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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's always a CATA bus (a free bus) circulating campus, which is helpful. I just wish campus were a little more bike-friendly.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: When it comes to chemistry, ain't no place like Penn State. Undergrads more often than not have the opportunity to work in a lab on campus, so you can learn hands-on while you learn the theory of what you're doing in class.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn state is the #50 university in the world for academics. It offers almost every major you can think of and by the time you leave you will have a degree that's worth a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains all the time. Happy valley is a great place but the weather does not live up to the name (most of the time).

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty average college students! Dress for comfort during the week and dress up on the weekends/night time!

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always something to do no matter what age you are!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I love my major, the entire program, and the teaching staff. I felt overly prepared for graduate school and was accepted to multiple schools. Heavy workload but worth it.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have always felt very safe both on and off campus. It is brightly lit everywhere and there are always people out and about. The crime rate is very low.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It costs an arm and a leg to park on campus. Off campus is relatively cheap but nowhere near classes.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Anyone who has watched a Penn State game knows that our athletics program is one of the best there is. We are all a family behind all sports (not just football) and I think the best part is that academics are just as important to the athletes and coaches.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Are...... Penn State!!!!! If you have ever been to a Penn State football game you understand how much athletics are important at our school. We are a Division I school and our athletics work extremely hard to show off our talent. We've had the biggest student section for college football games for a few years now and will continue to have one because there is no other like blue and white pride!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Penn State's campus life is amazing!!! The student union is huge and has a lot to offer for example, fast food places, Starbucks, there is a bank and computer lab upstairs. On the weekends there are movie nights and game nights which are very popular. Aside from that, there are over hundreds of organizations and clubs to become apart of, including Greek life which is a huge part of Penn State.

2 College Senior

Weather: Classes rarely get cancelled. They are more likely to get cancelled by your individual professors than a campus-wide closure. It rains a lot during the fall/spring, and then during the winter it snows a lot. Some of the sidewalks are heated but otherwise it gets really slippery.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety and security is pretty good at my campus. I felt very safe on campus throughout the whole entire year and nothing was stolen from me or anyone on my floor. I know there were incidents of stolen property from the gyms but that's about the only thing I heard of.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have online classes and can eat wherever I want. However main campus is known for great eateries and a great local community surrounding the school

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is very strict with enforcing rules and making sure they are being followed. The police are very strict with underage drinking especially. There numerous numbers of underages being handed out every year and the festivities throughout the year, like "State Patty's Day" don't help to bring that number down. The school is also very very strict with the honor code of conduct, if you are caught cheated there is a very good chance of you being expelled from the university.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major. Penn State world campus is flexible and offers online courses as well as online honor societies, and a Psychology Club. The teachers find very inventive ways to make the online classes as interactive as possible.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't think the drug scene is very big, but just walking around you can smell pot from some of the dorm rooms. Drinking is more prevalent, but it is more common off campus. I was never pressured into either even though I know a few people that partake in those activities.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. There are also emergency boxes throughout campus that you can use to call police if necessary. The only way to get into a residence hall is to swipe your student id (you are also only allowed access to the residence hall you live in) or hope someone else holds the door open for you when they swipe in.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love absolutely everything about my school. It is so big and so are the possibilities. I'm starting my sophomore year soon and already I have been a part of THON, a Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, also the largest student run organization in the world. I have joined a business club in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State and become an executive member. My school has just about everything you are looking for, from starting your own club to providing you help to get an internship with some of the largest companies on the east coast.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on having an internship. I believe the Psychology department requires one. Internships are very important to gain real world experience, and an invaluable networking opportunity for those in school.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Penn State challenges you to get into the major that you want but it is quite do-able. The GPA requirements push you to excell without putting too much stress on the student.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys at Penn State are great! They always want to have a good time and you can find guy-friends from any stereotype you could think of!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I absolutely love Penn State football, whats not to love! The student section is like living in another world and the energy is insane. One of the main reasons I went to Penn State is for big football games, and they did not dissapoint.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the sit-down resturants are more pricey, especially for a college student however all of the fast food restuarants you could want plus some State College specials are all reasonably priced.


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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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