Philadelphia, PA
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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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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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Perry Petra-Wong
Pasadena, Calif.
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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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