University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.98 out of 5.0)
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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
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4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Reading & Literacy Education
Graduation Year: 2014

My Graduate Program was a wonderful experience. I was taught to believe that we as future leaders must know that not all learners are the same, or learn the same. Each student in a classroom has a unique and complex system of thinking and learning. So why would we think that we should teach them all alike? Effective teachers, want to know better ways to reach their students because they have come to realize that cookie-cutter education usually spells disaster for many learners. Solutions might best be found by combining the best teaching models we know instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. Successful brain-based models, such as cooperative learning, memory, and direct instruction are three such models that when implemented in combination can produce success that is greater than the sum of its parts as Freire states. I also hope to grow through my colleagues, as Lytle (2008) explains that educators become “better” and more knowledgeable in their profession through the continues practice of teaching and learning from fellow colleagues. Through this form of inquiry I hope to continue to grow and become a "better" educator. In my classroom, I seek to develop this form of culturally responsive pedagogy, much like Ladson-Billings’s (2001) concept of culturally relevant teaching that seeks to “empower students to examine critically the society in which they live and to work for social change. Theses were just a few of the pros of what I experienced. Great hands on program.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is interdisciplinary and students can take courses based on their needs, interests and future professional career. The school is very diverse and responsive to students' needs. Penn resources are students, particularly for Grad students.
2.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2017

The architecture program can benefit from a more accepting and diverse approach than purely speculative. Also, a lot of the first-year professors are too young and inexperienced to teach. Their egos are intolerable at times.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

My program is allows me to work full time while pursuing a Master's degree. Moreover, my specific program is very open-ended in that I get to decide what I want to focus on. I plan to go to law school, and so I am using this program in order to explore international and comparative law through many different disciplines. Law school will be expensive, so I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to pursue a Master's degree while still working so I can avoid taking out more loans. I would say the only con to the program right now is that there I do not feel like I belong to a cohort of students--this program allows you to go at your own speed, so the class that you enter with likely won't be the same class that you graduate with. However, this is the nature of the program and thus it's a very small con.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

There are a range of professionals that have incredible field experience that are professors through the school. The network of SP2 graduates is amazingly impressive. However, as a second year, the class availability to be exposed to either clinical or macro practice is limited. There is not enough of an amalgamation of both programs so students lack the macro skills if they choose a clinical track and those on the macro track lack clinical skills.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I can't say enough about the educational experience I've had at Penn. The professors have, without exception, been excellent, very supportive and driven by a sincere desire to help students. The students have, by and large, also been great -- supportive and not competitive, very well-read and curious. (And that goes for the undergrads who were in some of my classes too.) If there are any cons, I suppose I'd point to how expensive it is -- and it's really expensive. But that said, I never felt the education I received was overpriced or overvalued (I just wish it was cheaper).
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2017

PennDesign has an excellent Masters in Architecture program that gives us access to top professionals in our industry. However as with most MArch programs, the amount of work required for this degree seems to be excessive.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

City Planning in UPenn is quite good. The professors and courses are really nice. As students in the program come from many different countries, the diversity culture is also an advantage. However, UPenn does not offer many opportunities and help to international students in terms of their financial needs. Most of international students cannot get financial help from the school, especially for my program.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2016

PennDesign has given me a chance to be surrounded by amazing students, staff, and faculty. The school teaches design in all aspects, from concept to practicality. We have amazing guest lecturers and are introduced to well known firms and professionals around the world. Although we are improving, the school tends to focus too much on concept and not enough building and construction.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

I'm in the Masters of Liberal Arts Program, part time. What I like about the program is its flexibility--I'm a full time worker during the day, and the program caters to this by providing a lot of night classes. It's also very multidisciplinary. I would like to go to law school in 2016, and this program allows me to explore aspects of law through disciplines that I wouldn't have ever thought pertained to law. It's been a great experience thus far.
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