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Philadelphia, PA
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10,324
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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Facilities: The athletic facilities are amazing because sports are so huge here, especially for an Ivy League. The student center is awesome because it is open really late and has a lot of space to sit, talk, relax, and study.

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Facilities: The heart of campus extends a mere six blocks. On-campus housing is located in close proximity to classes, the libraries, restaurants, the athletic center, and the stadium. Computer labs are placed throughout campus. Even off-campus housing is fairly close to the major hubs of on-campus activity, making it an attractive option to upperclassmen. Penn has undergone a number of remodeling projects during the past few years, improving both the interior and exterior of a number of buildings on campus, making the University both an attractive and exciting place to learn.

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Facilities: Facilities are more than adequate, but there are always ongoing projects to improve them. The only main problem that I've seen is that all club sports are allotted one field to practice on, so getting access is extremely difficult. Otherwise, we have a gorgeous new gym, and the administration is relatively receptive to student input.

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Facilities: Pottruck is the gym that most of the students use. It's really beautiful and right in the heart of campus. Penn is a very athletic school, so it's no surprise that we have the best athletic facilities. Most of the classrooms are really nice, too, but Wharton, for some reason, tends to have the most luxurious classrooms. The other rooms are fine, and those that are not are probably being renovated.

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Facilities: The Pottruck Gymnasium is a nice place to workout, although it is usually packed with people (perhaps a nice socializing area?). The resources there are in great condition and are always growing in number and usability. Aside from the gym, there are other places to play recreational games or just have a good time. On the eastern part of campus, Franklin Field dominates the athletic facilities. Beside the stadium are Hutchinson Gym and the Palestra, debatably the most famous of all college basketball arenas. Behind these notable monuments you will find playing fields for soccer, baseball, and other sports. Even if you choose not to venture to any of these places, there are fields all over campus where students relieve stress by throwing Frisbees, footballs, or anything else that you can chuck a good distance.

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Facilities: There are good facilities, but we need more space that we're allowed to play on. They should open Bower field to the general student population, especially since they're building on Hill Field. Franklin Field is great, Houston Hall is great. In fact, all I've seen is pretty good.

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Facilities: The libraries have a lot of books; almost any book that you could ever need for a research project. There are a few libraries on campus: Van Pelt, Lippincott, the fine arts library, the law library, the biomedical library. It just goes on and on. All the libraries are nice places to study with comfortable couches.

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Facilities: As far as athletic facilities go, we have a football and track field, a basketball arena, two recreational gyms, a boathouse, a baseball diamond, a lacrosse field, a soccer field, and a hockey rink. One of the gyms looks like one of these high-end Bally's gyms around LA.

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Facilities: The computer centers at the library and in the dorms are nice, but I never spent much time there, so I can't say much. The student center is very nice, and there are the best crepes you will ever find in it.

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Facilities: Facilities on campus are beautiful. Some of the buildings are old, others are new. There is constant renovation to make Penn a better place to be.

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Facilities: The student center, Houston Hall, houses classrooms, conference rooms, auditoriums, eateries, a travel agency, and a game room. It serves the students' need fairly well. Plus, there are a bunch of other little buildings that serve as headquarters for various student groups.

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Facilities: They are okay, but they could be better. The gym is pretty well-equipped. There are several computer labs, but maintenance doesn't like to come to your room if something breaks, so you have to both e-mail and call them. After that, they will come.

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Facilities: [There is] a state-of-the-art fitness center and a brand-new Wharton building. Computers are available all over the place, but obviously, they can get crowded.The student center is beautiful-perhaps the most collegiate thing on campus.

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Campus Dining: The food at the dining halls is decent, but if you want to keep your figure, watch out for the meal plan. The all-you-can-eat style will make you gain at least 10 pounds, whether you like it or not.

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Campus Dining: The food carts around campus are amazing. There are food carts that serve crepes, vegetarian food, Middle Eastern food, hoagies, Chinese food, Korean food, breakfast food, and fruit. They are reasonably-priced and of good quality.

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Campus Dining: The food is crap. I'll be honest. But most dining hall food in any school is horrible. Restaurants are everywhere; take your pick.

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Campus Dining: Dining is expensive, and I believe meal plans are required on campus. The food is not so great, but depending on what dining hall you choose to use, there may be a little better selection. Most students do not remain on the meal plan if they have a kitchen; otherwise it's a lot of ordering out.

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Campus Dining: I find that the food on-campus is ok. I mean it's as good as I think campus dining facilities can get, but eating there all the time just gets monotonous.

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Campus Dining: The dining halls have a variety; however, personally, I'm not too much of a fan. The dining halls could be better, but after a while, you end up going more for the social aspect. You won't starve unless you want to.

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Campus Dining: The dining plan sucks-I'm a vegetarian. The good food places are the food trucks on campus, especially along Spruce Street. They are cheap, safe, and tasty.

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Campus Dining: I would recommend buying the smallest meal plan possible. I was definitely not a fan of the dining hall. You have to go eat at certain times, and the food isn't always the best. I found myself eating mostly at Houston Hall, where they have a food court area. You can just use your Penn card to charge it to your Penn account, or you can use dining dollars if they come with your meal plan. A lot of kids also eat at Cosi where they have amazing sandwiches. Allegro's Pizza and Philly Diner are also hot spots, plus there are amazing restaurants downtown.

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Campus Dining: On-campus food is generally cheap, with a million food carts, pizza and cheesesteak places, markets, and restaurants. Lunches for the typical student should run no more than five dollars, and dinners can be had for just as cheap. If you do decide to come, the first thing to do is get a crepe at Le Petite Creperie; they are known throughout the city for having the best savory and sweet crepes in town. If you eat meat, go to Lees, Billybobs, or Abners for a cheesesteak.

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Campus Dining: The best dining on campus would be at 1920 Commons or Hill. They have a larger selection, plus they're more social.

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Campus Dining: Penn Dining is not to be trusted . . . . Not only that, their food is total crap. Variety is good, but only if something tastes good. I can remember so many times in my freshman year getting lip from the ladies that served me and finding hair in my food. Penn Dining is just a horrible experience.

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Campus Dining: Dining is not that great, but it's a great time saver. I am usually on a plan just because sometimes I don't want to make food at my place. There are also plenty of restaurants near the campus that have decent food.

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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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