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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My apartment is seriously only 499\month and it only takes 5 mins to get to campus by bus, free bus pass, free parking, a pool, a hot tub, quite(sometimes), its clean, a free gym, free tanning, free computer lab and a free game room. I absolutely love the freedom to do what I want and to have a spacious place to myself.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The officers have the right amount of strictness, if your acting an idiot and being a threat then they will do something about it. They walk around campus to keep it safe and they don't interfere with the parties unless theres a fight or some sort of threat. The parking is so strict, I parked in a parking lot that is available at 9, and I got there at 8:50, I had a ticket issued at 8:53. Though weekend parking is free everywhere, even downtown.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Our campus is made up of my minorities. It is normal to have a class that is made up mostly of minorities.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge variety of ethnic restaurants and late night restaurants.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: There is never a dull night at Penn state. Everywhere you walk there are parties and everyone is out at the bars. You meet so many people outside your group and everyone is so nice even to people who don't go to Penn state. Even on a Monday night there are parties and people out at the bars. There is always something to do, I end up at least at 4 parties a night.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very helpful with any issues. Most of the paperwork can be completed online.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It seems to have a pretty active nightlife. When I go out there's a few bars on campus that my friends go to.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is normal for this area. In the winter it can get below 0 and have a lot of snow but during the summer/spring it can be beautiful.

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College Junior

Majors: As a graduate student the process wasn't difficult.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I am in the Agricultural Education, Teacher Preparation program and I love it. The faculty are wonderful and caring and they want you to be the best you can be. My fellow students are great and we become a very close-knit department.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: There is a greyhound bus terminal on campus and an airport located nearby.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a very big part of school culture and the sports facilities are top notch.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: As a graduate student I live off campus so I have not experienced campus housing.

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College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life appears to be pretty big here but as a graduate student I'm not involved in Greek life.

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College Junior

Scholarships: As a graduate student I didn't apply for any scholarships.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It has the busy population of a city but it becomes very rural once you get off campus.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The campus seems pretty excepting of everyone.

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3 College Junior

Academics: The professors seem to care about you and your academics. The curriculum seems varied and interesting. The workload is as expected, but this is all from a graduate student point of view.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a really good mix of traditional, comfort food (a few chain restaurants) and local restaurants each with their unique menu. Costs are pretty affordable depending on where you go.

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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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