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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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Nightlife: If Greek life is not your scene, there are a million dance clubs, pubs, and hot night spots around campus and also in Philly.

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Nightlife: It depends on what you are into, but you can pretty much find anything. Smoke's is on campus. Frat boys and the like are also around. There are more bars downtown.

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Nightlife: We have Smoke's on the campus; it's a pretty good bar, if you have an ID. There are plenty of bars and clubs off campus. There are clubs like the Eighth Floor, and Envy-these ones are promoted basically every week.

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Nightlife: The clubbing scene at Penn is pretty lively. The frats are always throwing parties downtown, as are many of the clubs on-campus. Envy, Egypt, and the Eighth Floor are but of few of the cool clubs in the city. The club music leans a little too much to house for my taste, but they play a fair amount of hip-hop and pop, as well.

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Nightlife: I don't know much about the bars because I am under 21, and they tend to card fairly heavily . . . at least for guys; girls tend to have an easier time with those things. Club-wise, I have to say I am not a big fan of Philly clubs. I only go on 18-and-older nights.

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Nightlife: We are right next to downtown Philly, so access to clubs and bars is pretty easy (granted you are 21). The on-campus bars are pretty standard-beer and grub. Pod has a pretty extensive bar and is pretty trendy. If you want to buy your own liquor, stores are close-by.

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Nightlife: In downtown, there are bars for all ages, but those for the 18-and-over crowd it will be a little harder to find places to go. If you're good with bouncers, you should have no trouble getting into a 21-and-over club, even if you're not of age. Most clubs are either found near South Street or on Delaware Avenue near the Delaware River. One thing I hate about Philly is that clubs tend to close at 2 a.m. The really good clubs like Transit and Evolution sometimes stay open till 3:30 a.m. There are `after hours' clubs, but they don't advertise to the public. Usually, they roam bars at about 1-2 a.m. and pass their fliers around.

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Nightlife: Philly is a big city with almost every type of bar and club you're looking for. Campus bars like Smoke's and Blarney are a good time during the week, and when you're sick of the Penn scene, there's plenty to explore downtown. Philly also has a great live music scene; it's a major stop for all different types of performers.

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Nightlife: I'm more of a rocker than a clubber. Philly is great for concerts. Every band comes through here. Since I came to Penn, Pearl Jam, Disturbed, Stone Temple Pilots, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Incubus, Live, Wallflowers, Everclear, Puddle of Mudd, Bruce Willis, Less than Jake, and Bad Religion have all been here. The club scene is here, and there are also some underage ones. Again, it's not my scene, but I know they are there. As for bars, an ID is critical. Once you have that, there are thousands to go to.

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Drug Safety: You can do drugs if you want, or you can stay away from them. There's not too much peer pressure for it, although there is definitely a large drug scene, especially in the fraternity and sorority system.

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Drug Safety: Alcohol seems to be the drug of choice. Marijuana and cocaine are also used, but to a far lesser extent.

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Drug Safety: I would say that drugs on campus are relatively remote. Weed is everywhere, obviously. Compared to a lot of other campuses, Penn kids don't do drugs, but it's all relative. Unless you consider alcohol a drug, then forget everything I just said.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are there. Alcohol is obviously the biggest. After that is stuff like Ritalin or caffeine pills for focus and energy, especially during finals.

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Drug Safety: Lots of people smoke weed. There are a few rich kids who insist on doing coke. Other than that, it's your normal college thing-mostly weed, some `shrooms, whatever. It's not a big deal.

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Drug Safety: I've never really had a big encounter with it. I know people smoke pot and do other drugs, but I've never really felt its presence in any strong or negative way.

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Drug Safety: I can't comment on the drug scene; I'm not in it. I suppose that if you're a drug addict, you'll find others.

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Drug Safety: Alcohol is, by far, the most present drug on campus. Next would be pot. There is one frat that is known as the `drug frat,' and they throw parties with a lot of the harder stuff, if you're into that. I pretty much stick to alcohol, and not too much at that. If you want it, it's there, but if you don't, it's not too difficult to avoid.

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Drug Safety: It's easy to get and easy to avoid. There is a lot of weed and `shrooms around, but if you aren't into it, it is not central to the social scene. There's not much hard stuff, but you are in Philly-if you really are into that, you are in one of the bigger cities in the country and can find it if you want to.

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Drug Safety: The problems with drinking and drugs are baseline; people are smart about not getting caught, especially with drugs. There are occasional alcohol-related incidents but nothing major, in my memory.

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Drug Safety: I had heard rumors of drugs like coke before I got to Penn, but at no point was I ever exposed to it directly. Drugs are present, but they aren't something that is forced upon you.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene is present but not rampant. I won't lie. People smoke weed, most drink, and some people do other drugs. But it's not a major issue.

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Drug Safety: There's a big misconception that, because Penn is a top-caliber university, there are fewer drugs circulating around campus. This is Tom Clancy fiction at its best. Penn kids like their drugs just like other college-age kids. Weed is ubiquitous but not the problem; X and coke are. It's a shame, but college is just a microcosm of the real world.

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Campus Strictness: A large percentage of drinking- or drug-related offenses are handled within the housing system, rather than involving the police. In the end, it seems the policies tend to be a bit lax.

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Campus Strictness: The Penn police are extremely helpful. They will only break up a party if it is disrupting the surrounding neighborhoods. Penn has a rule that if you get sick at a party and call the Penn police, then you cannot get in trouble with the University for it.

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Campus Strictness: Drinking still goes on, although most on-campus parties get busted after awhile. They are stricter in dorms than in other places.

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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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