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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of different off-campus housing options that you can choose based on your desired location or rental rate per month. Obviously the more desirable locations are difficult to get and you have to put your name on a wait list very early in the fall semester for an apartment you won't live in until the next year, which can be hard to organize that far in advance. But, if you can be flexible there are a ton of different places in varying distances from campus that serve as great options if you don't get your first choice. It's really easy to find a place, even if your first option falls through.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are actually a surprising number of different types of food places in State College, from Greek to Thai to Mexican to traditional American diner food. Most of it is really easy to access in the downtown area, and the rest is a short bus ride or drive away if you feel like journeying further off campus. I've never had a random food craving that couldn't be satisfied. Oh, and late night food is essentially never a problem.

3 College Junior

Administration: Penn State is a dry campus which makes things a bit awkward at times because you can get in trouble for having alcohol in the dorms, even if you're already 21. Most RA's don't care enough to report you but if a school official finds out that could be a problem. However, things like visitation in dorms and noise violations really are not a problem at all so as far as living, administration goes really easy on you.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: It should come as no surprise that Penn State has an incredible party scene. From frats to bars to apartment parties, there's almost always something to do when you want to go out.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: My only real complaint about the dining halls is that they can occasionally get boring after time, but with so many other options at Redifer and the Hub it's really easy to change things up and get different meals often.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Look, East Halls is not the most incredible set of dorm buildings, but the atmosphere is absolutely worth the lost space. Pollock is a small step up but again, you're often there for location and atmosphere and both areas are great for those two things. Beyond that, the suites in North and Nittany Halls are huge, the Eastview Terrace singles are pricy but nice, and my friends who have stayed in South and West loved it there as well. Really decently sized, bathrooms cleaned every day, and now there's even wifi in all the campus dorms.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: As far as i know, penn state's financial aid process is nice but I am out of state and therefore, didn't get any.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Party scene is pretty nice. I like it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think food is great. It fills you up everytime. Many choices and cleanliness.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty nice. I am in south halls, which is closer to most of my classes and my building has good study lounges and lobby. Food is nice too! and proximity to downtown is always a plus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Appointments can be made easily, especially if its an emergency

5 College Freshman

Athletics: great athletics program. very fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Lack of variety gets boring after a while

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can find almost anything your looking for however there will always be some cost associated with what you want.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You can find almost anything within walking distance, and their hours are amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are very lenient in all aspects except when it comes to alcohol and drug use in dorms, which is very understandable.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are a large number of scholarships however most of them are for only a select number of students and or they are hard to find on the schools websites.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not putting a rating since I do party however I only go out on an occasion unlike a good number of the students who are out two or three nights a week.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: South is the best since there is something always open from 7am until 1am. The only thing that sucks is that some of the places in south close Friday halfway through the day.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It;s not that bad, however I'm not a fan of having to take a long walk to just get food. Of course this could be a personal opinion since dorms can't really have kitchens in all of the rooms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Each commons has a variety of places within them. In the commons in East there are 5 places to eat meals and also a place where you can buy all your snacks and drinks.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live at my house and do not utilize the off-campus housing options.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many places downtown participate in LionCash and every month different vendors have specials for students who are paying with their LionCash.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is a dry campus and is restrictive where it is necessary to be in order to protect the people on campus. Follow the rules and you will be just fine, the rules are there to benefit everyone.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Look at the scholarships that your college offers, because federal aid is given to very few people.

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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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