Hi guys !
During my application process I have been helped by many students through this website and so I want to give back a little by answering questions myself.
I'm a student at Wharton, so if you guys have any questions about Wharton/Penn in general, feel free to ask ! (could be about academics, social life, dorms etc...)
how is the overall environment at upenn? ive heard a lot that people say that the campus is really ugly and depressing, and that the city is dirty. Also, how are people overall? are they really career focused? arrogant, competitive?
1. I own a car right now. Provided I go to Penn next fall, is it advised to bring or not bring a car?
2. What's the drug culture at Penn like (lel, dem questionz)?
3. Do you have any idea about the acceptance rate of SEAS to Wharton transfers/dual major applicants?
4. What's research life at Penn like?
idk, I did ask a lot of questions, so, to be fair, you can answer selectively (although I'd appreciate it if you could answer them all!)
Hi! How accessible are Wharton courses to students in the other schools? I applied to CAS but I'd love to take a few marketing classes as electives.
Thank you so much for doing this, I really appreciate it
Since OP is absent I'll do my best xxmcjxx95: I only have one Wharton class at the moment (mgmt 100), but I haven't noticed much of a divide. From what I've seen men and women have treated eachother as equals.
foxtails: I've seen a bit of both, I don't think the student body leans one way or another.
eduard97: I don't find the campus ugly or depressing, some of the buildings actually look quite nice. The city does get a bit sketchy as you go north and west of 40th, but it's not terrible. I've found there to be very few panhandlers compared to Atlanta, where they are on many street corners. I have used the subway and trains quite a few times and I've never found the cars to be dirty, but some of the stations do get a bit dusty/physically dirty.
I've found people as a whole to be a welcoming group, and many students are career focused, especially in Wharton and Engineering. Competitiveness is mostly friendly, I haven't seen anyone go out of their way to sabotage someone, and I get the feeling that anyone that did this would be ostracized. The people have been my favorite part of Penn - I've finally found people that share my interests and everyone else has been friendly.
arghfrustrated: 1. I would advise against bringing a car. Parking in the city is a pain, and mass-transit is quite comprehensive.
2. It's not very out in the open, but if you ask around you can probably find almost anything.
3. M&T transfer acceptance last year was somewhere around 4 +- 2/ 50 +- 7, (a rough guesstimate) uncoordinated acceptance is probably higher. From what I've heard, GPA is a major factor.
4. Research is coordinated through an organization called CURF. I'm not particularly well equipped to answer this question, but I get the impression that it's not difficult to get a research position, just shoot an email to a professor and see what happens
azure88: You can register for almost all wharton classes, but wharton students get priority placement. (If it's not full you can probably take it)
wavetech: present and growing. There is a Wharton innovation fund, an on campus startup incubator (the Weiss Tech House), and a venture capitol firm just moved on campus (First Round Capitol). Within Wharton, the management concentration has an entrepreneurship track/specialization.
Last edited by 10nisman94; 11-17-2012 at 07:34 PM.
great job 10nisman, I would have said pretty much the same. Sorry I was absent, had a lot of homework lately...
william 95 : the homework load for me isn't overwhelming at all. I mean, I find myself VERY busy sometimes but it's just in periods of exams or presentations. Of course, it depends on what you do. I know kids in dual degrees who are always working and running from one class to another. But I feel like although I have to work a lot, I still find a lot of time to have fun, go clubbing, sleep in the next morning and social activities. I don't go to Philadelphia at all though :/ I stay most of the time in what we call the "Penn bubble". Going to the city is very easy and fast, I just don't do it. Why? I don't really know. It just never crosses my mind to go downtown during the day.
BreadMonster : I don't really know. My guess would be that it's not too easy because the selection process for Wharton is slightly harsher than for CAS but I know people who've done it, so it must happen occasionally.
scooters : My scores when I applied were 710 CR, 770 M, 650 W (but I'm international, English isn't my first language so I guess they were more indulgent with my lowish writing score). I also had 710 at SAT II Math 2 and 760 at Spanish.
ECs: president of talent show organization committee, president of a physics club, fashion designing, planned a charity gala in my hometown, 10 years of piano lessons, 10 years of dance
and azure88 I just wanted to add : a LOT of CAS students take marketing classes and do just fine, so if you're interested in it just go for it ! I don't think it makes any difference if you're a Wharton student or CAS student since marketing concepts are new to everyone when you get there.