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3 College Freshman

Majors: Science major is so hard. They should have more tutoring available in all of the subjects. Hard to find tutors.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is so hard. The teachers do not curve. They push you to learn.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I had an wonderful time living on campus. I would recommend it to everyone. I just think the police need to go around Pennypacker Hall for the local Penn State football team. They beat up the kids and get away with it. ALot of the local kids on scholarships hate students from other countries.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are too many old dorms provided for Freshmens. Need upgrade and put wireless connections. Pay alot of money for old stuff. I pay out of state fees and expect newer stuff.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Teachers should give kids more extra credit work. When a Teachers assistant is bad, the teacher should get the students more help.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Need healthly food restaurants. I am more of a vegan eater. Too much junk food.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Football at Penn State is a big deal. Tremendous amounts of money are dedicated to maintain the teams status including uniforms, the stadium, sports equipment and advertisements.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There were no difficulties or challenges that I had encountered. In order to get into my Communication Sciences and Disorders major, all I needed to was a college GPA of at least a 3.0. Once I had a GPA that qualified, I declared it as my major. Once in the major, I simply took as many major related courses as possible until I could transfer to University Park (the main campus).

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have taken part in an internship once before but it was not through Penn State. Before deciding on majoring in communication disorders, I wanted to major in nursing. As a result, I acquired a clerical position at the Visiting Nurse Services of New York. It was an unpaid internship and my hours were from 9am to 5pm. My responsibilities were centered around filing and arranging documents for my employer. At this internship, I learned more about the language used in the field and more about what nurses encounter on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I have noticed that it is much more difficult to obtain an internship for my current major. Although, it has been difficult in obtaining an internship, I have recently applied again and am hoping to hear a response soon.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The program that I am in is called Communication Sciences and Disorders. I absolutely love it! I love the teachers, my peers, and most importantly, learning about disabilities. All my life I have wanted to work toward bettering others lives; specifically I want to better the lives of individuals with disabilities. At Penn State, the main courses for this major are only offered at the main campus (University Park). I started at the Altoona campus in Altoona, PA approximately forty five minutes from the main campus. This upcoming August I will finally be able to partake in classes directly related to my major. Although I have not taken many courses that are directly related to my major, I have taken courses that relate on a broader scale. These courses include special education, statistics and rigorous writing courses.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Altoona is a very slow town. Unless you are partying on campus or going to state college, there are no clubs or bars that you can get into.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are some times where there will be a big drug bust, and there are no drugs all semester, and other times where you can practically ask anyone and get drugs

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Penn state is a very diverse campus. All of the students get along vary well and are easy to get to know.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes at Penn State are fantastic. The professors are very helpful even in the big classes. The workload is not too big. There are so many opportunities academically, if you are willing to get involved and put in a little extra work.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The on campus transportation called the CATA buses are free and are usually no more than 5 minutes away. These buses run until 2AM on weekend. The CATA buses also goes off campus but there is a small fee. There are also multiple types of long- distance transportation that are cheep and easy to get to.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are many different scholarships that Penn State has to offer. They can be found through the activities that you are involved in on campus or though your major.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dinning at Penn State is great. There is a lot of variety to the types of foods and it is all within walking distance from the campus. Most places are cheep and affordable for the average college student. There are also a few more expensive restaurants to take your parents when they come to visit. Finding the right food for the right price is just a short walk away at Penn State.

5 College Junior

Majors: I love my primary major and because Penn State is so big I was able to pick up a second major that I love as well. My Crime, Law, and Justice degree is exactly what I want to do (law enforcement) and my IST degree will help me with teamwork, project management, and working with all levels of computer work.

There ore over 160 majors to choose from and a lot of our programs are top ranked in the nation.
We have some of the highest job placement rates for college grads.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of options and some really great places to eat.

If you're looking for a quiet romantic place we have that.

Need late night drunk food? Walk 10 feet in any direction and you're covered.

Plenty of options no matter what you're plans are.

And almost everything (including cookies and frozen yogurt) is delivered right to you. Awesome.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Over 30 bars downtown with enough variety to keep anyone happy.

Under 21 there are plenty of frats, although if you think frats are good nightlife then you need to reexamine your head. But at least people desperate enough before they turn 21 can get free alcohol. I don't recommend that though. Better off waiting til you're 21 or at least make friends that have house/apartment parties and go to those instead.

Friends you make at those parties will last you almost as long as the STD's you get from going to a frat will.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of places to live both downtown and further from campus.

Downtown is more expensive and you will share a room most likely but you can walk everywhere and it is worth it for most people.

Further from campus you can get great apartments and townhouses for cheaper prices than downtown but you're stuck taking buses to campus and going out at night is a pain.

Downtown real estate companies are actually the scum of the earth and treat their tenants terribly. You will never receive your security deposit back even though the place is cleaner than it was when you moved in.

Also, getting the best apartments is a ridiculous process. Some students camp outside the real estate office for days ahead of time. You have to play that game to get that single room downtown or the best houses.

I love living downtown but it has made me hate anyone that works in the real estate business. ARPM is absolutely horrendous, GN Associates seem like they are gonna be much better (but I haven't lived there yet).

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: College town, not a huge town but has everything a college kid could want. Movies, a Mall, parks and such.

4 College Senior

Local Area: We're not in a huge city, but there is always something to do.

3 College Senior

Weather: It rains quite a bit. It's usually cold. Summers are amazing though.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Bars for those over 21, many other parties regardless of age

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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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