University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.98 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 280 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 24,876 (11,588 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 16% part-time, 84% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $34,268
Source: NCES

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2.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros : Great atmosphere, good environment to study and learn with great faculty. Suggestions: Add a Co-Op program maybe for engineering students that might want to work in specific industries
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Worldwide famous, super convenient since it's in the near city. Cons: safety might be a potential issue. sometimes it can noisy and a little bit dirty since the population is large
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

Intercultural Communication is an important and up-and-coming field, but programs such as this one are not yet very widespread – this is one of the few master’s programs in this field available at an esteemed university. The required courses provide solid foundational knowledge in applied linguistics, but much of it is based in theory, rather than in practice. However, the program is quite flexible, and many classes can be taken throughout the university, so as a practitioner it is possible to find elective courses that will strengthen your relevant skills. As a word of warning, this program is not geared for a student who needs guidance and structure - the program’s main appeal is the ability to tailor it to your individual needs. The students within the program have varying interests and career objectives. This can be a bit overwhelming for students who are not sure which direction to take, but the flexibility allows for exploration which is very liberating for the right student. A personal point of dissatisfaction I have is with the lack of diversity within the study body – the majority of students in the program are from China. This seems to be a phenomenon affecting many graduate programs today, but I feel it would make much more sense for a program such as this one to establish and uphold a diverse space.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Competitive program, but could hold certain students to a higher standard
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

Penn graduates are sought after as they are known to be high quality practitioners and uphold the high expectations of today's patients.
1.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2013

Although the LL.M. program was very flexible and the courses on point, UPenn's efforts in helping the LL.M. students find a job is absolutely horrendous. For all intents and purposes, the UPenn career support is limited to sending students to the International Job Fair in NY and telling students to network. Beyond this, there is no help whatsoever. Once you leave the program, career support barely even answers any emails. In my graduating class, unless you were from South America, only 2 people, out of 118, found a job at a law firm. For $60,000, this degree is quasi-worthless. With most employers seeking to hire only J.D. students, LL.M.s are at a distinct disadvantage. The ONLY advantage of this program is that it can provide you with the requirements necessary to take the NY bar.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Based on my family background, I would say that Philadelphia is kind of an expensive city to live in, but I'm determined to accomplish my further education in UPenn, therefore, I'm here to apply for a scholarship to support me to finish my study here.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

AAMW gets around 150-200 applications per year and takes 3-5 applicants. First cuts to application pile are made on basis of language preparation: successful applicants will have 2-3 modern languages by time they apply, and 1 or 2+ ancient languages. Advanced coursework in ancient languages will follow at UPenn, which is rigorous. Excavation experience and skill with technology (AutoCAD, ArcGIS) is also highly regarded. Generally speaking, apply to people and not programs -- so make connections with faculty who might advise you before you apply/visit. Financial support is competitive -- $25k+/yr stipend plus insurance, travel/research money, which will do you just fine in many parts of Philadelphia.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

I'm having a wonderful time. I work hard but it pays off. The city is by definition less attractive because it's so urban, and the school itself isn't in the best area. Lots of police to account for that.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

U Penn offers top of the line immunology research environment for students, along with quality mentorship from a department full of investigators at the top of their fields.
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