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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life has always been very important at Penn State; however, I feel as though it has gotten out of hand. I was never involved in Greek Life, but as an RA, I had many residents interested in joining. I got the impression that my residents wanted to join in order to meet new people and give back to the university. This past fall, a majority of my girls who rushed decided to drop out. They had informed me that instead of focusing on philanthropic projects, the Greek Life org was more focused on drinking and parties. Although this is common, I think that there are other options within Greek Life, such as the community service sororities or major related fraternities. I had quite a few residents join these types of organizations within Greek Life and were very happy with the morals and goals of these organizations. New at Penn State is specific housing for Greek Life. The sororities will have designated dorms instead of designated portions of halls.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Penn State offers a lot of options for off campus housing. I lived on campus for two years and I was an RA for two years, I never had the opportunity to live off campus. Although I never lived off campus, a few of my friends lived off campus and as an RA, I would help my residents who were looking for housing for the following year. I think that as many students desire to move off campus after the first year and the pool is large, the State College area provides a lot of affordable options for students. It is very easy to find an apartment and usually throughout the year, they have an "apartment fair", where students are able to explore their options. In addition, the majority of off campus housing is walking distance from the university. There are also multiple off campus housing options that are not walking distance from the university and are less expensive. Although these options require transportation, the university along with the CATA buses, have many buses that run to the university numerous times throughout the day.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: At Penn State, you can usually find a computer lab with open computers, even during crowded times during the semester. In addition, Penn State offers students the opportunity to use both PCs and Macs, which allow students to use what is most comfortable for them. In addition, through the libraries webpages, students can monitor where computers are available so time is not wasted searching for an open seat. In addition, through the media services, students can rent out laptops for up to 7 days in the event they need a laptop for the week, are not able to find an open lab seat, or want to study in a private, more quiet area.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Asian cuisine is definitely not this town's forte. You'd need to leave town to get anything good. There is only one bubble tea place that has legitimate boba called Tea Time. Indian cuisine is pretty good though and I love that it is buffet style. There used to be a really good Gyro vendor on the corner of Pugh St and Beaver Ave, but sadly they left. The only Greek place left isn't even really Greek. Chain restaurants like Chili's almost make up for everything. As for fancy restaurants, they are pretty legit. Zola's is on my dinner date list, but it is pretty expensive. Where I usually like to hang out is Saint's cafe. Good coffee with good pastries. Costs for all this are the usual that I believe will be the same anywhere. We don't get too much of a student discount. You really have to search for a discount if you want to use one. There are plenty of convenience stores, but they are overpriced. The best places are further off campus in which a car or bus would be necessary.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't think the drug scene at Penn State is that bad, but it really just depends on who you surround yourself with because it can get pretty bad. I don't see a problem with peer pressure, just a whole lot of curious kids and friends with experience. In any college community, there is relatively easy access to drugs. Overall, the drug scene isn't bad, but alcohol is pretty prominent. The policy enforcement isn't the problem because there is a lot of that. It's just college.

4 College Junior

Local Area: When it comes to attractions, Penn State really only has Penn State. You see Old Main and a couple other old buildings or statues. Other than that, we only really have Mount Nittany and the town of Bellefonte. But at least there are a good number of activities provided. When you visit its two gyms: the White Building and Rec Hall, they provide basketball courts, volleyball courts, a track field, and the like. There are also the IM building for IM sports, a variety of clubs with multiple interests, and when the weather is nice a lot of people like to play frisbee on open grass. The cultural events are great. We have a world cultures week in the spring where a number of ethnic clubs host food-tasting events, put on shows, and etc. In terms of safety, I haven't heard of more than maybe three major incidents in my two attending the college and those were all injuries by personal fault. I do not think this is a place of murder or gun-violence of any sort, so I would say we are a pretty safe school. Sadly, shopping is pretty limited. The stores downtown are expensive and you'd need a car or money for the bus to get to places like Walmart or the Mall. And to make matters worse for shopaholics, Nittany mall doesn't have a wide selection of stores to choose from. Most people resort to online shopping around here. Oh, but the atmosphere and attitude towards students, now that is something that makes up for the other shortcomings. Penn State students have so much pride and enthusiasm. Attending football games are a must because only then will you understand what we are talking about when we should out, "WE ARE, PENN STATE." We also hold the biggest student-run philanthropy event in the world raising money to cure pediatric cancer and towards the end of each year we hold a 46-hour dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center. It is the most beautiful experience you can receive as a Penn State student. I am overall pretty happy to be part of this kind of college community.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: You have access to computers (Mac and PC) and printers all around campus. There is a computer lab in every commons building so you never have go out of your way to print things. These are never really closed and you find people working at all hours of the night. The computer labs have attendants during normal daytime hours so if you're having any problem with a printer or a program, you can ask them for help. Labs are clean and well kept. Computers are up to date and fast. I've never had a problem trying to find an open computer especially since a lot of people like to work on their own laptops. You get a printing allowance from fees you pay with tuition each semester so you don't really have to buy a printer for your room. It's really cheap to add printing pages to your account. I had my own printer and only used it once or twice. It's definitely possible to function without your own laptop. The library offers laptop and iPad rentals although I'm not sure of the time period. Owning a laptop just gives you the freedom to type papers in your own room or outside on a lawn, type out notes in class etc.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's an amazing variety in state college, just a few steps from campus. Not only can you get practically anything you want, but its cheap with student discounts. As for convenience, almost everywhere you eat is linked to the meal plan and can be easily bought at discount with just a swipe of your ID card.

4 College Junior

Weather: Snow. Lots and lots of snow. Even on the worst days of winter, classes are rarely canceled. No matter how bad the storm, the roads are completely cleared before the 8am classes begin. The weathers not too nice, but its hardly ever an issue.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Downtown State College has a lot of bars and clubs but you are not allowed in if you are under 21. But don't worry you'll find a party I promise.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You will find all sorts of girls at Penn State; girls who will wear mini skirts and 6 inch heals in the middle of winter and girls who are fine with wearing jeans at a party, either one is accepted. As for the boy most of them are very attractive but be carful of the jerks.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Penn State is an absolutely amazing place to meet people make new friends and memories that will last forever! Everyone is so friendly and the school spirit is unbelievable! The campus is beautiful and there is a cute little downtown.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into the Information Sciences and Technology major is very simple since it is a very broad major and therefore doesn't require many specific difficult subjects like math/science. Just be a personal and communicative person and you will do just fine.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Information Sciences and Technology major, I can acquire internships with consulting firms, information technology firms, companies like IBM, HP, etc. The pay is usually medium to high around $20 - $25 an hour and the responsibilities center around communication, network design, consulting, analysis, and time management.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I'm sorry for this, but off campus housing options were horrible!!! It's part of the reason I ended moving back home and switching campuses.

For almost $1100 a month not including utilities, I was having to share a room in a one bedroom apartment. We were about 20 minutes away, and the drive was so confusing for me. Plus, there weren't any close public transportation stops to where we were.

So I advise all out of state students looking to go to Brandywine that you have a car, and you get there before school starts so you can get a feel for the place.
And having a ton of money to burn would also help.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am dissatisfied with my program because it did not challenge me to improve my skills in Information Sciences and Technology. I would do it all over again if I could so that I could focus more on my studies and less on relaxation. I aspire to become an entrepreneur for software development and website design. I have concerns that I will not be able to find enough clients and/or a remote position.

5 College Junior

Administration: This is a funny subject, and I'll tell you way.

The campus I was initially attending didn't have on campus housing, but that didn't seem to make a difference in the strictness administrators talked about.
I think more than anything else, Penn State has some major reputation overhaul going on. So of course they're going to be strict about things. With the public looking at them under a microscope after all the bad publicity, they have to make sure students don't cause any more of a mess.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My major, Information Sciences & Technology, is a broad and encompassing major that involves psychology aspects, information technology aspects, social aspects, technical consulting, and many others. I enjoy it for the most part, but the undergraduate program was very simple and not challenging unfortunately.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty chill people, there are respectable, responsible people, but there are some rude and inconsiderate people too, but hey, its a big school.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Downtown is full of apartment buildings so you have your choice. Some can be a bit pricey, but if you look around you can get a good bargain. I live off campus and I have my own room and bathroom and I love it. Parking is a minor issue and you will have to pay extra to have access to a spot or garage.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many majors to choose from if you attend Penn State. We have multiple colleges on campus each with their own focus of study. Our Smeal College of Business is highly regarded among other business colleges and our Schyer's honors college is equally as regarded. Advisors help you decide which major is right or you and offer you ways to get more out of your stay at State with minors or even double majors!

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Almost every building has a computer with a printing station in it which you are entitled to use and you recieve 100 free prints as a student. There are mutliple computer labs throughout campus. You can go to the library, the hub, and pollock testing center for access to a full computer lab with pcs, macs, and scanners. They ar relatively fast and easy to use and print from. There is also wifi on campus for all student which works in all buildings and it is useful to have a computer to take notes and complete assignments with if you live off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: State College is near Altoona and within driving distance to both Philly and the Poconos. There are tons of restuarants to eat at. There are plenty of shopping outlets in the area for clothes and groceries. The cata bus system provides excellent transportation services both on campus and off. Beaver stadium is our beloved football stadium and on football weekends there is no place like it: food, friends, and football! Everywhere you go you can be sure to hear a we are chant! WE ARE! PENN STATE!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown State College has tons of dining options. Ther are both chain restaurants and small cafes and diners. RU Hungry is famous for their 'fat' sandwiches and Irvings is a qauint cafe with tons of options. The off campus food is suitable for all types of palets and tastes!

5 College Junior

Local Area: Everyone is extremely supportive of the school and all of the events and extracurricular activities! The shopping is great and teh community is very close-knit. It's a great place to be!

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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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