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Philadelphia, PA
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10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Campus Housing: As a freshman, I would definitely live in the Quad. It's air conditioned and newly renovated. The Quad is full of freshmen, and it makes it so easy to make new friends because you all live in the same area. The high-rises are for people who are more secluded and don't want to be around everyone. My friends that lived in the high-rises wished they would have lived in the Quad. Stay away from Hill college house if you can; they have fun there, but it gets so hot when it's warm out.

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Campus Housing: English house is the newest of the dorm rooms, and they are pretty nice. The high rises usually house upperclassmen and are the quietest of the dorms. These are apartment-style dorms with personal bathrooms and kitchenettes. The furnishings here are not the best on campus, but because of the personal space it can give students, many people clamor to get an assignment here.

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Campus Housing: The high-rises are home to various floor events that try to emphasize a certain program that students should follow. For example there is `Latin America,' `Arts House,' `International Program,' and `Ancient Studies,' among others. You have to apply to get into these.

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Diversity: Because of the portion of upper-middle-class students, the Caucasian population seems to dominate. There is a sizable Asian population, though other minorities seem to be highly underrepresented.

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Diversity: All types of people go to Penn, but there could be stronger diversity. I think that we were only six percent African American this year. I've met people from countries all over the world and from all sorts of backgrounds.

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Diversity: Penn is definitely diverse, but there is still a lot of self-imposed segregation. Even though there are all types of inter-ethnic friendships, you'll often find, with ample exceptions, the black people at one table, the Asian people at another, and the Jews everywhere. White Christians? Where?

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Diversity: How can the campus be any more diverse? Students come from all over the country and all over the world, bringing with them cultures and stories that cover the spectrum of life. You can usually find a person with an opinion on any topic, and then there's a person to oppose that person. It can all get very confusing.

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Diversity: The crowd here is very diverse. You will probably meet some of the craziest people here. What I always appreciated is that, although people party hard and get carried away, they are very intelligent and goal-directed. Work always gets done, but not at the expense of social life.

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Diversity: It's not incredibly diverse . . . but it's not completely white, either. There's also a student union or club for just about every nationality you can think of.

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Diversity: It's not homogeneous, and you can meet people from all over the world. I don't know; diversity isn't really that important to me, so I guess I've never really compared statistics to see the exact makeup of the student body.

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Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse. I would say that Jewish and Indian students are the two biggest groups on campus. The only disappointment is that sometimes each ethnic group tends to `flock together.'

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Diversity: There is an African American interest dorm that I find rather segregated. But if you're open and you seek out people of different backgrounds, you'll find them. I have a really diverse group of friends, not only ethnically, but also in terms of where they're from regionally and what kind of interests they have; I love it! It's another benefit of a large school.

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Diversity: A lot of the diversity comes from within Wharton and the engineering school, as they both having big Asian and Indian populations. But the campus in general is very diverse.

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Guys & Girls: A large percentage of students tend to hail from the Northeast and tend to be upper-middle-class. The guys are better looking than the girls.

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Guys & Girls: My personal opinion is that the guys are very good looking, though I've heard the opposite opinion from guys about girls. I, however, beg to differ. I've met so many great people here, of both sexes. And if you're looking for intelligent conversation, you can talk to almost anybody on campus.

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Guys & Girls: Penn students, in general, are very good looking. Yes, they are hot. Unlike at many smaller, liberal arts school campuses, hot is not defined by how good you can look without even trying or who's the sexiest bohemian. At Penn, `hot' for the girls usually means who can wear the most expensive ensemble while still sporting a relatively casual appearance. As for the guys, it's buff abs, preppy clothes, and hair gel all the way.

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Guys & Girls: Since it's cold most of the time, you don't see much of the actual person, just a heap of sweaters and pants. Of course, underneath all of that cotton and wool, there are wonderful people with great ambitions and ideas. If you take the time to learn about your classmate's dreams, you might see a glimpse of the type of company into which you've fallen.

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Guys & Girls: Penn people are beautiful; I was shocked to see how many hot girls are here. I'd say there are really no ugly people anywhere on campus.

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Guys & Girls: The variety of girls is crazy. You have the bookies that stay in their rooms studying forever on end. If you can get them to take a break and talk to you, they aren't as dull as they seem. In fact, usually they are the coolest people to talk to. Then there are the stuffy rich girls that privately hold their noses up above everyone else while acting politely to fend off insults. You have the party girls who just want to have fun but amazingly find a way to pass their classes with flying colors. Of course, there are some that find fun and amusement away from parties, simply hanging out with their friends and having a great time on their own.

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Guys & Girls: Being a female and rating guys, I'd say they're better than in high school, but there's also stiffer `competition' for them. Don't expect your luck to change drastically unless you do; however, there are a lot more people, and you're more likely to find someone you connect with simply because of the increase in numbers.

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Guys & Girls: The people at Penn are pretty good looking. Everyone here seems to be pretty trendy-people seem to dress up in the Banana Republic style a lot. Very sleek.

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Guys & Girls: Girls are pretty bad looking . . . certainly not like Miami and California. You're going to an Ivy League school; most people are going to be pretty bad.

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Guys & Girls: Guys are . . . not all that bad. Girls are . . . not bad either. Although, lots of guys think the girls are ugly and vice versa. I wouldn't call either necessarily `hot.' The most attractive ones are usually in fraternities and sororities.

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Guys & Girls: It just seems like East Coast girls don't care as much as West Coast girls when it comes to appearance. But in an attempt to be fair, the girls at Penn are a pretty good lot.

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Guys & Girls: It's a big school, and you have a pretty good chance that you're going to meet `your type.' Just like high school, you'll meet your share of jerks, but there are also nice guys-they've had a few more years to grow up, so it's not as bad. The same thing goes for girls. It's a mix. You meet stuck-up girls, and you meet really sweet girls.

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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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