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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants here are pretty decent, although there isn't really an authentic Italian place in the area. There needs to be. The good spots are Spats, Faccia Luna, Duffy's, and Arby's.

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Off-Campus Dining: For some good pizza delivery, Gumby's and Papa John's are always a crowd pleaser. The Corner Room is a nice restaurant to go to with friends to eat and relax. And grilled stickies at the Diner are a must!

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Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of good places to eat off-campus. Fast food (Wendy's, McDonald's, 8,000 Subways, Quiznos, Arbys, Taco Bell) and sit-down restaurants (Corner Room, the Deli, Baby's, Chili's, Brothers Pizza, Hi-Way Pizza, the Diner, and a bunch more I can't remember right now). Don't expect to get any good service at the Diner, though. I think they're actually trying their best to be known for their poor service. But that just gives us poor college students another reason not to tip.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in this town are good. Everyone makes a big deal about the Corner Room (a local landmark) but, frankly, I have never been impressed with the food. Spats is amazing if you have the money to afford it. A great place for an limited budget is the Green Bowl, a unique stir-fry restaurant. Chinese food is easy to come by here, but it's not necessarily good. Pizza is big in a college town like State College, and almost all pizza shops are acceptable for 2 a.m. cravings.

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Guys & Girls: The guys seem to be far more immature than the girls. Most guys don't like serious dating, so if you're looking for a relationship, good luck! And obviously, the girls are cute!

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Guys & Girls: I don't know about guys, but there are a few decent girls here and there.

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Guys & Girls: For kids from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, the girls are pretty darn good looking. Visiting other schools, I realize how spoiled I am.

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Guys & Girls: There are a lot of good-looking girls here, and it's always nice to see how the girls go out to filthy house parties in their skimpiest attire. It's kind of funny also.

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Guys & Girls: Well, I'm attached, but there is definitely a variety, and parties here can look like People magazine.

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Guys & Girls: Well, being a guy, I feel that I am great. Now, I don't know if that gives the whole feel of the campus, but there are good guys to be found. As for the girls, there are the `sorostitutes,' and yes, there are a lot of good-looking women.

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Guys & Girls: The women here are gorgeous. There are lots of beautiful people, but it's not even that. I've found people want to be happy being themselves. People here want to be fit. I don't consider myself gorgeous by any means, but I love the people I have made friends with.

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Guys & Girls: There are some mighty fine guys here, but there are also some not-so-fine ones.

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Guys & Girls: There are a lot of good-looking women on campus: blondes and brunettes, as well as girls from all races and countries.

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Guys & Girls: With a huge student body of 40,000 people, you are going to find your hot ones, but you are also going to find your not-so-hot ones. It is difficult to describe girls or guys as anything, since there are so many different people and personalities.

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Guys & Girls: People are the same at PSU as they are at all campuses as far as I'm concerned. They are all full of themselves!

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Guys & Girls: Everyone is hot! Just not as hot as me, of course! Just kidding. Truthfully though, I'm sure if you come, you won't be disappointed.

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Guys & Girls: Well, I am a guy, and I must say that there are so many hot girls on this campus, it's not even funny! I mean, everywhere you go, from class, to a frat party, even walking down the streets, you see hot girls. The only downside here is that all the girls are white, so there isn't much variety across races and ethnicities.

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Guys & Girls: The guys, especially the athletes, are extremely hot!

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Guys & Girls: The girls here are all pretty stupid. The guys are hot, but also stupid. The girls here are fat, but they decide to dress slutty anyway. Like Jon Stewart said: `Forty-thousand 20-year-olds in the land of cows? You guys must get drunk and fornicate every night!' And it's true-there are free condoms at the AIDS Project.

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Guys & Girls: Good looking guys at Penn State? Sad state of affairs.

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Campus Strictness: Officers are strict about drugs, and they try to cut down on the drinking as much as possible. They certainly don't let substance abuse slide by. You'll find that 98 percent of all parties occur off campus.

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Campus Strictness: Security isn't very strict at PSU. If you can hide your evidence very well, you can get away with anything.

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Campus Strictness: Drinking in apartment buildings and fraternities at a reasonable noise level is generally not subjected to being broken up by the police.

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Campus Strictness: They are very strict concerning drugs and not so much about alcohol. As long as you don't do anything idiotic, they won't bother you.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are harsh when it comes to drugs and drinking. The town police feast on the underage. All of the frats are in town, so the police just wait for a drunk college kid to give them a reason to Breathalyzer them.

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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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