University of Pennsylvania Reviews

  • 259 Reviews
  • Philadelphia (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $57,770
90% of 259 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 259 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Catherine Parrella
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"The professors are extremely knowledgeable and will challenge you. The quality of education is absolutely superb and a degree from Penn will make very employable, but it's incredibly expensive. The campus itself is beautiful, but can be dangerous directly off campus/at certain hours of the evening."
Morgan Schrankel
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2016
  • Degree: Education
"I have had a great opportunity working with a diverse set of faculty and students. I am challenged academically to dissect the issues facing the field of Education and to develop creative solutions to address these issues."
Nicholas Allen
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2016
  • Degree: Education
"Pros: Amazing peer support Very credible professors Very inviting culture Cons: Cost Low amount of scholarship/grant money"
Fatima Aboul-Seoud
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"It varies highly depending on your advisor. The course load is quite manageable if you're not in the Clinical department. Not very geared towards developing teachers, more about the research component."
Irene Hong
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2016
  • Degree: Law
"Definitely a hefty investment but worth the cost in the end. Career Services is immensely helpful at securing you summer jobs and permanent employment after graduation."
Rachel Hwang
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2016
  • Degree: Engineering
"My program is very effective at teaching students about the basics of the graphics industry, but fails to train students for very specific roles, which leaves us to do a lot of extra work outside class. However, there are lots of alumni willing to help. Also, the curriculum is lots of fun!"
Erin Begg
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Best Graduate Nursing Program in the country. The students work hard and are eager to develop into leaders that change the world! Staff are approachable and really care about their students. Financial aid is ok, but the toughest part is that they don't communicate that well with students, especially via email. Overall, I've had an amazing experience at Penn Nursing!"
Shruthi Arvind
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2015
  • Degree: Civil Engineering
"It is a great academic program and for urban planning, the city offers a very enriching experience. The workload is quite tough and I wish there was more emphasis on international planning. That being said, I would definitely recommend the program to anyone interested in the field!"
Jeffrey Green
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2015
  • Degree: MBA
"Great program with many diverse, intelligent people with amazing backgrounds. Major drawback is lack of financial aid."
June Wu
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2015
  • Degree: MBA
"Wharton has a wonderful network of students, alumni, and faculty!"
Graham Nelson
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2015
  • Degree: Architecture
"The Master of Architecture program at Penn dovetails together a remarkable number of ideas and provocations pertaining to the fields of architecture and design, while simultaneously providing a comprehensive practical base of information. In particular, the program emphasizes digital fabrication, and appears to seek to be on the avant-garde of design methodologies. However, the time commitment to the program is significant, and the costs of software and other materials necessary for project completion can present a financial burden."
Katerina Gawronski
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2015
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"I have found the program to be excellent in both research opportunities and coursework. Moreover, I am impressed by level of interest and mentoring that the faculty have for their students. All of the faculty that I have met thus far have been incredibly supportive and willing to give advice. The atmosphere is highly collaborative, and, most importantly, the quality of the science is top-notch. Students work very hard but quality of life is good, and there are lots of opportunities to interact with graduate students from other programs. Overall, I am very pleased with my decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania for my graduate degree."
Alexandra Wimberly
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"Pros: Flexibility and great mentorship if you choose appropriate advisor Cons: Can be removed from the practice world"
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2015
  • Degree: Economics
"The undergraduate experience at Wharton is out of this world with the global diversity and caliber of students it attracts. The network has been so helpful for me in my professional life."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • Degree: Engineering
"Great for building relationships with friends and administrators. Great opportunity to pursue research. Great for networking for jobs."
Matthew Mark
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2015
  • Degree: Architecture
"A great program with fantastic networks of postgrad opportunity. The University is willing to provide and support its students financially and academically. PennDesign is an up and coming top ten graduate of architecture school that will continue to make huge strides over the coming years and contribute to the field."
Afolake Obawunmi
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2015
  • Degree: Law
"The Penn Law master's degree program is very competitive which accommodates people from diverse cultural backgrounds and academic and professional achievements. The program is distinctive because it first provides an acclimatization period called the summer program which allows newly admitted LL.M candidates to not only be properly introduced to the dynamics of US. law and legal theory but also provides a chance for the students to get to know one another, the faculty and the environs. It combines both academic work with social events and other forms of orientation which helps students settle into the system. The LL.M itself then commences during the Fall semester and this provides students with a wide range of interesting courses which meets the professional interests of each candidate. The classes are competitive as they are taken with the upper level J.Ds and this brings a different mix into the program. Moreover, the LL.M program offers a rare opportunity to take courses in other disciplines outside of the law school, especially the Wharton Business and Law Certificate Program which can be taken along side the LL.M program. I must mention that the Faculty is open to both in-class and out-of-class discussions, and they are willing to provide all the assistance they can muster. Career-wise, the school is dedicated to ensuring that its students are presented with job opportunities and several networking events are lined up to meet this goal. With respect to cons, the program is only for 10 months and this leaves a lot to be covered within a short period of time."
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2015
  • Degree: Economics
"Great school with lots of brilliant people. The mindset and culture of the institution is largely dominated by Wharton, however."
Henisha Patel
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2015
  • Degree: Social Work
"University of Pennsylvania really allows me to tailor my education to my specific interests and career goals. In the Social Work program, the faculty really understand the variety of knowledge and expertise required of those entering the social services, policy, and health fields. They provide opportunities to take classes in other schools and have hands-on training. However, one Con would have to be the workload. I am really anticipating the program to be extremely rigorous, in addition to the mandatory field internships that all students are required to do."
Gabrielle Wilkinson
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2015
  • Degree: Reading & Literacy Education
"Excellent staff and very supportive environment. The program is competitive with good reason. The experience is invaluable. I have learned so much already, and I just started!"