I chose Penn for a few reasons. First, I met some great people. Both the faculty and students I met were friendly, engaging, and inspiring. Second, there is a ton of great research going on in both medicine and engineering, and the translation between the two (I'm a bioengineer). The density of Penn's campus fosters an environment for collaboration, and this is something I am really interested in.
More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, envisioned an academic institution where classical learning would be united with a sound practical education in the arts and sciences. In Ben's own words, students ought to receive everything that is practical and everything that is ornamental. Today Penn, the oldest university in the nation, is fulfilling that vision by preparing students for a technological world, a world where leadership goes to those who have learned how to combine the practical and the ornamental.