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what is unique about Penn CS that can't be found elsewhere?

Abbas2Abbas2 0 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11 New Member
what is unique about CS Penn that can't be found elsewhere?
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  • MastadonMastadon 1729 replies49 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,778 Senior Member
    Having to deal with Wharton students :-)
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  • NCKrisNCKris 167 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    Which other colleges are you considering? It would be a different experience than large state schools or Tech schools.
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  • psycholingpsycholing 415 replies19 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 434 Member
    You can view the ENIAC through glass...
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  • nigelunonigeluno 101 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    Access to Wharton statistics classes through the minor. It would look pretty good if you plan on doing anything with machine learning.
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  • Much2learnMuch2learn 4607 replies167 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,774 Senior Member
    -Penn CS is very rigorous combination of theory and hands on projects.
    -Penn has been expanding SEAS and CIS faculty.
    -The demands are high, the pace is rapid, and the students are excellent.
    -The curriculum is fairly flexible to allow you to focus on your interests.
    -It is common for CIS students to add a minor in mathematics, statistics, or both.
    -Other minors or second majors are fairly common too.
    -Placement is excellent.

    Consider visiting to see if it is the right place for you.
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  • CU123CU123 3306 replies58 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,364 Senior Member
    Nothing, you can find all of the above at many other top institutions.
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  • nigelunonigeluno 101 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    There is a very tight knit group working on the crossroads of AI and programming languages; I have often seen their work at conferences or cited in papers. If that is something that interests you, then Penn is undoubtedly the place to go.
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  • Much2learnMuch2learn 4607 replies167 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,774 Senior Member

    Few other schools give the level of rigor and flexibility. I don't know of any other school where so many students have minors or second majors.

    Many top students come to Penn for the ability to explore their own broad academic interests. They don't want a core curriculum that tells them what they have to study. If they wanted to be told what their interests should be, like a child, they would go to Chicago or Columbia.

    Penn students also tend to be sociable and have good people skills. Its reputation as the social Ivy tends to attract students who value that. They don't want to go to a school where fun goes to die. They work hard, but also value their friends, clubs, and activities. There is a lot more to a Penn education than homework assignments.
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  • Cue7Cue7 2401 replies112 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,513 Senior Member
    @Much2learn - coming down a little heavy-handed on Chicago and Columbia, no? They treat their students like children b/c they have core curricula?

    If you want to explore "broad academic interests," doesn't UPenn, with their gen-ed reqs, treat students more like children than, say, Brown?
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