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Philadelphia, PA
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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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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Facilities: The athletic facilities are amazing because sports are so huge here, especially for an Ivy League. The student center is awesome because it is open really late and has a lot of space to sit, talk, relax, and study.

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Facilities: The heart of campus extends a mere six blocks. On-campus housing is located in close proximity to classes, the libraries, restaurants, the athletic center, and the stadium. Computer labs are placed throughout campus. Even off-campus housing is fairly close to the major hubs of on-campus activity, making it an attractive option to upperclassmen. Penn has undergone a number of remodeling projects during the past few years, improving both the interior and exterior of a number of buildings on campus, making the University both an attractive and exciting place to learn.

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Facilities: Facilities are more than adequate, but there are always ongoing projects to improve them. The only main problem that I've seen is that all club sports are allotted one field to practice on, so getting access is extremely difficult. Otherwise, we have a gorgeous new gym, and the administration is relatively receptive to student input.

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Facilities: Pottruck is the gym that most of the students use. It's really beautiful and right in the heart of campus. Penn is a very athletic school, so it's no surprise that we have the best athletic facilities. Most of the classrooms are really nice, too, but Wharton, for some reason, tends to have the most luxurious classrooms. The other rooms are fine, and those that are not are probably being renovated.

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Facilities: The Pottruck Gymnasium is a nice place to workout, although it is usually packed with people (perhaps a nice socializing area?). The resources there are in great condition and are always growing in number and usability. Aside from the gym, there are other places to play recreational games or just have a good time. On the eastern part of campus, Franklin Field dominates the athletic facilities. Beside the stadium are Hutchinson Gym and the Palestra, debatably the most famous of all college basketball arenas. Behind these notable monuments you will find playing fields for soccer, baseball, and other sports. Even if you choose not to venture to any of these places, there are fields all over campus where students relieve stress by throwing Frisbees, footballs, or anything else that you can chuck a good distance.

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Facilities: There are good facilities, but we need more space that we're allowed to play on. They should open Bower field to the general student population, especially since they're building on Hill Field. Franklin Field is great, Houston Hall is great. In fact, all I've seen is pretty good.

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Facilities: The libraries have a lot of books; almost any book that you could ever need for a research project. There are a few libraries on campus: Van Pelt, Lippincott, the fine arts library, the law library, the biomedical library. It just goes on and on. All the libraries are nice places to study with comfortable couches.

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Facilities: As far as athletic facilities go, we have a football and track field, a basketball arena, two recreational gyms, a boathouse, a baseball diamond, a lacrosse field, a soccer field, and a hockey rink. One of the gyms looks like one of these high-end Bally's gyms around LA.

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Facilities: The computer centers at the library and in the dorms are nice, but I never spent much time there, so I can't say much. The student center is very nice, and there are the best crepes you will ever find in it.

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Facilities: Facilities on campus are beautiful. Some of the buildings are old, others are new. There is constant renovation to make Penn a better place to be.

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Facilities: The student center, Houston Hall, houses classrooms, conference rooms, auditoriums, eateries, a travel agency, and a game room. It serves the students' need fairly well. Plus, there are a bunch of other little buildings that serve as headquarters for various student groups.

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Facilities: They are okay, but they could be better. The gym is pretty well-equipped. There are several computer labs, but maintenance doesn't like to come to your room if something breaks, so you have to both e-mail and call them. After that, they will come.

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Facilities: [There is] a state-of-the-art fitness center and a brand-new Wharton building. Computers are available all over the place, but obviously, they can get crowded.The student center is beautiful-perhaps the most collegiate thing on campus.

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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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