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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.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are many different types of people and you are sure to find a group that you mesh well with. Taking classes that interest you will help you find people with similar interests! I met my boyfriend in a General Education Science class.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather is bipolar. It snows a lot and classes never get cancelled, so make sure you have snow boots!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is decent however it is rather expensive. The university discourages people who live on campus from having cars and parking permits can be difficult to acquire. But if you really have to have a car, you most certainly can. You definitely don't need a car though. The public transportation system is excellent and campus and town are very walkable.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you're into partying, drinking, and otherwise being irresponsible, then Penn State is your place. There are parties every night and there is always a place to go drink. Transportation is simple with the CATA buses or just walking into town, which is right next to campus. But just because there is a ton of partying doesn't mean it's the only thing to do. The university does a good job of having on campus activities for people not interested in binging on booze.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big issue here. Drinking, however, is and almost everyone does it. The university does it's best to prevent it, alcohol is banned on campus whether you are of age or not. But people drink all the time and town on almost any night is full of drunk people and loud intoxicated people. It's not intrusive on the education but it does put a damper on the social scene if you're not into the binge drinking thing.

2 College Freshman

Weather: In the spring and summer (when it isn't raining) it is beautiful. The weather is very on and off. It is raining or snowing or it is beautiful. It definitely is a school that has seasons.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoyed my program, I went onto a doctorate program that PSU didn't offer. I felt i was fairly prepared with the information that I learned. I was an animal bioscience major which is now no longer offered and termed veterinary biomedical sciences.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I love the nightlife but I also didn't go to school there while I was under 21. There are plenty of bars for a wide variety of places to attend. There are a few options for under 21 though I don't know the details on them, But there a place for everyone

3 College Freshman

Technology: They are usually fairly crowded especially during exam time. But the wait time is minimal and usually able to get in and out.

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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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