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Reasons to attend and to not attend University of Pennsylvania
- “My favorite thing about Penn is there are four undergraduate schools and all the resources available at those schools apply to all the students. I can take any of my elective classes at any of the schools, including Wharton, and I can go to their career events too. Besides the nursing school, I’ve had classes in every school that have counted towards my degree in the College [of Arts & Sciences].”
- “You’re so close to Center City and you can get away from Penn easily if you want, even if you want to get away to study. It’s really nice to have the option to go somewhere new so you’re not at the same place every day.”
- “One big reason is the people you meet. It’s an extremely diverse school and you get to meet people from different backgrounds, so you get to make connections with people you wouldn’t meet at many other places and the connection will last a long time.” [The undergraduate population of Penn is about 41% White, 20% international, 13% Asian, 10% Hispanic, and 7% Black.]
- “There are really strong resources outside of academics. I think a lot of people don’t think that much about the resources outside of the academics, but there are so many opportunities to join clubs and pursue your own projects.”
To Not Attend
- “Penn is very diverse in terms of actual demographics, but I don’t think Greek life and the social life [I participate in] has not been that diverse for me. It’s a lot of very wealthy students and revolves around money because a lot of the events that are really popular cost money.” [Socioeconomically, 19% of students come from the top 1% and 3.6% come from the top 0.1%.]
- “When it comes to career-oriented things, people are very, very competitive.”
- “If you’re not that into Greek life and want [the stereotypical college social scene], you won’t have a good time here. I know people who Greek life didn’t work out for and they’re pretty unhappy.”
- “I don’t like how the clubs and organizations are competitive to get into. I also think it’s unnecessary because even the more fun things to do, like dance teams, are competitive and it doesn’t give people the opportunity to branch out because it requires applications and auditions and stuff like that.”
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