Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League with “very high research activity.” It ranks #8 on U.S. News & World Report’s National Universities list, and The Princeton Review labels this West Philadelphia institution as the 6th most selective school in the nation. UPenn’s Gothic-style campus is home to the nation’s first collegiate business school and medical school.
Penn students are defined by their passion, even if it is undefined upon entering freshman year. Classes are so difficult that you have to experience them to understand, but the sense of accomplishment that comes with mastery over them is liberating and pure euphoria. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Penn, though, is what you will learn outside of the classroom through your peers and their amazing cultures.
Josh from Dayville, CT
It definitely lives up to the nickname the social Ivy, but that's not to say the academics are not rigorous. Be prepared to work hard and show dedication to both class and activities. Even though it is in a big city, there is a distinct campus atmosphere.