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Any advice with course registration? (ex. should I make my preferred math class my first choice?)


This is the general order I tend to follow:

-small, popular classes (ex. major electives, classes w limited spots, classes that you need to take a certain section of)

-larger, required classes in the time sections I prefer

-required classes (this depends on your major - if major students have trouble getting into these classes, you should list higher)

-gen eds that are flexible (usually don't care too much about taking these during this specific semester, or there are alternates that I could take instead)

I'd also say I'll put A as my first choice, then B as my alternate, then B as my second choice, then C as my alternate, then C as my third choice, and so on...

This has worked fairly well for me, but it's definitely not perfect

Kindred Koala, 11/7/19, 9:36PM

I generally don't register for my required courses during advanced registration (since I know I'll get into them during regular registration) and instead rank fun/harder-to-get-into classes first! I wouldn't stress too much about it though, during the first couple weeks of school there's plenty of time to drop and add classes.

Funky Flamingo, 2019 November 07, 10:15 PM

Are Penn's Freshman Pre-orientation programs worth it? What are the specific benefits?


Kindred Koala, 11/07/19, 9:26PM

I did the Advancing Women in Engineering pre-orientation program, and I'm definitely glad I did! I think I got to move in 4-5 days early, so I definitely felt like I was more settled in and comfortable by the time other freshmen moved on. My orientation was on campus, so I got to know the city/campus a bit as well. I also got to meet other freshmen and got some great advice for upperclassmen. Overall, I would say the content wasn't anything essential, but the biggest benefit was that it settled my nerves going into freshmen year and gave me a lot of friendly faces in the first few weeks, which can make a big difference.

Some are definitely a bit more intense (PennQuest) and can seem a bit culty lol but definitely give you a great community of people coming in. If you don't do one, you'll also be totally fine, and though it might seem like everyone has friends who did pre-orientation programs when you come in, everyone else catches up in a few days.

Is a 1-hr for lunch too short based on your experience?


No, that's a good time.

Absent Aardvark, July 1st 1:13 PM

Anyone know the class recommendations per score range for the online Math diagnostic exam? (Got a 12/25)


As of 2018-2019:

Absent Aardvark, April 8th 6:02 PM

Why do most Quakers recommend taking the BFF dining plan (most dining dollars/least swipes)?

// When I first read the dining plans, my first impression was that the AFK (16 swipes/week & $140 dining dollars) would be the wisest decision. I eat 2-3 meals a day and having 16 swipes would guarantee me that routine.

Upon reading some posts, I noticed that most (not all) Quakers recommend the plan with the most dining dollars & least swipes. I can't help but wonder the reasoning behind this. 8 swipes/week would get me 1 meal a day and $400 dining dollars doesn't seem enough to let me achieve my routine. Won't I end up having to spend out of my allowance/own money to do this? //


Honestly, dining dollars are the best investment because you can use them at anytime, you can buy a good variety of things, and usually you can spend them somewhere that's immediately close to you. Yes, dining halls are nice because the food is unlimited, but they also have weird hours that might not fit with your schedule. And unless it's NCH, the food is pretty meh. Chances are even if you get the plan with the least swipes, you're still not going to use all the swipes because of inconvenience, meh-quality food, or the fact that people at Penn love to eat out and bond over eating out.

Absent Aardvark, June 3rd 5:37 pm

Can anyone share/recommend great sample schedules for an incoming freshman? (not only major-entry courses)

If it's relevant, I plan to take either Economics/Psychology as a major & Chinese as a foreign language.

Can't find any solid sample schedules & the one on the Economics department page only includes major-entry courses.

Tips would also be appreciated!


Although this isn't directly major-specific tips, here are some of the things I keep in mind when picking classes and scheduling each semester:

  1. Be realistic - are you really going to wake up Mondays at 9? If there's a later section, it might be better to pick that one.
  2. Don't jam every day full - leave yourself a less busy day (most people to Fridays) so you can either spend time with friends, explore the city, or just catch up on work!
  3. How long of a day? - this is actually an important question! If you have 3 classes on TR, do you want them 9-6 with breaks, or 10:30-3 straight through? Some people prefer having space to catch a breath between classes, whereas on the other hand I prefer being done earlier and in a shorter amount of time!
  4. Course ratings - of course, ratings aren't everything (ex: a hard professor is definitely worth it if they're really well-rated! Professor quality makes such a difference in the experience), but if you're struggling to decide between different scheduling options maybe ratings can help influence your decisions (and hopefully get a better schedule).
  5. Don't forget to eat - this is actually stupidly easy to do when you have classes especially getting accustomed to Penn and full of excitement. Make sure you plan times to grab breakfast/lunch or have schedules where you can dip by Wawa, a food truck, or Pret in the middle!
Bovine Bear, May 26 2019, 5:58PM

How hard is it to get a double in the Hill? (it's my first choice & I have a roommate already)


It's very hard to gauge. I went random and put a Hill double as my first choice and got it, but I've also heard of people getting deferred to their second or third choices. Just put your options in order of preference and submit; there isn't much more that you can do past that.

How are the single rooms in the Hill?


There are two sizes of singles in Hill. One type is a handicap-reserved room that is the same size as a double but without the extra closet. It's crazy large, especially since there is one less bed in there to take up space. They have a hearing impaired doorbell which people like to press in the hallway which is kind of loud lol. Β The other type is a smaller room tucked into the corners of the halls. They are smaller, but it doesn't feel cramped since you're just there by yourself. Both of them are just like the rest of Hill: renovated and clean. Would recommend.

Zesty Zebra, May 1st, 2019 1:13 PM

Greetings! I'm currently deciding on which house to rank as my #1 choice β€” the Quad or the Hill. One of my factors into consideration is the bathroom situation. While I know that the Hill have more spacious/private bathrooms, I'm curious to see those of the Quad.

If it's possible, can anyone take photos/a video of the entire Quad Bathroom?

It would truly help me! Thank you!


lol sure

Absent Aardvark, April 29th 4:17 AM

Smh can't believe this request was granted. Kids are spoiled these days.

Rumbling Raccoon, May 1 5:33 AM

How hard is it to get into the uncoordinated dual degree program for Wharton? Is the workload hard to keep up if I want to pursue a major (or two minors) at the College (currently interested in Spanish, history, and compsci as possibilities) as well?

Also, are a lot of the recruiting opportunities for IBs and consulting firms limited to the students at Wharton or are they generally accessible by people across the different schools at Penn?

Thanks!


Chill dude β€” I know people at Penn have a tendency to do so, but why work yourself to death? Try taking at least the intro class for each of the major/minor you're interested in before making a decision. The workload is definitely very hard for uncoordinated dual (check question adee47), and you'll never know whether it's worth it until you get through a semester with 7 classes.

For recruiting, the opportunities (on campus) are there for everyone, but it might help to have that Wharton name on your resume.

Rumbling Raccoon, April 25th 2019 1:27 am