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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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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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Guys & Girls: The guys are pretty nice. Some are definitely hot, others are not. It's a good mix, but it also depends on what you feel `hot' is. The girls are pretty friendly; some are cliquish, but once the initial boundaries are broken down, people don't usually have problems.

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Guys & Girls: I'm going to be honest; the guy selection wasn't the greatest this year. Now, I'm not saying it was horrible, but you had to look around a little, and some of the guys were kind of cocky. I think the girls are better than the guys, but my guy friends would probably disagree.

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Guys & Girls: Competition for guys at Penn is fairly stiff. There are lots of good-looking guys and an excess of busted girls. To make matters worse, the girls tend to be super stuck-up. Also, for some strange reason, Penn kids tend to have big coolness inferiority complexes that stem from high school. As a result, people can be really unfriendly in social situations for no good reason. However, if you're formally introduced, say through a friend, they tend to open up and are usually friendlier.

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Guys & Girls: It all depends on your taste and who you meet. The guys are not that great-looking. There are a few lookers, but that's about it. It's hard to find a nice guy, but when you do, he will be a keeper, I guarantee that. At this school, it really depends on who you meet. It took me awhile to find a great set of friends who had the same interests as me. It takes some time, but eventually you will find them.

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Guys & Girls: Well, speaking for the males, the intellects of the world are typically not the same as the beauties. There are attractive people, but I'll be honest, it's not UCLA.

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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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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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