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Reviews 5131 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: PSU Main &Psu Abington great if you out going or just willing to make new friends. The teachers are kind too but you must show dedication to your work. It can be a little overwhelming but make a friend or two and join some clubs and stay focused on your degree & it'll be great

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I enjoy school. Has been great meeting new people

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's close to home, everyone is really nice and understanding. There is no boring moment on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really do love Penn State. The people, atmosphere, and education are all aspects that make Penn State so unique. The people are very friendly and diverse. The atmosphere makes such a large school seem smaller because of all the school spirit. Last, the education is challenging yet rewarding. I really feel like I will have a job waiting for me when I graduate, and that was really important to me when I was selecting a school. If I could do it all over I would still pick Penn State again because it is so great.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Penn State. the atmosphere, the people, the classes, the professors, the sporting events, the clubs, and everything else they have to offer there is incredible. I've had the best experience of my life so far each and every day I spend here. It's simply amazing. Although it's a big school, everyone at Penn State finds a way to make it smaller. You find your niche, and you really connect with a number of people.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school experience was at an all woman's college, that allowed me to make reliable and hilarious life long friends, the alumni system is incredibly far reaching and very helpful. Additionally I was given support to try new things and branch out past my comfort level without feeling uneasy.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn State offers endless opportunities and has something for everyone.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are other schools that teach my major better. However, the resources and experience offered is incomparable.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The energy and passion here is astounding. There are so many resources and opportunities here to enrich your academic experience. THON and football are the heart of the student body.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am taking an online class thru Penn State, that is not offered elsewhere. The course has really good content, and will help my job and business career. Decided to enroll. The Bachelor of Arts degree I have chosen, allows me to decide which classes I want to take in Criminal Justice and Law and Society.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is the best decision I ever made. I found friends that would last me a life time and the opportunities here are endless. There's no where I've been where I haven't run into a Penn State alum and that's always the best feeling I get. When I went to Italy the summer before I started freshman year, a couple in my tour group went to PSU! The school spirit everyone has is remarkable and the culture here is incomparable to anywhere else. I just bought my season tickets for sophomore year and cant wait to be back at Beaver Stadium #107K Strong. Penn State is an incredible school and I'm so lucky to be able to go here!

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My experience has had its ups and downs. I do enjoy some aspects of the school and have found the teachers mostly want to help you learn and grow. I have struggled and then also done very well. I sometimes have mixed emotions about my experience so far.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love this school for a select few of the people here, the campus itself and its atmosphere, and the classes I take. A majority of the school seems to be interested in sports and parties/drinking, whereas I am not. However, there are still a fair number of people among the huge overall number with a similar opinion to mine. The campus itself is very nice, enjoyable to walk around, and has very nice amenities found around it, including some that other schools do not have.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Life at Penn State was a huge adjustment, coming from a small high school. But the community environment at Penn State helped me feel like I belonged. Some of my favorite experiences, are the sense of pride and love at sporting events such as football and hockey. The entire stadium glows with Penn State pride, and when the alma mater plays, strangers wrap their arms around one another in embrace because when you share the Penn State experience, its like you were family all your life. Another favorite experience of mine is meeting my best friend. The traditional dorm style for freshman at Penn State helps you learn about yourself. It taught me how to tolerate others and how to be understanding to others needs. It also brought me close to my life long best friend Becca! If I had to do it all over, I don't think my decision in college would be any different. I would choose Penn State again because I believe it is exactly where I belong.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had the time of my life at Penn State. I have met people from all over the world and made friends with people that I never thought I would. I have an awesome job with the Penn State Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer. Some of my co-workers have become my best friends. The food is great and I love how much variety we have. The school spirit is off the charts and i have never felt more integrated into a community as I do at Penn State. The fact that it is so far away from my home in Texas makes it all the more better. I am able to live my life and make my own decisions. I have been able to grow into a mature young adult and for that I am grateful.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I joined a business fraternity and it made the experience at school a lot better.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school, I'm thankful I chose it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although I have not yet started classes at PSU, as I will start in Fall of 2015, I have felt like I was a student the moment I stepped onto campus. Everyone is extremely welcoming and have really helped with the orientation and transition process from high school. It is an amazing school that I'm lucky to be apart of. I would choose Penn State every time ifI did it over.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is unique do to the enviroment and the professors who are invested in their students leraning.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall I love Penn State and would not go anywhere else. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating was because it is a pain to get home because I live in New York. There are busses that go to New York City and Northern Jersey and a Facebook group for rides but it is just a long and boring ride. Also, the winter sucks. I will not sugar coat it. Classes are rarely ever cancelled and when they are, it is never for snow- just ice. The month of February is brutal- it gets to be "feels like -12" for half of February. But once you survive to mid March, it is all up hill, don't worry.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State has the best alumni. I am a hospitality management major and we have our own career center and a website where you send your resume to companies who come to campus and if they like you from your resume, they give you a chance to interview. I got an internship for spring semester as a freshman at an 850 room hotel in New York City. So the availability of internships is quite impressive.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Other than the school, there is not much else here. There is a nice mountain that people hike and ski on in the winter. There is a lot of shopping- a mall nearby, a walmart, urban outfitters, abercrombie, and a few cute boutiques. There is a local minor team which is fun I guess. I have never met a local as far as i know..

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Penn State has the most attractive student body by far. Everyone is fairly good looking-very attractive.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is not unsafe at all. You can walk around at 4am and not feel threatened it is not a real city like New York City where you have to fear every suspicious person. In state college, 80% of the people you run into late at night go to the university so they are not too suspicious. All of the sexual assault notifications that you receive on your phone through the text alert system, are all "suspect was known to the victim". so yes, sexual assaults do occur, but they are not usually random attacks, they are people who know each other so it is nothing to be scared of. The health center is amazing. You make an appointment online for that day or the next at the most convenient time for you and they will prescribe you medicine- they are not at all annoying about it. They also take most health insurances so you don't need to pay any money out of pocket to be seen. The health service also has a pharmacy which carries most prescriptions but if the campus pharmacy does not have what you are looking for, there are 2 CVS's right in town.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: You will never experience anything like football Saturdays in State College. People come from all over the north east- sometimes farther for a 3-4 hour sporting event. The tailgates are crazy- sometimes so crazy you miss the actual game (I know from personal experience...) Some frats hold parties before hand which are always fun as well. The hockey games are really fun to go to as well and have a high attendance.

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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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