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Transportation: I usually take cabs because if I'm going downtown, it's usually with about three other friends, so the ride actually ends up being cheaper than the public transit system!

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Transportation: SEPTA, the public transportation system, is pretty convenient, although I would say that it sometimes gets shady at night. Most students just take taxis everywhere. They're pretty convenient since they are everywhere; they don't cost that much if you split the fare between friends.

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Transportation: It's not bad at all. You can easily get downtown to the heart of the city via the subways, and there are multiple stations on campus. It's a little tricky to get to the clubs via the subways, but that's what cabs are for. It's usually not more than a $10 or $11 cab ride; split between a few people, it's nothing.

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Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good for getting around downtown and University City. It gets a little tricky when you try to use it to get into the suburbs or towns off of Center City limits. It can be done, but you need to plan. From my experience, public transportation fulfills my needs just fine.

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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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Weather: The weather is unpredictable. It will rain in the fall and spring, so bring an umbrella or waterproof jacket. It gets cold, too, so bring gloves and a hat at least. Bring shorts for autumn and spring, and pick up your sweaters at Thanksgiving. Bring an extra pair of shoes for rainy or snowy days.

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Weather: The weather here will be like the weather everywhere in the East Coast. It'll be hot from September to about early November, and then it gets cold! Snow and freezing weather will hit until about March. But after March until about the middle of May, the weather and the campus are just beautiful! The campus green is always filled with students ditching class and having a good time. I hate the winters here, but I love the springs.

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Weather: It's not wonderful, but not horrible. It rains sometimes, and the winters are pretty cold, although it usually doesn't go below the 20s. It's not always sunny, but it's not always rainy either. I'd give it a seven out of 10.

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Weather: The weather is actually pretty crappy. It gets pretty cold and gloomy in the winter. But there are the occasional super-pleasant days in the fall and spring where campus is just sunny and alive.

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Weather: It gets super-hot sometimes in the fall and the spring. Make sure that the dorm you pick has air conditioning. Otherwise, prepare to sweat a lot, and make sure you bring lots of fans.

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Weather: The weather is very seasonal. You get all four. It's quite hot at the very beginning and end of the school year. It's very cold during the winter and moderate during the rest of the time.

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Weather: The weather is comparable to all Northeast coast states, if you know what that's like. When it gets hot, it's really muggy since we're in a city, but for the most part, it's really pretty mild.

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Overall Experience: It's definitely a great experience. I love the city and the school. I would never want to be anywhere else. It has the stellar academics of an Ivy, a great city with tons to do, and wonderful people.

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Overall Experience: Going into my senior year, I can honestly say I would not rather be anywhere else. Penn has truly become a home-away-from-home, and I'm hopeful that I can continue the Penn experience, if I get accepted to the law school. Its location is unmatched, its facilities are beautiful, and it remains home to a brilliant faculty (including a number of Nobel Prize winners). All this makes Penn number-one to its students.

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Overall Experience: I am absolutely in love with this school, and I could not imagine going anywhere else. I think that Penn allows a perfect combination of work and play. I love the people; I have found plenty of extracurricular activities to keep me busy; and I cannot wait for classes to start up again in the fall. Come here. You'll have fun, I promise.

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Overall Experience: My overall experience at Penn has been marvelous. Penn is huge. I would have to say that it's more difficult to avoid making friends with good people than it is to do so. There are so many different types of people with interesting personalities all over campus, and a wide range of activities to help you meet them. The classes are truly exciting, and you learn a lot more from them than what's on the syllabus. Living in a city, on a vast campus, and attending one of the finest universities in the country is rarely disappointing and never boring. You can always fine something interesting to do and someone splendid to do it with.

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Overall Experience: I wanted to go to school in a big city, so Penn definitely fits that role well, as it is nearly in the middle of Philadelphia. I enjoyed my freshman year, and I'm enthusiastic about my major, now that I've been through my first classes and met the professors of the department. They all are such brilliant professors, and I'm incredibly glad to have their knowledge at my disposal.

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Overall Experience: Penn's great. I wasn't sure about it coming in, but it's definitely turned out to be the right place for me.

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Overall Experience: I really love it here. It is excellent. Nobody has ever told me anything about their schools that can surpass Penn.

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Overall Experience: I could not picture myself being at any other university. I applied early decision to Penn because I just knew it was for me. The campus, the people, the classes, and the city are all amazing. I promise that if you do make the decision to come to Penn that you will not regret it at all.

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Overall Experience: I'm obsessed with Penn. I'm hoping to stay for grad school, and my sister will hopefully be attending as well. I have to say, going to Penn was the best decision I ever made! I love it here, and I can't imagine being anywhere else. I feel so at home, and I've made so many wonderful friends. I love being in the city, but when you're on campus sometimes, you even forget that you are in a city! It's there when you want it, but you can escape it, too. I just can't say enough good things about it. I can't believe my first year is over already. It's flying by, and that makes me sad because I love it so much!

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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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