Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania


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Lucy
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The "Social Ivy". That is how the University of Pennsylvania is known, at least that's how I heard people refer to it through...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The "Social Ivy". That is how the University of Pennsylvania is known, at least that's how I heard people refer to it throughout my college search. To be honest, I was terrified to come here. I didn't know what to expect from the Ivy League. I thought it would exceed challenging; it would be overwhelming, a crucible of a college. However, I also knew that if I chose to attend a different school, I would always wonder what could have been at UPenn. So here I am. I must say, as soon as I arrived on campus, my fears were quickly dissolved. Sure, classes were challenging from day one. But my peers weren't the flawless intellectuals I had anticipated. Yes, they are all brilliant; but we all struggle together and really want the best for each other. That is one reason I love this school; the people here are incredible. They are successful, motivated, and talented, but humble. They push me to my potential day in and day out, and the people I am surrounded with are surely making me a better version of myself. Another aspect of the school I appreciate is the way authoritative figures treat students. We are treated with so much respect and are not seen as less intelligent individuals by teachers, staff, or employers. Sometimes this can be difficult; I have had teachers assume I know more about a topic than I actually do, so that the class becomes increasingly difficult. However, I still appreciate the confidence that this proves they have in me. Overall, the University of Pennsylvania has been an excellent choice for me. I would encourage anyone who may be intimidated by the name or reputation associated with a prestigious institution to embrace the challenge, because otherwise you will always be curious about who you could have been.

Brian
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The University of Pennsylvania has been a great experience for me so far. The professors really challenge your thinking, give...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Pennsylvania has been a great experience for me so far. The professors really challenge your thinking, give great feedback and my fellow students have been an inspiration for me daily. Each class has taught be something valuable that I can use almost immediately. I wish it were a bit cheaper and scholarship opportunities were more available, but I feel in the end I'll value what I've gotten here.

Inbar
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Penn is the best place to join in innovating solutions for global problems. Its undergraduate engineering program is incredib...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Penn is the best place to join in innovating solutions for global problems. Its undergraduate engineering program is incredible. The school prepares you thoroughly to approach all problems and have great critical thinking skills. There's also the ability to easily connect and converse with alumni and faculty. An education at Penn goes way beyond the classroom walls. There are incredible opportunities for undergraduate, hands-on, extensive research and there's a huge emphasis on interacting with the surrounding city of Philadelphia. Penn also offers exciting programs out of the country. For example, Penn’s Global Biomedical Service program allows traveling to other areas of the world, like China, to provide prosthetics and orthotics! There is an endless range of activities, with something for everyone. I like the diversity of this school. Everyone you meet has a new perspective to introduce to you which carries through to fun, intellectual conversations all around campus. The school has a really great social vibe, as opposed to other schools where the competitiveness becomes suffocating. At Penn you can pursue several interests with a very flexible education path. I love the people, the atmosphere and the surrounding city. It also has an awesome tradition of throwing toast at football games after the third quarter!

Sejal
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Although the tuition and workload are admittedly lofty, the academics and opportunities available at the University of Pennsy...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Although the tuition and workload are admittedly lofty, the academics and opportunities available at the University of Pennsylvania are unparalleled. I have always supported the belief that a professor can make or break the class. When a professor is passionate about what they are teaching, students are more likely to be engaged in lectures and perform better on exams. At Penn, such passionate professors are almost guaranteed. Being surrounded by the best and the brightest, I feel that I am being pushed to my limits in every way possible. In just one semester at Penn, I have grown intellectually, socially, and professionally. The rich diversity at Penn allows me to explore my options in and out of the classroom. With such a tremendous number of academic resources, I can explore my alternate interests, such as nutrition and economics, while staying on the pre-dental track and majoring in biology. With such a diverse student population, I can deepen my understanding of other religions, nationalities, and cultures. With such an extensive alumni network, I am confident that I will have stability in my prospective career path. In terms of extracurriculars, UPenn continues to impress. Greek life, the arts, and sports are major components of student life. Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and try new things. For instance, I decided to audition for a dance team even though I am an incompetent dancer. As I completely embarrassed myself, I was humbled as I realized that I do not have to be the best at everything. It was an important life lesson that every Penn student learns early on. Located in the vibrant city of Philadelphia, UPenn students have countless opportunities to go to concerts, festivals, restaurants, museums, and other interesting places in the city. The campus, itself, is very vivacious and busy. Locust Walk, the main pathway through campus, is always swarming with students heading to class and tables set up with information on upcoming events. Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience at the University of Pennsylvania so far. It has been everything I expected and more. I look forward to the new opportunities that I have yet to encounter in the remainder of my undergraduate education.

Jordan
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Summer
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When I found out I was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, I remember running from our home office to the family room...

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When I found out I was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, I remember running from our home office to the family room and practically leaping onto my parents’ laps. It was all I could do to contain myself while they got up from the couch to read the acceptance letter. Penn was my dream school, and only in my wildest dreams had I hoped I would be accepted. But in a few short weeks, as the euphoria wore off and I began to think about traveling across the country to a school I knew very little about beyond its prestigious reputation, I began to get apprehensive. I knew nothing about city life, nothing about the East Coast, and I was used to standing out for my academic achievements in my small high school. By the time I had packed to leave the fall of my freshman year, I was dreading it something fierce. However, I soon found out that, while Penn is a place of intense academic focus, it is also a place full of lovely and unique people from all over the world. I learn from my peers just as much as I learn from the classroom, and I find that students are surprisingly encouraging and willing to help each other when academics get tough. I began taking Arabic my first semester without ever having seen a written Arabic word, and while it has been the hardest subject I have studied at Penn, it has also been the most rewarding and the area in which I am able to see the most progress. Coming to Penn has been the best and most important decision of my life. The school is challenging, there is no doubt about that, but the opportunities we have are unbeatable. During my first semester, I heard from Philadelphia government officials, a foreign ambassador, and the director of the CIA, and I was only able to take advantage of a handful of the events and guest speakers available for learning beyond the classroom. Philadelphia is a charismatic and incredible city that I have grown to love for its unique neighborhoods and art-driven culture, and I have enjoyed living off campus and getting to know residents beyond the Penn bubble thanks to my church and other off campus activities. Overall, Penn has opened my eyes to a world beyond my small town life in the Midwest. I have gained friends I will have for a lifetime, I have learned how to live in small dorm rooms and old row houses, and every day I am getting to hear from professors who are the experts in their fields. As cheesy as it sounds, I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to go to Penn, and I know without a doubt that it was the right school for me.

Pooja
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The University of Pennsylvania is an amazing Ivy League University that strongly emphasizes the importance of academics. Howe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Pennsylvania is an amazing Ivy League University that strongly emphasizes the importance of academics. However, on top of the superb education, the school focuses on other aspects of students. There are a variety of student groups on campus, filled with the most passionate dancers, language-speakers, feminists, and more. The school is very politically oriented. It may be surprising to many how much of a focus partying is in the school. About 80%, if not more of the students regularly party, while managing to participate on clubs, and keep their grades up. Most students are extremely happy with their campus. I would definitely recommend considering this school as one to apply to. The campus is also beautiful.

Sarah
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Looking back on my time at the University of Pennsylvania is bitter-sweet. My time spent at Penn was filled with social highs...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Looking back on my time at the University of Pennsylvania is bitter-sweet. My time spent at Penn was filled with social highs and academic lows. The students there are passionate, driven, and extremely intelligent. For the most part, everyone is extremely friendly and open but at the same time very focused on school. I truly felt like a little fish in a big pond, something I was not anticipating upon enrolling as a freshman. The most important thing I learned from Penn, though, is that you can't set your goals or measure your self-worth based on those around you. Each student at Penn is unique and to compare yourself to your peers at this institution is to set yourself up for failure. While I experienced some disappointment as an undergrad, I ultimately learned how to thrive on my own and what practices (socially and academically) were best for me. I am grateful to have attended this prestigious university and would not have traded it for a thing.

Catherine
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Amanda
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Great school

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