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Philadelphia, PA
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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Health & Safety: Penn has very tight security when it comes to the college houses. Students have to swipe their Penn ID Card every time they want to enter the building, or they have to get people to sign them in. It's very tight but reassuring. Most people I know don't lock their doors in the dorms; it's pretty relaxed here.

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Health & Safety: It's West Philadelphia, so the second you're off campus, it's questionable, but that's what you get for living in an interesting area. On campus, it's really safe; it's very well taken care of.

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Health & Safety: It's very secure! There have been only two `violent' crimes on campus that I know of all year. 10 years ago, that was unheard of. However, Penn has recently beefed up security to the point where I know my female friends have no problem walking home late at night from the library or anywhere else. You can always see a SpectaGuard after dark, and that's comforting.

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Computers: There are ample computer labs on campus, and most students bring their own PC setup, so the labs are hardly ever crowded. I recommend that students bring their own computer equipment, as printing in the labs can be costly.

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Computers: Almost everybody I know brought their own computer to campus, and I would recommend doing the same. On the flipside, that means that computer labs usually aren't crowded, and I don't imagine that it would be difficult to gain access to a computer at any hour. The network gives virus protection, and most of the online functions are really helpful.

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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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Academics: Most professors are highly-accessible and passionate about their respective fields. They welcome questions and are able to effectively stimulate student interest in their courses.

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Academics: Penn stands out among most universities in that it has great teachers available. In effort to generalize, I'd say that not all the teachers are great at teaching (are professors supposed to be good at teaching?!), but it's clear that most are pretty brilliant in their field. My classes are always interesting because I take classes dealing with subject matter that I'm interested in.

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Academics: Professors vary by subject. The three big lectures I was in-PoliSci001, Microeconomics, and Introduction to Experimental Psychology-were all taught by amazing professors. All of them knew their subjects, but some could hold my attention and some couldn't. I never felt that any of them were under-qualified by any means.

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Academics: The teachers are varied in personality and toughness. Some just lecture the material and are boring, while others are really dramatic, have great poise, and captivate the students. Those teachers that employ hands-on activities and other methods of getting attention make their classes interesting.

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Academics: It's a gamble. You get your great teachers and your bad ones, although I've had more excellent ones than bad. I was in the business school and in the College, so that applies to both places.

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Academics: All the humanities classes are fantastic. The professor will usually focus on a general subject and take a really interesting angle on it, which allows the class to examine the subject from many different perspectives. That way, it is much easier to relate to the coursework. The professors I've had so far have been exciting, lively, and really passionate about their work, which makes it easier for the students to be, too. The only advice I have about choosing humanities courses is to try to pick a professor that other students have enjoyed working with. Boring ones can be deadly, and opinionated ones are even worse if your ideas ever diverge from theirs.

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Academics: The professors range from uniquely dynamic to mind-numbingly intellectual individuals. Each has his own view of the importance of his field and the contributions that he and his students can provide to society.

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Academics: Like always, teachers can be hit or miss. There are some teachers and classes you absolutely can not stay awake for and are less helpful than the book. Other teachers are great in small groups but are awful at large lectures, and some are just great all-around. Classes are as interesting as the professors make them. Generally, falling asleep in the class indicates a poor and uninteresting teacher.

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Academics: There are both big lecture courses-which I never had a problem in-and courses with a small number of students, so don't let people tell you that you'll get lost in the system.

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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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