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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

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is great if you like the cold! the springs and early falls are beautiful.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: My experience with the office of student aid has been good. I personally have recieved 3 scholarships from the university, but they were all based on academics. I know it is more difficult to get financial aid based on need alone at a big university like Penn State.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are tons of computers on this campus. They are everywhere! Depending on the time of day, it can be difficult to find an available computer in the library. However, there is a giant screen in the lobby that tells you how many computers are available on each floor. Also, ResCom is really helpful if you are having computer problems.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Univerisity Park is definitely a college town. There is always something to do on campus, down town, or even if you venture of campus.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The bus system at Penn State is awesome. You can get where you need to go quite easily, and buses run late at night. It is pretty pricey if you want to park your car on campus though.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I chose my degree program very carefully by reviewing the entire list of courses and their descriptions. The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership at Penn State University has exceeded my expectations which are already high. I love my professors to the point that I'm a little sad at the end of a course. Not every professor is perfect, but it's been a privelage to be taking a course from over 90% of them. Based on market research the OLEAD program is thorough yet dynamic making graduates highly desireable to employers. Penn State really did their homework when they designed this program.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic scene is taken very seriously at all levels in all departments at Penn State. Male or female the university encourages athleticism and has a rich history of success.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The level of support from staff and professors is outstanding.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The police aren't very strict, but they will intervene if someone could get hurt. They always roam the campus keeping the students protected, but will not bother the students unless a danger is present.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is fine, but there are many aspects that aren't pleasant. The showers are very gross and shoes are necessary. Also, I feel like the halls aren't cleaned often. I live in Pollock, and the dorms here are also decently small compared to other schools.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are always NCAA games going on that students can go to. There are also many intramurals and club teams for average students to participate in.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most people at Penn State are skinny because we are a fit campus and there are many attractive people. However, during the week people wear sweats a lot because we don't care what we look like.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They need more scholarships! Especially for World Campus students. Most of PSU's financial aid are loans.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Numerous housing options available for everyone that covers every sort of housing style possible. If you can't find what you want at PSU, you won't ever find what you want.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe here at University Park. There are reliable campus police and you can get alerts sent to your cell phone and email.

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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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