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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The night scene is unlike anywhere else. It's easy to get where you need to go. Apartment parties and house parties are your best bet. Sometimes the frats are fun, just difficult to get in to if you don't know someone inside

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great Quality and Many Choices – The commons, Pollock and West especially, have a great variety of food and it is all very good. There are also general store-type places all over campus if you're looking for something quick and easy

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: HUB Party – The facilities at Penn State are really good. There are different gyms on campus for basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting-all that the YMCA has to offer-and then some. The student union (the HUB) was newly renovated a few years ago and is very modern. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, an art gallery, and a record-breaking fish tank. It's a very popular hangout.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Local Area – During the school year, there is always something to do in town. May it be for sporting events to concerts or casual downtown restaurants. During the breaks, it becomes a small town giving off a relax feel.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Can Be Avoided – There are drugs everywhere, including on and off campus. There is very little pressure about it. Either you choose to do it or you don't. No one forces you. As for alcohol, the campus is a dry campus now, but you can still smuggle alcohol on it as long as you're not stupid about it. There is a large amount of the student body that doesn't drink, and no one pressures you about it.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: At Penn State, you can find anywhere to go whether it be a friend's apartment or and organization social. I recommend that you get to know a lot of people so you have options. Some of the fraternities are picky about who they let in, so I suggest getting to know someone in the Greek system. There are plenty of bars to go to and the buses run very late on the weekends (2:30 am). No under 21 clubs.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Get on Apartment Searching Early! If you plan on living off-campus and want to live close to the school, make sure you start searching early (i.e. September the year before you live off-campus). You have to remember that you're competing with around 28,000 students, and if you want to be close to campus, for a low price, apply EARLY. There is a housing fair in October that the school hosts, but I began my search on my own. You have to put yourself out there and research if you want an apartment.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sorority Girl – Greek life here creates a whole new social atmosphere. The percentage of Greeks isn't very high, but all Greeks are involved in tons of things around campus. It really helps to make friends and meet tons of people. Frat parties are awesome

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: SO many options for food. There's several dining halls and if you get sick of the dining hall food, downtown is full of restaurants

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very hard to transfer into the program if you have not applied directly in. The work load is definitely a lot but it is a top-rated nursing program. Faculty is helpful.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Decent experience, too bad I might not be able to go back because of sky high tuition rates and no scholarships. I'm not rich so there goes my future.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Loops and Links – The red and blue loops run around the border of the campus. Links run mid campus. Decent transportation, some bus drivers are rude.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Very high tuition, never ending construction, little to no scholarships available to lower classmen, bad reputation, hard to get internships now. school generally will piss you off.

5 College Senior

Weather: It's SO COLD! The weather is really cold in the winter and gross. It gets really windy and the classrooms are too hot... so it's always a hassel putting on layers just to take them all off inside.

Fall and Spring and Summer's are relatively nice.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Peer Pressure – Alcohol is definitely visibly everywhere at/near school. Drugs are usually kept pretty quiet but there are still people doing it.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Same Looks, Different People – Everyone seems to dress the same a school.
I feel like people don't have an individual style at Penn State.
No flair for fashion.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe, Informative, Clean – Campus crime is reported in the school newspaper so everyone is aware.

Any security issues are brought up immediately and students are informed through text.

You can request a walker, when walking on school grounds late at night.

I feel really safe.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are 70 cops for over 40,000 students. They cannot afford to be strict.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Late Night – Late night at Penn State is awesome. Everything is open till at least 2 AM.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs – When you can find a computer open, they are very convenient.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People at the School – There are a variety of people, from athletes to those focused strictly on studies.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is better than Disney world.... seriously though its awesome.

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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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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