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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
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 $71,600.
About University of Pennsylvania...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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University of Pennsylvania Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
9%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1420-1560
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$24,539/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$44,801/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
58%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.92 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.100 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.99 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,496Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,220
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 67 responses
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  • Driven
    21%
  • Work hard, play hard
    21%
  • Overly stressed obsessively "busy"
    16%
  • There is no typical student
    16%
  • Overachieving
    12%
  • Composed and hard working
    6%
  • "Composed", actually chronically stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.94 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.130 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    47%
  • Dynamic
    15%
  • Diverse
    13%
  • Well-rounded
    12%
  • Intellectual
    9%
  • Ecclectic
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$85,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
96%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.64 responses
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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!
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Penn is a very smart institution. A lot of people feel Imposter Syndrome, and it's especially hard if you're coming from a "hard" school and fought for going to an Ivy League only to think that you're not smart enough. It takes a while to adjust, but I think most people keep their head above water (thanks to good friends, occasional therapists visits, and a lot of motivation).

The hardest part about Penn is its pre-professionalism, which can become tiring. There are engineers boasting about the 100k they're going to get post-graduating, Whartonites focused on how they're going to end up on Wall Street, pre-meds planning for three majors and getting lost in their coursework; it's easy to feel inadequate. Sometimes this acts as a motivator to apply for jobs or internships, but sometimes it does a blow to your self-esteem.

Going to a hard college means it's going to be hard. For me, it was worth it. Throwing yourself off the deep end is a huge change, and maybe, a good one.
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.