Penn Named to “Most Stressful” List

Crime, price tag are cited as factors.


Penn is one of America’s “most stressful” universities, College Magazine says in a new ranking.

The Ivy League university ranks 10th on the magazine’s list.

“Hey, you know that guy on the back of the hundred dollar bill? Benjamin Franklin? Well, he just so happens to be the founder of UPenn,” the magazine opines. “Coincidentally, if you go here you’re bound to need tons of Benjamins to pay for tuition alone, which is a staggering $43,838. If you’re one of the lucky 43 percent who receive financial aid then you shouldn’t have a problem. But the other 57 percent? Good luck. Oh, yeah, it’s also one of the most crime-riddled colleges—yikes. As if getting accepted wasn’t stressful enough. The application process involves two teacher evaluations, essays, a counselor letter AND an interview. Stressed yet? You should be.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn’s student newspaper, responded with an article linking readers to an array of resources, including psychological services, that students can use if they’re feeling the stress too keenly.

“There’s not much that Penn can do to foster a less stressful environment,” junior Casey Stevko told the paper, “due to the fact that it is an Ivy League institution, with high expectations for students.”