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Reviews 1086 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors are at the top of their fields. I took a classical studies class with a professor who has appeared on the History channel on multiple occasions, astronomy with a professor who was on Conan O'Brien, and others who are extremely important to their piers.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The alumni network is extremely vast, and alums are always looking to hire current Penn juniors or seniors for summer internships or full time positions.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: My freshman year I lived in one of the high rises. I didn't want the "dorm" feeling, so this option provided me with an apartment-style setting. After that, I chose to live in off-campus housing. I think the high rises are definitely the best option for on-campus living, as they provide you with your own kitchen, bathroom, fridge, etc.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life, but there are certain frats or sororities that think they're above everyone else, which can get annoying. Each Greek organization has its own reputation on campus and that feeds into the feeling of being superior or inferior to others around campus. The parties are usually good, and as a non-Greek you can get in as long as you know someone and have a high girl:guy ratio.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Athletics: The teams here are comprised of some of the best athletes in the country. The football won the Ivy League with a new coach in his first year, so there are signs of great things to come under the new reign. The heavyweight and women's rowing teams both made coaching changes, and they seem to have been the right decisions as both teams are progressing well with respect to previous years.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn is a fantastic school. There's a universal "work hard, play hard" mentality that allows students to unwind from the stress of the week on the weekends. There are plenty of athletic teams and clubs that allow everyone to find their own niche. The professors are all at the top of their respective fields, and the education is unparalleled.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Coming from a non-urban area, I worried about how I could acclimate to the more urban lifestyle. I had also always envisioned myself as a college-town kind of girl. However, ever since I have been at Penn, I have never once felt unsafe or uncomfortable.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a great variety of classes to take, and each school's requirements make it very flexible and possible to take what you need and what you want. However, the quality of the professors' teaching styles are not as great as I anticipated and hoped for. This could just be a transition with college, but the learning and studying styles are very different.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wharton's education and opportunities gives students motivation and optimism about a promising future if the work is put in. There is a lot of news about any prospective jobs/internships which is also thanks to the strong alumni network and location of the school. By being a part of a business hubbub, there are so many opportunities and possibilities for any Penn student.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have been very fortunate with a spacious double room that has its own sink. My hall is very friendly and supportive, but I am not confined to only my hallmates socially. The amenities are relatively old, however they work fine. If there are any issues, maintenance is very quick about fixing it once reported.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life has a pretty strong effect on the social atmosphere of campus. A lot of the social events and crowds you surround yourself in revolve around parties and events. School is already a pretty small campus, so the Greek community is relatively tight-knit with each other. Although one does not have to be a part of Greek life to have fun, one would be able to have more relationships and opportunities to meet more people.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The academic rigor that the student-athletes have to keep up with along with their athletic responsibilities is challenging. However, every student-athlete that I have met is very disciplined and gives their 100% in everything. You can tell their decision to go to college to play a sport and get a good education exhibits their strong character and spirit.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: One of the best things about my school is how diverse the community and culture are. I can feel so much self-development within myself just by being in such a motivated environment. I love the perfect balance of the city and the campus bubble.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel no physical danger, but the stress to excel in both academics and sociability can sometimes hit me hard.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn provides many opportunities for job and internship prospects. There is an active alumni network and several employers recruiting on campus.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a large number of courses to choose from, but many of the popular ones are extremely difficult to get. Even more so if you're trying to get a specific professor. Courses are hard and not all professors put their all into teaching. Class sizes are relatively small in comparison to other schools.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The only redeeming factor about Hill College House is the people I meet there.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am currently a freshman and rushing the fraternities at Penn is socially rewarding and fun.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: As a student who doesn't participate in any Varsity sports, they aren't a big part of my life. However, I will go to games to support my friends who are on the team.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many flyers on campus to help people with addictions. Very positive

I don't feel threatened by people taking drugs.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Very close to center city and you can pretty much walk to clubs there if u wanna hang out. Students study hard but if u can find your niche that likes parties (and that's not too hard either).. You're good!

There are bars around campus and they are easily accessible and convenient. Make sure you organize some house parties (as often as you want - That's allowed!) Also, invite Drexel students... [Save them from their homework laden lives]

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Party scene is positive (great way to network) my department actually holds "happy hours" and they pay for the alcohol (no professors attending). I have friends in many other departments and am allowed to go to their happy hours too... Very positive - college experience

5 College Junior

Diversity: Penn is so diverse I have been here one term so far and have met at least 4/5 people from each continent. Also, they are so friendly. The staff is diverse too and there are open groups discussing LGBT, religion and race. I have met people from diverse economic background so I would really rate Penn highly on such integration.

Acceptance is very high. Am actually a member of a christian prayer group but most people are from different religions and they go to different churches on Sunday - and that's acceptable.

There is open talk about current political situations... and people are very honest about their opinions (It's not ''weird'' talking about politics - Even though I haven't seen die-hard political groups promoting their agendas

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's system is designed for the underprivileged to fail out.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: The students at this school have school spirit and do attend athletic events, but they are not the most important thing to students.

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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