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Philadelphia, PA
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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Computers: There is no one main computer lab. A lot of computers are spread out at different places, so you should definitely bring your own to work with in your room. Once you are online, it is easy to access Penn resources.

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Computers: About the computer labs, I have absolutely no clue because I never use them. I would say that having your own computer is a must. There are obviously ways to work around not having a computer. You can always rent one at the library, and I would assume that the computer labs have fabulous accommodations. But seriously, why make life more confusing? At Penn, everyone seems to have a million things to do and barely enough time to do them. Writing a paper is stressful enough, why pile computer rental issues on top of that?

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Computers: Your own computer is not necessarily needed, but you'll find it wonderfully convenient when you realize you have a 10-page paper due in a few hours. Finding a computer lab that's open may not be the easiest thing to do early in the morning. However, when you do need a computer during regular hours, computer labs are all over campus. Most are occupied by a good number of students, but usually there are a few computers available to use.

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Computers: The computer network is great and fast, but it just cuts out every once in a while. Beware of viruses on the network, and from experience, the government can track you down for downloading movies and music. Don't get indicted! I've never used the computer labs; just bring your own if you can.

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Computers: Computer labs are all over campus and are easily accessible, along with other materials located in nearby libraries and research rooms. The computers are in fairly decent shape and usually contain programs which are highly recommended or needed by some classes or majors. They may not be the best choice all the time, but they are definitely nice to have around in case of emergencies and convenience.

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Computers: Every college house (dorm) has a computer lab. They're definitely not always crowded because most people have their own computers. I would recommend bringing one, just for convenience. If you don't have one, it's not that big of an issue; you just can't waste hours of your time playing computer games like `Snood,' which was the popular procrastination tool last year.

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Computers: The computer network is great-incredible speed. The labs are not too crowded, but that depends on which college house you live in. I would definitely have to say though, that you should bring your own computer if you have one . . . almost everyone does, and I personally feel it is a necessity.

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Computers: Penn is very reliant on computers, so I would suggest owning your own. Computer labs usually shut down too early, and since you most likely will not start studying until after those hours, it's more convenient to have your own computer. However, the Wharton building does have a 24-hour computer lab.

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Computers: Definitely bring your own computer. I haven't used a computer lab once, and I find it most convenient to have your own. It's amazing to have Ethernet and be online all the time. Downloading music, movies, and TV shows is fun.

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Computers: Each dormitory has some sort of computer lab if necessary, but I bring my own computer to school out of convenience. For example, I can do work in my room real late at night, but most labs only stay open until 2 a.m.

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Computers: There are some computer labs that are open for 24 hours, like the Wharton computing center in Huntsman Hall. The main library, Van Pelt, also lets you rent out laptops that have wireless Internet, so it's very convenient. I would recommend bringing your own computer just to have one, but you can also get by using the computer labs on campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia is full of good restaurants. Just get in a cab and go downtown. There are also tons of restaurants right around campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus is host to a wide variety of dining options. China Town is an interesting diversion. In Rittenhouse Square, Alma de Cuba and Bleu are tasty. Moriarty's is home to some of Philly's finest wings. And Pat's and Geno's have a long-standing rivalry over the best cheesesteaks.

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Off-Campus Dining: Cheesesteaks are everywhere-Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's are the best. I had all three in a span of an hour and a half once, but I'm a fat kid. Pat's is a messy cheesesteak but my favorite. I particularly enjoy it for the quality of its steak; it's a little sparse with its onions though. Geno's is a more refined cheesesteak, more onions, not as messy, but also not as good. Jim's is like a cheesesteak one would see on a billboard. It has the soft, fluffy bread, the steak that is diced into a million little pieces so that it's easy to chew, a just enough but not too much onions or cheese. If you want to talk cheesesteaks, just give me a call.

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Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are the best here; remember, you're in a city. Restaurateur Stephen Starr created a string of eclectic restaurants that are very unique and only a cab or subway ride away. Food is a bit pricey, though. Check out the Continental, Pat's for Cheesesteaks, and Striped Bass.

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Off-Campus Dining: Well, there are restaurants off-campus, which are really just as close as any of the dining halls. My favorites of those are Cosí, Izzy and Zoe's, and Bubble House. If you travel a bit into Philly, there are lots more, including several famous Cheesesteak spots.

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Off-Campus Dining: Center City, a quick subway ride from campus, provides a huge variety of foods from all different cultural backgrounds. Italian, Chinese, Cuban, and Caribbean are just a few types you might find. Of course, a few Penn favorites are always great places to visit, such as Abner's, Allegro's, and the New Deck Tavern.

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Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been many places, but Geno's is good, and there are a million other places to go. There's even a Hawaiian restaurant.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around campus and in Philly are awesome. Whether you're just looking for a cheap meal or want to go all-out, you can always find something to suit your tastes.

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Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants on or off campus come at a price unless you go to Chinatown, where you can get pretty full off of $20. Philly has a lot of good Italian places. Don't try the seafood unless it's Cajun.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off campus, there are a variety of good restaurants. All of Stephen Starr's restaurants are commendable: Buddhakan, Continental, Alma de Cuba, and Morimoto are just a few. If you like Japanese, there are several great Japanese restaurants-check out Kisso.

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Off-Campus Dining: Any of the many Old City restaurants are not too far away and very popular for a night on the town with friends.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of good restaurants downtown. If you want to break the bank and get unbelievably amazing food, I would recommend going down to restaurants like Le Bec Fin, but plan to spend over $100 a person there.

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Off-Campus Dining: My friends and I always go down to Chinatown on the weekend to eat. There's great grub there for, like, $4. If you want variety, there are great Korean, Japanese, and Italian restaurants all over. And you should definitely try the cheesesteaks!

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Off-Campus Dining: Off campus, there is Le Bec Fin, Morimoto (the Iron Chef), Susanna Foo's (a French/Chinese fusion restaurant), and Striped Bass (fresh seafood). All the previously mentioned placed will cost a pretty penny, about $60 per person. There's also a recent movement toward Latin/Spanish food, and one of the good places is Alma de Cuba. If you come to Philly for nothing else, at least come for the restaurants.

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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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