Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania


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What is your overall opinion of this school?

UPenn is a wonderful place for those academically motivated and seeking to learn at the highest possible level. I have been a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UPenn is a wonderful place for those academically motivated and seeking to learn at the highest possible level. I have been attending UPenn for two years now and I can with confidence say it had been the worst two years of my life. My first day I was walking into the freshmen dorms and I walked into a toile that was cemented to the sidewalk. I broke my foot and lie there for half an hour until somebody came to my aid. When they did they simply took a video of it for snapchat and kept walking. My phone had no service due to the absolutely terrible reception on campus. After that though it got much better. The toilet was removed and my foot healed. But not before I got my nickname, "Larry the Limp". Not much better. UPenn students are mean and always make fun of my height. I'm really not that short if you think about it, 4'10 is below average for sure but I can still reach most things if I have access to a step ladder. This ties in perfectly to dorm food. I used to say, eat some of that rocket fuel and you will be boosting for the rest of the day. Freshman 15 took on a whole new meaning when I took 15 trips to the bathroom in one day. 10/10 do not recommend. Make sure to pack a lunch if you are coming to school next year. Hope this was helpful, I really love this school and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Shoutout to Ms. Buchannon for helping me get over my fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of my mouth. Hope this was helpful! Smash that upvote.

Christina
What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you are entering medical school, becoming a nurse, conducting research, pursuing a law degree or business degree, want to...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you are entering medical school, becoming a nurse, conducting research, pursuing a law degree or business degree, want to study abroad and learn a foreign language, work in politics or international relations, this is the school for you. If you can't deal with bureaucracy and administrators who are so focused on their priorities that they fail to recognize the student is their priority, you will struggle with that as much as I have. The experience is different for students fresh out of high school versus graduate students or, like me, non-traditional students. Navigating the system is difficult in a school with something like 25,000 students. The academics are stellar, it is the execution that is a problem. $12 billion endowment and half the outlets in the undergraduate study center of the flagship library don't work? Come on.

Pichmonyrath
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Pennsylvania caters to my needs. I thought that the school would be hard, but my first economics class was ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Pennsylvania caters to my needs. I thought that the school would be hard, but my first economics class was amazing! The campus is also very beautiful, it feels almost as if I am in Harry Potter. The walk between classes is a bit long though.

Michael
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a great place. The two most important things to note are the following: There exists a wide range of excellence at Upen...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a great place. The two most important things to note are the following: There exists a wide range of excellence at Upenn and you will not be coddled. So what do I mean by that... Well, if you go to Upenn and change your mind about your major, you don't have to be worried if the major you switch into has a good program because the whole school is world class. Additionally, you will not get help or mentoring unless you seek it out. There are plenty of resources available at Upenn, but you need to be the one seeking them out if you want to actually take advantage of them.

Ashleigh
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe the University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful institution, however there's an interesting dichotomy in the student ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe the University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful institution, however there's an interesting dichotomy in the student body. There are many, especially those in the engineering school who dedicate all their time to their studies and working on projects. However there are also those that dedicate all their time engulfed in frat culture who constantly drink and utilize the university for social occasions rather than their studies. Despite wherever your priorities may lie, there is sure to be a group that you fit into. The issue in this is that if you waver when trying to attain a good education, it is very easy to fall into the group who neglect their studies and spend all their time drinking. Like many other schools, perhaps more so, your experience at Penn is really what you make of it. There are plenty of opportunities to go around regarding research and internships, however it is entirely up to you to pursue. Outside of the social aspect, it is no secret that Upenn is an expensive institution, and while undue funds may be attributed to the school of Wharton and some of the fraternities, no other group is left too far behind. They heavily push attending counseling to fight off the phenomena of "penn face" in which students hide their personal struggles because they want to appear like the perfect student, and their are many cultural groups where everybody can find a home. Everybody's experience at Penn will be different because penn as an institution is just very diverse. Tn order to have the best time, my main advice would be to find those with similar interests as you and never be afraid to shoot your shot and join different clubs and social groups.

Katherine
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Pennsylvania has a great atmosphere. There's a clearly defined college campus, but you can walk a block awa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Pennsylvania has a great atmosphere. There's a clearly defined college campus, but you can walk a block away and be in the middle of Philadelphia. There are lots of academic opportunities and most of the teachers genuinely care about their students' success. There's a pretty big party scene, but there are other options for those who aren't in to that sort of thing.

Maria
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I began at Penn thinking I could do anything. I signed up for a dual degree program, and overloaded my class schedule. It di...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I began at Penn thinking I could do anything. I signed up for a dual degree program, and overloaded my class schedule. It didn't take long for me to realize that this was the big league--I couldn't do it all anymore! Thankfully, I found great support from my resident hall advisors and research mentors. These have become lifelong mentors for me, and I've made other lifelong friends. Overall, the environment is very competitive, and although this can be stressful, it also pushes students to become their best selves. There are endless opportunities and resources from the arts and humanities to the sciences.

Olivia
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University of Pennsylvania is a fantastic learning hub! Resources and people here are awesome, and with Philly just outside c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

University of Pennsylvania is a fantastic learning hub! Resources and people here are awesome, and with Philly just outside campus, there's so much to do! The arts scene extracurricular-wise is rich and Philly offers an amazing supplement to that. Students have active, growth mindsets and the business/start-up scene is also fantastic.

Isabel
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Three stars – slowly increasing. I’m only a freshman, so I haven’t had much experience here at Penn, but from what I’ve been ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Three stars – slowly increasing. I’m only a freshman, so I haven’t had much experience here at Penn, but from what I’ve been able to deduce so far, I’ve questioned my decision to choose Penn over Yale. I am a student in the Wharton School, where students are eager to challenge themselves, even if it means competing with classmates. As a pacifist, this environment is not really my type. I much prefer to collaborate with my classmates; after all, they are who will be my co-workers in the future. I think that, since Wharton has a stereotype of sorts, incoming students come prepared to be unfriendly and unwelcoming, a vicious cycle. But this attitude is not limited solely to Wharton students. Those that apply to the College of Arts and Sciences, Nursing, or Engineering can be just as manipulative. However, I don’t mean to say that everyone at the University of Pennsylvania is like this: there are some students just like me: ready to meet new people, make new friends, and get rid of the label that accompanies the school’s name. In terms of social life, there are lots of parties, all the time. There are also lots of people that are uneager to make new friends: they only want to befriend people of a certain economic standing or those that are members of a certain sorority or fraternity. The longer you’re at Penn, the better you become at recognizing why people want to be friends with you. You become able to quickly distinguish those who are genuinely interested in you from those that are only interested in you because of the boy you’re dating. As someone in this position, I’ve learned that this environment becomes much more bearable when you’ve made the distinction and are able to pick and choose the people you surround yourself with. I have doubted, time and time again, my choice to reject other schools, where my friends all seem so happy, for this school, where social status is of primary importance to my classmates. It was very, very hard at first, but I have learned a very valuable life lesson – one that my statistics or political science professors, no matter how many degrees they have received, would not have ever been able to teach me. It is something that I believe I needed to experience myself in order to truly grasp the concept. Not everyone will like me, and that’s fine. It is my job, if I hope to enjoy my college experience, to make the next three years pleasant by surrounding myself with those whose company I enjoy and who enjoy my company. Perhaps, even at Yale, I would have experienced this. If you plan on coming to Penn, I don’t encourage you to close yourself off from your classmates or to sacrifice your own personality because you wish to be in a certain “clique.” Maybe you’ll be the one to rid us of that nasty stereotype, once and for all. And as cliché as it sounds, I promise that you’ll be happier being yourself. My one piece of advice is: take it from me, not everyone will like you, and that’s okay. Don’t be like me and learn it the hard way. (To the judges: if you would like to post this somewhere for future students, I ask that you please remove my name)

nathalie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am a current freshman in the Wharton school and I LOVE every minute of my experience here! As long as you are open and frie...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am a current freshman in the Wharton school and I LOVE every minute of my experience here! As long as you are open and friendly you will find a group of friends here. Be cognizant of all the opportunities and events Penn has to offer though because there is so much to do here.

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