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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The shopping and food downtown is great. There is a great selection.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Penn State! It has the best of everything and there is always something to do or people to meet.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few good places, but its a lot of the same pizza shops over and over. You can find a nice place, but it will be kind of expensive.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are tons of parks and natural beauty in the general area around the school. It is a beautiful place to sightsee, visit and explore.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There is housing available, but it is not very convenient to get to the school - there is not a lot that is very close, you'd need a car to get to class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its pretty nice to live on campus its very convenient

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We see it as a way for people to make friends who usually don't have any friends so I don't see it as a positive thing its people who think they are above others and better than everyone else so I don't stand for that.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Going Greek was the best decision I've ever made

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's alright you have a lot of options though all around campus

5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn state football. There's not much to say other than that because the atmosphere is inexplicable because of how awesome it is

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's not the worst but definitely not the best. Your academic life gets easier with dorms because of close proximity to everything and dining halls but off campus housing is great too and really teaches you time management plus it opens up your social opportunities.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not very diverse. Some African Americans but not too many. A lot of Asian students from other countries though

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Typical hookup culture you'd expect in college but there really is someone for everyone if that's what you're looking for. Best advice I could give would be don't judge people that are in different organizations than you because they may be some of the best people you never meet because you never gave them the chance. Always be open to different atmospheres as well such as frats and apartment parties. You never know which one will be a night you never forget.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. So many opportunities to meet new people and to succeed we're given to me and I have no doubt that going to Penn State has made me a better person

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: No one really cares about how they look honestly. Most guys and girls wear sweats and Nike shoes to class (especially during the beginning of the year). It's only rarely that you will see people dressed up for 8 am classes (kudos to them).

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being in a pre-med major is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. I'm not saying that to scare anyone; I'm just stating the truth. It's very intense. A lot of people I know have either changed their majors in an attempt to find an easier route to medical school or have changed their majors because the classes are just too hard.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are amazing (well at least the ones that I've had). They are willing to help you, but only if you ask for the help.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What makes my school unique are the hundreds of clubs available at the campus. There's actually this club at my school that has a group of students who ride on bikes throughout the campus on Thursday saying "Happy Thursday" or if your not interested in that maybe you should try out the zombie club that goes around spraying each other with water.There's literally a club for everything. I mean it.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most people would rather eat off campus than on.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is breath taking. When ever people tell why they came to Penn State they usually talk about the phenomenal education or the just the look of the campus. It's the best I've seen so far.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's honestly never a dull moment. There's always something going on somewhere on campus and it's usually not hard to find. If your someone you would rather stay in a quiet area and get lost in a book, then the library also offers something to do. There are so many different spots and rooms to both explore and read in.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's harder to get aid when you are a freshman or sophomore. The college want's to make sure that you are actually going to stick to your major and stay at Penn State before you receive a huge amount of financial aid. But I was able to get a few scholarships from the school my freshman year. It only covered a very small portion of my tuition bill, but it still helped.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is very strict when it comes to drugs or alcohol especially when it deals with minors. I've heard stories about fresh-mans getting kicked out of the school because of it.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet because I'm just going into my sophomore year, but I am definitely planning on having one. I am currently a pre-med student here at Penn State so it's kind of a requirement. I have no concerns about getting an internship. The teachers do an awesome job at letting students know about possible internship and research opportunities.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Yes I would definitely do it all over again. At Penn State you truly get what you are paying for in terms of education. I have never been this challenged in life. Hardly any of my AP classes helped me out. But I would rather be challenged.

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James Bunting
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Whitehall, PA
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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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