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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Its prevalent but not necessary. However the buses become PACKED in the winter when people do no feel like walking out in the could weather.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While drugs and alcohol are prevalent around campus, outside of Greek Life no ones is pressured into consuming anything they do not want to. Overall you can pick and choose what you want to get involved with.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: State College is definitely not an urban city and most of the students do come from different parts of Pennsylvania but you will find there is diversity. It is just not a city melting pot.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: You could not find a better college town than State College, PA. The town exists because of the university. We have a bunch of great bars and football season is absolutely insane! Everyone in sight is Penn State proud!

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers in the library work fairly well although the computers in the HUB are extremely slow. There are computer labs throughout campus- access is never a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They are typical dorm rooms. I would prefer if the rooms were a little bigger and the bathrooms were a little more updated. Although, they are always clean.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a lot of places to go to and a lot of different scenes. There is only one club that I know of that is 18+ on Wednesday and Sundays and for occasion concerts. The bars and bouncers are extremely strict. Don't try to use a fake.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of diversity on campus but when it comes to Greek life almost all are the same. The girls here overall are way hotter than the guys.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Penn state can party and the best part are the variety of options. Bars, clubs, frats, and apartments have something for everyone. Bars are big for 21 and over while frats are great for younger students. The options are unreal andexplain why PSU is so great.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful girls all over with amazing bodies. Many people are willing to go out and have a good time. Many are suprisingly smart and can hold a nice conversation.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't think this school has a "drug problem" but the alcohol consumption can get a little out of hand sometimes. I really haven't witnessed any heavy drug use in my time here. But also, that's not exactly my crowd.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Honestly, I love it here! I have had only one professor I wasn't happy with in my time here and campus life is great! The white building and workout classes are super nice. There are lots of good food joints in the area, as well as places to shop, meet up with friends, and study, or even some combination of the above. The campus is beautiful and I spend a ton of time studying in the arboretum. Overall, this place gets high marks in my book :)

2 College Senior

Weather: The weather is completely unpredictable a lot of the time. Classes are never cancelled for snow, and it snows a lot! There is also a lot of rain. The three weeks of nice weather we have at the beginning and end of the semester are gorgeous though.

5 College Senior

Academics: I'm in the College of Health and Human Development studying Kinesiology. There are a few classes that are quite difficult, but you definitely learn a lot. Some professors are more helpful than other. If you put the effort in to getting to know your professors, they can really help you out for internships, recommendations, and networking.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am majoring in Elementary Education and during my last semester, I will be student teaching. I feel that this program is very beneficial for future teachers because it helps them get their feet wet and experience what it will be like to be in a classroom. As a student teacher, I will be working with a classroom of students, and I will be mentored by a classroom teacher. I will also be responsible for lesson plans and any other activities the teacher needs me to help with.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am at Penn State University, and I feel that the education I am getting is one of the best. Many of my teachers have held jobs in the education field, and they share insight about struggles they faced and mistakes they made. They also have a lot of great tips and strategies to use as a new teacher. I also love the small class sizes that I have. I feel that I can get to know my professor better and vice versa.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major at Penn State is Criminology. Being a student in this major is farely easy..for now. I'm only a freshman so my work load isn't too hard yet. Not to say I expect it to be easy but I know it won't be as hard as, say a Biology or Chemistry major. The school provides you with different classes to choose from and even internships that you can use for credit.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: I love the "Cata Buses" on campus. They are very convienent because the stops are located all around campus not just in designated areas. The best part about it is that it is totally free!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: night life is what you make of it, there are tons of clubs that have activities, free movies at the pub and some under 21 clubs for the weekend. fun is what you make of it

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: this is a nice city area. there are a ton of places "downtown" where you can drink dance bowl play laser tag or pool. The student body is always watching a movie at the hub or enjoying a free concert. Or maybe even Carry Underwood when she comes in at the Bryce Jordan Center. there is plenty of school spirit too "WE ARE... PENN STATE!"

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are so many attractive guys and girls on campus and they all have very good personalities of course like any campus you have the nerds and the preppy people but overall a very spirited student body. Everyone is always ready to have a good time but study when it needed.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is known for its legendary football program, however that isn't all it has to offer. We have excellent wrestling, women's basketball, volleyball, and many other top quality sports at Penn State. There's something for everyone. There are many club and IM sports for students to take part in as well.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm satisfied with my program. The education is great, but I am required to change campuses yearly, between first year branch campus, main campus, Hershey medical center, and then back to main. If I was more aware of the hassle ahead of time, I would have gone elsewhere. As a nursing major, I am guaranteed a job anywhere. I do want to return to school to ideally become a Nurse Practitioner.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: During the week, security is fine I guess because everyone is in class or at home studying. However, on the evening weekends watch out. If you are a female you will be verbally harassed by your drunk male classmates. The cops don't really care that you're intoxicated as long as you don't puke in the bathroom or pass out somewhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a nursing major. The program is intense and very competitive. It is a lot of hard work, but the professors are caring & always willing to help. My favorite part of the major is that our clinicals are off campus giving us a unique chance to learn hands-on in the field. Even when we are in the lab though, we have state of the art equipment preparing us to be the best nurses possible. Mary Ellen, my clinical instructor even told me where to apply to get a job this summer. Score!


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James Bunting
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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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