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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletes at Penn State University are super talented and hard working. We have one of the best sports teams for football, volleyball, and more! The college campus is just beautiful and perfect for sporting events. Our football field is huge and so are our gymnasiums. WE ARE PENN STATE!

4 College Sophomore

Weather: besides being bitterly cold for most of the semester, The school does a good job clearing all snow as it lays. We also have heated sidewalks throughout campus to keep walkways clear.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is quite high at this school. Not sure on drugs. A lot of peer pressure on the weekends to drink though.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: As an International myself, I was expecting more than what I received. Although Penn State attracts students from all over the world regardless of School Year; their so called diversity seemed to be aimed more towards those coming from the Asian Continent. While there is nothing wrong with this, and though it adds to learning about other cultures and appreciating differences; I was under the influence that Penn State would have more students form Australia, South Africa and more countries in Europe. Penn State does however promote differences and diversity as it engages students into Councils such as the International Student Council. Stories of experiences are also promoted inside and outside the classroom. Students are eager to learn why diversity and difference make the school what it is.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: No matter the season, (football or not), there is always sports happening at PSU! The Fan support is brilliant, and even though we were just sanctioned heavily, our fan base is louder and prouder than ever. Football takes up most of the Fall Semester, but the sports fans for both the men and women's soccer teams are brilliant. Everyone attends the games including younger soccer players and elder fans. Student involvement in the events is numerous and extends to all those looking to keep the Penn State Athletics Program what it's known for. After all, We Are... Penn State!

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's awesome to live on campus, because everything is relatively close. I love how I am so close to all of my classes/buildings as well as downtown. It's so convenient!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Penn State University Park is pretty big. There's not a day I go outside of my building and there isn't someone or a group of people smoking together.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at my school is great! There are various sororities and fraternities students can pledge for, and make many friends in the process. When pledging, students meet a lot of new people and gain great satisfaction by being part of such a fun and involved organization.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I believe the housing at Penn State is affordable and of high quality, because the housing staff is very nice and always on top of their cleaning! I live in Pollock at Beaver Hall, but as far as I know from my friends and other students, housing in south and east is just as good.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Tons of frats & sororities for everyone, whether you want to drink & party or want something more professional that's geared toward your major. Penn State's Dance MaraTHON is entirely run by Greek organizations, and they have a ton of events year round.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Tons of great places to eat, especially in West & South Halls. The only reason I didn't give an A+ is that you are required to have a meal plan if you live in the dorms. I don't know how it is at other schools, but that gets pretty pricey.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm at the beginning of my program but so far it has been wonderful. I'm hoping to go on to a conflict resolution grad program. I think like anyone graduating college in this economy there is stress in finding a job in the field they study.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: CATA can take you pretty much any place you want to go... when they show up.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My application process was easy. I was in constant contact with my admissions rep and he was full of help and advice at every point. Now that I've started my classes my admissions rep has still been available for questions and has called multiple times to check on my progress.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: for one there is a area in finlay commons near the at the computer lab call the "educational gamming commons" where people come to just game for downtime.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I live off campusso the drg scee is brey noticabl to me but it depends o who you hag out with bcase yo can encounter it without kowing they are pretty strict about it in the dorms an at campus events.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I absolutely love my major as a Landscape Architect at Penn State. It is very design oriented and I recomment having some sort of art experiences before entering the major. Compared to others the major is very work intensive outside of class and is also very computer oriented. However there are not many books required for the classes there are a lot or useful readings. Also, the building for this program is amazing and very acomidating for a LArch or Arch major. The professors are wonderful and get to know you on a one on one basis instead of classes or 600 students you may be in a class or 30-40. They are likely to help you with resumes and recommendation laters. There are carreer fairs dedicated towards LA Firms and it always helps to have the Penn State Brand name right on your resume.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no where to park for free on campus unless it is after hours for example after 9pm and on weekends (excludes game days). You can buy permits for these areas, especially the lots by beaver stadium, however they can become pricey. Freshman are not permitted to have vehicles their first year. However, there is no real need for a vehicle. Everything is located on campus and there are buses that provide students with access to local shopping centers and malls. If you live off campus you may find more use for a car but there are shopping centers directly downtown located directly next to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: If there is something you want to do at Penn State there is a space, place, organization, or group that does it. There are many outdoor spaces to do recreational things as well as an overall beauty throughout the campus. There are several athletic facilities with decent equipment as well as different types of classes. The paterno library has anything you may need and there are also smaller libraries throughout the campus that pertain to specific colleges. Downtown is closesly located for anyone who wants to live off campus, meet friends, or hold a job. On campus there are also many places that offer jobs like the HUB which is a place to study, hangout with friends, buy school supplies, eat and see events going on. This is located in the center of campus and is easily accessed from anywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: You can always find an open computer somewhere with the program you need or with internet access. Occasionally the server is down or a license is up but it is generally resolved within the hour or by the next day. The IT pepole are always available during the day (using working on issues) and at night for 24 hours labs there is almost always someone working a desk or someone that you can call for major issues. Sometimes plotters or printers may be out of ink or paper but like I said the IT guys are pretty quick at handling it. Also, the entire campus has WIFI as well as many downtown places.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Classes are very very rarely canceled here. But on the bright side, the weather is normally pretty nice. I can get really cold in the winter, and it tends to rain some, but overall it isn't bad!

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Unless you want to pay an outrageous price, you have to park kind of far away, (Bryce Jordan Center) which is still about 200$. However the need for a car is minimal because buses can take you most anywhere you need to go. A car on campus can be nice if you live a reasonable distance from the University though. Freshman are not allowed to have cars on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have a lot of opportunities for internships. My professors are very helpful and want me to excel in everything I do. I also have an opportunity to study abroad!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major, the classes, and the professors. I'm always learning something from my peers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is not provided every year. also the freshman dorms are gross.


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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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