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Philadelphia, PA
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10,324
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$43,738
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Very Hard
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Drug Safety: Drugs are there. Alcohol is obviously the biggest. After that is stuff like Ritalin or caffeine pills for focus and energy, especially during finals.

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Drug Safety: Lots of people smoke weed. There are a few rich kids who insist on doing coke. Other than that, it's your normal college thing-mostly weed, some `shrooms, whatever. It's not a big deal.

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Drug Safety: I've never really had a big encounter with it. I know people smoke pot and do other drugs, but I've never really felt its presence in any strong or negative way.

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Drug Safety: I can't comment on the drug scene; I'm not in it. I suppose that if you're a drug addict, you'll find others.

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Drug Safety: Alcohol is, by far, the most present drug on campus. Next would be pot. There is one frat that is known as the `drug frat,' and they throw parties with a lot of the harder stuff, if you're into that. I pretty much stick to alcohol, and not too much at that. If you want it, it's there, but if you don't, it's not too difficult to avoid.

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Drug Safety: It's easy to get and easy to avoid. There is a lot of weed and `shrooms around, but if you aren't into it, it is not central to the social scene. There's not much hard stuff, but you are in Philly-if you really are into that, you are in one of the bigger cities in the country and can find it if you want to.

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Drug Safety: The problems with drinking and drugs are baseline; people are smart about not getting caught, especially with drugs. There are occasional alcohol-related incidents but nothing major, in my memory.

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Drug Safety: I had heard rumors of drugs like coke before I got to Penn, but at no point was I ever exposed to it directly. Drugs are present, but they aren't something that is forced upon you.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene is present but not rampant. I won't lie. People smoke weed, most drink, and some people do other drugs. But it's not a major issue.

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Drug Safety: There's a big misconception that, because Penn is a top-caliber university, there are fewer drugs circulating around campus. This is Tom Clancy fiction at its best. Penn kids like their drugs just like other college-age kids. Weed is ubiquitous but not the problem; X and coke are. It's a shame, but college is just a microcosm of the real world.

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Campus Strictness: A large percentage of drinking- or drug-related offenses are handled within the housing system, rather than involving the police. In the end, it seems the policies tend to be a bit lax.

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Campus Strictness: The Penn police are extremely helpful. They will only break up a party if it is disrupting the surrounding neighborhoods. Penn has a rule that if you get sick at a party and call the Penn police, then you cannot get in trouble with the University for it.

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Campus Strictness: Drinking still goes on, although most on-campus parties get busted after awhile. They are stricter in dorms than in other places.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are not strict at all. I guess it depends on your RA freshman year, but most of them are under 21 and in the same boat as you. As long as you don't get foolishly inebriated on a Tuesday night and pass out and start barfing in the middle of the hall, I'd say that you can get away with just about anything. If you're of the type who is especially unappreciative of booze and weed, then don't apply for housing on the Quad or in Hill your freshman year.

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Campus Strictness: They're not strict at all about drinking. They break up most big parties around 2 a.m., but if they see you drinking on the street, they'll probably just ask you to pour it out. They're getting a little stricter about fake IDs at bars. They sometimes scan them, but if you get rejected, 99 percent of the time they don't actually take the ID away.

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Campus Strictness: Often, they will confiscate alcohol, and occasionally, a frat will get in trouble for it, but that's not a big deal. Weed is a little worse. Anything harder than weed is harshly punished.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are pretty lenient about the drinking policy. Their main goal is just to prevent the students from getting hurt, so they normally only intervene if there is a fight. Other than that, they pretty much leave the students alone. The only time that they really become strict is during Spring Fling weekend-a weekend full of drinking and debauchery.

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Campus Strictness: I've never had any problems with the police. I think they're only really concerned about safety, so as long as you're not an idiot, you're fine.

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Campus Strictness: It's rare that a party is broken up, unless the partiers get rowdy and are in the streets. As long as it's kept inside, it's usually not broken up, so it's pretty sweet.

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Campus Strictness: Penn's still the party school of the Ivies! The police are pretty lenient about letting students have their parties, unless there are noise complaints or fighting. Then they just disperse the crowd and send everyone home.

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Weather: The weather's not great, but it's the northeast. What do you expect? I suggest that you don't bring too many bikinis, one or two will get you by just fine. Other than that, bring clothing for all seasons.

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Weather: It is comparable to other Northeast/Middle Atlantic states. Hot summers and cold winters. Students generally bring a range of clothing, from heavy winter coats, to tank tops.

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Weather: It gets very cold here in the winter, but not as cold as it does farther north. Heavy jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats are a must. It also gets hot in the summer. Be ready for snow or high temperatures.

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Weather: It's Philly; it's just the rest of the East Coast. Warmer than Boston, about the same as New York, colder than DC. It gets very hot in the summer, and positively frigid in the winters. Just be ready for anything, literally.

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Weather: As Philadelphia is in the Northeast, the weather can become rather fickle, especially during the fall and winter. One day may be a warm sunny day, causing you to ruffle your feathers the next day as the temperature drops forty degrees and the rain falls for days straight. You would be well off to have something for every type of weather imaginable, just in case. One sure thing about the weather is that it keeps you guessing.

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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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