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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

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1 College Sophomore

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

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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.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I got accepted into my dream school and I am very happy here. The majority of my professors are excellent at teaching and fair in grading. I have no regrets choosing Penn as my undergraduate college because of my wonderful experiences here. The student body, although mostly white, is fairly diverse. This school, like any other school, has unique traditions such as throwing toast, but the biggest thing is that this is an institution with plenty of research opportunities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Some very good professors and courses which may or may not be of interest to different people

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Not a lot of options for my own course and major

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had a very hard time finding an internship and had no help from my professors in this regard

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: A number of safety issues go unnoticed by the college authorities go unnoticed for various reasons

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: All rooms are small but privacy is good and the space is well taken care of. On-campus housing is also a bit expensive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Won't know much about it

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The college promotes diversity in its culture and is very understanding and accommodating of international students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football is a huge part of the college culture. Other sports like baseball, soccer, cricket, lacrosse are also popular

5 College Junior

Academics: Many study spaces. Several types of environments whether you like studying with music, silence they've got you covered

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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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