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Why did you decide to go to this school?

I knew that I wanted to be in a city, so I considered schools such as Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Georgetown, and University of Chicago. I visited all of these schools, knowing that the academics at all of these institutions were top notch, I decided to pick on other merits. After visiting all of these schools, Penn and Columbia had the kind of urban environments I was looking for. The thing that really swung it Penn's way was the social life. Penn has both an on-campus and off-campus social life centered around the Greek community, which Columbia lacks. Philadelphia was also a much more manageable city that New York, and seemed like a more moderate step-up from my hometown of Baltimore.

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There's two main reasons I decided to come to Penn 1) It's the best school that I got into 2) They gave me the most financial aid. Story time: I never thought I would end up coming to Penn. Actually, it wasn't my dream school and I only applied because it was a great school and it had all of my potential majors. To my surprise, I got in! I visited shortly after my acceptance and really liked the urban pre-professional feel it had. My final decision came down to Penn, Cornell, and Notre Dame, since they gave me the most financial aid.

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I wanted to study politics, but I also wanted a place that I could choose a lot of disciplines. I wanted to be able to study a lot of things, even if they weren't related, and I wanted a vibrant campus that had an identity within an urban setting.

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A Student tells why she decided to come to the University of Pennsylvania, and what she does and doesn't like about it.

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A Penn student tells why she decided to come to Penn, as well as what she likes and dislikes about the school.

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A Student tells why she decided to come to the Penn, and what she has learned from living in Philly.

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A Student tells why she decided to come to the University of Pennsylvania.

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A Student tells why she decided to come to the University of Pennsylvania.

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A Student tells why she decided to come to the University of Pennsylvania.

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