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UPenn Guide

University of Pennsylvania

Est. 1740

Motto: Leges sine moribus vanae (Laws without morals are useless)

Location: University City, (West) Philadelphia

Acceptance Rate: 9%

Tuition:  $47,416

Schools: 12 schools: Arts & Sciences, Communication, Dental Medicine, Design, Engineering & Applied Science, Education, Law School, Nursing, Medicine, Social Policy, Veterinary Medicine, Wharton Business School.

6:1 Student to faculty ratio

Rank: #13th World University  ’17, # 4th US College rankings (Source: Times Higher Education)

Freshman: Admits 2,491

SAT guide

  • SAT Reading component: 690 to 790, with a median of 740
  • SAT Math component: 710 to 800, with a median of 760
  • SAT Writing component: 700 to 790, with a median of 750

Ben Franklin StatueBen Franklin On Penn’s Campus.

Student review:

Although it is in the heart of a major metropolitan city this campus is in the bottom half of all the Ivy League schools for a few different reasons. First, the fact that it is in the heart of a city makes it feel congested and difficult to navigate at times. Second, the student dorms with massive satellites at the top are not exactly the most luxurious. Third, this university neighbors one of the most crime ridden neighborhoods in all of the country, West Philadelphia.

In West Philadelphia born and raised on the playground at Penn is where I spent most of my days!

I hope so because if you go anywhere else West of the University you are venturing into no man’s land, and because of its proximity Penn is in fact the most crime ridden campus in all of Philadelphia according to Billy Penn. However the proximity to the heart of Philadelphia certainly is a major pro with party ready undergraduates looking to experience a major city’s nightlife.

Overall Penn’s location is both a positive and a negative, which ultimately demotes its campus to the bottom half of the whole Ivy League.

Which Hogwarts House is Penn most like?

Gryffindor

Gryffindor

 

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Harvard Guide

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Est. 1636.  Motto “Veritas”  (Truth) 

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the US! Named for its first benefactor, John Harvard of Charlestown.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Acceptance Rate: 5% , average HS GPA 4.17

Tuition : $48,949 , plus room & board $16,660

 
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Schools: Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Graduate School, Faculties of Arts & Science, Harvard College, Design, Education, Dental Medicine, Public Health, Engineering & Applied Sciences

6,700 Undergrads

Ranking:

#3 QS World University Rankings, # 1 QS WU Subject: Accounting & Finance. #6 World University Rankings (Times Higher Edu), #6 US College Rankings (Times Higher Edu)

 

Harvard Snow Day Photo

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Student Review: 

When you have the largest endowment of any university in the world it may be easier to ensure that your campus sets itself apart from everyone else’s. However it’s not just the money which Harvard has put into the campus, but the historical prestige surrounding each building. One example is Server Hall which has been called by some as their “favorite building in America” because of its beauty.The prestige of Harvard is not limited from the buildings, but other magnificent areas like Harvard Yard. Harvard Yard is the heart and soul of the University where the most gorgeous views can be found, and the most prestigious figures like the dean as well as president of the university locate their offices.

Nearby neighbor’s campus, MIT, pales in comparison to Harvard’s campus. The housing structure allows for a more structured system for social connection between all undergrads, and the setting for the different houses to compete with each other.

 

Harvard Yard
Harvard Yard

Harvard has been established as an absolutely influential part of Boston by becoming the backbone of the northern suburbs just outside of Boston. It is the best parts of Penn ingratiating themselves inside the Philadelphia community without any of the crime problems which Quaker nation struggles with. Additionally the University allows students to enjoy a majestic campus experience within the confines of the campus, but also allow for the students to dive into the wonderful nightlife at the heart of Boston.

Harvard
Harvard Baker

 

Which Hogwarts House is Harvard most like?

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Slytherin

 

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