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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is decent in Penn State except for the fact that everyone takes the bus and that the buses are always packed. Also they don't have enough buses to meet the demand of people trying to ride them.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few places but they can get pricey.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some places are just very expensive how do they expect so much from a broke college student. There's the apartment it self, prices for parking,utilities ,all on top of the normal college expenses.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The best thing about Penn State is it offers many degrees and co-op programs. The Career center offer events for students to meet different business representative for jobs and internships.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security on campus is pretty good. Whenever there is suspicion of anything, the campus would notified all student to take caution and try to fix things up as soon as possible. Police and safety service are always on top of things, so there is no such thing as late arrival.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Penn State's campus life is like going on an expedition. You travel around exploring wonderful things, such as: art galleries, clubs/organizations, and so much more. Not to mention, Penn State provides a place for its student to study, eat and socialize. Penn State is not just a school, it is home to thousands of students, staff, and alumnus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The main campus is woefully monochromatic, it was actually pretty disappointing. I wish there were some variety in the people that attended the school.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The varsity sports teams routinely get away with crimes that other students would be expelled and or incarcerated for.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It rained and snowed an awful lot, but when it was good it was good.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: There is so much to do for under and over 21 students that it rarely gets boring! Super easy to get back to your apartment or dorm too.

3 College Freshman

Technology: It can be difficult to find an available computer, but there are both Macs and PCs, and even service showing which kind of and where computers are available.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is extremely popular. I would say a majority of students by Junior year choose off campus housing. As a sophomore I will be living in an off campus apartment. There are a variety of conveniently located apartments, run by extremely helpful businesses, as well as local homes for rent.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There really is a major for everyone, including me

4 College Freshman

Academics: RPTM is an upcoming major, emphasizing internships

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many people from all over the country who come and go to school at Penn State. I am happy to admit I have made friends with people who are from Saudi Arabia, and Greece which is something coming into Penn State I wouldn't have ever thought I would do.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Penn State gives very poor amounts of financial aid, and makes it very hard for students to feel like anything other than a number.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a variety of places to go to eat and many different options.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a variety of people on campus. Penn State seems to accept all.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For a big campus like Penn State I never thought I would feel this safe. Good service was proven to me last week when a person got sick in class and help arrived within 2 minutes. It was great knowing that if I ever have a health problem there will be help almost immediately.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's mostly fast food, but they have a lot of options: Subway, Quiznos, McDonald's, Taco Bell, etc. There is nothing better than being downtown late at night. Everyone is drunk and friendly.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's tons of choices on both college ave and beaver ave. From fast food to sit down dining, there's something for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Penn State, i mean it's the largest greek system in the country for a reason. The parties and socials are super fun and it's a great way to meet tons of people

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is excellent at Penn State. Buses run conveniently all the time at many hours of the night around campus and to numerous locations around town. The buses that travel around campus are free to all and the local buses are set to a reasonable price where its no more than $1.75. Long distance transportation is very popular on campus for when students want to go home and its very convenient to have one right across from campus and another less than 10 minutes away.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life at Penn State is well known, but its not the main attraction. Being apart of Greek life does not have an affect of how people treat one another. Greek and non- Greek students mesh well with one another and are not outcasted by the other due to status. There are many Greek housing for sororities on campus and fraternities outside of campus.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: The atmosphere in state college is very warm welcoming and it is very school spirited.


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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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