your the best part of the application , relax, be enthusiastic, inquisitive and confident in showing that Penn is the place for you not just the typical I am for Penn spiel. They want to know that you will make the most of the opportunities here , that you're excited to grow, you're ready to be challenged ready to struggle and ready come out an overall better human being .


So that's all before getting to Penn.

One semester in the folks here haven't disappointed there is so much diversity in culture and character and this place has some kind of magic in how its large enough for you to explore so many new communities and culture and still find your niche in a specific clubs or groups of friends . It's incredible .

The academic pressure is a serious down side. The same kid who stays up till 3am on friday and saturday partying stays up till 3am on weekdays studying . Some people never rest and believe me the kid who sleeps in all the classes he even bothers to pitch to, might still get better grades than you . With all this going on, taking care of yourself and keeping habits that are healthy and work well for you can be difficult . That's the real initial challenge gaining balance and understanding just how much work you have to put in just to be average here without letting it get to get down or disheartened or alternatively driving you into complete workaholic mode .

It is hard. It is do-able . It takes time. You will not conquer Penn in one semester and even if do the whole point of this place is to challenge you , so your challenges are on the way.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Fantastic, everyone is nice and finds ways to balance school.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Absolutely love Penn and all the associated opportunities!

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn has given me an amazing experience that combines both amazing academics with a wonderful social environment. School is really tough, especially for me, an engineering student. Yet the community is really cooperative and warm. There's always something cool to do, too. The resources and opportunities at Penn are limitless.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a lot of work and stress, but it is worth it.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Exploring what diversity, power, and privilege are would help make my experience better.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My Penn experience was excellent - a variety of different academic and extracurricular opportunities, and a great semi-urban feel to the campus. The environment was also extremely competitive and I had to learn to really manage my time and the stress that came with academic and professional deadlines. The city of Philadelphia is a great place to go to college and the east coast provides a lot of different career opportunities for both internships and full time jobs. For engineering specifically there was a strong emphasis on either grad school or consulting and less opportunity for traditional engineering jobs.

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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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