Dartmouth vs. The University of Pennsylvania

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Two of the most elite schools in the nation compared and their differences highlighted.

Submitted: April 16, 2017

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Dartmouth vs. University of Pennsylvania

In the United States, there are a total of eight colleges that have been classified to be “Ivy League” schools. Though these schools are often thought to all be of similar quality and held to equivalent standards, there are some differences. Two of these prestigious schools, The University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth, are  of the most elite schools in the nation, but they have aspects that differentiate them from one another. Statistically, they may not seem very different, but evaluations and the type of student that each of these schools are looking for highlight their very evident contrasting aspects.

Their similarities consist mainly of the cost, scores needed to get in, and the average GPA’s of their students. Yearly, both of these colleges cost around $55,000 (ivycoach). Both are very expensive and do not differ much. Similarly, the scores necessary to be accepted into these colleges do not range far from one another. For the SAT’s, each school requires at least at 2400 and on the ACT’s a 32 (prepscholar). These are almost exactly the same scores, proving that in this manner, they are highly similar. In addition to this, their average GPA’s are all surrounding the 4.0 range (prepscholar). These numerical aspects are the major similarities of these two very competitive schools, yet their other qualities are quite different.

Students at both of the colleges have expressed their thoughts about each of these schools through reviews and articles. Within these their thoughts about the atmosphere and location of these schools are shared. The life of a UPenn student is very social due to the constant activity occurring around the busy city. On the other hand, the social scene at Dartmouth is heavily dominated by the fraternities and sororities. If students are not involved in the ‘Greek life’, then they may feel excluded. This portrays a major difference between the two schools. UPenn is social for everyone that attends, but Dartmouth does not share the same quality. Those who are seeking a small campus and petite school size would be thoroughly pleased with Dartmouth. In order to find any form of city life, someone attending school there would have to travel, at the minimum, 2 hours. The small school size requires the need for a close community. On the contrary, UPenn is a big school located in the heart of Philadelphia, yet it has some features of a non-city school including plenty of plush grass. This allows for a wide variety of outdoor activities (collegeconfidential). As prior and present day students have shown, the differences between the social life and the location of these two ivy leagues are great.

The University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth are looking for two different types of students. Dartmouth is interested in friendly people due to their isolated location and need for a tight knit community (Bsdeo). UPenn is looking for the hardworking, adventurous person who is excited to gain knowledge. In addition, at Penn, they accept a good amount of students interested in business due to their unbelievably successful business school, Wharton (Chifuno). When asked what kind of students surround them, attendees of Dartmouth said, “people who are adventurous and not afraid to challenge ideas and be challenged by others.” (Silk) On the flip side, the UPenn student said that, “It's hard to find someone who isn't involved in at least two clubs, sports, or other activities outside of class. Penn makes it as easy as possible to do all of this, so it attracts high school students who are looking for these opportunities.” This shows that this college is attracting students who are excited and interested in involving themselves in extracurricular activities (Silk).

Dartmouth and The University of Pennsylvania are two of the most elite colleges the country. They share basic similarities including cost, scores needed to get it, and the average GPA’s of their students. Though they share those few similarities, their differences outweigh those aspects greatly. Their atmosphere’s, location’s, and the type of students they are interested in are those main factors that generate the great difference.







 

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Chifuno, Clifton. "What Is a Typical University of Pennsylvania Student Like? Describe the Type of Person That Should Attend University of Pennsylvania." | Questions | Noodle. N.p., 28 Feb. 2016. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.


 

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