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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Just apply for as many scholarships as you can. This is not a cheap school by any means; it doesn't matter if you are in-state out of state, or international. It costs a lot, but it is totally worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: East food is probably the worst. Very boring. Pollock has the best atmosphere and Redifer has the largest variety. The HUB has the best stuff period, but since it is all Panda Express/Jamba Juice/Starbucks you don't get a discount so a cup of coffee or a smoothie is potentially the same price as your dinner. It's easy to get super bored of the food but I would suggest that you don't eat at the same place every day. Even if you live in East you should eat in other places like Pollock or West. It keeps you from getting bored.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although East Halls are not as conveniently located as the other dorms, the on-campus living at Penn State is still pretty great. The buildings are all spread out, there is always something to do, and people are generally nice. If you have the option to go into somewhere other than East Halls I would say go for it. The other dorms are much closer to classes and it's nice to not be surrounded by freshmen 24/7.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very big on campus. Since kids under 21 can't get into bars, frats/sororities run the social scene. Greeks are seen as a negative by non-greeks but most of them base their opinions on generalizations and rumors. Housing is based in the south dorms, where each sorority gets a designated floor in the renovated dorms.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of Penn State culture. Varsity football and hockey season tickets regularly sell out in minutes for students. Tailgates for football games are a must and the stands are almost always packed 107k strong. Varsity athletes are treated with the best facilities and attire.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is so worth it! The added freedom and living with your closest friends is so worth the tiny increase of price compared to living on campus another year. Although the process is complicated and spots go quickly, if you are on top of things and plan early enough, things will work out in your favor.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is the best. There is basically everything you could think of. There's chains and even little restaurants you haven't even heard of before. From favorites like McDonalds and Taco Bell, to salad places like Fiddlehead, italian places like Rotellis, Primanti Bros, and multiple chinese, thai, and japanese restaurants to choose from.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have found a place to live off campus next year very easily. My apartment is called Beaver Hill Apartments and it is a little expensive but in a very great location. The apartment is right in between the frats and campus. It also is right next to public transportation stop.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options off campus. Their hours of availability are perfect for the average student as well. I can always find a place to stop and eat or to relax and study when needed. The costs can be expensive depending on where you go, but the value is usually fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The campus police takes care of the necessary topics. They are very strict when it comes to drugs and alcohol. They do not allow students to drink alcohol on campus either. However, most RA's are very lenient about it. As long as you are not too obvious or loud about it they will not bother you.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Honestly, how strict the administration is depends on if you get caught. This mostly depends on how strict your RA is. Usually most of them are pretty lenient and will let you off with a warning, but usually they have to write you up for drugs/alcohol.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The party scene at Penn State is the best around. There is plenty of options for people to choose from. Whether you are in the mood to rage at a frat or to relax and drink at the bar, there is always an option for you. I believe the party scene actually has a positive impact on students because it allows them to get their stress out from school work. It also gets them ready for the real world by allowing them to interact with other students of all types.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: At PSU there is always a party. In order to go out to the bars, you must be 21 because they're really strict on using fake ID's here. You can never go wrong with frat parties. Here, people will never turn down a weeklong or a daylong.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I did not need to apply for financial aid because my family did not qualify for it. However, I have only heard positive opinions on the matter.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I eat at the East Halls most often. I usually only make a salad because I do not like the actual food that they serve. I think there is too much salt in everything that they cook. I like to spend my meal points at the salad places at the HUB and at good to go. There is definitely enough variety of food options on campus. The only issue is the quality and healthiness of the food. I think it is important to serve food that is healthy for the students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is good depending where you go and what you want to spend money on. Your cheapest is going to be at the dining halls, but those tend to have less than average options. Redifer has the best options because it is a-la-carte. The hub has the best food options because they have a variety of food chains, but you don't really get food discounts there so it gets very costly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus is beneficial because the dorms are close to the educational buildings. Personally, I live in East Halls which is right next to one of the larger gyms. I am also very close to the football, softball, and soccer fields. Attending any sports event is very convenient for me. I also like living on campus because I am surrounded by other students that are taking the same classes as me. The social aspect of the dorms is great because I can simply walk to the door next to me and be with friends. One of the less beneficial aspects of campus housing is that I do not have a kitchen. Therefore, I have to eat the food served by the school. This food is not always great and I do not always like what they have to serve. The dorms do however provide a refrigerator and microwave for us. This is convenient to store refreshments and snacks if I want.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I recommend living on campus at least freshman year. The dorms are small but there is room for storage under the beds and in drawers in the closets. The best parts include the social atmosphere and living with other freshman. The worst parts include living so far away from classes and the size of the rooms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at the cafe is bad most of the time, the only thing i enjoy is breakfast. The omelets are the best!!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its interesting, you get to meet new people and everybody helps each other in someway.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: I haven't been their yet but look at it is amazing

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are realty companies logos and information on almost every website ad, newspaper, bus, or taxi in town. Therefore, finding an off-campus place to live is never an impossible thing to do. The prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of options to choose from. There are a lot of buildings that were built from the 1960's on up which are kept up to date as much as possible.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain restaurants in State College. There are also a lot of great restaurants that originated in State College (The Corner Room, The Waffle Shop, etc.) Most places are very reasonably priced and delivery is an option almost everywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Some colleges within Penn State are way more strict about the honor code than others, (Smeal) because they want their degree to be worth more to us in the outside world. The parking enforcement could ease up on their rules a little bit, a lot of them are rude and very impatient. Other than that, Penn State has a decent level of strictness in other aspects.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State is extremely well known for its party scene. A lot of the parties are fun, if that's what you're into. Most of the students party at fraternities, houses, and apartments. There is essentially a party to be found anywhere Thursday night through sometimes Sunday night. 85% of the parties are safe and fun to be at, but some have those people who just can't handle themselves very well and that's when stupid and unsafe situations occur.

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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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