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Health & Safety: Though the school is in West Philadelphia, the security at Penn is phenomenal. There is security at the entrance of every dorm, and you can't walk a block without seeing a guard on a bike. Blue light phone are all over campus, and students have to walk quite a few blocks to get into a bad area.

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Health & Safety: If anyone is worried about security, there is 24-hour access to Penn security escorts, and they will take you anywhere in University City. The incidences that occur are almost always a result of overconsumption of alcohol or plain stupidity. I feel 99 percent safe anywhere on campus at all times. Only when you go out into West Philly does it start to get sketchy.

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Off-Campus Dining: Wow! Philly has so much to offer in terms of food. From your street cart cheesesteaks to the gourmet Starr restaurants, there is an amazing place for any occasion. Couldn't have asked for more!

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Local Area: It's definitely a city atmosphere, and everything you need is within walking distance. There isn't much to do uptown, but downtown there are a lot of clubs, stores, theaters, and museums.

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Local Area: It's a city atmosphere, but at the same time, one could be in the middle of campus, standing on a green, and not know he or she was in a city. There are a few universities present-Drexel being the closest, with Temple, La Salle, St. Joseph's, and Villanova relatively close by. As far as stuff to stay away from, I'd say that it's probably a good idea to steer clear of the most western part of West Philly. As far as things to do, I'd personally bypass Independence Hall for Pat's Cheesesteaks, but that's just me. It's Philly; there are a lot of historical places to visit and cheesesteaks to eat.

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Local Area: The city of Philadelphia is awesome; almost everything is there for a young person: restaurants, sports, clubs, etc. It is like a college town, too, because of students from other schools such as Drexel and Temple always stop by the Penn campus. Even though we are told to stay away from the dangerous parts such as West and North Philly, there is a ton of stuff to visit, such as the Philadelphia Zoo, South Street, sports complexes, the Franklin Institute, and Old City.

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Local Area: Penn probably has the most amazing campus and location I have ever seen. The campus, itself, is a very warm and cozy environment. Best of all, unlike most colleges in the city, it actually has a campus. University City, itself, is great because there are so many stores, restaurants, and other schools within walking distance. There is certainly always something interesting to do. As for Philly, enough said. For those already accustomed to city life, it is great; Philly has everything a city-dweller would need. But it is not so shocking and intimidating for those who come from smaller towns or rural backgrounds. Like Penn, it's rich, vast, but not unbearably overwhelming.

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Local Area: Philadelphia thrives as a big city during the day, although during the night, the options for younger students dwindle considerably. The historical buildings, parks, museums, and other attractions are great places to visit, but when these are closed, being over 21 helps. Of course, there are always activities to find and do, but the variety is much greater during the daytime hours.

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Local Area: Philly is great. It's very diverse, and there is a lot to do. The most notable university presence is Drexel because it is right next to Hill College House, where I lived, so I walked across it a lot. It's the closest school to Penn. Stay away from people on the street who ask for money, potholes, construction areas, and scary parts of town. Visit most of the city east of campus, sporting events, and definitely eat cheesesteaks.

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Local Area: It's in a city, but Penn is pretty self-contained. In theory, you could never have to leave, but at the same time, you are so close to museums and other universities such as Temple and Drexel.

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Local Area: Philly is very artsy and historical. There's not much to do outside of that. There are a lot of other universities nearby. I would not say that there is anything to stay away from. I would definitely try to visit the Museum District, Old City, and South Street.

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Local Area: Just something I personally noticed about Philadelphia-they seem to be really into cultural stuff, like jazz music, and poetry reading. If you're into that sort of thing, then you'd definitely love Philly. But there's a little bit of everything, so I'm sure you'd find something to do.

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Local Area: The atmosphere at Penn is great. On campus, there are always different activities going on-people playing Frisbee, break-dancing, lounging on the college green, or just sitting and talking. The campus is actually quite beautiful; they did a really good job with the landscaping-there are big grass quads and ivy-covered buildings. You don't even realize that you are right next to the city.

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Local Area: It is a city, but at the same time, there is a campus atmosphere. You can choose one, the other, or both; I like both. There are other universities around, but they're not worth going to. There's tons of stuff to visit in Philly and the surrounding areas.

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Local Area: There is an amazing historical district in Philadelphia that I totally recommend visiting. There are loads of museums, fabulous theatre, opera, sports, and South Street. I could go on and on. There's just so much to do, and I've barely touched on it after my first year here.

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Local Area: Believe it or not, the city of Philly has a lot to offer. You can head down to King of Prussia or Liberty Place for some nice shopping, or you can go down to South Street or Penn's Landing to check out some very interesting people and shops. Philly can get a bit rough sometimes, especially in West Philly, but it just seems to add a bit more color to the whole campus.

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Local Area: If you are going to stay away from any place in Philly, stay away from North and West Philly, which are the high-crime areas. Fairmont Park, which is home to the museum art, is probably the nicest area in the city. South Street is pretty trendy, as are Delaware and Columbus Avenues. Center City has a lot of shopping and restaurants . . . very ritzy, but nice. Lastly, go for King of Prussia, the biggest indoor shopping mall on the East Coast. There are seven or eight department stores plus somewhere between 400 and 500 other stores.

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Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia is full of good restaurants. Just get in a cab and go downtown. There are also tons of restaurants right around campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus is host to a wide variety of dining options. China Town is an interesting diversion. In Rittenhouse Square, Alma de Cuba and Bleu are tasty. Moriarty's is home to some of Philly's finest wings. And Pat's and Geno's have a long-standing rivalry over the best cheesesteaks.

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Off-Campus Dining: Cheesesteaks are everywhere-Pat's, Geno's, and Jim's are the best. I had all three in a span of an hour and a half once, but I'm a fat kid. Pat's is a messy cheesesteak but my favorite. I particularly enjoy it for the quality of its steak; it's a little sparse with its onions though. Geno's is a more refined cheesesteak, more onions, not as messy, but also not as good. Jim's is like a cheesesteak one would see on a billboard. It has the soft, fluffy bread, the steak that is diced into a million little pieces so that it's easy to chew, a just enough but not too much onions or cheese. If you want to talk cheesesteaks, just give me a call.

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Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are the best here; remember, you're in a city. Restaurateur Stephen Starr created a string of eclectic restaurants that are very unique and only a cab or subway ride away. Food is a bit pricey, though. Check out the Continental, Pat's for Cheesesteaks, and Striped Bass.

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Off-Campus Dining: Well, there are restaurants off-campus, which are really just as close as any of the dining halls. My favorites of those are Cosí, Izzy and Zoe's, and Bubble House. If you travel a bit into Philly, there are lots more, including several famous Cheesesteak spots.

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Off-Campus Dining: Center City, a quick subway ride from campus, provides a huge variety of foods from all different cultural backgrounds. Italian, Chinese, Cuban, and Caribbean are just a few types you might find. Of course, a few Penn favorites are always great places to visit, such as Abner's, Allegro's, and the New Deck Tavern.

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Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been many places, but Geno's is good, and there are a million other places to go. There's even a Hawaiian restaurant.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around campus and in Philly are awesome. Whether you're just looking for a cheap meal or want to go all-out, you can always find something to suit your tastes.

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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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