University Park, PA
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Reviews 4183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is RHS and almost everyone I know is that major

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I see the same security guy constantly walking around

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid doesn't seem like too bad of a process, just follow directions.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police can be seen fairly regularly driving around campus and I personally feel safe walking around any time of day. Campus crime seems low, apart from underage drinking and possibly drug use, but doesn't seem to be much of an issue. If there is an issue such as a burglary or something it seems to get resolved as far as I know.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It seems that almost everyone drinks and its fairly noticeable. It seems that many people also smoke marijuana, although you don't necessarily see this out in the open, especially not as much as drinking. Adderall is popular, especially around finals time, and people talk about it fairly openly. MDMA or molly is also a party drug thats heard about on occasion. As far as policy enforcement, in the dorms is strict, but going to a frat party etc. there is little to no worry.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I had no problems getting into my desired field of study. My advisor was always very helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy my program because it is a decent size and easy to get to know other people in it. The workload isn't too bad and I get to take a variety of classes throughout the curriculum. There are a lot of networking opportunities and a lot of internships to apply for. Everyone involved with my program is very helpful with finding internships.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most professors are decent and fair, but people will always find something to complain about. The registration process is done online and easy to do. The workload seems fair for the most part, it's not supposed to be easy.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a ton of intramural sports to get involved in and the facilities are very nice and well kept. The biggest varsity sport is football and there is a ton of support and school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs scattered across campus, but the ones in the library tend to be full a lot. The network is fairly reliable and has decent speed. Wifi is available throughout campus, except some of the dorms. It seems that most people have a personal computer and I find it is necessary to complete schoolwork. The printing quota is about 100 pages per semester which so far hasn't been an issue for me, but I still have my own printer at home for convenience.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: There are some rainy days, but thats not much of an issue with a good umbrella and semi-waterproof shoes. Winters aren't too bad, the campus employees keep the sidewalks fairly clear. The worst part, in my opinion, is the wind. Even if the temperature doesn't seem bad the seemingly endless wind will give you a chill.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Bars are a huge attraction, if you're of age. However, there is always a party going on and lots of people. Buses run pretty late so getting around isn't an issue.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There don't seem to be any rules that affect students lives too much. As long as you aren't breaking the law there is no reason to worry about getting in trouble.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free buses for on campus and fairly reasonable off-campus buses. Shuttles run regularly around campus for free. Taxis are reliable and plenty of options to keep prices competitive. Overall getting around is easy and reasonably priced.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A lot of people complain about living in East Halls, but I don't see why. I've lived in East all throughout my fall and spring freshman semesters, and had nothing but an amazing experience. It really isn't that loud here, if anything there's the occasional people in the quad at 4 in the morning, but they're just passing through haha. The food here is not as bad as everyone says, we actually have a good amount of options. I lived in South for summer session, and the rooms were bigger. If you're a freshman, I would definitely live in East though. I have friends that live in South/Pollock, and they say how they wish they lived in East.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I haven't had any run-ins with any campus policies. But I can say that I get away with drinking in the dorms, and know people who get away with smoking in the dorms (but you might as well go outside and not risk it). As long as you aren't making a lot of noise, you won't get into trouble. I haven't had any roomchecks or anything.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of options. AND we have Chipotle. That is all.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe here. The only sexual crimes reported, that I have seen, have been by people the victim has known. I usually don't walk home alone at night after being out, but I don't feel in danger when I do.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for any scholarships, so I don't know anything about them.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State Football games are one of the best experiences you will ever have. Other sports are becoming more popular, and many other sports are much better (Volleyball and Wrestling for example are national champs)

5 College Freshman

Academics: The first two years are full of gen ed's but I trust that I will be able to take more classes dedicated to my major.

5 College Freshman

Majors: We have the Student Career Services that are there to help you obtain an internship. I haven't had one yet, but I don't have any concerns with finding one. They also have the possibility of becoming a teaching assistant or even a research assistant.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with my program so far. I'm not officially in my major yet so I don't know much about it.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very welcoming. It's easily the best atmosphere I've ever been in.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't look obviously drunk and you'll be fine. Cops usually will just drive by you, but if you are falling over then they will stop you.


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Despite common reservations about the location and climate, most Penn State students are fiercely loyal to their alma mater. Penn State boasts one of the largest alumni populations in the United States; graduates are proud of their degrees, and employers recognize the University’s name immediately. Although the campus is located in a very rural area, school is technologically up-to-date and on the cutting-edge of current research.

Aside from academics, PSU is also known for its social scene, especially in relation to sports and parties. Nittany Lion football—home of the 2008 Big Ten Champions—is a national draw and a point of pride for both the University and the town of State College. For anyone interested in playing or watching varsity sports, PSU is a top choice. Penn State has also been ranked highly by many polls and “party school” surveys as one of the top party schools in the nation. While it certainly isn’t the wildest town, these rankings are definitely accurate. The small-town setting and large-school atmosphere makes for little else in the way of entertainment, so it can be hard to avoid encountering the party scene during your time as a student. Still, the mix of work and leisure seems to work well for most of the student body, and academic standards at Penn State remain relatively high. It’s easy to spend four years at Penn State as an ever-serious student, focused completely on whatever you choose to study. With so many opportunities to relax nearby, balance and moderation are some of the best skills to learn from your four years in college.

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