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Philadelphia, PA
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is great. It's one of the biggest reasons I ended up at Penn. I would say that half of my friends are living in off-campus places next year as sophomores. There are a lot of great apartments around, and often, they are cheaper then living on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you ever do consider living in off-campus housing, you must start your research at the beginning of the year before you want to live there. It's a pretty cutthroat affair when it comes to getting your top choice in houses and apartments, so start early.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus can be a lot of fun because there's a lot more freedom involved. However, finding people to sublet it during the summer and paying for water, electricity, and rent fees can get to be a pain.

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Parking: Parking is horrible. Don't bring a car unless you know you can secure a spot. Personally, I think it would be a hassle to have a car. It's not worth it unless you plan on taking numerous road trips.

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Parking: Finding a parking space is not easy at all, especially if you live on campus. Most underclassmen do not bring their cars to school.

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Parking: It's a real city, and fares and meters rip you off. Don't bring a car unless you can park it in a fraternity parking lot

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Parking: Parking is terrible. I would not recommend bringing a car on campus. There is no need, since Philadelphia is accessible through taxis and public transportation. There are few parking garages, making parallel parking the only option. Most spots are metered, which is a hassle, and often there are no open spaces to begin with.

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Parking: You would really have to be crazy to try and keep a car on campus, unless you buy a space in a parking garage. Overnight parking in lots is expensive and inconvenient, and if you want to park in front of a meter, it's often difficult to even find a space. And you'll have to get up at the crack of dawn to feed the meter.

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Parking: Wait while I laugh hysterically about this subject. Don't park on campus.

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Parking: Parking is super-expensive if you park in the parking garage. Parking on the street is definitely park-at-your-own-risk. A few of my friends had their cars broken into, and my other friend had his entire car stolen and stripped bare. They found it later on in an alley, and it was completely torn apart.

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Parking: Try to avoid bringing a car up to school. Finding parking spaces is very difficult on campus and in the city, unless you buy a parking pass. Otherwise, plan on wasting a couple of hours trying to find parking.

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Parking: City driving can be frustrating. I had a car for just the last two months of school. There are lots of parking meters. I'd be wary of parking past 41st/42nd Streets if you have a nice car. I highly recommend getting a parking pass. During drunken weekends such as Spring Fling, cars have been vandalized. There's a lot of public transportation nearby, so a car is really not all that necessary unless you plan on going farther out for shopping.

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Parking: Parking is atrocious, so if you are planning on bringing your car, you'd probably have to rent out a space. There are parking lots, though.

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Parking: I say don't bring a car. It's a city campus, and it's really difficult and expensive to get parking. However, if your parents are coming for a few days, it's not too bad. There are a number of parking garages around plus metered parking that usually can be found pretty easily.

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Parking: Parking is bad. Very few people put up with bringing a car on campus. You can either park on the street, which is a pain (and you have to feed the meter every two hours), look for parking God knows where and worry, or buy a parking permit for a garage or lot that's costly. You really don't need a car here.

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Athletics: Varsity men's basketball and football seem to garner the most support from students. A longstanding rivalry with Princeton makes these sporting events hard to miss.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge. Penn has a lot of school spirit. Most people go to the basketball games and the football games; it's a lot of fun. A lot of people do IM sports as well.

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Athletics: Basketball is our biggest varsity sport, followed by football. People wait in an overnight line to get basketball season tickets. The games are always packed, but campus life doesn't completely stop for them. Intramural sports are plentiful; everybody who wants to play gets to.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge considering we're an Ivy League school. Penn definitely has the most school spirit out of all the Ivies. Football and basketball are big, but so are soccer, girl's volleyball, and lacrosse. IM sports aren't as big, but they're still nice to become involved with.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge. A lot of people get recruited to play on a varsity sports team, so it's no wonder we have so much school spirit. It's exciting to go to a football game or a basketball game because we always win. IM sports are very popular, too. People at Penn tend to be very athletic and well-rounded, so it's not very hard to find a new sport to pick up and some worthy competition.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are part of the life-blood of the campus. Football games draw huge crowds, which are dwarfed by the immensity of Franklin Field. Both the Palestra's and Franklin Field's historical value lends excitement to every game, and the traditions that have lasted for so many years, such as the throwing of toast, allow the audience to have their own fun at the expense of the opponents. If you're having trouble getting into the game, chants and rollouts will spark your Penn Pride.

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Athletics: Varsity guys' mainstream sports, (i.e. basketball and football), seem pretty big. The others are somewhat well-supported, but having been to many women's sports and non-basketball/football events with the band, they clearly lack the same attendance. If you ever want to play any sport, even just a pick-up game, it's available somewhere on campus.

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Athletics: They are decent, not spectacular. Penn is competitive and often wins against other Ivies as well as non-Ivies. Intramural sports are substantial, and club sports cover almost every sport that varsity does plus much more.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are good on campus, and spirit usually rises when we have big games and homecoming. I don't know much about intramural sports, but I know that there are some groups that actually compete nationwide.

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Athletics: Football and basketball are amazingly good; we made the tournament in basketball this year. IM sports are there for you but are not huge. I have a lot of friends who play rugby and water polo and love it.

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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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