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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In my time at Penn State, I, nor has anyone I know, been a victim of sexual assault. I've never felt threatened or in danger in any way, but I would also say I'm pretty responsible.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've only lived in the dorms, so they're pretty much what you'd expect. Space is pretty limited but there are a lot of options to set up your room and make it work for you.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life system at Penn State is one of the largest in the country. Yeah, they throw pretty awesome parties, but it's apparent that everyone in a fraternity or sorority has their own unique reason for being there. THON brings everyone on campus together, whether someone be involved in Greek Life or not.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fans at Penn State are some of the most loyal in the whole country. We have truly been through ups and downs but stay strong and united through it all. The level of school spirit at the main campus as well as the commonwealth campuses is unlike any other.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is the perfect school for your typical "college experience." There are almost 200 majors to pick from, thousands of clubs to get involved with, and it has one of the largest Greek Like systems in the country. Class sizes can range from as small as 20 to as large as 800... or more, so everyone can find something that they like and feel comfortable with. Professors are approachable and for the most part really do care about the success of their students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had zero problems with any professors at Penn State. If there is a professor with a bad reputation, you can just switch into a different section and take it with a better professor.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn State has one of the largest alumni networks in the world. I feel confident that no matter where I go or what city I move to, I will be able to find an alumnus or alumna willing to help me find a job.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The presence of police on campus is very reassuring that we have a safe campus. No matter what time you are walking around campus, you will see other people and it's almost impossible to be alone.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are a nice place to live. They are not the largest or most spacious, but if you're focus is on school then it shouldn't be a problem where you sleep

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I personally would never join a fraternity because I consider it "paying for friends". But I have no problem with other people participating and forming a bond with fellow students. You cannot walk anywhere on campus without seeing Greek letters.

5 College Junior

Athletics: If Penn State is known for anything, it is its football program. On football saturdays, the population of state college doubles in size because of the HUGE following of the team.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Penn State. The only problem I have is that sometimes I think that people cannot get engaged enough when classes are large. They are intimidated by the size and feel that they can't connect with the professor.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the people are really nice, the college town environment is stunning and the food is pretty good. Can't wait to mature and learn at the best university for the next four years!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some teachers seem emotionless while most are thoroughly interested in their job

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Our alumni network is the largest in the world and assists many students in jobs

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Straight off from the bat, they offer and introduce new students to their countless support facilities

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in east right now and honestly, it's not that bad. It's kind of homey

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most are really nice but some could be rude

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are great opportunities for sports and a great variety of them

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are the nicest people ever and genuinely love what they do.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Absolutely the best school I ever could have wished for.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My major has a 99% job placement rate while the college that that major is in has a 95% placement rate.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They take a lot of measures to ensure student safety and I do feel very safe.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I did not have many problems with them, but I have never heard of anyone complimenting them, mostly negative remarks.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I got lucky with the fraternity I joined, but I don't think I like any other fraternity on campus

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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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