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4 College Student

Academics: The professors I have are great. They know their material and are passionate about it. The business school is nationally ranked and lots of companies come here to look for new recruits. Office hours are good, and professors are very willing to make appointments to talk to students who aren't available during their office hours. Most of my classes are on the larger side which is fine for me because I get to meet a lot of people.

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4 College Student

Weather: So far the weather has been great. Got into the 30's a few days, nothing too bad yet. Not looking forward to winter though. I heard it gets really cold. Classes are all far away so it might be a good idea to take the bus when it starts to cool down. I enjoy the walks now though

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5 College Senior

Athletics: There is a sport out there for everyone (ranging from football, hockey, and even quidditch). The psu spirit is pretty contagious.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of housing options off-campus. Rent is affordable depending on the realtor. As with everywhere, it's higher the closer you are to campus. Beware, parking can be a pain.

2 College Senior

Weather: Get ready for the snow or rain. It gets chilly fast here, and winter is very long.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: You can take a nice hike up nittany mountain. Very scenic in the middle of the mountains.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I remember driving to th mall for affordable healthy foood.

5 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Extremely structure in following policies and procedures

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows a lot out here, but the snow usually does not stick. However, if it does, it is difficult to walk because it is slippery. I really suggest boots. During the spring, it does rain a lot, so be prepared to wear rain boots and always carry an umbrella. So far, it has been quite humid in the summer and the sun really beats down on you.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone is proud to wear any type of Penn State attire, especially during games. Many students attend all the sports, of course some more than others. Team performance is top quality; they put in everything that they have. The athletic facilities are great; athletic trainers, their own gym equipment, and the variety of equipment that they use. The athletes receive top apparel and anything that goes along with it; from sneakers, to sweats, to suitcases, to coats, etc.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Penn State has a great academic reputation all around, but I love EMS because it is one of the smaller colleges, so you really get to know a lot of the faculty and students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is not the best quality about Penn State. East Halls, where I live, are very old and a far walk from most places on campus. Also, housing is only guaranteed for freshman year and the application process for upperclassman can be competitive.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My father deals with applying for financial aid, but it was a very big hassle for him the first time, because some of the instructions aren't very clear and my sophomore year I personally had to go to the office of the bursar to speak with someone because it was unclear about why I wasn't fully registered as a student, which ended up having to do with them not reading the code to my incoming loan correctly.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug visibility and alcohol visibility is not very high at Penn State on campus, there are campus police that do a good job of policing underage drinkers and make sure they keep people safe and out of trouble. Drinking is very visible downtown on the weekends but it is policed well and you're never forced into drinking or put down if you don't

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: On campus there are always student orgs putting on events or displays or promoting their cause which is great to see students being so active on their campus. Our student union has awesome choices of places to eat for all kinds of tastes whether you're into Chick-fil-A, Salad creations or Sushi, everyone can be satisfied at the HUB. There is also frequently flash mobs that occur which are pretty interesting. There is an organization for every walk of life on campus, whether you like Harry Potter Quiditch Club or like the idea of being the engineer of a roller coaster or amusement park or there's plenty of fraternities and sororities to join!

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: My campus is absolutely beautiful, well-kept and very unique. As the student body grows the college grows to accommodate the growing numbers and tries to keep up to date by updating on campus housing. Also upon talking to some of my friends who attend other universities, they often complain that their advisors aren't very helpful and they always feel lost in selecting classes. I feel as though my advisors go above and beyond to help me in choosing classes, looking for internships, and guiding me in picking my future career path. I can easily go to my advisor's hours and he will sit down and help me pick exactly what classes I need to take for the following classes.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many options for, not only freshman, but upperclassmen as well. However, housing is not guaranteed for upperclassmen, a lottery must be entered.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It snows and rains, but comes with the Happy Valley atmosphere that everyone loves. Penn State is wonderful in the spring, fall, and summer, but the winter can get very cold. The snow, however, is gorgeous, and for people who enjoy snow, winters can be fun!

2 College Freshman

Parking: It is offered but only to upperclassmen and is normally very expensive on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: PSU has a really good variety of dining options off campus. Most of them take lioncash and some even have student discounts with an ID. Eating off campus is essentially a special treat for first year students but is definitely not impossible.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They gave me the money I needed and I am very grateful for it. However, the bill is still very high and more would have been helpful. Also, the work-study office can be a little confusing for a first time student.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Must leasrn to stay out of the network of local police

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Penn State UP doesn't offer much. The commonwealth campuses offer a little more, but don't bank on getting any scholarship money.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students at this campus live in off campus housing. There is a good market with competitive rates and PSU Altoona offers a housing fair at the beginning of the semester so students can weigh their options.

4 College Junior

Parking: Penn State Altoona is largely a commuter campus so the campus authorities have developed a good system for parking. There are several student lots to choose from and several lots reserved for faculty, staff, and visitors. I think the price is a bit high but at least my parking permit was not as expensive as my textbooks this year.

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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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