I worked at Penn for several years so I've had a really good look inside and out.
I was always impressed by the well-kept buildings and grounds, every day, no exceptions, even in 2 feet of snow. Meticulous is the word that comes to mind.
I've seen many other Ivy League campus settings and when on the Quad at Penn, one would not know that one is in the middle of a city; its so serene yet there's this air of antiquity and authority in higher education at it's finest.
Penn is known for it's world renowned graduate programs and the student body is culturally diverse. Penn's athletic facilities are top notch with the new Penn Park, seasonal indoor practice bubble, an ice rink and multiple work-out facilities around campus.
There are many modes of private and public transportation around the campus. Parking is a premium though. The campus is very pedestrian and bike friendly, since the area is fairly flat. I've never felt unsafe there, even after dark.
New on-campus housing facilities are under construction with plentiful alternative off-campus housing available as the University City area grows and develops. There's even a great restaurant scene; look for my reviews of the White Dog Café, Mad Mex and Han Dynasty.
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania also attracts some of the world's best medical researchers and future physicians and dentists, not to neglect to mention our furry friends get the best care from future veterinarians. Who can argue with a Penn Law student?
I would not hesitate to recommend Penn to students who are accepted, it's money well spent.
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