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University Park, PA
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37,917
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Basically if you go to Penn State, you will spend A LOT of time in the Hub. It has Starbucks. Actually, it has two Starbucks (and possibly more with this new renovation they are having). People study here, there are free movies on weekends (and actually good movies, not crappy ones that no one goes to. I have seen This Is the End and Monsters University), there are concerts, lots of (expensive) food options. Sushi! The HUB is a wonderful place. And it has outdoor seating.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life is interesting. The sororities don't have much of an impact, but as a freshman, the frats are kind of the only place you can find a place to party unless you know someone with an apartment. And sometimes it's REALLY hard to get into frats. They are big on girl to guy ratios. Basically to get into a good frat you either need to know someone or have a ratio of 11 girls to one guy. Good luck.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus in the dorms as a freshman. I live in the East Halls which is where only freshman live and it's nice to know that we are all freshman. It's supposed to be the "worst" place to live on campus, but I like it a lot and I find that most people do. It's nice knowing you're not walking around a bunch of people who have already been here for at least a full year more than you. It's all new people. And everyone's looking for friends.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Considering the school has about 40,000 people in it, there is literally ALWAYS someone around. I have found myself walking home alone at night before and although I know I shouldn't be doing that I still feel very safe. When I look around there is always about 20 people walking around me, even at 3 AM.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: While the school itself seems very strict, it's honestly not too strict. You can get away with stuff like drinking and drugs if you really want to, but you also CAN get caught just as easily. Basically, if you really want to do it, don't be stupid.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus selection is actually pretty good. There are a lot of apartments very close to campus and also ones that you need to have a car for. Both are still good options.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is surprisingly good. Even the "worst" food is still good. I really don't find myself having a hard time finding a place to eat that I feel has healthy options either. No matter where you go there are healthy options... but there are also very unhealthy options too if you're into that.

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2 College Freshman

Computers: There really isn't anything to review about the computers at my school. Students must bring their own laptops/computers. There are computer labs located regularly around campus. There are even computer labs in the residence halls.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While the university has taken many precautions safety and security, it doesn't seem to be quite enough. They don't do much to reassure safety in the students. However, when a crime is committed somewhere on campus, the university police are directed to post fliers in all of the residence halls, describing the crime and the suspect/suspects.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: At first, the food seems like a miracle for cafeteria food. But as time wears on you find yourself eating the same thing over and over again. Unless you're willing to walk to other dining halls, you'll find the variety waning.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Fan support here is INSANE. The buildings surrounding the stadium are built to withstand earthquakes, because the fan section gets so rowdy that they register on the Richter Scale.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Occasionally you'll find yourself in a small outdated classroom on the edge of campus, but this is only for small and often obscure classes. For the most part you'll be in state-of-the-art facilities. There's a common joke on campus that Penn State only has two seasons; winter, and construction. Something is always being renovated.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm awaiting the paperwork from my internship. That being said, my adviser has already offered to go over it with me when I receive it.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm scheduled for an internship next summer. PSU offers HUGE fairs for businesses to come scout interns, as well as mentoring programs and individual time with advisers to seek an internship. There are several programs in place to help you fund an internship.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's a lot of variety and places to go at night, however if you're not into heavy drinking it's a little hard to find a place to go. That being said, there are a few places downtown that are non-alcoholic clubs.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have had issues with my financial aid, but the problem was through my loan distributor and not Penn State. My experience has shown the Financial Aid Office to be very helpful in all aspects.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The English program is fairly easy for typical Freshmen. I'm enrolled in the honors program and it's a little more demanding. We're expected to blog twice a week and we're given much more freedom with our writing. In exchange for that freedom we're expected to do a better job than the rest of our peers and to always hand in everything on time.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The University Park campus places extreme value on academic excellence. Here you work with famous and skilled faculty and are often a part of new research. You're given every opportunity to succeed.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is of very high quality, but spots fill up fast. You typically have to rent an apartment a year in advance of when you'll need it.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are open 24/7, but if you're not a Mac person then you'll definitely need to bring a PC laptop. PC labs exist but are usually full of older models.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is stressful, but in my opinion totally worth the experience. I'm getting experience with excellent world-renowned professors and the faculty are always willing to help.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys here are fairly attractive but are mostly interested in parties.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nice selection but a little pricey and lines are long

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is warm but fairly rainy and windy

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking here is available, but at a high cost.

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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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