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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors usually want their students to succeed, so talk to them and do the work.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State has connections practically everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great because you're in the middle of everything and there's usually always something to do.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life is centered in South when it comes to females, but the males have Frat Row.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facilities are great and, with a gym membership, there is so much available to you.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is a great school. There are many resources, but like any other school, it's easy to get lost in those feelings of freedom.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: At least one sexual assault almost every weekend. Lock your doors at night and don't drink yourself senseless.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have enjoyed the majority of my courses thus far. I have not experienced any particularly hateable professors or unfair grading.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Supposedly pretty good. Huge alumni network and active career center.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in South, in a small room for the money, in a very old building. At least they renovated the bathrooms, which are super nice now. Have not yet had a social floor.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Didn't want to go here; chose it over Pitt for Schreyer. Education has been fine but I'm fairly miserable.

5 College Senior

Academics: Penn State's academics are great. I always feel challenged but the work is manageable. There are amazing resources around campus and off campus such as TA's, LA's, Lion tutors and more. My advisor really helped me with deciding a major and will always answer any questions I have.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: The health center is pretty good except scheduling an appointment is a nightmare if there is an illness going around. However, there are amazing walk-in places around State College.

I have never felt unsafe late at night. The university and State College police are great.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Penn State offers a ton of different majors and minors. You will definitely be able to find your place here, academically speaking. It also is so easy to be involved with research. Some cons are that class days and times often suck, professors sometimes care more about research than teaching, and you might not enjoy huge class sizes.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: For business students, the internship and job fairs are amazing. I sometimes wish there were more internship/job recruiting events for students in the HHD college.

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Pollock and East are both horrible. You get no personal space, share a bathroom with 40 people, and you never feel like your room is clean. Once you get out of the dorms anywhere else you live will seem like paradise. West and South have some improvement but the new dorms in South are waaaay nicer.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: For guys, it seems like you must be in a fraternity to have a social life. For girls, you can get into parties without being in a sorority. Freshman year this seems like a big deal but by sophomore year everyone has apartment parties. Although I do have a lot of friends in sororities and fraternities, the tier system bothers me.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Nothing beats Saturdays in Beaver Stadium. (The chicken baskets are amazing too). I really respect the athletes and what they do for the school but I feel like the athletes are glorified somewhat. They even all received free iPads my freshman year.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: As an out of state student, the beginning was a bit overwhelming because I did not know many people at such a large school. By my second semester, I fell in love with Penn State. My professors are great, I always get help when needed, and I've made lifelong friends. The downtown area is amazing and almost feels like a small city. Going to football games and other sporting events, even if you're not a fan, gives the school a huge sense of community. My only complaint is housing. On and off campus housing is hard to get, you have to sign a contract a year in advanced, and it is so expensive for what little you get.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: met some really nice guys and girls but there are some really rude and disrespectful over privileged kids involved in it.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: the town is a bit too small, would not choose this school again

4 College Senior

Athletics: Sports mean everything to penn state. the money they bring in from sports helps the university and town.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are often complaints of sexual assaults, especially on weekends. But I nor my friends have ever had to experience it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State puts great emphasis on working towards getting a job when you graduate. They genuinely want to you to do well so that you can do well later in life

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I wouldn't want to live anywhere else other than Pollock.

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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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