Penn is an elite private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,496 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Penn acceptance rate is only 9%. Popular majors include Finance, Nursing, and Economics. Graduating 96% of students, Penn alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $67,500.
University of Pennsylvania Rankings
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.92 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.98 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.97 responses
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 65 responsesReport
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.92 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.128 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses
University of Pennsylvania Reviews
The University of Pennsylvania has given me an excellent learning experience. Academics are challenging, and you will be required to invest a good amount of time to them. Personally, I spent most of my time focused on this but did not find myself feeling overwhelmed for the most part. The university provides excellent study environments where you can study with your friends or by yourself. People at the university are very social and making friends is not a very hard thing to do. I was satisfied with my dining plan except for the fact that it is a little bit overpriced. Despite having a large student population, moving around on campus is not difficult at all. Regarding financial aid, the process of applying can get complicated and some of the staff can be impatient at times. Finally, there is always something to do whether you want to party on campus or do some culinary exploring in the city. Overall, I have had a fantastic experience!
I truly love the University of Pennsylvania. I had an amazing time here and look forward to getting my graduate degree here next year. The highly professional environment and competitive atmosphere pushes students to reach their highest potential and grow beyond it. Penn also encourages students to have balanced social lives, and provides the students with the necessary resources to have their interests be represented within campus and in student groups. However, I must admit that Penn's hyper-competitive environment does have drawbacks, especially on students' mental health. I think Penn could tackle this by changing their grading scheme, especially for underclassmen.
During my time at Penn I have grown both as an academic and an individual. I have been challenged like never before in my time management, studying skills, and abilities to adapt to new ways of thinking. The professors present their individual subjects with a desire to create change and better that field. Socially, the environment is competitive but I have encountered many peers who are eager to collaborate and help one another succeed. The surrounding area and the city of Philadelphia encourage adventure, and even on campus there is no shortage of activities on any given day of the week because of the boundless events and clubs. Students at Penn have limitless opportunities to discover and cultivate their interests through the engaging academia and diverse, friendly community of students.