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  • 08/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 24 people found this review useful. 1 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to be a doctor, especially a pharmacist. This school is in fact the number one school for pharmacy in the United States.

    Tips for prospective students

    AP classes are a good idea if you're thinking of going here. I didn't take any, however, extra classes such as Probability and Statistics helped in the classes you'd least expect them too.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is on the expensive side, but a place filled with an enthusiastic and wonderful staff is priceless.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this college. If you love science and love a challenge, then I highly recommend this place. The teachers are delightful and helpful to the max. The rest of the staff is just as friendly, kind, and caring. If there's anything you need, they do everything they can to help you.

    Am learning a lot

    Attending my first year at this college, I expected hardcore science classes and programs and that is just what I got. Though the programs are challenging, they're not impossible to pass. Attendance and studying are a must for each and every single class. I've learned so much from all of my teachers, even life lessons that I can use outside of the classroom.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    USP is great for students interested in Pharmacy or Physical Therapy; it offers these types of students the opportunity to obtain Doctorate degrees in these fields. If you want to study something such as Psychology, please save your money and go to a different school.

    Tips for prospective students

    USP is known as the first pharmacy school in North America. It's a pretty small school and allows you the attention you need for your course of study - Pharmacy, especially. It's an accredited school, and though it's hard to getting good grades is pretty demanding, it's not impossible to do so. You'll pretty much enjoy your time here, if you set your mind to it, and manage your time wisely.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is pretty expensive, since it's a private school, but it's pretty worth it. The skills and knowledge gained at the school can't be compared with most other schools. The professors are well-educated in their fields and can offer great assistance whenever you need it.

    Am enjoying being here

    USP isn't a bad place to be persay. It's a lovely campus and there is an opportunity to meet great people who are extremely smart and helpful. Everyone you meet is pretty helpful, and the library staff especially help brighten your day.

    Am learning a lot

    The first semester here is rough, just as in any other college, I'm sure. Getting used to the workload and what's expected of you hits you quickly. I had much difficulty adjusting, but with the friends I made and the support system from my professors, advisor, and friends, I was able to do so much better in the second semester - my GPA improved by 1.037. Learning study skills and learning that it's ok to ask questions made my spring and summer semesters so much better.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Tons of campus security are always cruising around on their priuses, and they walk all over the place. You can't walk a block and not spot their bright yellow uniform, haha. Plus the cops drive around the campus at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Small college = small campus = limited amount of clubs. I personally haven't joined anything because everything is at night, and I don't stay late since I have to take the subway home; and that, my dear, is not fun when 5PM starts to look like 12AM.

    Bang for the buck

    For roughly $32K a year for undergraduates, I would say that if you really took advantage of the college and actively participate (which I couldn't do as a commuter because everything was at night and I hate taking the subway home when it's pitch dark), it would definitely be worth the price because the equipments that the labs have are top of the line and you can really do a lot here.

    What to do for fun

    The gym is fancyyyyyyyyyyy, cardio on the top floor, ping pong and pool on the first floor, and a weight room in the basement. There use to be a pool, but since people barely used it, the university decided to make it into a chill room (I can't wait to see how it turns out!).

    Food and Dining

    The food is a bit expensive, but the dining hall looks fancy. Since I commute, I usually bring my own food or buy food from the food carts on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, but I stayed overnight once for orientation, and let's just say the rooms look like tiny jail cells, haha. However, I stayed at the lower ranked dormitory; of course there are better ones, which are more expensive. I'm used to my big room at home and not having to share space, so let's just say that it didn't work out well for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from a small high school without ever taking any of those fancy AP or IB classes, I struggled throughout the first few weeks when everyone was all chill and was all like I remember all of this from high school! Well, I wasn't one of those people, but I really took advantage of the professors' office hours as well as tutoring services! They were really helpful, and for a pharmacy major, I managed to pull a 3.53 GPA for my first semester of college :)!

    Tips for prospective students

    It's in the name - the University of the SCIENCES - if you're not intending to major in something sciencey, don't come here because there's literally nothing by science. I'm planning to major in Pharmacy, which is the most popular major at this university, and it's tough - come sharp and ready to dominate this year! Good luck!

    In three sentences

    For a university in the city, there's enough grass to roll around on, and if not, Drexel, which has more greenery, is pretty close by! USP, UPenn, and Drexel are the three universities that make up University City, so we all share our resources. University of the Sciences is a great place to study, and center city, which is close by, is a great place to go out and chill when you feel like banging your head against the wall from the workload you're expected to handle, haha, but I love this place.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who make an effort to excel in school and Science people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of your game. Don't procrastinate. Study every chance you get.

    Bang for the buck

    UH, not really. It's expensive for any major. But if you do well then it's worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live in the city so life at USP is nothing different besides dorm life. It's okay at USP.

    Am learning a lot

    I am actually learning a lot at USP. It's definitely a school in which the teachers will help you to learn. It's just up to the student to apply themselves.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study, but make sure you balance fun and studying. As long as you can accomplish this you are in for a treat.

    Bang for the buck

    Graduating from this school will result in a job, and a great job at that. If you want to dive into the medical fields, look no where else. Each semester job fairs are held where employers come and look for you! You can get offered a job your freshman year!

    Am enjoying being here

    This school is great. If you are looking for something to do there is always something for you in Philly! From visiting University of Penn for frat parties, or club in the city, or perhaps shopping in center city or King of Prussia mall. Everything is available for you as long as you study and get your work done first.

    Am learning a lot

    The opportunity to learn at this university is very intense. As long as you are willing to learn, you will benefit from everything this school does for you including recitation classes for chemistry and more. If science is your forte, then this school is for you. The staff is always willing to help you and the students are all very nice.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is excellent for anyone looking for a career in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, or any other career involved in the sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    A helpful hint I would give to an incoming freshman would be to have fun and make lots of friends. People hear often focus so much on grades that they isolate themselves or stress themselves beyond necessity. However, you still need to remember where you are. The school is hard and requires a conscious effort to get good grades, but you should always make some time to go out, have fun, and relieve some stress!

    Bang for the buck

    USP is worth going to if you are serious about your major and want to be well off after you graduate. This school is expensive but the classes teach you and prepare you for a lot and are geared toward your specific major from year one. However, the cafeteria does not have a vast selection, the library is small, and the meal plans can be outrageous in that they do not carry over from semester to semester, so anything left over is money lost out of your pocket.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at this school for multiple reasons. USP is a small school so you become close with those in your year and other years, your teachers, and the staff! The campus is also beautiful and has a lot of security. This university is also recognized for its academic excellence by prospective employers. The downside is that USP is constantly focused on studying and grades rather then school spirit, so if you want a school that rallies and goes nuts for their sports teams this would not be the school for you.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of the Sciences the courses are tough but you learn so much from them. Each semester's courses build on the knowledge you obtained from the previous courses, so you never really forget what you have learned. I also find that even the courses that are not specifically aimed for your major are helpful in other aspects of your life, such as the way you view the world.

  • 12/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great if you: -are hardworking -want to be in the health sciences professions -love science -are studious -can have fun no matter where you are -are will to study until your brain hurts -aren't squeamish -are Pharmacy -have or can appreciate a morbid sense of humor

    Tips for prospective students

    Top Ten Tips for Future USciences Students: 1. If you have AP or other college credit for non-science courses, take it! 2. Make sure you are coming here for the right reasons. You have to love science, not just the money you will earn when you get out of here. 3. Study, as much as possible. 4. Check out the city and other campuses. Our campus may not be that fun, but Philly is an awesome place. 5. Try to hang out with and get to know your roommate(s) and neighbors. It will be a long couple of years without them. 6. Study. You’ll need to! 7. If you aren't Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Pre-Med, you may want to check out other universities. 8. Don't leave your laundry in the machines. 9. Have extra cash. You’ll probably want to use CampusFoods.com often to order out. 10. Don't forget to study!!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is ridiculously priced. The dorms and food are crap for what we pay. There always seems to be construction going on, and not necessarily on buildings that are needed. We are getting a Starbucks, which though awesome, isn't necessary. The Starbucks may end up being done before our chemistry labs are finished. Students pay so much money but it can be hard to see where it goes. We need a lot of new science equipment, but we probably aren't getting it.

    Am enjoying being here

    For as small as the school is, there is a lot of diversity. We are right in the middle of University City. In Philadelphia, there is so much to do and on the campuses of other schools, there are so many people to meet. It can be hard to find something to do on campus besides studying. Everyone is always in the books. The campus was not set up for fun, but for hard work. If you willing to look, you can have a lot of fun here. I have enjoyed meeting so many new people.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much about chemistry and biology. My teachers are encouraging and helpful. The science classes are difficult, but that is want is demanding in attending a health science school. The math class is pretty simple if you took up to precalculus. The class is just to see if people are prepared for calculus and to get them the math credits. Writing is a bit of a joke. There is very little point to that class. The school is not a writing school and I have learned little so far about writing.

  • 01/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Asian population, love science, and likes a small school that has less of a city feel to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Relax all summer because when the school year begins, there's no room for relaxing after Freshman year!

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive! Sometimes, students do not know where the funding goes but the education seems to be worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a very small school, though mostly everyone knows everyone, there is not as many campus activities as a bigger campus school. There are ups and downs to USci!

    Am learning a lot

    There is too much to learn! This is a school where a normal student take about 20 credits! It is really high speed and almost everyone here is a science major of some sort! The classes here are hard, which is expected of a private school! Definitely challenging!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security from UPenn, Drexel, and USP on almost every corner in University City. They are available for escorts, they also have Penn Trasit who will come pick you up from a location and take you to your destination on campus for free with your ID. All the universities work very hard to ensure students and parents that they will be safe in the big city!

    Greek Life

    There is a club or activity for almost everyone! Black Student Union, Islam, etc! The only thing this school lacks is historically black fraternities and sororites! There are NO D9 frats or sororities on campus and we are not included in any city wide chapters near by. However students are working towards being included nad great strides have been made for the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Deltas

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for almost everyone! Black Student Union, Islam, etc! Also eachmajor has their own club which is great and looks great on resumes because these clubs induce volunteer activities!.The only thing this school lacks is historically black fraternities and sororites! There are NO D9 frats or sororities on campus and we are not included in any city wide chapters near by. However students are working towards being included nad great strides have been made for the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Deltas

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are well rounded, who want to learn about science as well as experianc a culture enriched environment. Students who are analytical and want to know the why to everything. University of the Sciences is the school for you!

    Bang for the buck

    While the school is VERY expensive the professions it prepares you for will pay well enough to exceed your student loan debt plus more! All you have to do is be devoted and follow through (and dont change your major too much!)

    What to do for fun

    Hang out inthe quad with friends between classes and enjoy the Philadelphia night life! Its a beautiful city!

    Food and Dining

    Our cafe is one of the best in University City hands down! No fast food so that sgreat for your health and there are at least 7 overall options to choose from daily (Deli, Salad, Home food, Grill, Saute, Indian, Vegitarian etc)

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is on the rise, dorms are limited due to it being a small campus but the activites commity does try their best to make events that are fun for you to join in on. The key is to find balance between these activities and your studies!

    Academic Rigor

    USP is the furthest thing froma party school. If you were the smart kid in highschool who never had to study and graduated with a 4.0... be prepared for a shock and to study about 2 hours for every 1 hour you are in lecture.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply ealry! Fill out your FASFA on time and ealry if possible! Get to know your freshman guidance councilers! They will help you with the transition academically and mentally. Also be sure to always use all the the schools resources available to you!! Tutoring, library, student health for physical and mental issues, office hours of professors, and study rooms for grop studying!

    In three sentences

    My school prepares you very wel for your future whether that be grad school or a career in the health field. My school is for diligent hard workers. USP is a school that is not for playing around yet for those who are sure of their future and sure that they want to provider the best health care possible to patients around the world.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I don't really know because it seems like someone is getting mugged every other day yet I see public safety officers everywhere...so yeah....

    Greek Life

    Well everyone wants to get wasted after a test and without the greeks the thought of what the school would be gives even me the chills. They're legit. Some are sillier than others *cough cough* AST, but still they get the job done. There are not many though. I feel sorry for the very few blacks on campus bc there is no true outlet for them. Basically the sororities consist of a hot one, a slutty one, an artsy one, and one that doesn't try hard lol The frats consist of a nerd one, a weird hipster one, dbag one, pharmacy dbag one, oh and indian ones...lol There is one gangster asian one...

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a fair amount of clubs but there is no time to participate because of studying. None of the clubs are marvelous and inefficacious at best. For example, the anime club gathers and watches anime...The black student union gathers to tell each other that being black is righteous and prideful and some how the results of that are fashion shows (even though their use of the word makes the fashion gods weep blood) and pretty much nothing else. The Filipino club impressed me the most because there dwells artist with visions. Other than that the clubs on campus are rudimentary and antediluvian.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds. Geeks. Dweebs. Geek-baits. Dorks. Losers. Schmucks. Or someone who is SURE thatr they are truly passionate about science and healthcare.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Near the school there is Clark park. Where in the day there are the happy amish that sell their produce and other commodities, hipsters come out to play and dance, and people play the african drum. However in the very same place at night people are killed and often mugged.

    Bang for the buck

    In regards to architecture and landscaping, the school is quite beautiful. The science classes are non-stop and difficult so if thats where the money is going then I suppose that it's worth it. Also there is a chance for most undergraduate students to do research which is pretty cool. It's still very expensive. One thing that is for certain is that the dorms and the meal plan is overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    Because there is a non-stop studying habit, people usually choose to get wasted at parties as soon as they get a test out of the way because the know that the next day they have to start the process over again. There is a movie theater nearby. People go to church for fun. There's a nice gym. Sit down in the quad.

    Food and Dining

    The opposite of the culinary arts. This is the quality of food that you would expect at a geriatric ward where the patrons are mistreated. Nothing is every cook correctly. You have chicken wings that still have the feathers, well done beef that is covered in blood, and clearly GMO fruit. The only drinks that are offered at dinner at fountain sodas and filtered tap water from said fountain drink machine. Again the servers are mean and ghetto. The do not offer proper customer service and usually have on an evil frown. Typical encounter at the sandwich station: Hi, can I have a turkey and cheese and wheat bread, please? We ain't got 'dat! Oh...well may I have genoa salami and cheese? We ain't got dat too! From the force and disarming body language you can't endure anymore at this point and you walk away. I was slightly happy though, being a vegetarian, because they do have fresh salad most of the time. Besides that the only things they have that are meant for vegetarians are frozen veggie burgers.

    Dorm Life

    The most popular freshman dorm, Goodman Hall, is squalid and pathetic. It is nothing more than a concrete jail. The rooms do not come with lights, the facilities are ghetto and rude which is probably why the dorm is always so disgusting. The bathrooms...anything goes in there. People, for some reason, think they can defecate WHEREVER they want. While I was there, a girl didn't wear flip-flops in the shower once and got MRSR, no joke.

    Academic Rigor

    Pharmacy, even though a six year long program, is on of the most popular and easiest of the majors. The classes don't start being challenging until 3rd or 4th year. However if you study the hardest majors: chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, or even biophysics...be ready to study forever and non-stop for four years straight. We're talking about practically living in the library and study rooms. No social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    I feel sorry for the several artistic children who are forced to come to this school and pursue health professional careers against their will. If you love and I mean LOVE science then this may be the place for you. You probably won't sleep much. You won't keep in contact with your friends from back home...

    In three sentences

    Usciences is an evil school where kids are forced to come by their parents so that they are forced to pursue careers with large starting salaries against the students' will. The majority of the school are international Korean and Indian people who tend to make cliques. Only come to this school if you have no hobbies and like to study 95% of your day.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is mainly for pharmacy, PT and OT students. Please do not come here for a Pre-Med major, it is not worth it. Also students with a great Bio and Chem background will succeed in this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students have to be ready for the high work load and cannot slack off even the slightest bit. They have to learn how to manage their time wisely.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a great aspect of a college, it is one of the main deciding point which a student considers. USP is very costly and their services are not in accordance to their tuition fee. The dining services can be better for the money USP charges and the dorms also need renovation.

    Am enjoying being here

    USP is a great social school. All the students get to know each other since its such a small school. USP is only 15 minutes away from center city, so there are many activities to engage yourself in to keep yourself busy. You never get bored at USP.

    Am learning a lot

    All of the classes at USP are very informative and students learn a lot of information in such a short period of time.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 41

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Basketball and gym

    Food and Dining

    Clean and Delicious

    Dorm Life

    Excellent for nerds!

    Academic Rigor

    Inviting campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Great science university

    In three sentences

    University improving healthcare

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is overpriced and not nothing ever tastes good. There aren't many options.

    Dorm Life

    Goodman Hall is disgusting. The cleaning crew doesn't do their job well and students are even worse. They can't clean up after themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    You get a lot of work and classes are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life... from an ungreek perspective, only known for parties?

    What to do for fun

    UPENN campus is literally 5-10minutes walking distance, so it should be easy to go out. Center city (shopping & dining) is close enough to just take a trolley to. Work out at the ARC-gym?

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect a crazy social life, it IS a science school.

    In three sentences

    USP is a small science school, appropriate for students who are set on their goals and future. Most well known major would be pharmacy. It is easy to get in to, but hard to stay in the accelerated programs.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those students who know what they want to study in the fields of: pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or physicians assistant. All of these programs offer a 4-6 year accelerated program that may take several more years to complete at another university. The pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy programs all offer a six year curriculum that earns a doctorate degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you attend this school, just stay focused on what you wish to accomplish and study hard.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is on the expensive end, so unless you know exactly which major you wish to pursue, it is easy to lose a semester or two. This can lead to many loans that need to be paid back after graduation.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school is very academically based. Most students here are very serious about their education and are determined to achieve goals in their desired majors.

    Am learning a lot

    This school teaches you a lot, however this comes at a price. The classes are very difficult and studying is a necessity. At the end of your time here, you will feel like you know a lot of information in your field of study.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus itself is safe. we are however located in west philadelphia and with that comes the normal problems with thieves and vandalism.

    Greek Life

    it is available and involvement is high, however it is not a focus at this school.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of clubs and activities to get involved with. since we are a professional school, students have the unique opportunity to be involved in professional organizations that allows them to get out and network and see what their career has to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is for the types of students who know what they want to do, are very hard working and dedicated to their education.

    Bang for the buck

    the school is very challenging and you do get your moneys worth.

    What to do for fun

    the school is in philadelphia!! there is plenty of things to do in the city it's just a trolley jump away.

    Food and Dining

    food varies year to year. sometimes it's good, other years its just okay.

    Dorm Life

    because usci is a small school, there isn't a lot of oncampus housing. however what they do have is good. first year students live in dorms and suite style living. second year students have the option to live in 1 of 2 apartment style living building. there is also an honors dorm that allows for 24 hour quietness for the highly dedicated and distracted students.

    Academic Rigor

    very challenging school

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to know that the major you picked is what you really want to do. it is very difficult and requires a lot of effort and dedication to achieve your degree.

    In three sentences

    university of the sciences is a great academic institution. its a small private university which allows for more student professor interaction with small class sizes. great place to learn about your prospective career.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 41

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    philadelphia area sporting events, upenn's campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in a fraternity,sorority, or other group.

    In three sentences

    great academics. small social scene. lack of sports.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 41

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The school is near the trolley lines so going to the city is quick, easy, and fast. UPenn is also close to the university so you can go shopping or take a stroll in their campus area. The school also offer trips to freshman at a discounted price.

    Food and Dining

    They serve the same food in the dining hall with little variations to choose from. Also the food can be tasteless or overdone but the desserts are good.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in the dorm for this school year was average. The rooms were standard size and the bathroom kept mostly clean some of the times. Sometimes the people can be noisy which does affect your study time. However, the dorms are close to the buildings that you will have your classes in and it only takes about 5-10 minutes to get to class.

    Academic Rigor

    For the first year, the curriculum isn't hard but you do need to put in the time to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love science, math, and writing, then this would be the school for you. However, I do recommend you take a tour and ask around because from my experience, most of my peers like the school but some don't.

    In three sentences

    This is a school dedicated in helping students achieve their goal. The curriculum is hard but will be beneficial in more advance courses as the student move the year. The faculty members are kind and their goal is to help the students of USciences academically and socially.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Pretty good

    What to do for fun

    There is frat and sorority life on campus. there are also many campus activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise any prospective student to be dedicated to there academics if they plan on coming here. This school provides a unique experience as well as a challenging one.

    In three sentences

    This university has a very comfortable atmosphere. It is academically challenging with a very good reputation. It has a very diverse student body with something for everybody.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus safety which is decent. You can have a walking or driving escort upon request. Seriously, though, remember that you are in a city and you'll be fine--don't do stupid things and you'll be fine.

    Greek Life

    I don't know anything about that, other than that there are various ones on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Professional or campus organizations are available for just about every major. Others are available from dance to choir to volunteer to the school's literary journal (The Elixir).

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get a seriously great education. Students who are willing to work hard for their degree. Students who want many networking opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the compass in the center of campus on your way to an exam or you may just fail it. Rub the foot of Abraham Lincoln's foot for good luck before an exam!

    What to do for fun

    First of all, you are in the middle of Philadelphia so what is there not available to do for fun! Think of anything and google it. It'll be somewhere nearby! On campus, there are many professional as well as extracurricular activities which make life fun in addition to just the general fun you will have amongst friends each day!

    Food and Dining

    The food is very distasteful if you have any form of refined taste pallet. You'll be grateful when you move off campus for 3rd year and no longer have to purchase the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    There is always something going on. Freshman have the opportunity to take part in many discounted or free events around Philadelphia that the school sets up. There are also other events and programs on campus to keep things interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    For the pharmacy program, the undergraduate years are not impossible. Study and you will do well (3.5/5). The professional years are by far, much more challenging. By the time you get to year five it is a 5/5 academic rigor!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work for your degree if you are a pharmD student. The workload here is doable, but be prepared to study--A LOT. It is tough, but rewarding. Also, get involved: whether APhA-ASP, or another pharmacy organization, be sure you are an active member so that you can better build your resume/CV.

    In three sentences

    The faculty are very supportive and really want you to learn the material. You will have to work very hard to do well. It is a small school with a lot of organizational/leadership opportunities.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It's Philly. It can only be so safe. But there is a lot of campus security and you can call anytime of the day to have one of the officers walk you back to the dorm at night. I feel safe there and my mom feels I am safe there.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistant. There are some but you don't live in a separate dorm or house. It's more community service based.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many sports but a lot of activites. It's a nerd school. There is only one division one sport all the others are division like 3.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to go to a school to learn, who expects a very tough cource work and want to suceed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mole day! Pie Day! All those nerdy days come to life on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    It's VERY expensive. Does it pay off? I don't know. Ask me in 4 years.

    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING!!! It's Philadelphia!

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good!!

    Dorm Life

    From what I can tell the dorms are small but they are clean, bathrooms are clean and the dorms are in nice condition.

    Academic Rigor

    With Sciences in the name, expect the school to be tough. But you will get loads of help from students and professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for all the activities and don't think that getting a tutor is anything bad. Almost everyone has a tutor in some subject.

    In three sentences

    The University of the Sciences is a clean, newly built, and a very nice school. The teachers are very nice and all want to help you succeed. The school is small but there are many things to do in a large city like Philadelphia.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A downside to living in west philadelphia is the crime rate. Many people do target students in the area during the night. Although the immediate campus grounds are safe, if a students ventures a block away, they are automatically in danger because security does not do a good job in protecting students outside the school boundaries, no matter how close they may be. I didn't feel safe waking around campus even with security.

    Greek Life

    no comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a handful of organizations but none of them are very active unless it is a professional organization like, pre-med club etc. Because the students are so focused on their future they only attend clubs for their major and do not venture to be active in other organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Career orientated health care professionals who are willing to sacrifice time, sleep and a social life to do well in school.

    Bang for the buck

    With tuition on the rise, its not worth the money you pay.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities to do in center city, because its a major city. There are art museums, great cheesesteak joints, outdoor activities etc. There are many amazing restaurants to try in university city, center city and west philadelphia. In addition, because west philadelphia is a culturally diverse area, it has many activities.

    Food and Dining

    Not much to say, its below average. They have some good days but 9 times out of 10, food is just edible. The deli/pizzera next door or the Starbucks is a good alternative to the food they give you, take advantage of it. One word of advice, avoid the cafeteria on the weekends, just eat the paper from your notebooks.

    Dorm Life

    During my freshmen year, the dorms were spacious and considering they were for freshmen dorms. Overtime, they began to accept more students and in turn, what used to be a 2 person room became a 3 or at times 4. Other than the spacing, there are communal bathrooms which are your average bathrooms. There are only a handful of showers so timing is everything. My overall dorm experience was positive because, it was here I met several close friends, whom I shared quality college moments with.

    Academic Rigor

    They place too much emphasis on tests and GPA that students are constantly studying 7 days a week. By the end of the first month, there are usually exams every week till the end of the semester. On top of weekly exams, there are papers, quizzes and homework. This leaves no time for a personal and social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    I only recommend attending this University for one of its accelerated programs (Pharmacy, Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, etc.). Other than the programs or majors in the school of Pharmacy, the other schools are too new and less develop to provide a student with the money's worth of education.

    In three sentences

    A small university located in the heart of a growing diverse/cultural neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The University embodies its long history and its tradition of excellence especially in the discipline of pharmacy but lacks in other fields of study. It places too much emphasis on test scores and GPA but should be focusing on developing the student and preparing them for the real world.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports and other outdoor activities are available. A lot of students also seem to play online games with each other as well.

    Academic Rigor

    As with all medical studies, University of the Sciences will most likely not be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get a lot of scholarship money.

    In three sentences

    For the ambitious.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The area around this school is not that safe. However, as long as you are on campus and not out late or not alone you should be safe. There are emergency booths around campus and there are guards on bikes that ride around at night.

    Greek Life

    Many people are involved in the Greek Life and there a period of time when many activities are going on for this. When people are accepted into their groups its very energetic and exciting for those that join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a day for students to get involved in clubs and many other activities. There is wide range of clubs to join including different kinds of genres.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that have study habits and are determined with a goal. This school is very studious and for students that are willing to study it is a good environment because everyone else is pretty much studying as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not sure that there are unusual traditions. However, I really enjoyed student appreciation day which is near the end of the school year and we were treated by the school with food, fun activities, and free T-shirts.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is pretty expensive because it is a private school. I'm not sure if the tuition should be that high because it does not seem like we use that much money. However, since it is a private school.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities on campus but it depends on the individuals personality. I liked eating out and going shopping off campus with friends when we had free time. Also I worked out for fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent as well. It made me gain weight a little but that all depends on the individual and how they maintain their health. However, I know the majority of the students dislike the dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent, there is one dorm for incoming freshman called Goodman. Then people move out to other dorms or apartments. There are four floors with no elevator and there is no kitchen. Overall it was a decent experience for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I studied a lot because there is a lot to study. I'm not sure how it compares to other schools but most of the students attending this school study study study. It is hard to get use to if there are no study habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students need to work hard in order to maintain a good GPA. One of the best parts of this University is the caring staff members. Most large public schools, the staff cannot give that attention to individual students. So ask many questions and get close to professors. Also get resources from upperclassmen.

    In three sentences

    The University is like high school but bigger. The campus is small, nice, and homey. It is a great place to build a family with the people because everyone usually knows everyone else.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Of course in being in such a large city, crime is an issue. However, USciences public safety does a great job in protecting the community. The campus has emergency phone stands in every part of the campus and patrolling by the Public Safety. A student can also be escorted back to their dorm when its late at night by a Public Safety officer. There's also a transportation service provided by the joint efforts of USciences and UPenn called Penn Transit where between the times of 6 PM- 2 AM a van could pick the students up to their desired destination for free.

    Greek Life

    I am not apart of Greek life, however there are many fraternities and sororities on USciences. There are social, academic, and professional greek organizations that can fit into a student needs. One thing I do notice is every Thursday in the main dining hall there is Greek lunch, where all the Greeks enjoy lunch together.

    Clubs and Activities

    For being a small school, I feel that there's still something that everyone can do. Whether its dance, academics, artistic, athletics (including intramural), etc., a student cannot feel alone.

    Great for these types of students

    Since our school has some type of diversity, we do have many cultural clubs. Also, with USciences being scientifically based, the various science clubs is very beneficial to the students. For example, USciences student chapter of APhA (American Pharmacists Association) is the largest in the nation and is very helpful on learning more about the field and opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A cool tradition this school has is the Olympics. All the groups and organizations (including Greeks) compete in different activities to win prizes and of course bragging rights. Also, we have this tradition of how we don't have a football team. Therefore they sell merchandise showing our football tradition that represents how this school has as much spirit as colleges with a football team.

    Bang for the buck

    Being that is a private school, the tuition is expensive. But in this day and age, even public school tuition are similar. Keep in mind that being in the science field a student is more likely to have a good-great salary once graduating. Therefore the student needs to keep in mind that you will see the rewards in later time.

    What to do for fun

    For those who like to party hard, this school may not be for you. Yes there are greeks who throw parties, however a lot of students prefer to go to our neighbor universities. However, USciences do provide many trips which most times are free for freshman or at a very discounted price. Also, with being in the city of Philadelphia, the school does a good job with bringing awareness to many events that goes on in the city.

    Food and Dining

    Many people complain about the food. Even though I don't think the food is too bad, people complain about old fruit and cold food. Also, many students here are vegetarians or have a gluten-free diet complain on the lack of food options. However in the main dining hall there are different stations depending on what the particular student want.

    Dorm Life

    The traditional freshman dorm is a great beginning to starting college life. The student is around only freshman which is great for meeting friends immediately. It is also great that the freshman dorm is the closest to everything on campus. Therefore, it is hard to miss any opportunities. However, being freshmen, students tend to be unruly; specifically in the traditional freshman dorm. Vandalism was a big theme for the this specific dorm which involved students who were not apart of the crime. Overall, the dorm life experience is a great opportunity to be independent for the first time.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a VERY rigorous school. Since it is a science based school, students will be taking 2 or more science classes per semester. It can be challenging but if a student is in this field for the right reason, this should be enjoyable. But it is good that all the students in this school most likely took the same classes for the first couple of years so everyone is willing to help out and give advice.

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as the student puts in the appropriate amount of time and effort after classes, this school would be less hectic. A student may first feel overwhelm with the school work, but the student will eventually become accustomed to the university life. It is acceptable to feel discourage and disappointed at first because this school is more vigorous. However, know that the USciences community understands and most likely went through the same experience.

    In three sentences

    This school is very focused on science and health care. Although USciences should help increase school spirit, the opportunities for each major field is extraordinary. The university is very willing to help as long as students are completely committed their major of choice.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe, with security guards always on the watch.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but after getting a pharmD or Doctor of PT, it will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, it gives you chance to meet others with similar interests. Get together with friends, lots of eating areas around the neighborhood.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging, but doable. Need to study, and keep up to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to love what you decide to major in because a lot of time will be spent on studying.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is okay. The campus is small so not much needed, but we are very close to a bad neighborhood so if you plan to walk somewhere at night, leave with a group or call for a walking escort. Security on the campus does a good job of notifying everybody when there is an issue and when to avoid certain areas.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very active and present, but the main Greek Life is not present. Do not come to the school specifically for a typical Greek Life because chances are we will not have the chapter. But that doesn't mean you have to discourage the ones that are here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ranges from Student Government to Dance Clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    Books in the bookstore are ridiculously over-priced and sell items that are not necessarily used. The amount of food and type of food offered does not match the price we pay for our meal plans (our money could buy us better quality food). However, in relation to academics, the money is worth it. You get a great education with a selection of enthusiastic teachers who are available and understanding.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has little to no activities unless on special occasions, such as spirit week and welcome weekend/week. There are event on neighboring universities, but due to our lack of communication with these universities, we never really know when there are events.

    Food and Dining

    Personally feel the food is not the best and there could be a better variety, but the food can get you through the year. The cleanliness is questionable though because there was a roach spotted in the dining area, but keep in mind it is still a public building in a city.

    Dorm Life

    Maintenance of the dorms is horrible. This is not necessarily due to the staff, but to the amount of people living in the dorms. There's really one main dorm, so everybody basically sees everybody else. Rooms are fairly large.

    Academic Rigor

    If you have had prior teaching in some of the subjects, the rigor of the subject is not as bad as it may be in comparison to others. But new material is difficult and taught at a fast pace with little detailed explanation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, see your teachers whenever there is an issue, and be prepared for fast-paced learning.

    In three sentences

    The school provides the proper education for you health-science profession. Teachers do a good job at making themselves available and try their best to make sure the student understands the material. However, social interaction with the other universities in University City is non-existent, although stated otherwise.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club definitely. Clubs are the best way to interact with other students and learn about your campus. Try not to get too in over your head with parties or anything because you might end up failing an important exam due to not studying 2 weeks in advance for it.

    Food and Dining

    The on-campus food served by the school's company is not great at all. It's made very odd and cooked poorly, the taste lingers and overall you may get sick for the first 2 weeks. Get used to eating potatoes and eggs because that's some of the most common foods they have. Other than that there are some restaurants and food carts nearby that are relatively good if you want something different.

    Dorm Life

    It is easy to get close to students if you live on campus, however it is difficult to deal with students that always create messes. Often you will see people openly drunk, people breaking things or taking advantage of the system. Always be calm and report any instances of misbehavior to get out of trouble or avoid being blamed. Also dorming is extremely expensive so consider getting an apartment or commuting.

    Academic Rigor

    This school requires a lot of time and energy in order to get grades good enough to stay in the main medical programs. I would spend any extra time studying, be very time oriented or you will fall behind and your grades will suffer.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend going to this school if you have near a full scholarship because I have many loans going towards this school that I doubt I will be able to pay off. Making friends is very important regardless of where you go but always try to join clubs especially the ones related to your major if you plan on getting a job in the future. Don't be afraid to stand out and ask questions because you don't want to fall behind due to shyness.

    In three sentences

    It has a very tight knit community that it becomes easy to get excluded. The clubs are very fun and keep the amount of stress down when it comes to the extensive coursework. Overall it is a pretty good school with an inviting community but only if you can afford it.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always around. If you need to go somewhere, you can call an escort. But you have be careful and be aware also. Nowhere is safe.

    Greek Life

    Plenty!

    Clubs and Activities

    Great clubs. ACS,

    Great for these types of students

    For students who like to be one on one with their professors. Want to be in a small environment.

    What to do for fun

    I commute

    Food and Dining

    Most people are usually not fond of the food here.

    Dorm Life

    Sorry, i don't dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous academic program. But hopefully it will be worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love sciences and challenges, this is the school for you!

    In three sentences

    I love the school. Good small classes and a very homelike setting in class. Professors are nice! Very expensive, the money is destroying me!

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is poor in nutrition and taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old and dirty but they really do try their best to keep it clean. It is infested with mice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Private schools are very expensive, know if you really want to do something in health-care then apply. It is a great school for pharmacy students because it was the first pharmacy school in the western hemisphere, which can help when you're looking for a job.

    In three sentences

    This university is great for those interested in becoming a pharmacist or a physical therapist, the top two majors. Overall this academic institution is very health-care related and helps students achieve their goals. Also, the faculty is willing to help.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are public safety on just about every corner of the streets of University of the Sciences. These public safety are willing to escort you, as well as protect you from harm. It is generally a safe campus to walk around by yourself.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at University of the Sciences is very different. There are professional, community service, and social fraternities and sororities. Although the greek life is somewhat on the smaller side, the majority of students are involved in the greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any student that likes to keep busy, work to their full potential, while also socializing a descent amount. Here, students put their grades over socializing, but will still have a great time on the side.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Linda's Cart has been on campus for many years. This food vendor sells the best food on campus in most students' opinion. In addition, the worker (Linda) is the sweetest lady ever and is always interested in how you are doing personally and academically.

    Bang for the buck

    Although University of the Sciences seems expensive, most school are just as much as this school. In the end, most students here graduate with job offerings waiting for them due to the fact that the school is well known in the medical fields. It is worth every penny to attend here.

    What to do for fun

    Being that the school is in the middle of Philadelphia, there are so many different things students can do here. Not only are there tons of student activities and social events throughout the semesters, but it is so easy to venture off campus and visit other local school or even Center City, which is just a trolley ride away.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at University of the Sciences is actually descent for college food. There are many different selections at each meal, in which most of these selections are quite healthy.

    Dorm Life

    You only have to live on campus for the first two years at University of the Sciences. The rooms themselves are actually decently sized. Each room is equipped with enough, nice furniture to accommodate each student.

    Academic Rigor

    You must, no matter what, study for each course here at University of the Sciences. Especially when dealing with science course. In addition, each class you take here builds upon a previous course, therefore students must actually always understand the information, creating an even larger challenge

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to work very hard, especially in the science courses. At University of the Sciences, you cannot let your GPA slip at all. Every extra minute of work/studying counts here.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful Health Sciences school. All of the programs and majors are well planned and straight forward. University of the Sciences is very highly credited in the medical field.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is around the clock Public Safety working all the time. You cal also call PennTransit for a ride to anywhere around University City.

    Greek Life

    As i said before, the greek life is very active in the Usciences experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many intramural sports clubs and leagues to participate in, as well as culture clubs. There is something for just about everyone out there.

    Great for these types of students

    People who actually like to learn, study, and love science.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This school is very fraternity/sorority oriented. I am not in a fraternity, but there are many opportunities offered here for those who are interested.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the wonderful City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, there is ALWAYS something to do. It's impossible to become bored in this city.

    Food and Dining

    The food offered at Wilson dining hall is not the best, but it is good enough to get by on a day to day basis.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is average. The room sizes aren't the biggest, nor the smallest. I would recommend getting a suite in Osol Hall, it is more spacious and a lot more fun than Goodman.

    Academic Rigor

    University of the Sciences is known for its rigorous curriculum. Studying here is not for the weak hearted.

    Tips for prospective students

    For all high school seniors interesting in coming to Usciences, I would strongly advise that you recognize the academic intensity offered at this school. I do not wish to scare anybody, but i would not waste time applying if you are not serious about your education as well as your future.

    In three sentences

    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is a comfortable environment. Everybody here wants all others to succeed and is more willing to offer their help. Usciences is a great place to study if you are interested in science and health care.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, they have tight security.

    Greek Life

    offers several greek options.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again mostly related to health care and health related fields but having said that they are off top quality and very well functioning.

    Great for these types of students

    Science students and serious about studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not any I know of

    Bang for the buck

    The education is great, but the living and food is a ripoff.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Philadelphia is great and plus there are many universities in the area so there will always be something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Not very good, especially the limited choices for people with restricted dietary.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms do not look good as there are many triple rooms and they have no lights. Also not many room options for first years.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very tough and you have to be serious.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is for people serious about going into science or a science industry. Make sure you want to major in science related area, because there are a limited number of major offered. Do not cross the school of the list just by looking at the website talk to the counselors and explore the school more, you will not be disappointed.

    In three sentences

    The school has a lot to offer especially if you are interested in a the healthcare field or industry. A small school, with a directed focus and vision. The staff is also very friendly and willing to ask questions.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus security ride around campuses in golf carts that will one day ran you over and segways.

    Great for these types of students

    Asians who want to become a pharmacist.

    Bang for the buck

    They are using tuition money to build a school dedicated for the Physical Assistance program while the pharmacy school has been here for more than 200 years.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing except the occasional library study dates.

    Food and Dining

    The food they have here are under cooked and overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are disgusting.

    Academic Rigor

    It's extremely hard to the point where suicide is an option.

    In three sentences

    The school does no care about you and will take your money. They will tear you apart mentally and physically. Say goodbye to any social life you had.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 41

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot activities to do when there is time available. SNAPs, Mixers, etc

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, be prepared to work hard. This school values academic integrity and its a university of graduate studies for a reason. The work load is a little extreme but well worth it.

    In three sentences

    The University of the Sciences is a very challenging school with a very nice small community. This school is excellent with its welcoming upperclassmen and its lively greek life. Usciences gets an 8 out of 10

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 41

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You feel really safe at school with everyone willing to help you and an on-campus police unit to help guide within and beyond a certain distance of the school. And the public transportation offer here will drive you to where ever you need to be at that within the city or the bus's routes.

    Greek Life

    You will have a great social life if you are outgoing and forward with people there.

    Clubs and Activities

    Countless number of clubs. Each club does a different thing that you could want to do or is just for fun of it and other club help you to improve on area that you are lacking in.

    Great for these types of students

    science enthusiast, college-bound student living in Philadelphia and people who think they have the skills and resources.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school's Rosenberg hall lies within the campus ground but yet it is not own by the school. Rather Rosenberg hall is own by the city but is still consider campus property.

    Bang for the buck

    You get charge for everything that you do or get regardless of whether they said a price on it or not.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the various clubs or the school's big gym and do all kind of things

    Food and Dining

    Good.You have the option to select from a multitude of food options available at the cafeteria to which you will find at least one that will be toward your liking.

    Dorm Life

    good. The area for the incoming class may be a little small but it has all the necessity that you need to feel comfortable living there.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is hard but it is doable if you put some effort into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to come to school with a mindset ready to work and study nearly all the time.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the school as academically challenging. But it also has it benefit of having smaller classes. And if you want to do research and focus mainly on science then come here.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 41

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    What to do for fun

    The party scene around university city is awesome, there's probably at least 4 parties a week aside from finals week. Once you get into your second year, you probably won't have time for fun. Personally, I enjoy going down to center city and shop and eat with a few friends.

    Food and Dining

    At first, the food seems okay enough to live with, but after 2 months or so, you start getting sick of the same food everyday. The only time when the food is good, is during lunch. The downside? They don't accept meal swipes during lunch...

    Dorm Life

    My first dorm was in goodman hall(the hall for freshmens), this building is really old, and the bathrooms can get pretty disgusting if the students don't take care of it. Same with the lounge, there were many nights where groups of drunk freshmens would come back after a party hungry, and leave food all over the floor and tables. Near the end of the semester, I transferred to Wilson hall(for students in the honors program) and I loved it here, it was like a hotel, the rooms had carpet floor, large windows, and very roomy. Also, the bathrooms were just renovated in the summer, are very very clean and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a Freshmen, and came in with having 5's in the major science courses, so I didn't really have it hard unlike those who have never taken AP Chem, Physics, or Bio. Even so, there were still a handful of material I had relearn, or learn more in-depth about. But, I've talked to many upperclassmen's, and learned that all they do is basically study day and night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although it is your first and easiest semester, don't think you don't have to try or study. A lot of freshmen's come in with this mindset, and regrets it very much at the end of the semester when they come out with a 3.0 or less.

    In three sentences

    If you love eating good food, Philadelphia is the place to be! In a 20 minute trolley ride, you can get to Reading terminal market which has all sorts of amazing food. And a 5 minute walk from there, is Chinatown, the bubble tea at tea-do is absolutely delicious, I've never had anything like it before. But if you don't feel like making a trip all the way down to center city, a walk to UPenn's campus will satisfy your tummy too! Be sure to stop by copabanana and try their burgers and Spanish fries! It's the best!

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. Just don't go anywhere by yourself

    What to do for fun

    It's Philadelphia, so there are always fun things to do. Restaurants and shops are very easy to get to thanks to septa.

    Food and Dining

    Some days the food is good some days nothing appeals to me.

    Dorm Life

    Typical college dorm. Nothing great, but nothing too bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but expected for a science school. Many opportunities to help students such as tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only come here if you love science. Seriously. It will be all you eat sleep and breathe.

    In three sentences

    I love it here! The community is so supporting and I have made some great friends.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Yes!

    Great for these types of students

    Pharmacy and Physical Therapy

    What to do for fun

    Center City and UPenn's campus night life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not deciding to be or are not completely dedicated to becoming a doctor, don't come here.

    In three sentences

    Tough Academics. Sketchy Neighborhood. Few school sports.

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is a huge part of this campus since it is located in a dangerous part of the city. Escorts can be called at any time during the day to walk with the student. However, much of the call booths around campus are always broken so always keep a phone at hand to call the emergency Public Safety line which is open 24/7.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is not very evident on campus. There is not much publicity and students only join to increase their social circle (which is really what Greek life is about).

    Clubs and Activities

    There is not a huge selection of clubs and activities are only available in the beginning of the year to help freshman feel welcome. After about 2 months of school, much of the student body dies down.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who come from very small towns with very small high schools. Although located in a major city, this school is not really a big city college unlike its neighboring universities: University of Pennsylvania and Drexel. For those that really know what they want in the future (such as becoming a pharmacist, occupational therapist, physical therapist) this school is perfect because it is very hard to derive from the accelerated path.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a myth on campus that those who walk through the compass in between the quad and the dining hall will fail to graduate. I have no idea where this myth originated from but I have walked through the compass many times and nothing tragic has happened to me. It's funny though when students deliberately walk around the circle without even knowing out of force of habit.

    Bang for the buck

    For an extremely expensive school, the facilities offered are not very good. Although renovated, most buildings are rundown and the services provided within the buildings are lax. There are no additional benefits that this school offers despite its cost.

    What to do for fun

    There is not much activity on campus and therefore many students go out into the city to have fun. Philadelphia, however, has not much to offer after the initial fascination. Many students leave the city and go to New York or New Jersey instead.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is really bland and although the school tries to bring diversity and variety to each course, much of the student body does not favor it. There is only one dining hall and one student store which only stays open until 10PM. Most students choose not to eat the food offered at the university whenever possible.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is difficult and is very segregated by floor. Many students either knew each other from high school or had connections/mutual friends to help them adapt to the new college life. Commuters especially feel the most distant because dorm life has so many cliques.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the program and the major of your choosing, the academia is not difficult freshman year. Some students tend to feel overwhelmed because of the tightly packed curriculum the program forces onto the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most of the students are not too far from home and take weekend visits to get away from campus life. Those that live farther away have a harder time really feeling at home at this university.

    In three sentences

    USciences is a small science school (obviously) located in the far edge of Philadelphia. On campus life is subpar and culture surrounding the university becomes boring after a couple visits. Very easy to adjust to because of the small size.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This university has many sports teams and even a few intramural sports. For those that want to stay active but don't want to compete, USciences has a beautiful recreational center with 2 arenas, a track, weight room, and various cardio machines. Additionally, fitness classes, like yoga and spinning, are held daily. University City has a great night life, with various restaurants and parks, this gives you the opportunity to go out with friend and still mingle with students from other colleges as well, like UPenn and Drexel. Being so close to center city makes the arts extremely accessible, particularly with First Free Friday in Olde City.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria provides many options but those options are not the healthiest of foods. Many of the students visit the various lunch trucks on campus as well as the Starbucks and new Dunkin Donuts. Being in University City also means being close to a plethora of restaurants with cheaper prices, catering to the many students living there.

    Dorm Life

    This university provides various dormitory options at different prices in order to cater to everyone's financial limitations. The Resident Advisers assigned to the dorms can be very helpful if they are used as a resource. The University has single, double, and triple dorms as well as suites. In order to get a good idea of the dorms, make sure to visit them if you go on a tour of the university.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is extremely high for Pharmacy majors. The Pharmacy program requires a minimum GPA to remain in the program, which allows students to know their chances of remaining in the program. The course work is challenging and requires hard work and dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before choosing to attend this university, research the various majors and opportunities that this small private institution would provide for you as a student. When visiting the school, speak to students in the major that you wish to go into about the academic rigor, academic opportunities, and academic resources on campus.

    In three sentences

    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is a small university that is strongly focused in health sciences. This university provides many academic and social resources to help enrich the college experience for its students. Ultimately, this is a great university for students that have a strong, clear cut idea of the career they wish attain after receiving their college education.