University of Pennsylvania Reviews
I graduated from Penn with a degree in Mathematics and Oriental Studies, along with a Masters degree that allowed me to obtain a high school teaching credential. My education at Penn was phenomenal - we had amazing research opportunities, a fantastic social life on campus, and contact with world-class professors and researchers. Penn then had a very strong emphasis on multidisciplinary studies, which is even stronger today. If you want a world-class research university, where the only limit on what you can study is your imagination, then Penn is the place for you.
The program at Penn is excellent, but to get the most out of the school, a student needs to: 1) capitalize on making great close and lasting contacts and 2) use the guidance counselors to learn about and properly prepare for their career field. I would strongly recommend any prospective Penn student to join a sorority or fraternity, become involved in extra curricular activities, as these will take care of #1 and talk with teachers and people associated with their career fields to learn the possible types of jobs available in these fields. Then plan course work accordingly. Finally, take life courses like Art History, Opera History, History of the Symphony, Philosophy and other courses that will broaden your life.
I think that there are a lot of benefits to attending the University of Pennsylvania ranging from the connections that you can make to the large variety of classes that you can take. However, it is such an extremely stressful and competitive experience that people start to lose the desire to learn and simply want to get to the top of the class.
Great program and definitely prepared me. One can definitely tell that Penn has the #2 Midwifery program in the country. I received superb education and made connections that will last a life time. They gave me a chance...and I succeeded (a WV native at an Ivy League University). Very pricey...too pricey...but I'm happy with the decision I made.
I had several summer internships opportunities during my undergrad years, one of which led directly to my post-graduation job. Penn Engineering's flexible programs that allow you to combine engineering with other interests (whether business or arts) has played a big role in my career success.