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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 One facility that could use an update is the pool which is outdated and has a strange setup which is not at all ideal for holding water sport events and competitions.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.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of people do and a lot people don't. However, you'll definitely know if someone does. A lot of people talk about it all the time and plan their whole week around it. The scale is really broad but I don't think it's a big secret that PSU has a huge drinking culture. I'd say try it out, be smart, and choose what you choose but don't be against the people who chose differently from you. It's great to have both using-and non-using friends.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors vary greatly because there are so many. Classes tend to be large so the only way you can get a personal relationship is if you do so on purpose. I will say I have been particularly disappointed with the math department, though. They pass off grad students as instructors and many of them seem to just want to be in and out of the class as quickly as possible. The online homeworks are awful and tedious and not helpful. You're pretty much on your own for that. As a science major this has plagued me for my entire freshman year but I decided to finish my math requirements at another school over the summer so I don't have to deal with it anymore.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumn network is one of he greatest advantages of this school and with the growing prestige of main campus it's really hard to not benefit from State.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The way the school deals with sexual misconduct is excellent. Because of recent events, everything is very open and supportive. However, there are a lot of instances mostly from creepy drunks. There are plenty of ways to avoid them so long as you are not alone. The population is pretty much entirely college students, though, so you don't have to worry about random, unsafe confrontations like you would in a city school which is nice. The facilities for dealing with these issues are great but the frequency with which they still occur is not great.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman in east have it rough but you have to keep in mind how many people they have to fit! Compared to your average dorms, they're all pretty... average. Some of the apartments are horrible, don't assume just because it's off campus that it's better.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek life but still attend a lot of frat parties because that's where most people are, honestly. I have a lot of friends in Greek life and there isn't much conflict between non-Greeks and them. However, some of the higher-tier sororities and fraternities don't really socialize with anyone but eachother. This doesn't bother most people though because it's pretty superficial and they deserve eachother, haha. That being said, most people have fun at club socials and apartments too. It's a lot harder on guys that aren't in frats than girls that aren't in sororities, though.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school really rallies around the football games and the hockey games are getting bigger too. A lot of the other sports kind of live in football's shadow. I'm not a student athlete but use the on-campus gyms and rec centers daily and they're awesome. They're a little crowded at times but considering how many students are on campus and how many of them stay healthy it's very well managed. Intramural sports are also a ton of fun without a lot of commitment; it's easy to just throw together teams without a lot of commitment.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I chose Penn State because I decided to go to grad school eventually and could only afford it after in-state, undergrad tuition. It wasn't at the top of my list since the beginning but after my first year I've found infinitely many reasons why I would never want to be anywhere else. There are so many incredible, different people. The "big school experience" honestly kind of also yields the benefits of a small school because there are so many people that each major, club, event or even group of people with similar interests have enough people in them to make it feel like a community of its own entirely and you end up getting really close and building your own experience out of it. There is something for everyone and it really has become my favorite place on earth.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors engage with their students, but don't always encourage them to try harder. Professors are easy to talk to, they just might not talk about how you're doing in the class. If they see you're uninterested or don't understand, they don't encourage you to focus yourself on what you need to learn.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: For my major, Landscape Architecture, it is the best school in the nation. Meeting the professors and how dedicated they are and to their students and to their work proves why it is considered the top school for LArch.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are always people walking around, but staying with a buddy or group seems to be the favored way to travel after hours. No one expects sexual assault, and no one is scared they're gonna be followed, but it is real and precautions need to be taken.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It has the conveniency of food close by and many people to meet down the hall, but also holds you back a little bit by having to share a room and still being far from all your classes.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: A lot of the people in Greek life are somewhat condescending towards non-greek life students.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's really nice to have the intramural fields open to students during the day, but we also take classes during the day and then the intramural teams take the fields at night. But watching varsity or club games is always the best time.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are many opportunities at Penn State, and the student life you lead determines who you are there. There are so many dedicated students who succeed in their majors, and latching onto them was one of my better decisions. I have had times where I need to get work done, and didn't, but I also have support from my peers that putting more time in work proves better grades. School for me has been very encouraging.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I read a lot of bad reviews about professors and it concerns me because how can a horrible professor be allowed to teach students repeatedly? There are large and small classes, the school has a variety of almost everything.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My career counselor is always telling me that PSU alumni are always looking to hire and help out fellow PSU students. I think that type of networking is great. There are also mock interviews and people that help you prepare for after education work.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Taken very seriously. But some streets don't have blue lights. Alerts are always put out for perpetrators.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Super close to classes and the HUB, depending on which hall you live in. Sharing bathrooms is the worst. Single rooms are ridiculously expensive. The housing process to check out is a little hectic.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Lots of sexual assaults happen there. Not the best environment sometimes.

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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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