College Tour: University of Pennsylvania features historical appeal and diversity

By Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Kandah Johnson and Nick Stubbs

“Captivating”, “refreshing,” and “diverse” are just some of the words to describe the atmosphere of the University of Pennsylvania.  The University of Pennsylvania was one of the first colleges in the United States, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740.  Its historical background gives the college a lot of notoriety throughout the east coast.  The University of Pennsylvania originally started off as the Academy and Charitable School in the Province of Pennsylvania. This school was designed in order to point young males in the direction of business, government, and public service. Today, the University of Pennsylvania has gone on to expand the courses they offer in order to keep up with changing times.

The University of Pennsylvania was one of my first college tours this year. The energy of the city of Philadelphia is always exhilarating. The buildings, love, kindness, and the security of being in the City of Brotherly Love is always an amazing feeling. The tour first started off within the college hall. This building was green and very vintage-looking, in the outer walls of a protected “little village”. We walked in and were immediately greeted by two University of Pennsylvania students. They gave us wristbands so the college could identify that we were prospective students and not just loitering on the property. The University of Pennsylvania students expressed to us that our information session would be held in Irvine auditorium, which was close in proximity to the college hall.

When we walked into the Irvine auditorium, we immediately noticed how elaborate the auditorium was. You could tell that University of Pennsylvania takes a lot of pride in maintaining a clean environment for its students. When the information session was over, we were assigned to our college tour guides. This process was pretty hectic because we were not assigned a specific group; we were just broken up by the row we were in. This created a lot of confusion. Nevertheless, we found a tour guide.

The tour guide we received was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. He was very informative and started off giving us tons of knowledgeable facts about the University. Something you notice about the University is the very diverse group of students. This was something that really made us happy because it is always nice to see a very broad range of races throughout a university. The tour guide really emphasized how everyone at the University of Pennsylvania felt as if they belonged to a united group, because at University of Pennsylvania everyone treats each other with the utmost respect. When our tour guide was finished introducing himself, he asked us to sign our names on a paper confirming our attendance. We were taken to the library, but we were told to keep quiet because the library was a popular study space for students. The library was very plain, but from the top floor of the library there was a phenomenal view of the city of Philadelphia.

The college program at The University of Pennsylvania was very intriguing. Once we were finished the tour we felt as if all our questions had been answered, and our overall experience at the University of Pennsylvania was very amazing.  I would highly recommend checking out the college because it could appeal to your interest.