University of Pennsylvania (U Penn)

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 8 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for University of Pennsylvania

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

One of the best parts about attending Penn was the chance to get internships in Philadelphia. There were some that were available through work study so that you could get paid as well. This was a great way to build your resume while still in school.

Academics

Penn's academics are clearly excellent, and I had many interesting classes. There is a mix of small and large classes, but there were always small breakout sessions for large lectures, and by junior and senior year almost all classes were very small.

College Life

Penn has a pretty active social life. There are always lots of events on campus, and there are frat houses off campus. Spring Fling is a huge event in the spring that brings big name artists for the concert and is often the highlight of the year.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1986

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Penn was a good mix of smart kids who had more going on then just studying. There was something there for everyone. As a student athlete I appreciated the quality of the academic and athletic mix. Students were serious about their academic pursuits but not to the exclusion of all else.

Academics

We had the opportunity to create a diverse mix of classes. From history, to education to finance to art history...all were available regardless of major. We could take classes in the grad school as well. Class size ranged depending on the course selected from large lectures to small discussion focused classes.

College Life

Penn was an excellent mix of smart kids who also knew how to have a good time. If you wanted to pledge a fraternity or sorority it was available, but not necessary to enjoying the school. As a student athlete, I appreciated the opportunity to compete and still be encouraged to focus on academics. It was a nice mix.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

The communications department at Penn has a political journalism focus in addition to a child psychology/communication focus. They are both interesting avenues to pursue, but there are few classes outside of these topics within the department. Playing on the volleyball team and joining a sorority definitely enhanced my social experience in college. Greek life at Penn isn't intense like it is in the south. Rush begins second semester of freshman year, so you can spend all of first semester deciding if it is something you'd like to do. There are a ton of student led clubs and groups, so I'd recommend looking into joining one or a few to really carve out your niche/make friends because college can be a big place and overwhelming.

Academics

A normal workload is generally four classes. Sometimes you may have to manage five classes, but most kids have to do that anyway depending on what their major is. Professors have open hours that a lot of students don't take advantage of. Even if you don't need the extra help, try to find a way to be personable with your professor so they remember you in a lecture hall of 300 students. Students at Penn tend to overexert themselves. Most people I knew at school were very driven and were involved in many extracurricular activities. Definitely take advantage of the libraries to study or get some work done. You can reserve a study room to yourself or share with friends.

College Life

Campus life is what you make of it. You can feel small or you can put yourself out there and try new things. Definitely look into student clubs an organizations. They range from intramural sports to model congress. It's a time to find out what you're interested and develop your skills for life after college. Joining a club where you can demonstrate leadership ability is a great way to transition into the working world without having real working experience. On the social side, there are a ton of restaurants in West Philadelphia. It's fun to go out downtown with your friends or stay around campus to go to a house party. New Student Orientation (NSO) and Spring Fling are probably two of the best party/social times of the year.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1989

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Penn provided me with tremendous educational experience. As a Wharton undergrad, I was particularly interested in getting a degree in finance and working in finance. The Penn Wharton UG program cannot be beat if this is your goal. Penn opened countless doors for me and got me interviews with multiple top tier firms. I'm still in finance 21 years later and regularly employ tools and techniques that I learned directly at Penn.

Academics

The Wharton undergraduate classes are intense! Most classes are identical to the graduate level courses and based on my experience many the students put in over 40 hours per week studying outside of class. Outside of my major, I took a wide variety of courses including German, Geology, Legal Studies, Drawing, just to name of few. The quality of the professors was never dissappointing. I can still remember being required to take Legal Studies and thinking how much I was going to dread the course. Frankly, aside from being extremely engaging, the professor really opened my eyes as the underpinnings of our legal system and gave a a whole new perspective on our legal system.

College Life

I lived both on and off campus at Penn. Both have their pluses and minus, but all in the accommadations were fine. I was part of the cycling team and we competed all over the East Coast through the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Federation. It was a great way to see the East Coast (I'm from CA) and bond with fellow students. A couple of the team members were in a fraternity, which gave me access to some good parties too.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1991

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I had a great experience at Penn. I wanted an urban campus where I could do my thing and not be micro-managed, which is exactly what I got. Good news is lots of personal freedom, tons of diverse experiences available; bad news is no one on the faculty is really looking out for you, so you're on your own to make the best of the resources offered. Fun school, fun city, definitely urban. Some terrific departments. Also frankly some feeling of inferiority vs. other Ivy League schools. NY, NJ, PA very heavily represented in the student body.

Academics

All over the map. My advice is to seek out challenges and subjects that interest you. Not hard to target the easier classes to fulfill certain requirements, but the only person who loses out is you. Wharton is strong for business, and I really enjoyed the History and Psychology depts.

College Life

Safety: Back when I attended, most of the people I knew had some sort of incident during their time there. My car got stolen, and I got kinda roughed up / almost mugged. But got the car back and was never harmed. The saying went "living in West Philly for 4 years prepared you well to live just about anywhere." I understand it's much safer now. Social: Fun, social, varied campus life. Again, no one will hold your hand, but IMO anyone can find their place here and have a great time.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1993

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

It's been 18 yrs but Penn provided a perfect combination of excellent academics and a great campus life. Lots of tradition. Pretty diverse student body. The campus has been totally upgraded since I was there. For an inner-city campus, I think it's a beautiful campus.

Academics

Penn had (and I assume still has) excellent professors across general liberal arts as well as more specialized, pre-professional fields such business, engineering, etc. The workload was manageable and was related to how much you wanted to put into it. Class sizes were slightly larger than I would have preferred. I didn't feel that there was a super intimate rapport between students and professors in general. Of course, that depended on the specific class/professor and may very well have changed in the last 17 yrs. Overall, academics were excellent.

College Life

Great social atmosphere. Greek system was active but didn't dominate. Philly is much more fun than it was back when I was there (much better restaurants). Athletics were ok but certainly didn't overwhelm campus life. Basketball was the main sporting event. Football games were fun (atmosphere was great but the quality was average -- it's the Ivy League).


Alumnus - Grad Year 1999

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

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