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Philadelphia, PA
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10,324
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$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 931 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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Health & Safety: If anyone is worried about security, there is 24-hour access to Penn security escorts, and they will take you anywhere in University City. The incidences that occur are almost always a result of overconsumption of alcohol or plain stupidity. I feel 99 percent safe anywhere on campus at all times. Only when you go out into West Philly does it start to get sketchy.

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Off-Campus Dining: Wow! Philly has so much to offer in terms of food. From your street cart cheesesteaks to the gourmet Starr restaurants, there is an amazing place for any occasion. Couldn't have asked for more!

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Overall Experience: It's definitely a great experience. I love the city and the school. I would never want to be anywhere else. It has the stellar academics of an Ivy, a great city with tons to do, and wonderful people.

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Overall Experience: Going into my senior year, I can honestly say I would not rather be anywhere else. Penn has truly become a home-away-from-home, and I'm hopeful that I can continue the Penn experience, if I get accepted to the law school. Its location is unmatched, its facilities are beautiful, and it remains home to a brilliant faculty (including a number of Nobel Prize winners). All this makes Penn number-one to its students.

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Overall Experience: I am absolutely in love with this school, and I could not imagine going anywhere else. I think that Penn allows a perfect combination of work and play. I love the people; I have found plenty of extracurricular activities to keep me busy; and I cannot wait for classes to start up again in the fall. Come here. You'll have fun, I promise.

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Overall Experience: My overall experience at Penn has been marvelous. Penn is huge. I would have to say that it's more difficult to avoid making friends with good people than it is to do so. There are so many different types of people with interesting personalities all over campus, and a wide range of activities to help you meet them. The classes are truly exciting, and you learn a lot more from them than what's on the syllabus. Living in a city, on a vast campus, and attending one of the finest universities in the country is rarely disappointing and never boring. You can always fine something interesting to do and someone splendid to do it with.

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Overall Experience: I wanted to go to school in a big city, so Penn definitely fits that role well, as it is nearly in the middle of Philadelphia. I enjoyed my freshman year, and I'm enthusiastic about my major, now that I've been through my first classes and met the professors of the department. They all are such brilliant professors, and I'm incredibly glad to have their knowledge at my disposal.

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Overall Experience: Penn's great. I wasn't sure about it coming in, but it's definitely turned out to be the right place for me.

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Overall Experience: I really love it here. It is excellent. Nobody has ever told me anything about their schools that can surpass Penn.

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Overall Experience: I could not picture myself being at any other university. I applied early decision to Penn because I just knew it was for me. The campus, the people, the classes, and the city are all amazing. I promise that if you do make the decision to come to Penn that you will not regret it at all.

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Overall Experience: I'm obsessed with Penn. I'm hoping to stay for grad school, and my sister will hopefully be attending as well. I have to say, going to Penn was the best decision I ever made! I love it here, and I can't imagine being anywhere else. I feel so at home, and I've made so many wonderful friends. I love being in the city, but when you're on campus sometimes, you even forget that you are in a city! It's there when you want it, but you can escape it, too. I just can't say enough good things about it. I can't believe my first year is over already. It's flying by, and that makes me sad because I love it so much!

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Overall Experience: I love Penn. It's definitely challenging, but the people I have met here are priceless. The teachers have been okay so far, but it all depends on what you classes you have to take. You make the best of what you have, and things usually turn out pretty well. I've gotten stressed at some points, but if you plan right, that can all be alleviated. There are also so many other things to do here other than academics . . . from sports, to performing arts, to cultural or political clubs. You get from Penn what you put into it and what you want from it. Come to Penn; it's a really cool place.

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Overall Experience: I am very happy. I really could not imagine being anywhere else. My choice when I was applying came down to Penn and Yale, and I could not be happier that I made the decision I did. The people at Penn are very down-to-earth, and my friends at most of the other Ivies have become sort of pretentious since they have started school. The great thing about Penn is our top ranking. Therefore, everyone knows that everyone on campus is intelligent and talented. At the same time, people are not full of themselves like the Harvard, Yale, and Princeton kids tend to be.

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Overall Experience: Penn has been a great experience, both academically and socially. If I had to do it all over again I would, without a doubt, return to Penn.

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Overall Experience: Fundamentally, what your decision will come down to is what kind of setting you want to be in. Penn is in a metropolis, giving you access to everything the city can offer-sports, arts, shopping, and attraction.

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Overall Experience: My overall experience with the people in the school has been great! These people are down-to-earth, and I have a lot of fun with them. In terms of the classes, it has been hell. I have never worked so hard in my life to just settle for a `C.' One thing I've learned is that it is not how much you study, but rather how well you are able to apply it. But, on the whole, I still love it.

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Overall Experience: Socially, this school is wonderful, but it is disappointing academically. The focus on learning that I thought would exist doesn't, and is instead centered on pre-professionalism. Most people here are pre-business, pre-med, or pre-law. These people end up coming across as grade-whores, looking to only maximize their GPA for grad school applications. I guess it's probably the same everywhere, but it just seems more distinct here because there are so many of them. I guess if I had to do it again, I would've gone to one of the other schools I got into, ones that probably had a more academic focus.

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Overall Experience: I've had a great experience at Penn thus far. The key, just like at any other school, is finding your niche. Because Penn is big, this can take some time and patience. Once you find your crowd, you'll make friends with some of the brightest, most interesting people you've ever met. If you don't like the face-paced intensity of East Coast cities, Penn might not be right for you. It has its flaws, but what school doesn't?

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Weather: The weather's not great, but it's the northeast. What do you expect? I suggest that you don't bring too many bikinis, one or two will get you by just fine. Other than that, bring clothing for all seasons.

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Weather: It is comparable to other Northeast/Middle Atlantic states. Hot summers and cold winters. Students generally bring a range of clothing, from heavy winter coats, to tank tops.

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Weather: It gets very cold here in the winter, but not as cold as it does farther north. Heavy jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats are a must. It also gets hot in the summer. Be ready for snow or high temperatures.

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Weather: It's Philly; it's just the rest of the East Coast. Warmer than Boston, about the same as New York, colder than DC. It gets very hot in the summer, and positively frigid in the winters. Just be ready for anything, literally.

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Weather: As Philadelphia is in the Northeast, the weather can become rather fickle, especially during the fall and winter. One day may be a warm sunny day, causing you to ruffle your feathers the next day as the temperature drops forty degrees and the rain falls for days straight. You would be well off to have something for every type of weather imaginable, just in case. One sure thing about the weather is that it keeps you guessing.

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Weather: The weather is unpredictable. It will rain in the fall and spring, so bring an umbrella or waterproof jacket. It gets cold, too, so bring gloves and a hat at least. Bring shorts for autumn and spring, and pick up your sweaters at Thanksgiving. Bring an extra pair of shoes for rainy or snowy days.

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Weather: The weather here will be like the weather everywhere in the East Coast. It'll be hot from September to about early November, and then it gets cold! Snow and freezing weather will hit until about March. But after March until about the middle of May, the weather and the campus are just beautiful! The campus green is always filled with students ditching class and having a good time. I hate the winters here, but I love the springs.

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Perry Petra-Wong
Hometown
Pasadena, Calif.
Major
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Students seem to be extremely content and do not regret their decision to come to Penn, even though the school definitely has a pre-professional feel. Despite this fact, it is extremely common to find yourself in an intellectual conversation, and the students really do work hard, while remembering that college is about fun as well. The opportunities provided at Penn are astounding; in fact there is almost too much to do. Most students base the reasons for their happiness around the people, the academics, the urban environment, and the endless opportunities. People who enjoy their experience at Penn tend to appreciate city life, socializing, and a busy schedule. Usually, students do not hesitate to endorse Penn, and many feel that everyone should love the school as much as they do.

Many adults call their years as an undergraduate the best four years of their lives. Penn students certainly can not make that prediction so soon, but most would agree that their time at Penn has been the best years of their life so far. Obviously, Penn is not the school for everyone, but the student body consists of interesting, intelligent, and well-rounded people, which creates a stimulating and fun environment for most. If you come to Penn, I can almost guarantee that you will meet fascinating people, find something to be passionate about, and enjoy the benefits of living in a vibrant city. You can also feel confident that an education from Penn will prepare you for what lies beyond your undergraduate years. The Penn Overall Experience is defined by the combination of the rich history and academic rigor of an Ivy League school and the school spirit and propensity for socializing of many other schools. This "work hard, play hard" mentality is what many Quakers, and prospective Quakers, find so appealing.

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