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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My overall experience has been okay. Going to the school I did helped me save a lot of money and I was able to commute. Another thing that I like about the campus is how close it is to my house.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Almost all of the students dress casually. I do not talk to a lot of people at the campus because I am shy, so I do not know about peoples interests, social life, and relationships.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am in a very difficult situation and I do not wish to talk about it.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather does not affect my campus experience because the buildings are close to each other.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I commute to college every day and I do not know what it is like to live on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: It is free to park and you always in an empty spot. I have never gotten a ticket or fine so I am uncertain about the cost. If you commute to college then you definitely need a car. If you do not commute then you do not need one.

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College Sophomore

Athletics: I go to college then I go home. I do not participate in anything.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have never meet a "Greek student".

College Sophomore

Academics: The only sport that I know that they have is baseball.

College Sophomore

Academics: I recently just changed majors.

College Sophomore

Facilities: I commute to school everyday.

College Sophomore

Facilities: I do not participate in any activities at the school so I cannot properly rate it.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Most of the computer labs are newer, which is a plus. But, the network speed and reliability when you are using wireless internet is very weak. The campus gives you a certain amount of pages you can print, I do not know the number of the top of my head, but it is an acceptable number.

2 College Freshman

Parking: penn state doesnt really care about the students that have to commute to class the price of a parking pass is way to much and you have to park clear at one end of campus. and the campus isn't what you would call small either. there are many open lots that students arent aloud to use and if they do use them they are often ticketed before their class is over so within 50 mins

4 College Freshman

Computers: there are many computer labs here at penn state, the speed of the network is very fast for most buildings some buildings have slower connections than others but the internet speed in the dorms is amazing. there is wireless access where ever you go on campus and its very easy to set up. you dont really need your own computer and printer but if you want to keep in touch with you friends its advised

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: the use of drugs isn't that overly noticeable when walking around the campus but on a Friday night if you walk around campus you can find many students walking down to the frat parties to have some fun and let off steam

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: penn state takes the rules it has in place such as the honor code and visiting from other schools. its a great school

4 College Freshman

Facilities: there are many libraries for students to study for their classes, there are also many areas for students to lay in the grass and study as well as take a swim, play sport,s or work out in the gym. there's also the hub and downtown state college for students to hangout at

4 College Freshman

Facilities: many of the building are a bit dated and need remodeling. but penn state is already on that and working on making campus look better and work better for the students

3 College Freshman

Weather: the weather in state college is fairly average the summers dont get to warm and the winters get to about 20 degrees. the weather starts to chill down to the mid 50s in mid october and doesnt get back up to 50 till about march we get a decient amount of snow in the winter. the weather changes and fluxuates durring the year it can be in the 40s over night and my noon back up to 80 overall its a nice place

College Freshman

Scholarships: i dont really know much about the financial aid program here because i have never used it

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: you can get just about anything off campus. all of the places to eat within walking distance are very low cost and often offer student discounts, jimmy johns, five guys, are you hungry, babies, waffle shop are just a few of the great food offered in down town state college just a few minutes from campus by foot

3 College Freshman

Diversity: diversity on the campus is very spread out we are a giant mixing bowl here at penn state we have students from all around at our campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: the campus is very safe there are a lot of campus cops on campus willing to help students. when it gets dark on campus there are many street lamps lighting the way around so you rarely have to walk in the dark. there are many emergency phones located on campus lit with a blue light to let you know where they are if you need help.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: athletics isnt everything at penn state but then again we do have some amazing teams. the school spirit and the support we gain from the fans is tremendous. basically getting involved in the athletics program is easy and fun, participating in club sports is a lot of fun and a good way to make friends. going to sporting events is defiantly worth your time

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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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