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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is pretty decent if you plan ahead and get a pass but also expensive

3 College Senior

Nightlife: You will always be able to find something to do in state college, but after a while its just the same parties with the same people. switch it up.

5 College Senior

Computers: It isnt hard to find a lab on campus, most buildings have more than one available to students. The library is open 24 hours with interactive maps that show you where computers are available. Most computers are fairly new and lots of mac products as well!

4 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State University Park's campus life is unlike any other. The HUB is the main student area during the day where there are places to eat, lots of seating for studying, conference rooms for most of the student organizations, a game room area, and the bookstore is also there as well. There is always something going on around campus and over 900 clubs for students to get involved in.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State University Park has every type of facility for whatever the different students wish to get involved in. The career center helps students find opportunities and resources for academics, grad schools, financial aid, or anything else they need. Campus life and the social scene is top notch, especially with the greek system.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are several different computer labs all around campus with plenty of computers available for the students. There are different labs reserved for different majors & departments with certain software needed for projects. Labs and the library are always crowded during midterms and finals. Majority of students have their own computers and WiFi is available anywhere on campus EXCEPT the dorms, where we need it most.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is very competitive, especially during football season. The cost for a parking pass near the dorms is outrageous and the reasonable parking pass is a good walk across campus, however buses are always available every 5-10 minutes to get there. Parking on campus is free on the weekends, so spots fill up very quickly. It is a big school with over 40,000 students, so freshmen are not allowed to park on campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The cafeteria is great. It's neat and clean. Large windows allow plenty of natural light. The food is excellent and provides a wide variety to suite everyone's needs. Plenty of room for students to sit. It also provides easy clean up an disposal for students.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: i dont know much yet but it is pretty exciting to learn and help students.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: there is almost everything to do if there isnt a club you and 5 friends can make a club that the school will fund

3 College Freshman

Diversity: they have people from everywhere from dc,ny, tx, all the way to philadelphia but most are from philadelphia

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: At Penn State Greater Allegheny, the cafeteria had many options of food, they had a section for cold foods, fried foods, and hot foods. hoagies are sometimes premade along with sandwiches. Since I am majoring in dietetics, they didn't have much variety from non "greasy" and non meat food. So in result, I rarely ate and they are extremely expensive. A tray of salad and milk came out to be 11.00 dollars without a meal plan and I don't have money to get a meal plan.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers are brand new apples, they have every program imaginable even Photoshop. they are lightening fast, the wireless always works and the printers too. The only problem with the network reliability is that if I was to use my phones Wi-Fi and my own computer. then its very slow because all the Penn state campuses share that.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not just my school, but with any school it all depends who you hang out with. Some people drink every night and pop pills and some people don't. Those that don't though aren't pressure to either, people respect that. People will do what people want to do, doesn't matter what school they are going to.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Penn State's atmosphere is honestly something I cant really describe unless your there. It's absolutely amazing. Right when you enter, you don't even want to leave, everyone is so nice and accepting to who you are and you don't feel judged. School spirit runs so high and I am very proud to call myself a Nittany Lion.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Better than my last campus, but nothing to write home about. The few country boys we get are kinda cute, and the women are pretty, but as a gay man there ain't shit here that's not already taken or straight... lol.

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Yeah; everybody at Penn State and their mother smokes. That's pretty much it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Penn State's Harrisburg campus doesn't really have any excellent sports teams; at least none that are publicized.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is pretty good, but it has the tendency to fill up quickly on hot days, exactly when you DON'T want to be walking far to get into an air-conditioned building. Permits are a bit expensive, as well.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's always a CATA bus (a free bus) circulating campus, which is helpful. I just wish campus were a little more bike-friendly.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: When it comes to chemistry, ain't no place like Penn State. Undergrads more often than not have the opportunity to work in a lab on campus, so you can learn hands-on while you learn the theory of what you're doing in class.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn state is the #50 university in the world for academics. It offers almost every major you can think of and by the time you leave you will have a degree that's worth a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains all the time. Happy valley is a great place but the weather does not live up to the name (most of the time).

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty average college students! Dress for comfort during the week and dress up on the weekends/night time!

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James Bunting
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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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