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5 College Junior

Academics: They have a varied inventory of classes available to take. Many professors have their own experience to draw on these days which makes learning at times quote pleasurable and funny to hear some of the stories they have to pass on.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Admission to my program (Classics) was pretty straightforward. The only problem I encountered was that I wanted to do the Archaeology option, but couldn't afford the mandatory field school overseas, so had to take the General Classics option.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I loved my major (Classics) and minors (History and Anthropology), and Penn State has great programs in all 3 areas. If I could do it over, I would double major in Classics & something more practical, like business, as finding a job has proved impossible. I'm going to grad school to continue in either Art History or History, but without advanced degrees it's not easy to be employed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Everyone on and off-campus takes LionCash, and there are a ton of places to eat on-campus that take meal plan points. West Commons and Redifer are the best to eat if you like a sit-down meal, the HUB has a ton of fast food options, and West Wing is great for a quick bite or a wrap.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did an internship in the form of a research project with a professor in my major. It was every day, for a total of 6 hours weekly. It was intimidating at first, but once I got the hang of things it was fun to actually be doing what I was going to school to learn.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Great professors, study abroad opportunities, and internships!

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: state college definitely has a drinking culture. theres no doubt about it and really no way to avoid it if you want to be really socially active on the weekends (or weekdays as well if you go greek [a great option here!]). So basically most people do drink, and you will find that the biggest weekend events are going out and partying at apartments (for non-greeks) or the fraternities (if you are a guy you must be in a frat and if youre a girl you can get in without being in a sorority but youve typically got to know a brother). There are also many concerts to attend in State College which are a whole lot of fun and make a good break from the usual partyscene.

TL;DR: Partying is big here. Go greek if youre a dude. There are other options as well, but going out and drinking is the norm



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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is difficult and on campus parking is expensive. off campus works one of two ways, rent from a private person or get a 10 dollar pass from the state college parking authority. otherwise you'll be paying at least 200 a semester

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always a party to go to, if your 21 theres never an issue and if your 18 then make friends at the weekend parties and you will get invited to non-weekend related parties.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you know people that drink a lot chances are you will eventually see drugs, but they aren't that prevalent.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, but from what I know, there are a lot of places to live. some of the apartments are a bit away from campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food in the dining halls is okay, but it gets boring. The dining hall for my dorm is closed on Friday nights and not open at all on Saturdays. That is a bummer.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The nursing program is top notch. The curriculum is easy to follow (aka they make sure there are enough slots in certain classes each semester). Registration is something you must do at 12:00pm the day you are allowed to which are based on credit number. It is a pain because the lower credit students (freshmen) get screwed by having to take certain classes. But overall Penn State provides many opportunities for success so long as you take advantage of them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I go to the largest University in the state of Pennsylvania. There are amazing teachers and there are awful teachers. One thing is for sure: they know their stuff. All the professors are highly qualified.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The actual dorms are terrible. Though it is the best college experience there is. I have met so many incredible people. Someone is always around to do something. Living on campus is a must your first year, but after that I am ready to move out downtown with my best friends. Unfortunately as a freshman you will most likely be put in East which are not the best dorms, but then again you are with ALL the freshmen and its super fun. Always something going on. You'll never be bored I can tell you that! The staff are great and will help you with anything you need. Sure you have to share a bathroom, but think about it you don't have clean it like a lot of kids in suites have to!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: State College is nice and pretty decent but miles away from the closest civilizations. There are many cultural events that happen in the University but you have to go search for them because there is not much promotion. There are hardly any places to shop unless you are willing to pay an arm and a leg for just a pair of socks alone. However there are a few clubs downtown as well as bars, lounges, and many places to eat. The area has its pros and cons. There are many sport events that take place that are reasonably prices except for the football games which range from $60 and up. There is much to do and everything can be done safely due to the little bit of crimes if any. Very safe place.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: During weekdays from morning to evening there are numerous buses running but not everyone can fit on them so sometimes you have to wait for the next bus. However, the wait time is not long depending on what bus it is. After the evening, there are very little busses running as well as on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The downtown atmosphere is awesome. It is always lively and there is always something going on.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is legitimately bipolar. It will snow one day and then be sunny and 70 degrees the next.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are old and now that more and more people are applying to PSU there are more supplemental rooms being used.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at PSU isn't bad but it depends on who you hangout with. It is a big drinking school though.

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5 College Junior

Majors: love my psych and sociology classes, very interesting

4 College Junior

Weather: weather doesn't affect any of my activities, it's the same as back home

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of good guys and girls, lots of snobs and alcoholics

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are TONS of places. You just have to do your research some are furnished some are not some have guaranteed parking some do not. Check out Lions Crossing, College Park they are great

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James Bunting
Hometown
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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