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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are realty companies logos and information on almost every website ad, newspaper, bus, or taxi in town. Therefore, finding an off-campus place to live is never an impossible thing to do. The prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of options to choose from. There are a lot of buildings that were built from the 1960's on up which are kept up to date as much as possible.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain restaurants in State College. There are also a lot of great restaurants that originated in State College (The Corner Room, The Waffle Shop, etc.) Most places are very reasonably priced and delivery is an option almost everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Some colleges within Penn State are way more strict about the honor code than others, (Smeal) because they want their degree to be worth more to us in the outside world. The parking enforcement could ease up on their rules a little bit, a lot of them are rude and very impatient. Other than that, Penn State has a decent level of strictness in other aspects.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State is extremely well known for its party scene. A lot of the parties are fun, if that's what you're into. Most of the students party at fraternities, houses, and apartments. There is essentially a party to be found anywhere Thursday night through sometimes Sunday night. 85% of the parties are safe and fun to be at, but some have those people who just can't handle themselves very well and that's when stupid and unsafe situations occur.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The deadlines approached very quickly, but I managed to get everything done and get a sufficient amount of financial aid that really helped me out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: In short, it's not the best, but it's pretty good for cafeteria food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus, but many of my friends do. They say it's a great way to make more friends because everyone is in very close proximity to each other. The buildings are nice and have plenty of space, and there aren't a ton of complaints about roommate selections.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live on campus.

College Junior

Administration: I dont live on campus

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I could not find scholarships that related to my major and it is very hard to find scholarships.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I did not go to a lot of the parties.

College Junior

Campus Food: I do not eat at the campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options but near stores, buses, and entertainment

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of student discounts just look

4 College Junior

Administration: Strict when necessary but allow us to form opinions

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process was easy but didnt get all that I needed

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There is always a variety of parties: ethnic/club

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a lot of options for every type of eater

4 College Junior

Athletics: I love exercising, the facilities are plenty full and spacious

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus and have not gone through the process of looking for off campus housing

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options to eat at I am overall satisfied with the of campus dining

3 College Junior

Administration: I do not have any encounters usually with staff so I would not know

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I recieved the most financial aid but the tuition is still too high I had to push alot of money out of pocket which I did not have support

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I do bout go out our party I prefer to spend my time exercising, going to parties are useless to me and I believe it's best to not put myself in situations where negative things can occur

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Campus food is okay, I don't have any complaints, I prefer to eat at the hub but the dining commons will do for me

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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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