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5 College Freshman

Academics: One unique aspect of the Forensic Science program at PSU is that we have houses that are actually set up as crime scenes and one night we will be called in the middle of the night to come evaluate the scene. This prepares anyone looking to go into crime scene investigation for what the job can really be like.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are all very helpful and although the curriculum is rigorous, it is manageable as long as you are driven.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The party scene definitely has a great impact on the student experience. Students are thrown out of their comfort zones and are able to meet new people and try new things.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life at Penn State Main is amazing! There are so many different types of people on campus that it is very easy to find a group of people you fit in with. There are many student centers and I can always find a quiet place to study. Everyone is very nice and welcoming.

5 College Junior

Academics: I love my professors. We are challenged and pushed to think for ourselves.

5 College Junior

Academics: Penn State doesn't leave a stone unturned when it comes to new ways of learning or helping students with learning disabilities. They accommodate adult students as well as veterans just like they do everyone else.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Penn State does not discriminate.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: As a world campus student I still have all the benefits that a student attending main campus does. I won't finish my degree anywhere else. The class size is well planned. The professors work with any situation that may arise. I had health issues and all my professors w the exception of one did everything in their power to help me succeed.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I know that penn state has a very large alumni network.

College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I am a world campus student

5 College Junior

Majors: I found my professors to be accessible challenging and fair. They helped me to think outside the box. The lectures made me feel like I was really on campus. Everyone including my advisor went above and beyond to make my learning experience enjoyable.

College Junior

Majors: This does not apply to me

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I am a world campus student but when I attended penn state the variety was endless.

College Junior

Nightlife: It was great when I attended the university back in the 1990's. I'm a world campus student now n

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I am a returning world campus student.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: The people went above and beyond trying to help me petition for finaninacl aid as a returning adult student. I was at main campus in the 19190's then I dropped out without withdrawing from my semester. It was very difficult to obtain aid last semester and because of the dedication of the university employees, they made it happen.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most of the students look the same because everyone is wearing something with the Penn State logo on it. Everyone mostly has the same interests.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There were many different places to eat from pizza restaurants to indian or chinese food. We could pay with our student id that holds money on it if we want (called lion cash).

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College Junior

Majors: I haven't ventured off to find an internship and do not know much about what Penn State offers in terms of internship availability.

College Junior

Majors: I have never applied for an internship.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus but from what I hear it is pretty good. Transportation is easy to find and also shopping areas are everywhere. Also the buildings are beautiful

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There was always variety at the dinning halls. The best place for me was west halls because they have the best cookies in the world. All of the dining was great at Penn State.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I do not currently have a major. I am in the Division of Undergraduate Studies which is for undecided students and it is great. I have the ability to explore different majors to decide which one is best for more. The advisors are wonderful and help students through every step.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I love the academics. There are so many options sometimes you want to take all the classes they have to offer. They accommodate diversity with all of their different class options.

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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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