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Philadelphia, PA
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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Athletics: Basketball is our biggest varsity sport, followed by football. People wait in an overnight line to get basketball season tickets. The games are always packed, but campus life doesn't completely stop for them. Intramural sports are plentiful; everybody who wants to play gets to.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge considering we're an Ivy League school. Penn definitely has the most school spirit out of all the Ivies. Football and basketball are big, but so are soccer, girl's volleyball, and lacrosse. IM sports aren't as big, but they're still nice to become involved with.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge. A lot of people get recruited to play on a varsity sports team, so it's no wonder we have so much school spirit. It's exciting to go to a football game or a basketball game because we always win. IM sports are very popular, too. People at Penn tend to be very athletic and well-rounded, so it's not very hard to find a new sport to pick up and some worthy competition.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are part of the life-blood of the campus. Football games draw huge crowds, which are dwarfed by the immensity of Franklin Field. Both the Palestra's and Franklin Field's historical value lends excitement to every game, and the traditions that have lasted for so many years, such as the throwing of toast, allow the audience to have their own fun at the expense of the opponents. If you're having trouble getting into the game, chants and rollouts will spark your Penn Pride.

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Athletics: Varsity guys' mainstream sports, (i.e. basketball and football), seem pretty big. The others are somewhat well-supported, but having been to many women's sports and non-basketball/football events with the band, they clearly lack the same attendance. If you ever want to play any sport, even just a pick-up game, it's available somewhere on campus.

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Athletics: They are decent, not spectacular. Penn is competitive and often wins against other Ivies as well as non-Ivies. Intramural sports are substantial, and club sports cover almost every sport that varsity does plus much more.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are good on campus, and spirit usually rises when we have big games and homecoming. I don't know much about intramural sports, but I know that there are some groups that actually compete nationwide.

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Athletics: Football and basketball are amazingly good; we made the tournament in basketball this year. IM sports are there for you but are not huge. I have a lot of friends who play rugby and water polo and love it.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are doing really well. I'm on the swim team, and we recently placed fourth in the nation. I know a lot of athletes, and it's a great group to be in. Almost everyone I know is in at least one IM sport. There is a ton of them to join. I was in six, I think.

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Athletics: Sports are not exactly my thing, but I am a huge basketball fan. Penn has tons of intramurals, and they are often number one or close to it in a lot of the sports they're involved in.

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Athletics: Penn has pretty good athletic teams, but the varsity sports aren't a dominating part of Penn's society. They're a pretty big part, but most students don't really keep up with what is going on in the sports scene unless they're athletes. IM sports are decently big as well. If you like a sport, there's definitely a team for it at Penn.

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Athletics: Popular sports – Penn and Princeton are the best in the Ivy League when it comes to sports. The big sport on campus is basketball; we have a huge rivalry with Princeton. Depending on how their season goes, football can be big, too. Track is pretty big, especially around Penn Relays season.

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Athletics: I'd say that varsity sports are moderate. Intramural (IM) sports are fairly non-existent, at least in my opinion. I'm sure that for people who are interested in sports, though, that it is available for them. I'm just not a sports person myself, and so I manage to stay away from it all at Penn.

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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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Nightlife: The bars and clubs off campus are pretty good. Carding in Philly is pretty strict, so either have a fake ID, or expect to get cozy with the bouncers.

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Nightlife: Most of the campus parties revolve around the Greek system and are a lot of fun. Drinks and access are free, and they're all within walking distance. Smokey Joe's is on campus, and it's pretty popular. I only go to the clubs downtown when Penn is sponsoring a party, but they're usually really nice and show students a good time.

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Nightlife: Penn has an active Greek system, and the parties are generally good, though they can get packed. There are numerous clubs downtown. On-campus spots for a drink include Smokey Joe's (affectionately termed `Smoke's'), White Dog, and La Terrasse.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus mainly center around frats and athletic houses, but they go on every weekend. Bars are good but hard to get into. Clubs are amazing if you can get in. Usually frats rent out clubs for parties; in that case, it's 18 to party and 21 to drink. Go to Smoke's and Blarney Stone on campus. Nice places off campus are Egypt, Shampoo, and Zanzibar Blue.

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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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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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