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Philadelphia, PA
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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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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Off-Campus Dining: Food's pretty good. Of course, campus dining sucks, but there are some pretty good restaurants around, and the food carts are a good places to get a quick bite to eat. The Thai restaurants are all really good, but Pattaya Grill is my personal favorite. White Dog and La Terrace are expensive, but also really good. Beijing is the most widely-known Chinese restaurant, but the general consensus is that it sucks. There are also plenty of Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants around, but my Indian and Middle Eastern friends all agree that the food is as unauthentic as you can get.

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Off-Campus Dining: For dinner, Pod, Beijing, White Dog Café, New Deck, and La Terrasse are popular among students.

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Campus Housing: Don't ever stay in North or Gregory! North is the crappiest dorm in the world, and Gregory can't be any more isolated. Hill and the Quad are awesome fun places; High-Rise East rocks, as well.

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Campus Housing: For freshmen, living in the Quad is a must. Thanks to a comprehensive renovation, the exterior is exquisitely manicured and landscaped. The dorm rooms are comparatively large, with a number of singles available to freshmen. Almost all come equipped with a sink and air conditioning. The high-rises are in need of some refurbishment, but the first stages of repair have already started. Within-room kitchen facilities and private bathrooms (similar to off-campus apartments) make them attractive to a number of students. A sizable portion of upperclassmen move off campus to nearby apartments or into Greek houses.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are cool. They're better than the street.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are very varied though none are unbearable. Some are clearly better than the rest. Living in the Quad is the best because of all the people, but singles in Quad are really small. Hill and Kings Court/English House are isolated but have dining halls conveniently on their first floors. Rooms in Hill aren't air conditioned though, and most Quad rooms are. Stouffer and the high rises have big rooms but are isolated for freshman because mostly upperclassmen live there.

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Campus Housing: I think the dorms are exceptional. For freshman housing, most people prefer the Quad. The rooms are nice and big and really convenient during Spring Fling. Hill has tiny rooms and no air conditioning, but it's really convenient for dining, especially in the winter. Also, it has suites and couches in all of the halls, so people in Hill tend to bond more quickly than they do on the Quad. It's some nice community living. Personally, I'd be most concerned with avoiding the low-rises, unless you place a higher value on quiet than an active social life.

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Campus Housing: Hill House rocks! Perhaps I'm simply biased, but Hill House definitely has a personality all its own. As a mainly-freshman dorm, Hill House nearly coerces new students to socialize with one another with open lounges just a few steps away from each dorm room. Although the rooms are probably the smallest rooms in which you'll ever live, they develop an atmosphere of home and hopefully friendliness, as you and your roommate get to be quite close to one another, whether on purpose or not.

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Campus Housing: Hill is a freshman dorm, so activities throughout the year allow time for meeting new people from other floors of the house. The Franklin Shield goes to the suite that earns the most points throughout the year by performing well during the various activities or answering trivia correctly each week. This competitive feel tends to draw the suites closer together, encouraging bonding between freshmen.

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Campus Housing: The dorms seem decent, but I'd advocate Hill above the rest of them so far, especially for freshmen because it's more social.

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Campus Housing: The Quad is your typical freshman dorm. It's beautiful architecturally, but I hated the rooms. The high rises are more like apartments. DuBois is predominantly African American. Gregory attracts a lot of foreign students. Hill has a dining hall inside, and there are others. They aren't bad at all. The high rises have bigger rooms, and I also liked those in Gregory.

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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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