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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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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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Athletics: Varsity men's basketball and football seem to garner the most support from students. A longstanding rivalry with Princeton makes these sporting events hard to miss.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge. Penn has a lot of school spirit. Most people go to the basketball games and the football games; it's a lot of fun. A lot of people do IM sports as well.

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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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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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