University of Pennsylvania Reviews

  • 36 Reviews
  • Philadelphia (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $55,584
97% of 36 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 36 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 5/6/2020
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I hate to say this, but UPENN'S graduate school of nursing is terrible. The education is worse than my two undergraduate degrees from non ivy league schools. Some classes are fine and you feel like they want you to learn and others are so hard it's like the professor is enjoying seeing how many people he or she can fail. My advisor didn't reply to my emails for a year and I finally was given a different one. The nursing school building is extremely outdated. You're lucky if your lecture room has two outlets. Class can last from 3-9 hours at a time. Not much thought is given to much needed breaks. There is a long list of requirements ranging from vaccines to fbi fingerprints to obtaining PA,DE, and NJ licenses. It's quite confusing and there is no help from the school or professors to streamline the process. Beyond the school of nursing, the mental health center is horrible, the learning center is useless, and parking is expensive and far from the nursing building. I can honestly say I have hated nearly my entire experience and going to an ivy won't matter once you graduate. NPs are in demand and that will only increase. I could go on. I thought about transferring, but other schools would only accept two transfer classes."
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2019
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Undergraduate business school was a unique experience although I recommend it in terms of long-term job prospects and the practical application of your skills almost immediately post-college (this is a HUGE bonus I can't understate), I think the environment could also be competitive and involve intense pressure as a result. If someone is thinking through studying business, I would recommend they balance their coursework with liberal arts class, and don't lose sight of classes that challenge their critical thinking and imaginative abilities."
Ishara Lareef
  • Reviewed: 6/15/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"As a college student at the University of Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to take many different courses in fields ranging from art history to biochemistry to clinical healthcare management. In each and every one of these courses, I learned a great amount of information from professors who are world renowned in their respective fields. I constantly felt supported by my professors and peers to strive for the very best and to explore my various interests. I ended up deciding to major in the Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB), an interdisciplinary major that combined the fields of neuroscience and psychology. This major opened my eyes to the way our brain works on a molecular level, and made me excited to delve deeper into the unknown realm of neurobiology. At Penn, I also had the opportunity to conduct research at Penn's Center for Mental Health Policy. Here, I worked with researchers who were innovators in the field of health care and was given the opportunity to publish numerous scientific papers. There are countless opportunities for students to conduct research in whichever field piques their interests. My experiences at Penn inspired me to further my scientific knowledge and I ended up applying to medical school in my senior year. I will be attending the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth this fall, and I feel extremely well prepared for the rigors of medical school and for my future medical career. I owe all of these opportunities to my time at the University of Pennsylvania, and I would encourage students to apply to this school for the numerous opportunities that will be made available to them there."
Christina Rose
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"The University of Pennsylvania is an amazing institution with incredible resources. While it is an Ivy League university, they could have more support for first-generation/low-income students. My courses were phenomenal, however, and my professors were all experts in their given fields. The campus is beautiful and I love how close it is to Center City. Many students tend to stay inside the University City bubble, but if you get the chance, get out and explore Philadelphia. Take advantage of the resources this university offers. Take a class in the Penn Museum, visit the Kislak Center for Rare Books and Manuscripts on the 6th floor of Van Pelt, go see the Phantom of the Opera in Irvine Auditorium on Halloween with live accompaniment on the Curtis Organ, and take advantage of the numerous speakers and special events. Your courses are important, but Penn has so much more to offer. Take it all in!"
Rebecca Wentzel
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"There is a reason Penn is one of the best schools in the world. At my fingertips, I had world class research, professors, and brilliant minds to work along side. While the Chemical Engineering curriculum did skew toward the theoretical side, it was not hard to find working professionals to share with you about the application of your classroom knowledge."
Jennifer Ormsby
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2001
"The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is the best nursing school. People always ask me if I think it matters where you get your undergraduate nursing degree. I always reply yes. I believe nurses prepared at the University of Pennsylvania are a different breed of nurses. The way they think and the way the see things is superior to other prepared RNs. They have a lens that promotes change and improves the quality of nursing care they provide. I would not have had the success I have had today as a nurse if I did not attend the best nursing school, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing!"
Linzi Arndt
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2017
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Attending the University of Pennsylvania as a first generation, low income student was a dream come true. Penn has every academic resource imaginable in any discipline of study. It is a world class research institution with many opportunities to work alongside some of the best minds in their field. The student life is diverse with students from around the United States and the world from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The University most recently began a program for first generation, low income students to broaden its cultural support network and ensure the entire student population has every tool needed for success. Next year, I plan on attending medical school. The University of Pennsylvania gave me unparalleled opportunities to enable me to reach my goal of becoming a student-physician. The coursework was extremely rigorous, but prepares you well for whatever your goals are upon graduation."
Joi Horco
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Studying public health at the University of Pennsylvania was a terrific experience. The University of Pennsylvania's founder, Benjamin Franklin, also founded the nation's first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital. This meant that as an undergrad at UPenn, I had access to historical medical documents dating back to the 1700s. I believe that being in such a historically rich environment added context to my classes of public health, in a really unique way."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"I enjoyed my time at Penn. I loved the combination of academic quality and an urban but organized campus and community."
Jeff Seid
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"I would like to start off by saying I am a recent graduate of this school and am very proud to be an alumni member . They overhauled everything from how the building would be cleaned to the curriculum. They prepared me for state board testing and how to conduct myself in a professional manner as a Nurse. As to date everyone of my classmates who graduated have all passed their state board testing and are all employed. Great place to learn and to be apart of , I wish them nothing but the best !!!"