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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have attended a two other Universities and the experience I have had thus far at PSU has been the best.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere, the people, the spirit, its all what I've been looking for. I LOVE IT HERE!

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I definitely choose the right school for me and for my future. I started off the year making a handful of friends in organized events they had for us to do. Four of those friends I made continued to meet for lunch three times a week throughout the whole semester. And one is my roommate for this upcoming year! I feel very lucky when it comes to my friend situation. We started out the year attending football games or football gatherings to watch the away games on tv. That in itself is an amazing experience. To be surrounded by 107,000 other people in Beaver Stadium who all have one common goal is mind blowing. The last home game brought Homecoming, where thousands of Alumni came to perform in our parade along with our clubs and Marching Band. The closing of Football season then takes us to Canning weekends which are Penn State's THON weekends to go out across the east coast and collect money for Pediatric Cancer. It being my first year, I had no idea what to expect. That was an emotional and teamwork experience. Closing up the first semester brought my first swing at finals as a college student. Learned how I could study more efficiently and that I should start studying earlier than I did. Christmas break was very relaxing but come January we were all eager to return. Now, I felt more ready to take on these difficult engineering classes with a semester already under my belt. The second semester brought THON, the 46 hour dance marathon we do for pediatric cancer, the first snow day in 7 years of Penn State's history and the Blue and White game where we all got a little taste of Penn State football in the middle of April. The year closed out with a Moving On Festival where big name artists came and performed a free concert for all students. I had an incredible year packed with memories, but I am most thankful for my friends and the Penn State Pride I get to be apart of.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The atmosphere at Penn State is welcoming and exciting. I love the school spirit and awesome academic opportunities it provides. I would choose it again in a heartbeat because of my positive experience here thus far.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are many great things about Penn State, most of all the atmosphere and the people. There are so many great dining options as well as bars and stores for everyone. The best time of year to be out and about is fall, when all of the students are roaming around campus and the fall foliage is prevalent throughout the town.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing academics, sports, clubs. Everyone is really friendly and helpful, including the professors.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Penn State has taught me how to be an independent person and to stay focused and level headed in order to accomplish my goals.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school and wouldn't change it for the world!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have never been disappointed in my decision to attend Penn State University. It is an awesome university with outstanding academics and a great student body.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At Penn State, you feel like you are part of a family. Although there are thousands of students, the school still feels small because there is so much to do and you can fit in no matter who you are!

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Challenging classes, sweating the required GPA to get into my major, attending football games, pool club.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I like being at Penn State, the classes aren't too terrible and there is a lot to get involved in

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am in love with my school and the pride and sense of community that Penn State gives its students. At the end of the day, we always all come together and support eachother. I have met some of the most geniuine people, both student and faculty, that I hope to keep in my life for many years to come. I would not have chosen any other school if I could go back and do it again.

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is an awesome balance of work and play, but it does have some downsides. However, all the fun experiences outweigh any doubts.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: A great balance of work and fun.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: What my school unique is, the choice of many majors.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State has the best energy and the most school pride. It is very easy to get involved in fun clubs and charity work. The academics are great and the support system and resources are helpful and plentiful, especially in your first year. Although University Park is huge and confusing at first, you soon realize that campus isn't so big after all. It is very cold most of the school year, but if you love snow, this is the university for you. Old Main is also gorgeous covered in snow and the rest of the campus for that matter. Overall, attending Penn State was the best choice I have made in my life and I do not regret it at all.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've been able to get involved in so many things so far at school that have really enriched my experience. The school is so spirited it makes going here fun and enjoyable. As far as the education I don't like huge 500 plus student classes that are for weeding out students in majors; specifically science courses. And I don't like my schools financial aid office.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Choosing to attend Penn State University Park has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The experience has been unforgettable and it has only been one year. I love the size of the campus and the student body. I meet new people everyday and the resources are unlimited. The classes are challenging, but I am learning so much. I would not wish to continue my education anywhere else.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: i love the school, and the school pride that goes along with it, it is a big school but you find your niche right away and from close bonds with people which make the school seem smaller but you can also meet new people every day!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have only attended orientation and it was an amazing experience, however I am terrified and extremely stressed on how I will pay for my higher education.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Soon I will be going to the main Penn State campus. I hope that it will be even better than when I visited it in high school. I am looking forward to lots of new experiences

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good school for those who want the typical, linear 4 year experience. If you want other things out of your college years, maybe not the best

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: LOVE IT!! My school is like its own city which allows me to feel safe when walking to and from class as well as have the night life that citys have.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: PSU is the best college all around.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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