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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are important to any university.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I believe what towns allow landlords to charge for rent to college students is ridiculous. I pay $600 a month plus all my expenses and I live with 5 other guys. Our house is old and it costs $350+ a month to heat the house plus we all have space heaters in our rooms. I believe it to just add an absorbent amount of money to my already high student debt. Towns should enforce no more than 75% increase in rent over a landlords mortgage amount (or anticipated amount) or cover all expenses. The student debt is a huge problem facing the United States right now. This would be one area to start helping.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Again, I enjoy having all the options at Penn State that I didn't have at Bloomsburg.

4 College Junior

Administration: I believe the policies are in affect for a reason and I try to respect the rules.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: This is my fourth year so by now we know the process well and I appreciate that the items remain filled in and I only change if I need to.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Again, there are so many options all over campus that you eventually find a place you are comfortable in and enjoy.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: I enjoy different kinds of foods so I can pretty much eat something different everyday.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Penn State main campus is a wonderful experience. I transferred here after 3 years of attending Bloomsburg University which is a much smaller school and love State College. It offers so much for every kind of student.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football is viewed as priority around here and also other major sports. Sports in general are viewed as priority at a PennState.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You have to look for apartments on your own and call if you are interested on your own. However they are really close to campus so that is nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food outside of campus is okay. They have several popular chain restaurants such as Taco Bell and Panera which are good. The prices are much cheaper than if it were in New York City.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The police restrict alcohol in dorms and drugs in dorms very well.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a bit of financial aid, however, I was a still disappointed with how little I received considering my background and income. I have seen other students who are more economically stable than I am receive higher financial aid than me.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene in PennState is one of the best. They have parties for every type of person.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The pollock dinning hall is one of the best because of the variety and the taste of the food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are close to class and are clean. I have my own space and my roommate has hers. The bathrooms are cleaned everyday and the hallways are always clean. The atmosphere on campus is friendly and inviting.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some of the commons are very good. Some not so much. Overall good system that is a pretty overpriced.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Especially freshman year it is amazing to meet so many new people. The social atmosphere here is uncontested.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics and athletic buildings are awesome

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have experience with AW&Sons and it was awful, but the other companies are better

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food off campus is great

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Some RA's take their job too seriosuly

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Freshman year for guys sucks (unless you're in a frat). The party scene steps up in the later years once you move off campus though.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some food places are great, some are sub par. There are plenty of places to go on campus

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East halls are in no way the best, but the people and cleaning crew awake everything worth it.

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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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