right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04

Is the Penn Visit worth to attend?

stillastudentstillastudent 48 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
edited January 2014 in University of Pennsylvania
Hi guys, I live in Canada and we recently had a US College Fair, unfortunately, I wasn't able to find UPenn at the fair. While going through the Penn site, I noticed Penn is contantly offering campus visits for students. I'm curious if any of you had the opportunity to attend, if so, can you guys please share some of your opinions?

During the US College Fair that we currently had here in Canada, other school booths were basically telling us the information we can find on the internet, and the answers were pretty "official" in a sense. I was quiet disappointed at that because I didn't feel like I've got enough useful information or tips.

If any of you had the chance to attend, or planning to go, can you please let me know what you think of it? Since I live in Canada and it's a time consuming task for my family to drive all the way there.

Thanks :)
edited January 2014
49 replies
Post edited by stillastudent on
· Reply · Share
«13

Replies to: Is the Penn Visit worth to attend?

  • kbolisetty23kbolisetty23 447 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    I visited because I was curious about the school. All I can say is that the tour definitely cemented my desire to to apply and eventually attend Penn.

    Since you've stated that it would be difficult for you to visit, I would recommend applying and then visiting afterward if you happen to get accepted in order to decide whether you really want to come.
    · Reply · Share
  • MadaboutxMadaboutx 1583 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Try taking the train. Schedule an overnight at Penn. leave the next day and leave the family at home.

    Although I have no clue where you'd catch a train.
    · Reply · Share
  • iamanappiamanapp 442 replies28 threadsRegistered User Member
    I personally think it's pointless to visit unless it's after you get in...
    · Reply · Share
  • stillastudentstillastudent 48 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey guys, thank you.
    I wanted to visit because when I visited the site: Visit - Penn Admissions
    I was a bit attracted and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get some info.

    @kbolisetty23
    Since you visited, was there a tour guide or staff avaible to answer your questions regarding the school or the applying process? Thanks!
    · Reply · Share
  • neorobieneorobie 514 replies47 threadsRegistered User Member
    The first time I ever set foot on Penn's campus was move-in day and I'm kinda blessed that I didn't visit before because it made the day all the more memorable despite the chaos of move-in day and leaving family. I was totally blown away by how beautiful the campus was and the architecture of some of the buildings!!

    For information, I used the website and then collegeconfidential/google for old threads for questions.

    We didn't visit before as we instead were driving around to in-state colleges during the summer. Penn(first choice) was on my reach school list of 2 so it was more reasonable save the flight money and time for roadtrips to the rest of the schools I applied.
    · Reply · Share
  • kbolisetty23kbolisetty23 447 replies8 threadsRegistered User Member
    There was info, but it wasn't really anything you couldn't just get online. I went because I was only a state away from campus. Id discourage you from visiting unless you're accepted, considering the distance.
    · Reply · Share
  • livn487livn487 182 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My d waited to visit Penn until after she was accepted. She had visited many campuses and Penn was the last school she looked at and then decided to attend. I don't think there is any right order to visit schools. It all worked out for her in the end. She had to take an airplane to go to the accepted students visit in April and she knew it was the perfect school for her once she had a chance to learn about the school and academic program. She also liked everyone she met and fell in love with the campus. As a parent, I guided her to look long and hard at target schools because even with very great stats, one can never know where they will be accepted.
    · Reply · Share
  • TravelAddictedTravelAddicted 11 replies4 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I've visited twice, once Feb of my sophomore year and once June of my Junior year. I don't know if they've changed the talking points or if they just gave a different speech bcz school was out by then & the more important admissions officers were gone, but I found the 1st one to be much more informative. They even changed the venue it was given. The first one went into so much detail like what the curriculum is like, all the specifics of core requirements, example schedules etc. The second one was much more general. So idk, I think it's worth checking out if you can anyway.
    · Reply · Share
  • JazzedJazzed 251 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My experience went well overall. It's important because when you visit a campus you get that "feel" that research will never supply you with. I personally was not a fan of how much Penn was open to the city around it, although others love that about the school. However, I agree with the others saying you should probably wait and see if you get in first.
    · Reply · Share
  • collegegirl96collegegirl96 3 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I visited Penn in March and I absolutely loved it. The tour guides are brilliant and offer a plethora of information. It really gave me an overall feel of the place and allowed me to experience the hustle and bustle of the energetic students going to and from classes. Visiting was definitely impacted my opinion and motivation to apply.
    · Reply · Share
  • rokr32rokr32 387 replies11 threadsRegistered User Member
    Yes, it's worth the visit. I was 50/50 between doing Wharton ED, but after visiting, I'm not sure i'm ready to commit at that level to UPenn as I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Good thing I didn't do ED before visiting.
    · Reply · Share
  • centraleaglecentraleagle 146 replies16 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My son visited as part of our college tour before applying anywhere. Penn had impressed him on paper, but being such an urban campus and in a different region of the country, we added it to his list of schools to visit. He loved it and it became his first choice. Without a visit I don't think he would have been as interested. He enjoyed Penn's rather unique mixture of urban energy from the streets around campus and the quieter, greener, more traditional heart of campus. The tour itself was informative but nothing spectacular (nothing you couldn't really learn from admissions literature or their website). Simply experiencing the physical layout and overall feel of the campus was what really sold him.
    · Reply · Share
  • PsychoDad10PsychoDad10 1188 replies7 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Visiting any school after acceptance may be difficult as the student may only have 30 or so days from the time of acceptance until a deposit has to be made to secure a spot. I think it's an individual decision based on
    finances.
    · Reply · Share
  • SSPennSASSSPennSAS 49 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Visiting Penn solidified my decision to apply ED: the tour showed me everything I could possibly want in a college. The campus is gorgeous, the people are friendly and helpful, the setting is wonderful (small city feel in a large city), not to mention their programs regarding my intended major (Biochemistry) are amazing. I knew I wanted to apply to Penn, but I didn't decide to apply ED until after the tour. So if it is in any way possible to visit, go for it! It might change your perspective on the school itself.
    · Reply · Share
  • rhandcorhandco 4240 replies55 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I agree, it is worth the visit if you can manage. I knew the Penn campus from my brother, and turned down Cornell without visiting.
    · Reply · Share
  • XCchicXCchic 19 replies4 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Definitely visit the school. It could be very beneficial to your decision on going there. Sure you could talk about how great it is but you never really know what it is like till you go on the campus and get a real feel for it.
    · Reply · Share
  • smallfishbigpondsmallfishbigpond 8 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'll tell you honestly and truly: No. It makes you feel important, you make contacts and you can be very rich. But it's not a place to learn, grow and change as a person. You'd do MUCH better going to Brown if you are an interesting human being. Penn is racial segregated, people are hyper-preprofessional, if you are mildly unique then people castigate you as a hipster, the school is way too big, and the people are very, very dumb. Never thought I'd go to an Ivy League where people know so little about the world. But hey they're great at taking tests, they are rich and have contacts, and they are good at math/business/networking. But that's just my take.

    Go to Brown. I regret not transferring, but I'm working now and will be applying to go to grad school there in a couple of years.
    · Reply · Share
  • PsychoDad10PsychoDad10 1188 replies7 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^smallfish- but at least UPenn has Pari Cafe Creperie- that place had some pretty awesome crepes!
    · Reply · Share
  • MadaboutxMadaboutx 1583 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^Smallfish - it is good to know that real people go to Penn. Not pretenders.
    · Reply · Share
  • 45 Percenter45 Percenter 4187 replies93 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'll tell you honestly and truly: No. It makes you feel important, you make contacts and you can be very rich. But it's not a place to learn, grow and change as a person. You'd do MUCH better going to Brown if you are an interesting human being. Penn is racial segregated, people are hyper-preprofessional, if you are mildly unique then people castigate you as a hipster, the school is way too big, and the people are very, very dumb. Never thought I'd go to an Ivy League where people know so little about the world. But hey they're great at taking tests, they are rich and have contacts, and they are good at math/business/networking. But that's just my take.

    Go to Brown. I regret not transferring, but I'm working now and will be applying to go to grad school there in a couple of years.
    That's a lot of gross generalizations for a school with 10,000 undergrads (of whom almost 50% are on financial aid), many top-10 and top-20 liberal arts departments and programs, unsurpassed undergraduate research opportunities, and an abundance of cultural and intellectual extracurricular activities and organizations with something interesting happening on campus virtually every day or night of the week. Not to mention the amazing array of cultural assets and events in University City and nearby Center City.

    Assuming that you really did go to Penn, did you ever attend any of the nightly literary events at the Kelly Writers House? Check out a Philomathean Society event? Participate in or attend any of the productions of Penn's dozens (literally) of student theater and performing arts groups? Attend a Penn Humanities Forum event? Attend any of the other numerous cultural events or guest lectures on campus? Did you hang out with any of the hundreds of English, History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Physics and Astronomy, Classical Studies, International Relations, Communication, Urban Studies, or Cinema Studies majors in the College (just to name a few of the fields with 10 or more majors in each class of the College), or did you ever discuss any of those areas with those majors?

    Sorry, but your hyperbolic stereotyping is over the top and, quite frankly, lacking in credibility.
    · Reply · Share
This discussion has been closed.

Recent Activity