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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good since there are many buses that go around penn state. There are 4 community buses you can use and they are free! I would rate the buses to A+ if there were more buses that come instead every 20 minutes

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Most of the places at Penn State are safe. However, there were recent cases such as knife assault and sexual assaults. Still, there are police escort that are 24 hours available.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife in penn state is pretty good but you have to be 21 years or older. Still, there are many people that organize parties in their off-campus rooms so you won't have a boring weekend.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Penn state has great facilities. They are constantly renovating buildings to keep everything modern and in good condition. There are five different dining halls, each with several options. The library is huge and has every book nearly unlimited resources. Also, there are three different gyms on campus that are updated with great equipment.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus isn't too bad. East Halls, the typical freshman dorms, are a little crammed but the others aren't too bad. West Halls is definitely the best. The worst part about the dorms is that they pack a lot of people into the dorms, but there's enough space in the commons building to make up for it. Plus, there is a lot of stuff to do on campus, so you don't spend much time in your room.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State has some of the best athletes around competing in the campus' varsity sports. Obviously, for football, there is extreme school spirit, fan support, and amazing facilities. The games are exciting becuase of the amazing players and the electric atmosphere. Though not all varsity sports have as much support or student involvement, there is definately team spirit, awesome facilities and still some support from classmates. Some of these other sports include the talented gymnastics team, women's and men's basketball, soccer, and hockey, and much more.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I hear that there are many, but it's pricey. I really hope that I get a dorm next year becuase if not, I have to find roommates to lower the cost of an apartment and deal with monthyl bills. I do not have prior experience with off campus houseing.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its a small town but with so many students and so much to do you cant even notice. Everyone is really friendly and its easy to meet new people. If you decide to go to a city the nearest ones are Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and DC all around the same distance away and not too far either. Great town, great school , great people, and great location.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are many places you can use your meal points on campus. the best are the all you can eat buffets which offer different food each night but have the same staples (chicken, salad, pizza, etc). The best is being able to use your points at the creamery

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being a state school, the campus draws from many of the towns nearby. There are alot of people from outside of the country so it is cool to meet people of different cultures.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You can use Lioncash at all the downtown restaurants which makes it really convenient to eat out of the dining halls.
You can take a bus to restaurants that are even farther off campus but there is so much variety close by, it is all in walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All sports at Penn State are huge! Football is all anyone ever talks about during the fall. I, myself, am part of the Crew team. Although, it is only a club sport, we all take it very seriously and we travel to many states competing in multiple regattas throughout the year. Penn State also has a huge selection of sports. Any sport you can think of, chances are it is available at our campus.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If a student is obviously intoxicated, they can usually walk right past an officer without getting into trouble however if you are caught with alcohol in the dorms, then you automatically receive an underage as well as your roommate even if they had nothing to do with it. Being loud and obnoxious will also get you into some serious trouble especially during quiet hours because you are probably disturbing the studying of the other students in your hall.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Penn State is not that big, it just depends on who you are with and where you are. If you choose to go to a frat house, then you will be surrounded by alcohol but if you decide to go to the HUB for a Friday night, there will be nothing in sight. As for other drugs, I haven't seen very much at all, alcohol is much more popular.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of variety and a fair range of costs. It is really up to you to find what you are looking for.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computer labs are every where and available at almost all hours.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It can be pretty cold and long walks to class. Do not expect classes to be canceled.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Alumni provide a vary vast range of scholarships. Even in the wake of recent scandal record amounts of donated money have been witnessed at the school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: They have fairly decent housing available. Most of it consist of freshman and sophomores. Apartments on campus are available for upper class man.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Penn State's campus is big, but the campus is one big square and you can get anywhere in about 15 minutes. There are many busses that take you to different parts of campus. The HUB is the main student center where there are restaurants and various tables where thousands of students go before and between classes. The gyms are state of the art but require a gym membership. The library is huge but can get very packed during finals and midterm weeks.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Penn State has some of the most gorgeous women. Coming from Los Angeles, that is definitely saying a great deal. There are all types of women: from smart and geeky to the model and beach type.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The differences with Penn State New Kensington are pretty large compared to the larger campuses, although I am going to be experiencing what it is like at Main campus later. Penn State New Kensington has many professors that can help you individually, since it is a small campus. Also, you can go to tutors, which are usually not busy.

3 College Freshman

Weather: At Penn State New Kensington, the weather is not that severe, and the college rarely closes.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am currently residing at Penn State New Kensington, which has poor housing conditions, due to the apartments not being updated at all, but I can not blame the college, since the apartments are not owned by Penn State New Kensington.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Some of them are pretty slow, but they have been updated with the most recent software.

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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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