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Reviews 829 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Many companies and nonprofits come to Penn to offer internships and jobs following graduation. Career services on campus is also extremely helpful.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body is very diverse but people from different groups don't interact as often as they should. College is a lot like high school in that way

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We definitely have an attractive campus but not much variety (i.e lots of preppy)

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is available and generally used by upperclassmen. It isn't heavily supported by the university though and you shouldn't venture too far into West Philly for housing just due to safety.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Rooms are often larger than standard college dorms depending on which one you choose to live in

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are many campus traditions that students participate in such as Hey Day, Tossing the Toast, etc. Student activities are abundant and very visible, especially on Locust Walk.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Center City isn't too far away and offers many great dining options for a reasonable price.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There might be some safety concerns occasionally but overall Philly is an excellent city to live in. There are tons of opportunities if you choose to capitalize on them.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Political Science program offers interesting professors and great internship opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at Penn are often the top of their field. They also provide a great deal of insight into their field which goes beyond what might be offered at other schools.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Really nice friendly students, very diverse supportive community.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse campus in every way. Very supportive of LGBT community also.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: Penn students are treated like responsible adults by the administration.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Penn takes good care of students and there is always available staff to walk a student home late at night. It is in a difficult neighborhood.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It is nice food and there are a lot of dining opportunities. Food trucks are really great! Yummy

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Lots of historical architecture and a lot of need LEED buildings also. Athletic center is really nice.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of club options. The varsity athletes work really hard and take it very seriously. It is hard to be a varsity athlete as Penn is a challenging school academically so everyone has a lot of respect for them, juggling grades and training. Penn is very supportive.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are super friendly, it is hard to get in because there are limits to numbers and Penn is a big school so a lot of students apply.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philly is wonderful, thinking of settling permanently.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Wharton is a really excellent business school. Professors are very friendly and accessible as is the support staff. All kinds of opportunities available to study different areas.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Study abroad, huge range of classes available, wonderful professors.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: R.A.'s are really nice--Penn really concerned about student happiness. The community is very warm, and welcoming, social atmosphere is great, everyone works hard and is motivated. Fun people!

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very helpful and efficient staff. Really nice people to deal with.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Its presence is definitely felt on campus, but I'm not part of one and still feel like there's so much to do. A lot of people you meet will be in a sorority or a frat and you can still go to events through knowing them, but you honestly just choose whether or not that lifestyle fits most comfortably with you. Housing is usually run-down (at least perceived as this) from the outside and for the ones off campus. Some on-campus ones are really nice on Locust Walk but other than that the houses aren't great looking.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Overall a lot of people live on campus but many live off, too. For freshman dorms, there are some better housing options than other ones but it is randomly selected (after you give your first-third options). Afterwards if you want to be in the system you can apply for the lottery and are given a time slot to enter what house/room you want. Community is welcoming everywhere you go unless you hide away off campus. Amenities include front desks and security checkin points which are great.

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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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