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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Of course there are gross communal bathrooms but that just comes with being on a fairly large campus. After the initial awkward moments, you will come to have some sort of bond with a few of the people on your floor. Applying for housing is straightforward and it is rare for you not to get on campus housing if you apply by the designated days.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police wonder around campus. You can see them regularly. They also have a number to call in case you ever need them. Many RA's have the students on their floor create a buddy system in order to stay safe. Their are locked doors at every residence hall and you can only swipe in if you live on that floor.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have only lived on campus so far. I have a few people trying to live off campus but they have not moved in yet.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had any internship opportunities so far because I am still a freshman. Many of the internships are available for sophmores and up.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are hidden scholarships offered by Penn State. Do not be afraid to dig for them. They are here for us to afford this great university.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: This is a college town so many of the people who live downtown are students and a few faculty members. There are so many things to do, from eating to fitness. People are always walking around. There is always someone walking around looking to have some fun.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a variety of off-campus dining options. Whether you are looking for a quick burger or a sit down dinner. The establishments are clean and the food is great. Many are open late on the weekends and offer deliver.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many alumni and connections that this school has!

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is never a night at this school where you can't find a party or a group of people drinking.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's close by and there are an so many options to choose from!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The on-campus living provides a great social atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a finance major and all the internships and opportunities this school provides is certainly an advantage.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big and a great way to get involved and make life-long friends!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: You will not find as much pride for sports as this school has.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They are only strict because, they care about the well-being of their students.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have a problem with financial aid in this school because they only provide a lot of aid to students who desperately need it, other than that, you will not get any or barely.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are many things to do on and off campus. There are many stores, clubs/recreation and people to engage with.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing isn't amazing, but it gets the job done.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Can pretty much always find something.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Seems like they always care about students.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports @ PSU are a huge part of the culture.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sporting events were very popular.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Penn State was very helpful with answering my questions.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love the town but the campus is a little far away and I have to drive everywhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Nothing is perfect. I'm sure the administration should have done differently during the Jerry Sandusky years!

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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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