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Philadelphia, PA
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10,324
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$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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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Health & Safety: Penn is very safe; there are guards at every dorm and plenty of Penn police everywhere. There are, however, quite a few homeless people that always wander around and ask you for money.

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Health & Safety: Security is omnipresent on campus. There are numerous safety precautions, including the need to get swiped into the dorms to obtain access, which limit the likelihood of any trouble. The slow meandering of the campus boundaries to the west has enabled Penn to clean up the area and open several popular restaurants and campus hot spots. For being in a major city, the incidence of crime is surprisingly low.

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Health & Safety: I never really feel unsafe on campus, but I know some people have. Security is decent compared to most schools.

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Health & Safety: Penn has its own security system, and there are Penn police on bikes, in cars, and on foot all over campus. There are blue lights on every block for emergencies. Penn Cards are needed to gain access to all University housing, libraries, and some other buildings. Safety is obviously not the same as it would be in a small secluded campus, but security is a top priority, and all the necessary precautions are taken.

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Health & Safety: You'll definitely get approached by homeless people, but there is enough security on campus so no one will hassle you as long as you don't go wandering around the streets of West Philly at 3 a.m. alone.

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Health & Safety: Security is surely present. Sometimes, it's so present that it becomes extremely aggravating, especially when it takes half an hour to sign in a guest on a regular weekend afternoon. But you always feel safe, which is ultimately the most important thing.

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Health & Safety: Even though West Philadelphia has a horrible reputation for crime and violence, the campus has a safe feeling to it. There are obvious areas to avoid, and safety precautions are good to keep in mind. Usually, traveling with a group during the evening is a smart thing to do, but during the day, you can feel free to travel about as you wish without much worry.

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Health & Safety: I always feel pretty safe, even at night. However, it's best to be with at least one other person you trust.

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Health & Safety: There are PennCops (University of Pennsylvania Police) on almost every corner, on bikes, in cars, etc. Safety is not an issue in the least. I lived off campus this past year and even felt safe there. The Penn Police are all over the campus, and they're even a few blocks off campus. All of the dorms are secure as well and have guard stations at each entrance where you sign in all guests.

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Health & Safety: As a female, although campus itself is said to be safe, I'd be careful. There have been a few incidents within the past few years, and although security is getting tighter, you are in West Philadelphia. Try not to walk alone at night. There's a walking escort or van that you can call; do not be afraid to use it.

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Health & Safety: On campus, the security is great. There are SpectaGuards and Safety Ambassadors at almost every corner as well as bike patrols that go through the night. I have walked from the library through campus many times at night and never felt worried about my safety. Going five or six blocks west of campus is a different story, but as long as you think with your head, you will be fine.

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Health & Safety: Security can get annoying every once in a while because they are always there and there are a lot of them, but in the long run, you are living in West Philly; a lot of security is exactly what you want. You learn quickly where you can and cannot go when you leave campus, and you always feel safe while you are on campus. Going to school in the city is a matter of being smart. Use your head though, and you should have no problem.

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Health & Safety: The campus is located on the border of a not-so-great neighborhood-a side effect of large, urban cities. However, Penn Police is the largest private police organization in Philadelphia, and although incidents tend to occur, I would say that safety was never an issue with me or anyone I know. I feel almost as safe walking on campus at three in the morning as I do during the day.

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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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