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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Campus Apartments has a monopoly on off-campus housing, allowing them to charge whatever they want and continuously raise rents. In addition, they are very slow and unhelpful, and sometimes do not help at all, with necessary maintenance and repairs.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough places for some variety.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: RAs and GAs in the freshmen dorms are far to quick to break things up/get kids in trouble for things playing music in the dorm, even before quiet hours begin.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid office workers are very friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always something fun to do, pretty much every night of the week.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining hall food is consistently awful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Decent living situation, but RA/GAs are really strict with rule enforcement.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Freshmen year meal plans aren't too flexible. Most upperclassmen are not on meal plans.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen housing has a great sense of community. Upperclassmen housing not so much. They're pretty far from most class buildings.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing kind of runs a monopoly immediately near the campus, so it's difficult to find good prices there. Other than that, I feel like finding housing is done with average ease.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia has a lot of places to eat, and they all cater towards different types of cuisine.

3 College Junior

Administration: Penn is very strict about plagiarism, more so than I've ever seen at any other school. In terms of alcohol/drug use, it isn't tolerated, but if a student is having an emergency response to drugs/alcohol, no one will be punished for getting them the medical help they need.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I was able to go to Penn as an undergraduate only because I got enough grant money for it to be affordable. My parents both have small incomes.

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College Junior

Party Scene: I go out in Center City, Philadelphia.

College Junior

Campus Food: I mostly eat at home. When I do dine out on campus, I'll typically eat from Potbelly or Chipotle.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I am a graduate student and live off campus. My previous responses reflected when I was an undergraduate the UPenn living on campus.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I've never lived in campus housing.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The medical centers are fantastic and very convenient. The safety on campus is rather good, as we have a lot of Penn Police patrolling around. The buildings sometimes are so secure that it can be difficult for even Penn students to get in.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not participate in any Greek life events. However, greek life seems to be very big here, with most people loving the fraternities and sororities. A large percentage of Penn students are in these groups and they are always highly visible on campus.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've seen the website that helps students get off-campus housing and it seems quite good. However, I found housing myself. There aren't that many options if you're looking for a real secure place, and you might end up having to pay for it. However, cheap housing can be found and the ease of which one can get housing quickly in Philadelphia is a plus.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food is definitely the best part of Philadelphia. It is very diverse and very delicious, but a lot of the times it is rather expensive, even at the cheaper places. Philadelphia also runs a few "restaurant week" promotions throughout the year which allow you to sample the more high-end, expensive restaurants for much cheaper.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't live on campus, so I'm not sure how it is. However, the administration often does not seem to care about the students concerns and only those of the donors and their own wallet.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I was able to find various jobs on campus rather easily. If you are Wharton, it definitely is easier to do so. However, there are enough opportunities in general.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The campus is surrounded by many close by museums, so there are a lot of cultural events to go to. However, a lot of students choose not to participate in these, so attending such events is usually something that doesn't integrate well back into your school life. The campus itself is pretty safe, but the surrounding area can be dangerous. The food is very diverse, as Philadelphia sports Korean, Vietnamese, Arab, Indian, and Chinese neighborhoods and more.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is great on campus.

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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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