Penn Freshman up for questions

<p>So I noticed that a lot of people on this board are choosing between Penn and other schools. I was in your position last year and I remember really wishing I had someone to talk to that would just give me honest advice.</p>

<p>I wanted stories, not facts about numbers of students or how many award-winning professors there were.</p>

<p>Anyway, just thought I’d put out an offer to talk. My AIM screen name is shoeflydbm87, or you can PM me. Hope to hear from some of you!!!</p>

<p>If your interested…I’m in M&T (Wharton/Engineering), and last year some of the other schools I was choosing between were MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, and NYU. I was originally deferred early decision. Not gonna lie, I think I’ll always wonder “what if” but I can definitely say that I’m happy here.</p>

<p>Hurrah for the red and the blue =)</p>

<p>Hey.. can you post your stats from hs? I hope to apply to penn next year and I'm just trying to get a broader idea of the caliber of students they accept. What part of the application process do you think really made you stand out, essays, ec's, grades, sats..?</p>

<p>Thanks! :)</p>

<p>What eventually made you choose Penn over CMU? I'm in that position right now... Thanks!</p>

<p>Did you ever feel lost in the big undergrad scene? (Penn: approx 10,000 and Dartmouth: around 5,000) That's my major worry at Penn. It's not that I want to know every single body on campus. I just want it to be a familiar place; not a place with random faces and stuff...</p>

<p>Ooooh thanks for offering your help, I have many questions. (I was accepted ED so I am set for Penn --and thrilled!-- but I'm still wondering about...</p>

<li><p>How heavy is your course load? Do you feel like one can pursue a dual degree, work part time, study enough as to do well in class, and still have a life?</p></li>
<li><p>How well do the international students mix with the rest of the people?</p></li>
<li><p>If you live on campus, how often do you go out to Philly?</p></li>

<p>Regarding SEAS...</p>

<li><p>How strong is the Systems Eng department? Is the faculty friendly, helpful, do they actually speak English? haha...</p></li>
<li><p>Are the classes graded on a curve? Is the atmosphere really competitive or more laid back?</p></li>
<li><p>Last question: I'm planning to get a mac laptop. Any compatibility issues that you are aware of?</p></li>

<p>Sorry for so many questions... If you could answer at least a few that would mean a lot! :) Thanks in advance...</p>