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Reviews 5981 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: In the dorms it depends on the RA that you get. If you have a strict RA you will need to be a bit more cautious. Otherwise if you are smart about the things you do you'll be fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for two years and thought it was fantastic. The dining halls are very close to the dorms and they keep the dorms clean. I have no complaints about campus housing!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Penn state challenges you to become a well rounded student offering so much for the taking. Honestly, it's up to the student to decide how much they will make out of their years at penn state. It is an amazing place to be and you can make your education the world class level education it is destined to be at penn state if you apply yourself.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There is a CATA bus that goes virtually everywhere around state college and campus. Depending on where you are, a bus will probably be there shortly unless you live considerably far from campus, then it will take a bit longer.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are many great places to work out on campus. The white building holds classes for students as well as having a weight and cardio room and other great athletic activities. Rec Hall is the premiere place to work out with fantastic state of the art facilities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is so much to eat at Penn State downtown. There are any restaurants ranging from diners to ethnic cuisines. You can get a little bit of everything here and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Also, there are any spots to grab some food late at night like grabbing a pizza slice for a dollar at canyon pizza.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There are working computers virtually everywhere on campus. There are computer labs in many of the buildings and the library has a lot of computers available although they are taken most of the time.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: never had any really problems just the average things that llok like a headache but not

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: i dont know about this being a long distance learner

5 College Sophomore

Academics: all my courses and professors are the best. Courses keep you interested and the professors are extremely helpful and interested in your work.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Excellent all the way around

4 College Junior

Administration: Very little tolerance which helps as a deterrent.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Visual help posters and positive peer pressure

4 College Junior

Technology: Great availability/access or wireless if you have your own

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Women, especially feel safe and secure

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Very easy system and great service providing answers to questions

5 College Junior

Majors: The Master of Finance program is AA+

4 College Junior

Academics: This is a great school to graduate from with a strong alumni patronage.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's in the north, so winters lasts into April at times...summers and fall are great!

4 College Junior

Transportation: I am a distance learner, so I don't know a whole lot about campus life.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am a distance learner, but know that sports are huge for Penn State.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My apartment is seriously only 499\month and it only takes 5 mins to get to campus by bus, free bus pass, free parking, a pool, a hot tub, quite(sometimes), its clean, a free gym, free tanning, free computer lab and a free game room. I absolutely love the freedom to do what I want and to have a spacious place to myself.

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4 College Junior

Administration: The officers have the right amount of strictness, if your acting an idiot and being a threat then they will do something about it. They walk around campus to keep it safe and they don't interfere with the parties unless theres a fight or some sort of threat. The parking is so strict, I parked in a parking lot that is available at 9, and I got there at 8:50, I had a ticket issued at 8:53. Though weekend parking is free everywhere, even downtown.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Our campus is made up of my minorities. It is normal to have a class that is made up mostly of minorities.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge variety of ethnic restaurants and late night restaurants.

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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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