University Park, PA
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5 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State was originally an agricultural school and has managed to keep the rural feel almost 200 years later. There is also a great downtown that has many dining, shopping and bar options. Facilities on campus range from old, original brick buildings to brand new buildings students like. Academics are definitely the main priority here. The academic programs are very broad and there's almost an option for everyone.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is great at Penn State. There are so many libraries and student centers available. There will even be knew green spaces added to building roof tops. Many students take health seriously and their are a lot of available gyms. Sports provide a lot of entertainment for students and there's always something to attend and watch.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: I am not able to attend the bar scene yet but it is a large part of weekend activities. There are many options for students and from what I know it is reasonably priced. Everything is located on a main strip downtown so it can easily be reached by students. Taxis and the buses provide easy transportation. Those that are underage can usually find parties to attend although many host will not provide to underage's.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I attended 2 years at a Penn State branch campus, Behrend. The Greek life their was small and very close. I joined a sorority there and it was a great decision. After transferring to main campus I went alum because University Park does not have a chapter of my sorority. The Greek life at Penn State University Park is much more diverse but seems to keep that close feeling between all Greek members. The Greeks are well known in Pennsylvania for their incredible fundraising for THON.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel that Penn State campus is a very secure place to live and spend time. There is little crime and I feel safe being alone. There's always other students looking out for each other along with emergency call buttons located throughout the campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You wont get in trouble if you dont do anything stupid

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: You can find good food and anything you want

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can definitely find a party when you want

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are top and they are constructing and adding even more

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Its great, there are many places one can go to study or to have fun

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I dont recommend the State College airport

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not many healthy options.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Obviously the Penn State sport programs are one of the best in the country

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is overall very safe with many cops around, the health center is very big and usefull.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its like every other college, you see a few people on it but you are not exposed to it unless you want to.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The overall atmosphere is great, its one of the best college towns you can for.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls and guys are both very nice and friendly.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is definitely an amazing school but you can also get lost with how much goes on in the school.

4 College Junior

Academics: You have a high reputation to uphold as a student in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. The Business program is one of the best in the country and you receive a lot of opportunities. The workload and cirriculum is not easy, but is managable. The faculty is very knowledgable and helpful.

5 College Junior

Academics: You really are getting a great education at Penn State. You have the occasional class or professor that seems like a total waste of time. Overall, though, you will find high quality cirriculum and faculty. The workload varies for major or class of course, but it's never unbearable. You really feel like you have learned something after completing a class at Penn State.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Eating on campus is okay but the price is so expensive. There's a somewhat okay variety of types of food but a lot of times the menu repeats itself.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is horrible. You usually won't find a spot on the side of the street and if you do you have to make sure your meter time doesn't run out. Apartment complexes make tenants pay an outrageous amount for parking. The university offers a lot a little cheaper than parking at your apartment but it's so far out that it's not worth the cost.

4 College Junior

Transportation: We have a lot of buses running to a lot of locations. A couple of them are even free and really nice when you just don't feel like walking all the way to the other side of campus. They are constantly running and get around town very quickly. Taxis are hard to get and somewhat pricey so not a lot of people go that route of transportation.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Penn State and i couldn't imagine going anywhere else. The school spirit for everything is incredible and so fun to be apart of.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are some recently built dorms that are nicer but of course so much more expensive. Some dorms are very old and aren't gross but aren't nice for what you are paying for. You do meet a lot of people in dorms, prolly just as many as you would in an apartment complex. Dorms are on campus so are somewhat convenient. The campus is huge, though, so dorms aren't that convenient all the time.


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James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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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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