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University Park, PA
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37,917
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Of course every campus as drug use, but there is no peer pressure or anything present. If you don't want to do it, then you don't have to. No one really judges anyone. I don't really see a lot of drug use first hand, if you want to avoid it you can. As far as the policy enforcement, its pretty strict. If you get caught you're in trouble, no authority figure lets you get away with it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I mean.. what danger is it going to have if we don't even see people from outside world?

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3 College Junior

Weather: snow is annoying and we never cancel class due to inclement weather

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4 College Junior

Academics: I am okay with my program, It is hard, but it is how I can really distinguish myself from others. by hard I mean if you party every weekend you pretty much are getting C on average

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2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is funny how Penn State check parking more frequently than underage drinking and drug use

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you need to go anywhere in town, just take the bus.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone knows they're not supposed to drink, but it seems like everyone does.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is supposed to be alcohol-free, but that doesn't prevent students from drinking in their rooms.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There a lot of little restaurants, but there are also fast food/chain restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love the downtown atmosphere as long as you stay away from frat row.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you want an apartment for the next year, you have to sign your lease in October! How outrageous is that?!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State offers one of the best public school educations in the country.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: One day it rains. The next it's 75 and beautiful. Always changing.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are very few scholarships offered that I can apply for.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is always active here, but I don't participate in it.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: FOOTBALL. #1 reason some kids come to this school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere. It is definitely catered to students which makes it fun. They have the Bryce Jordan Center where Thon is held and multiple singers perform there. There is Beaver Stadium where it is fun to go for football weekends. The city right outside the campus is fun because it has tons of restaurants and bars, also a few clubs. There is plenty of places to shop too.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics are great. You really get an education at Penn State. I loved everything about my major psychology: the classes, the teachers, the other students. The program is great because the teachers really care about the students succeeding and you are required to take a variety of classes in different aspects of psychology so it helps you to learn which part of psychology you like best. Internships are available. The workload can be overwhelming at times, but that's how it is with almost every other major on campus too.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus is very diverse. There are a lot of foreign exchange students. I would say the campus is overall accepting.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Penn State is very expensive so getting financial aid is a hassle. Definitely apply for fafsa and keep talking to the financial aid office when it comes to paying for school. It may be overwhelming, but often they are willing to help if you talk to them nicely. I was okay financially while in school, but now that I have graduated, I am paying for it with all the loans I have accumulated.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived off-campus for majority of my undergrad life. It is available and convenient for the most part. You just have to look for it. The campus doesn't help at all. Talking to other students is the best way to find the best place to live off-campus. Off-campus housing is generally pretty safe. Living off-campus is nice because it is cheaper than living on-campus and it is nice to have your own apartment. On-campus is more accessible to activities and classes on-campus though.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: It is very convenient. The bus runs frequently. It is free for students with your student Id. The bus takes you all over the campus and surrounding city area.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: They don't tolerate underage drinking or drug use. They take the honor code very seriously. As long as you keep to yourself and don't cause a disturbance, you will be fine.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Penn State is definitely known as a "party school". If you go there on a weekend, you can see why. But there are other activities going on if you choose not to partake in the party scene.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I have never participated in Greek Life so I don't feel like I can give an accurate enough rating.

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
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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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