While college tours can be helpful, there’s a lot of information that the tour guides have to leave out. So I’m here to give you a real student’s perspective. Here’s what the tour and info session won’t teach you about the University of Pennsylvania.
The food isn’t the best
Our dining halls aren’t exactly gourmet. I got used to it over time, but I don’t think I’ll ever grow to enjoy the cafeteria food. The general consensus on campus seems to be that Penn food isn’t very good.
There are good dorms and bad dorms
Although most freshmen pay the same amount for housing, only some get lucky. Many rooms are very small, lack air-conditioning and a lot of the bathrooms can get pretty disgusting. Don’t have high expectations for your living space.
Big, freshman, lecture classes may not have the best quality of teaching
You would think that an Ivy League school would only allow the highest quality of professors. Think again. Many of Penn’s large lecture classes, which contain a high percentage of freshmen, are somewhat subpar. Definitely use sites like Rate My Professor when picking your classes.
Penn is fun
Socially, Penn gets an A+. The school feels racially, socioeconomically, and geographically diverse. Because Penn’s student body includes many different types of people, almost everyone will find someone they will get along with.
If you have any questions about UPenn, feel free to comment below and I will answer them.
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About Nadira Berman
As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.
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