University Park, PA
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Reviews 4621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus police are not overly sensitive about being drunk on campus even though it is a dry campus. The police presence is seen but they do not try to intimidate students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a multitude of dining halls to choose from. Granted some, in my opinion, are better than others. Pollock and West are the best ones with East being the worst by far.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are great at Penn State. This semester all but one fall sport coach received Big Ten Coach of the Year. Football is obviously the biggest sport on-campus, however, many people also follow wrestling, fencing, and volleyball which have all won national championships.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Busses at times are so packed that they do not even pick people up at some stops. This can be frustrating when you need to get to class or when you want to go home after a night exam and the bus is full with drunk freshman from east halls. Walking isn't always too bad and otherwise the bus system is fine.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Penn State Shenango is located in the beautiful dowtown Sharon in Western Pennsylvania. In walking distance there are delicous family resturants like the original Quaker Steak and Lube, Niko's Coney Island Hot Dog Shop and the family owned Pizza Joe's. There are tons of shopping stores including the largest shoe store in the world, Reyeres Shoes, and the largest off-priced fashion store, the famous Winner. Downtown Sharon also has one of the best medical advanced facilities, Sharon Regional Hospital which has the valleys best cardiac unit.
Penn State Shenango is the place to be.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have never used public transportation but I know some students use them. They have a very steady schedule and they will meet your needs.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I grew up in the area, so I may be a little bias. The weather is great. Fall shows the beautiful colors and a crisp cool night, great for hayrides. The winter is cold with lots of snow, perfect for the holidays and the spring and summer are hot with lots of rain, just the right temperature for a fresh garden.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State is a great school with a great athletic department, but on the small Shenango branch campus I'm on does not have a team for any sport that has student involvment.
Penn State does give all students access to Penn State footbal games at Park Place, with bus ttransportation and discount tickets for family and friends.
Fan support is huge for the Penn State football team.
We are, Penn State!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are barely any situations reported and when there are, the problem is usually resolved.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: When it gets cold it gets really cold and when it gets hot it gets really hot. There are too many extremes with little balance in between

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People opening get intoxicated and act out. People also openly smoke pot.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You don't get any student discounts but pretty much where ever you go there is always something good. You never have to worry about not getting food you wont like because it's seriously all good! The corner room is great and so is ottos!

5 College Freshman

Weather: It all depends on the person and the day. Of course no one likes to walk in the rain/snow but usually it isn't for long.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in North Halls which are absolutely amazing! They are so nice. Unfortunately though these are the only dorms where the bathroom is only shared by four people where as East, South, and West the bathrooms are shared by a whole floor.

5 College Freshman

Computers: There are always computers around if you need them and they are always working properly!

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: If you get any ticket from police whether be it fighting or underage drinking charge the school will be notified and may affect your school status in some way. However, as long as your not being an idiot and destroying property or litering, just dumb drunk stuff in general you will be fine.

1 College Senior

Parking: This if one of the downsides of Penn State parking is expensive on campus and there are very few parking spaces downtown that wont tow you if you park there. It is very hard to find parking here.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Penn State has 46,000 students, however, since it is in the middle of Pennsylvania the vast majority are white Americans. Although, in my experience the majority of people that I know are not Americans many are from outside of the US. If you look for these kind of people to hang out with you will find them and from there its easy to meet many other types of people be it foreigners or any different type of people.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug wise some people smoke weed but it is something that is not seen too often, but if you look for it you will find it. Drinking is much more common and something people do everyday. The students like to go out but there are alot of things people do in order to stay safe.

4 College Senior

Majors: Through the Spring Career Fair held at Penn State University Park, I was very fortunate to gain an internship experience in the NAVSEA Crane facility in Crane, Indiana. It was a very interesting experience. I learned how to keep up with bills, maintain an apartment, have and commit to responsibilities at work, learn from fellow staff members, and enjoy down-time with my roommates. The pay was about $30,000/year (I was there for the summer only). Interns had to work full-time, so at least 40 hours every week, but if one worked 45+ hours per week, one could earn every other Friday off of work! I personally worked on IT security issues, and was trained how to do so in an efficient manner by my supervisor.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into my kinesiology major was fairly easy. There isn't an application, you just take the classes and declare your major by the end of your sophomore year. The challenging part is staying in the major by keeping up with the course load, but getting in is easy.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Kinesiology major with the movement science option, and I love it. The classes can be difficult, but they are not unreasonably hard. Plus, the professors do their best to make the material interesting and help with ways to make the material memorable. Internships are required (at least 200 hours of experience) which provides and advantage when applying to graduate schools.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Penn State has one of the top Kinesiology programs in the country. The classes are challenging but very interesting. Plus there are tons of opportunities to get involved with research. If I could do it over, I would have switched to kinesiology sooner. I plan to continue my education and get my DPT (doctorate of physical therapy) Since this is a growing field, I don't have any concerns about getting a job after I graduate.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently in Liberal arts but upon passing my math class next semester i will transfer over to information Sciences and Technology.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program has specific requirements. I had to pass a math tutor session in the summer to fulfill requirements to be able to enter the major i wanted


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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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