Student Profile

Tim Plain

Electrical Engineering
2012

I have loved my experience at Penn. I chose to apply because of the flexibility of degree requirements. What I found with that flexibility were some of the best professors in some of the best courses that I”ve ever taken, I learned more than I had ever expected to from just ten classes. The professors are accessible, friendly, organized, and sociable. Through interacting with fellow students, faculty, and alums in classes and in many of the events organized by student clubs throughout the year, I have also made some of my closest friends and gotten to know some truly inspiring people. It has been a unique experience that I don’t think I could have had anywhere else.

More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, envisioned an academic institution where classical learning would be united with a sound practical education in the arts and sciences. In Ben's own words, students ought to receive everything that is practical and everything that is ornamental. Today Penn, the oldest university in the nation, is fulfilling that vision by preparing students for a technological world, a world where leadership goes to those who have learned how to combine the practical and the ornamental.

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