Penn is a great school because you can find pretty much any college experience you could want to have. It is a beautiful camp...
Penn is a great school because you can find pretty much any college experience you could want to have. It is a beautiful campus, but it is also in a great city. It is the right size to not seem too big, but at the same time it is big enough for anyone to find friends with similar interests.
Penn's community is large enough for people of any background to interact with each other. I am an international student who has spent a significant amount of my life in the US and I have friends from all racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, and from many different countries. An open mind is always required, but with it you can meet many interesting people at Penn.
Every stereotype is routed in some truth, but it certainly is not completely true.
The academics at Penn vary greatly from one department to another. Engineering classes are very different from business classes, just like English classes are very different from Math classes. Penn is certainly good at preparing anyone for a job or graduate school. Many many services exist to help out students and not just on the career/graduate school level, but also on other levels, such as tutoring, Kelly Writers' House, and CAPS.
Again Penn is just the right size, so that a more social person can always find something to do while a less social person will always find friends with similar interests. Students are involved in many social activities such as Greek life, house parties, going to bars, the movie theater right by campus, supporting their friends' music/dance/drama performances, hanging out in the dorms, sitting outside in warm weather. Any night of the week there is something to do and not just something but many things.
That undergraduates do not mingle across the four different schools (College of Arts & Science, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Nursing, Wharton).
The best thing about Penn is the party scene. There are downtown events along with a great campus life/ frat parties. Spring ...
The best thing about Penn is the party scene. There are downtown events along with a great campus life/ frat parties. Spring fling is just around the corner, the best party in the Northeast.
I think people tend to cluster around socio-economic / religious backgrounds. There is a very Jewish presence at Penn, and the downtown life is dominated by them.
PENN IS THE BEST UNIVERSITY!!!
People definitely have "Penn" conversations, meaning they discuss politics and business simply for fun. In terms of academics, classes definitely aren't as hard as they're made out to be, but work is still required.
The most popular fraternities are AEPi and (off-campus) Theos. Beta, however, is the worst fraternity on campus. The quad is definitely the best place to live as a freshman, but Hill is terrible.
That they're all jappy and money hungry
The best thing to do at penn is go to the museum of archeology because it is very interesting. Also, there is a lot fo school...
The best thing to do at penn is go to the museum of archeology because it is very interesting. Also, there is a lot fo school pride and people love going to the basketball games.
Most people wear jeans and a shirt to class. Most people are also left, but they are right in wharton.
I love blacklights.
Professors know my name in seminars, but dont in big lectures. My least favorite class in us history from 1865 to the present with Phoebe Kropp.
I am involved in JRp where we discuss jewish issues. Also, i am in beta, but i wouldnt recommend doing beta.
Penn students are awesome and they like parties. Also, some people some people study too much and dont like going out.
Penn is a diverse place in a great location. In a major city that serves as a cultural center, and situated directly in a dis...
Penn is a diverse place in a great location. In a major city that serves as a cultural center, and situated directly in a distressed part of that city. The opportunities for exploration, learning, and helping a community are unparalleled at any university. The resources available to students are phenomenal, however in some of the schools grading can be a bit tough. The administration is competent and responsive - Amy Gutmann, one of academia's pre-eminent political scientists, is a perfect president to further the vision of Benjamin Franklin. The university has taken difficult positions on issues like music piracy, and also promotes free speech like few other institutions (and not just free speech for those who agree with the administration or majority of students!)
Very diverse, but self-segregating. It sort of defeats the purpose of diversity when you see people in large groups of people who are all the same. In addition, there are many classes and departments that focus on regions of the world and cultures, but the vast majority of people who take those classes are a part of those cultures and backgrounds. It is an overwhelmingly liberal campus, but political dialogue is very civil and is encouraged by professors and the administration. I have never felt uncomfortable as a Republican at Penn, and it was a privilege to coordinate and participate in debates and seminars with my Democratic colleagues.
Some of the above do apply to substantial portions of the student body, but not to the University as a whole
Academic resources, class options, quality of professors, opportunities after graduation are all beyond compare outside of the Golden Trinity of Harvard/Princeton/Yale. Competition is fierce, particularly in the Wharton School, which has a strict curve and students are licking their chops over 100-hour-per week banking jobs. Professors are, for the most part, quite accessible and approachable. There is a good balance between theory and practice, to both refine the learning process or scientific method, as well as to succeed in graduate school or a career. One of the coolest classes I took was called Consulting to Growth Companies. I served on a consulting team to work with a small, but growing, company screened by the Wharton School, and assess their needs and draft a report instructing the company on how to meet their goals and grow their business.
Penn is a wonderful place to do whatever it is you want to do. Cultural organizations, political groups, religious gatherings, varsity and intramural sports, volunteering and citizenship, parties, etc etc. In addition, the campus is just minutes from central Philadelphia, which boasts great restaurants, museums, theater, and professional sports. Greek life is fairly common, but not required for social status. Dorms have a collegial atmosphere, and Locust Walk is an intriguing marketplace of activities and ideas.
Rich, liberal, jappy, Uggs, liberal, parties, less-than-deserving-of-ivy-league-status-students, liberal, associated with Penn State, and i'm not sure if i said liberal
Penn doesn't have much of a "campus" but it is a great college experience. Although University City revolves around Penn, the...
Penn doesn't have much of a "campus" but it is a great college experience. Although University City revolves around Penn, the amount of activities around Philadelphia is amazing.
The student body is very diverse
Academics are rigorous but as long as you do your work, it is not too hard.
Penn has a great mixture of frat life and bar scene. Plus there are an unlimited amount of things to do in the city.
Wealthy Jewish kids, love to spend money at clubs, smart but love to party
penn's size is perfect. as freshman, living in either the quad or in hill, you meet so many friends, but there's always more ...
penn's size is perfect. as freshman, living in either the quad or in hill, you meet so many friends, but there's always more people to meet. also, location-wise, penn is the perfect combination. its a city school, but when actually in the campus itself and walking down locust walk, you would have no idea you were in the middle of philadelphia. locust walk is amazing in that every day there are always people trying to hand you flyers and advertising events. it's the heartbeat of the campus.
there are more than enough activities for everyone, and there is never a thursday, friday, or saturday night where nothing is going on. the fraternities are always having parties, and there are local clubs where everyone can go as well. sports at penn are always awesome to go to as well. watching basketball games in the palestra is one of the most memorable moments, with the place packed to the brim. so much energy is flowing in there. franklin field is also amazing. being down on the sprint turf playing or practicing is truly unique, especially with the lights on at night and fans cheering you on.
Penn is a master of advertisement. It makes itself seem like some resource rich in a phenomenal city with a burgeoning social...
Penn is a master of advertisement. It makes itself seem like some resource rich in a phenomenal city with a burgeoning social scene. Lies. Most of the resources are worthless and fraught with incompetence, Philadelphia is a violent and dirty hole in the ground and the social scene at Penn is, for the most part, about as grand as a box turtle since most people are so dull.
I came to Penn excited about the life that I would have as a gay student here. I had heard much about the gay scene and looked forward to being a part of it. I arrived and we slapped in the face by the fact that I'm black. The fact of the matter is that if you are not white, the great gay scene will not be open to you. Unless you're so attractive that others are willing to overlook your minority status, your time at Penn as a gay person of color will be characterized by frustration, loneliness and feelings of misprision toward white gay men inspired by your own indignity.
I applied to Penn early decision. If I could do it all over again, I would apply to some other schools too and not do early decision. Now I'm here wondering if I could have gone somewhere else where I would be happier. The "what if" syndrome is a terrible ailment.
Most people are not snobs, the rest stands true for most students.
Professors will give you the time of day if you make them, but you'll have to make yourself known to them. Students compete and hearing them complain about "failing" because they have a B- in a class where you have an F is becomes old very quickly. The Writing Seminars are a prodigious waste of time, and energy.
Don't live in the Quad, because Spring Fling takes place there and it's simply a bunch of drunken idiots running about. I am not looking forward to it. My closest friends and I bonded over our hatred of the social scene here at Penn and shared struggles. If you do not drink, I suggest you start or find a collection of very good books to occupy your free time. I came here under the pretense that my refusal to drink would not hinder my social life...and was quickly disappointed.
We're supposed to be snobby, affluent, liquor-guzzling and vapid.
Beautiful, cohesive campus in the middle of big city. People worry that the amount of people at Penn inherently means that t...
Beautiful, cohesive campus in the middle of big city. People worry that the amount of people at Penn inherently means that the student body is fragmented, but in reality the number of people does not detract from the campus' unity. Locust walk is where most students spend their time: either walking between classes, sitting at a table or on the green eating lunch, or flyering for their club. The college town is amazing. Each day you have the choice of enjoying activities on-campus at university city or off-campus in the city of Philadelphia. Everyone loves Penn's administration, ask anyone on Locust how they feel about Amy Guttman and you'll understand. She hosts an unforgettable halloween party every year. The biggest recent controversy was last year when a person dressed as a suicide bomber for halloween party wanted to take a picture with his "gun" at Guttman's head. There is a lot of school pride! Everyone camps out for season tickets to the basketball games and makes toast to throw on the field at football games. I will always remember when I was at Penn for accepted student days, one of the guys flyering for a party invited my mom. If that isn't exemplary of the student body, I don't know what is. We love to have fun.
Everyone is really accepting. There is no other way to put it. There was a drag show for the LGBT the other night and it was a packed event. If you don't work hard and play hard, this isn't the place for you. People wear anything from pajamas and sweatpants to the latest fashion, but never heels (they get stuck in the cracks between the cobblestones on Locust walk!).
to an extent; students will spend the whole day in the library so they can spend the whole night out. we like to have our cake and eat it too.
Absolutely! Every professor hold office hours for you to get clarification on homework or for you just to pop in just to talk. It's the Ivy League; if you don't think you're going to study, you're mistaken. Some days it's hard to find a spot in the library. The most spirited discussions about politics, philosophy, and other topics happen outside the classroom. Students are not competitive at all. There is this universal feeling of "cooperate and graduate" that pervades the campus. Someone is always willing to help you with your homework or send you notes that you missed when you were sick.
The most popular groups are performing arts groups, whether it's dance, theater, slam poetry, or a cappella.
I guess this my time to rant on UPenn. From how the university deals with clubs and fraternities, to how they accomodate liv...
I guess this my time to rant on UPenn. From how the university deals with clubs and fraternities, to how they accomodate living situations and campus dining, I constantly feel like I am being robbed and slapped in the face by an administration that does not care about its undergraduate students. The school considers its students a nuisance, that about somes it up. The quality of student here is outstanding, personalities and ambitions in all, but in my mind the students are the only thing that holds up the shoddy infrasture and administration of the school.
Work hard, play hard. Jewish. New York lifestyle (for better or worse, but overall for worse). Pre-professional. Greek scene is the social scene. The people who "go out" are in the Greek Scene. Very preppy. Not many tan/blond girls. Food is absolutely terrible: both the university dining plan and nearby eateries. Philly has great restaurants, but they are pricey. Terrible living conditions. Mice is every dorm room. Small living quarters. Freshmen are in for a rude awakening when they realize that the university makes very little effort to improve basic standards of living such as food and shelter. Wharton curve makes classes too competitive and makes for a rather hostile classroom environment in business classes. Low school spirit for sports team, all the sports fans at UPenn root for other colleges, but I guess that's typical for an Ivy League school.
At Wharton, the greatest business school in the world, do not expect to be in an intimate classroom setting until your late junior or senior year. While the courses are demanding, there is very little hand-holding through the infamous Wharton core - the ten basic business classes that are completed during the sophomore and junior year. Be prepared to go through a brutal running of the bulls type classroom atmosphere where you cram for tests and feel very little personal satisfaction.
If your social, there are only two excuses not to be in a fraternity: 1)If your on a sports team and 2) If you are international and find your group among other international students. I have seen too many great, active, and fun kids fade into loneliness and oblivion because they are the few who are not in a fraternity. The truth is that at an Ivy League school, there is naturally a smaller proportion of the student body that does go out. Combine that with the fact that Penn has a very high rate of students in the Greek scene, and its easy to see why the people who go out and in fraternities or sororities.
It's a city school but it still has a beautiful campus. I wouldn't change anything. At times, Penn can feel too large, howeve...
It's a city school but it still has a beautiful campus. I wouldn't change anything. At times, Penn can feel too large, however, once you settle down with your group of friends, it doesn't feel large anymore. It becomes pretty intimate pretty quickly once you find your crowd. When I tell people I go to UPenn, they say "Main Campus?" to which I respond, "Penn, not Penn State". As a freshman, I spend most of my time in the Quad. We live in the city, there's no such thing as a college town here. UPenn's administration is fine. The biggest recent controversy was when Stetson, the Dean of Admissions, just up and left and we still don't know why. There's a decent amount of school pride, especially during sports games (against Princeton). The most unusual thing about UPenn is that the social circles tend to feel very small and everyone knows everyone and everyone talks about everyone. People are very gossipy. I'll always (kind of) remember my first Spring Fling. Unforgettable.
All of those groups are very active on campus and are effective in having their voices heard. No one would feel out of place at UPenn; there are all types of people here. A lot of students get dressed up for class, and a lot of students come to class in pajamas. You can wear what you want. Different types of students do interact (through classes, random social connections etc), however, there can be some tension between guys in different frats. Asian kids, Indian kids, jocks/frat guys/sorority girls, artsy kids. I feel a lot of Upenn students are either international or they come from the East Coast and California and not much in between. Wealthy financial backgrounds are most prevalent. Students are very politically aware and active. Many tend to be left, I know a few who are strong right, but many are liberal. Students don't really talk about how much they'll earn one day. I feel like that's a weird topic of conversation, anyway.
Penn is a different world. Depending on which social circle you're in, it can be pretty intense. However, if you're up for it, it's amazing. And if you're a low key person, you can function just fine...there are tons of low key people here. It's what you make of it and if you asked three people about their lives and experiences here, I guarantee you'll get three unbelievably different responses.
My professors know my name in seminar classes, obviously not large lectures. My favorite class was an Anthropology class called "Death". Needless to say, the subject matter was interesting and the professor was also very informative and interactive. Students study as much as they need to. I have friends who go out every night and have a 3.8 GPA, but I also have friends who study very hard to get a decent GPA...it depends. Class participation is quite common, however, most of the time, if you listen carefully, the person speaking doesn't actually know what they're talking about. People talk just to talk. Again, it depends on the student. I have friends with whom I can have intellectual conversations, but I also have friends who can't hold a conversation. Students can be quite competitive. Most unique class taken: see above. I am currently undeclared and it's wonderful. I do not spend time with professors outside of class, however, I am only a freshman. I feel that the academic requirements here are legitimate. They encompass a wide area of studies and give you the chance to expose yourself to different things. It's all what you make of it. People in Wharton, Nursing, or Engineering tend to be geared towards getting a job, while people in the School of Arts and Sciences are geared towards learning for it's own sake and seeing what job opportunities might come out of that.
Greek life is pretty popular, however, if you're unaffiliated, it doesn't make much of a difference. I'm a member of Sigma Delta Tau, a sorority on campus. Students sometimes leave their doors open. Athletic events are moderately popular. Guys tend to be hardcore about the basketball games (I only went to Penn-Princeton) and when it's nice out, people go to the football games. Performing Arts is huge here. There are a million Performing Arts groups on campus and it's so easy to get involved with them. The shows are great! The dating scene is weird. If you hook up with someone when you're drunk, don't expect to see that person again unless you knew them before. Don't expect a relationship to blossom out of a random hookup. People hook up when they're drunk. That's really it. Relationships seem to be a rarity freshman (and maybe even sophomore) year. I met my closest friends through this kid I knew the first week of school. I'm not friends with him anymore...awkward. I probably wouldn't be awake at 2am on a Tuesday unless I were doing work in Van Pelt. We throw toast at every football game, Spring Fling happens every year...I think that's it. You party as much as you want to. I could easily find a party (house, bar, etc) every night if I wanted to (some of my guy friends do). I only go out 3 nights a week on average. Frats and sororities are great but definitely not a mandatory part of the social scene here at Penn. Last weekend, I went downtown to a bar for a friend's birthday and then came back to a frat on campus on Thursday. Friday, I had a mixer for my sorority, and Saturday, I frat hopped. You can do plenty on a Saturday night that doesn't involve drinking. You can go anywhere and not drink and still have a good time. I go to a lot of parties at clubs downtown. That is a very popular thing to do and it is a welcome change from the frat party scene on campus.
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