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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are pretty good. One or two less than good but the whole are pretty stellar in terms of teaching and assistance outside of classes.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Prospects after school are what you make of it. You have to work a little bit in order to get the job but overall not too bad

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe however I always carry a knife for an extra level of comfort. I feel more unsafe about leaving my bike on campus during the night however

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I think frats and sororities are a way to meet people and enjoy school but tend to get in the way of studying and education sometimes.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Everybody seems to have an overabundance of school spirit.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would choose this school simply because its a good school and has one of the top aerospace programs in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, Penn State is a wonderful place to learn.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: PSU hosts many career fairs throughout the school year that make it easy for students to network with top professionals and companies nationwide.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I usually feel safe on campus. As a female student, I have been cat-called innumerable times. I feel as if the campus takes sexual harassment and even rape jokingly. This is INFURIATING.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As an introvert I really had a difficult time making friends in my dormitory. I expected there to be more socials and opportunities hosted by my RA.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally have never been interested in Greek life. There are a lot of Greek organizations on campus. Most of them seem to only party and do socials. Still, there are a few houses dedicated to professionalism and volunteerism.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I hate sports. Still, it is obvious to me that Penn State does sports best.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State main campus is extremely overwhelming. There are thousands of people and opportunities. This was extremely overwhelming for me as an incoming freshman. However I found that my adviser and professors were all very supportive and helped me find the resources and activities I need to succeed at Penn State and beyond.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The education you get from professors is phenomenal. However, some professors are hit and miss, and it all depends on how you learn and how passionate the professor is about the topic. Work hard and you will be fine.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have full confidence that Penn State puts me in a great prospect in my future. The degree is prestigious and widely known with many connections to companies all over the world. All the handwork will pay off.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are plenty of resources to prevent health & safety incidents, utilize them. Be cautious and always think before you act. Most Penn Staters have this mindset and will help those in needs, even if they know them or not. As long as your cautious, you can still have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus isn't as bad as many people lead college to really being. You make tons of friends, its on campus, and you have easy access to study spaces that people living off campus don't have. (Pro Tip: many dorm basements have study rooms, take advantage)

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you are wary about joining Greek Life, take great consideration before joining. Personally, I accepted a bid to a sorority and ended up leaving before I got initiated because I did not do enough research. It is greatly important that you also really like the people in your chosen Greek Life chapter. Do not do it if you feel you have to. Many people are indifferent if you are in Greek Life or not.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is currently ranked the No.1 school for fitness among its student, and it greatly shows. From students involvement in fitness activity to varsity sports, there is a sense of pride Penn States hold.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is a community filled with very diverse people with a common goal. There is a sense of pride in and around campus that is unique compared to other schools. You will find a group/organization/friends at Penn State that you will have for life. The people here is what makes Happy Valley, happy.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe walking through campus at night. They have emergency blue light stations all over campus and they also have a safe walk program you can use if you don't want to walk alone. They actively send out notifications if a crime, emergency, rape, or assault is reported.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing has some benefits such as being close to classes with some dorms being closer than others. The older dorms such as east, west, pollock, and old south are not the greatest considering that there is no air conditioning and shared bathrooms as well as older furniture. New south, the renovated dorms, are all brand new and have air conditioning, individual bathrooms, and even study rooms/kitchens on each floor unlike the other dorms. As a freshman on campus the social atmosphere in the dorms is very welcoming as everyone is looking to make friends. As a sophomore who lived on campus there was not nearly as much communication or interaction with the others ho lived on my floor. The housing process was relatively easy and hassle free.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life has a very large impact on the social atmosphere of campus. Many people join fraternities or sororities but there are also many people who don't. I think that Greek and non-Greek students get along perfectly fine with each other and that there is not really any issues between them. For fraternities they have both on campus houses as well as of campus houses available however they are not required to live within their fraternity house. For sororities they only offer on campus dorms but are also not required to live within their sorority designated dorm.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We have many successful sports teams at my school and they all receive a decent amount of fan support. Football overshadows most other sports in most aspects. They have an extremely large fan base and also have the bet athletic facilities. The other athletic facilities around campus are pretty nice. They just redid one of the gyms on campus so all of the equipment as well as the building is updated. One facility that could use an update is the pool which is outdated and has a strange setup which is not at all ideal for holding water sport events and competitions.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall I have loved my experience at school. There is such a sense of community and togetherness that makes it seem like such a tight knit group even though there is over 40,000 students. Although I have taken some classes that I was not very fond of I have also taken classes that I really enjoyed and that the professors were helpful and clearly interested in the subject as well as teaching the students which was beneficial to my learning experience. One of my favorite experiences was THON which is a 46 hour dance marathon to help raise money for kids with cancer. THON is such a great experience because it is great to see so many people coming together for such a great cause. I also really enjoy football games. The atmosphere in the stadium and around campus on game days is always something I look forward to. All of the positive energy and excitement is contagious and just overall a fun place to be.

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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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