University Park, PA
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Reviews 4635 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: So Much Fun! There is always something going on, for all ages and all types of people. If you tend to be more nerdy you can find all night board games, magic, DDR. Lots of Greek life also, and house parties and bars for everyone.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – There is organic, Halal, Kosher - anything you want ON campus, and off campus there is a good selection also that can be bought with lioncash. Prices aren't too bad either.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: More or Less – There are several help stations where you can call for help. Even so, there are frequent rapes and incidents of violence, especially resulting from alcohol abuse. Theft is less evident.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation in and around campus is excellent. There are buses that take you all around campus from 7am until midnight for free. There are also buses that take you anywhere out of town for $1.50 each way, which I don't think is too unreasonable.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are Horrible but Other Than That They Are Fine. Definitely the freshman dorms are the worst but other than that the dorms really aren't too bad. The cost of living is just about the same as it is for an apartment, both of which are quite high. The social atmosphere is amazing, always with something to do.

4 College Junior

Computers: The Computer Labs Are Excellent – There are a multitude of computer labs all across campus available at any time during the day/night. The internet speed is somewhat above average and there is wireless internet available in almost every building. The only problem is that you only get so many sheet to print for free during the school year and then they charge you $.10 a sheet.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: it's very very difficult to find parking in penn state

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They Are Pretty Strict – i like their strictness. Very necessary to uphold university regulations

5 College Junior

Facilities: For the Kids – Yes, we have an over abundance of clubs, organizations, and activities. I'm part of more than I can think of. I'm part of Penn State Skiing, boxing, golf, and THON to name a few. But the reason why PSU is the best school is THON. Year after year, we raise more and more money to help and support children with cancer. It is the most important group on campus and for good reason. If I had to pick a reason to be proud of Penn State, it would certainly be THON.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Proper Authority and Safety – There truly isn't any peer pressure, at least any obvious peer pressure that's visible. There is however quite a lot of alcohol being consumed, but for the most part students and resident are doing it responsibly. State college police are always around to ensure safety and protect everyone.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Lot to Do If You Know Where to Look – State Campus not only offers many bars and a varied nightlife, but has many fun places to go that don't involve a night out on the town. There are gyms, music shops, sports facilities and great places to eat. PSU is a great campus and a great place to be.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My overall experience was a great one my first year. The assistance is great, the people are great, and the campus is a great one as well. I wouldn't want to go to any other university.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is easy to get. The price just raised but it is not too bad.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good Campus Life – My Penn State campus is a great one. The dorms are durable and the food is great. Cost is high but to be expected for a big university as such.

College Student

Weather: Well because I am coming from a tropical climate. The weather is something totally different for me. The cold can be a hinderance but its a nice change at times.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Despite the snowy weather, the campus is large and there is a huge population so everyone can definitely find their niche! It's amazing here and I've met some of the kindest people here. I am glad I came here

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is usually always cold and depressing at Penn State. When it is warm (only beginning of year and very end), it is extremely hot but most of the time, it is just cold and snowy. Classes are almost never canceled for snow and boots are a must.

4 College Freshman

Academics: International Politics – All classes are very interesting and are all focused uniquely on my major. I wanted to concentrate on east Asia and I am able to pick from a list of many of my required classes so that I can concentrate on what I want.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: School Spirit – I love my school and have a lot of pride but it is very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Closest Apartments Are More Expensive and Not Well Kept. The only good apartments are too far if you don't have a car.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Many Options – There are so many people at Penn State no matter what you are looking for you will find it!

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: South Halls – In South Halls you can have stir-fry, Chinese, everything imaginable for breakfast, made-to-order subs! Not to mention a salad bar, burgers and fries and other occasional specialties!!

5 College Senior

Facilities: Amazing Gyms! The gyms at Penn State are wonderful. first of all we have many to choose from, so you can go to the most convient one. There is free personal trainers! New workout machines, personal televisions, and the best machines available!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: College Town – State College may not be a big college city, or located in a large enough city, in fact, it's probably best said that the university makes up the town itself. Coming from a big city may be tough getting used to the small town atmosphere, but there is lots to do. Penn State was no. 1 party school just last year, but that's not the only thing to do here. There are several activities each day to keep students entertained. On top of that, we're a big athletic school, especially football, and the numerous other sports that are available here. Things a student can do on campus even include weekly movies, movies that have been released within the past couple months, and several other late night activities at the HUB-Robeson Center. There is also greek life and clubs that students may join. Not into that? Maybe the local dinig may offer some type of interest. There are different ethnic restaurants in the area, as well as some other nationally known restaurants.
There is plenty to do here at State College, and if you can't find anything to do and become bored, then I guess you're a boring person!

1 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Rules – Drinking gets out of hand; there aren't enough police that enforce penalties for underage drinking, the hospital is crowded from drunk people, and damage all across town angers permanent residents of State College.


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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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