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Philadelphia, PA
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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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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Athletics: Varsity sports are doing really well. I'm on the swim team, and we recently placed fourth in the nation. I know a lot of athletes, and it's a great group to be in. Almost everyone I know is in at least one IM sport. There is a ton of them to join. I was in six, I think.

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Athletics: Sports are not exactly my thing, but I am a huge basketball fan. Penn has tons of intramurals, and they are often number one or close to it in a lot of the sports they're involved in.

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Athletics: Penn has pretty good athletic teams, but the varsity sports aren't a dominating part of Penn's society. They're a pretty big part, but most students don't really keep up with what is going on in the sports scene unless they're athletes. IM sports are decently big as well. If you like a sport, there's definitely a team for it at Penn.

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Athletics: Popular sports – Penn and Princeton are the best in the Ivy League when it comes to sports. The big sport on campus is basketball; we have a huge rivalry with Princeton. Depending on how their season goes, football can be big, too. Track is pretty big, especially around Penn Relays season.

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Athletics: I'd say that varsity sports are moderate. Intramural (IM) sports are fairly non-existent, at least in my opinion. I'm sure that for people who are interested in sports, though, that it is available for them. I'm just not a sports person myself, and so I manage to stay away from it all at Penn.

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Athletics: There's definitely school pride, especially against our rival, Princeton. In playoff games against them, students all over campus wear their `Puck Frinceton' shirts.

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Athletics: Varsity basketball and football are probably the biggest sports. There are all sorts of IM recreational leagues, which are always a good time and decent competition. In addition, Penn offers club sports, which are more competitive than IMs and involve travel to other colleges to compete in games and tournaments.

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Transportation: There is a subway stop right outside of the Quad. It's cheap and easy to use, but it stops running a little early. Philly is a small enough city that cabs are cheap, as long as you are traveling with a group.

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Transportation: The subway and trolley system make getting around Philadelphia easy and inexpensive. Cabs are also omnipresent.

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Transportation: The subway is pretty easy to follow. Cabs are everywhere, and regional rail is available only five minutes from campus.

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Transportation: Honestly, public transportation could be better. The buses are lousy, and the subway routes are inane. Still, the subways are cheap and will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go in a reasonable amount of time. However, if you're lazy, I would have to say that the taxis are just phenomenal.

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Transportation: Public transportation is one of the easiest ways to get around Philadelphia. The subway, buses, taxis, or even walking can get you to nearly everywhere in the city. Granted, the prices might be a bit steep ($2.60 roundtrip into the heart of the city on the subway), but the rides are welcomed.

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Transportation: It's pretty convenient. Subways and buses get you where you need to go, but the entire campus is walkable. It's only a worry if you live downtown.

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Transportation: I usually take cabs because if I'm going downtown, it's usually with about three other friends, so the ride actually ends up being cheaper than the public transit system!

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Transportation: SEPTA, the public transportation system, is pretty convenient, although I would say that it sometimes gets shady at night. Most students just take taxis everywhere. They're pretty convenient since they are everywhere; they don't cost that much if you split the fare between friends.

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Transportation: It's not bad at all. You can easily get downtown to the heart of the city via the subways, and there are multiple stations on campus. It's a little tricky to get to the clubs via the subways, but that's what cabs are for. It's usually not more than a $10 or $11 cab ride; split between a few people, it's nothing.

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Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good for getting around downtown and University City. It gets a little tricky when you try to use it to get into the suburbs or towns off of Center City limits. It can be done, but you need to plan. From my experience, public transportation fulfills my needs just fine.

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Local Atmosphere: It's definitely a city atmosphere, and everything you need is within walking distance. There isn't much to do uptown, but downtown there are a lot of clubs, stores, theaters, and museums.

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Local Atmosphere: It's a city atmosphere, but at the same time, one could be in the middle of campus, standing on a green, and not know he or she was in a city. There are a few universities present-Drexel being the closest, with Temple, La Salle, St. Joseph's, and Villanova relatively close by. As far as stuff to stay away from, I'd say that it's probably a good idea to steer clear of the most western part of West Philly. As far as things to do, I'd personally bypass Independence Hall for Pat's Cheesesteaks, but that's just me. It's Philly; there are a lot of historical places to visit and cheesesteaks to eat.

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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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