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3 College Junior

Majors: The process getting into the Biology major is easy, take your entrance to major classes and have the minimum GPA and you are pretty much good to go. However, the advising department is not the most helpful and often you can feel as if you are just another number within this major due to the large number of students enrolled.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are pretty good at Penn State. So far the classes have been just to ween out the dumb freshmen, but eventually they get harder and you start learning actually applicable stuff for your life and career.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Fairly accessible. Though really everyone has a laptop now adays so there is really little need for actual computers.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are looking to party illegally, this is the place for you. I personally got all my partying done in the first semester and it has since lost its appeal. Yet you can count on every weekend seeing people out and about on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness on campus is very low, if at all. Kids get away with way more than they should, which almost makes them do even more (i.e. not flushing the toilets leads to leaving baby powder all over the floors of the bathroom, graffiti in the elevators leads to students filling the elevator with newspaper (really happened) etc.)

1 College Freshman

Administration: They are very strict about drinking on campus so everything is either in the Frats or in apartments

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a lot of variety and the food is pretty good. It does get very crowded and there can be long lines during the peek hours.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly Chinese,Korean,Japanese students along with few south asian students.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There is a stringent policy in place here, especially regarding underage drinking. However, very few people are caught or reprimanded for this. As far as academic integrity, the campus is very strict. It would be ill advised to attempt cheating here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many people of different races and ethnicities and religions here at Penn State and there are many ways for everyone to get involved in some sort of extracurricular that would be of interest to that specific person. However, in terms of percentages, there is definitely an overwhelming majority of white people at Penn State.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: If you like getting belligerently drunk, this is the place for you! If not, choose your housing carefully. Try to avoid big apartment buildings

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's such a wide variety of people at penn state that it's really easy to find somewhere to fit in if you want to. Most people are friendly and open if you are. I've found that there are much more judgmental girls than guys and it's easier for me, as a female, to have a lot of platonic male friendships. People in your classes are generally friendly and helpful and if you want to find someone to study with it's easy. I came into Penn State already in a long term relationship, which is out of the normal for most students, and I've never had any problems with people disrespecting that.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State is an amazing school academically. As a premedicine major I've taken a lot of difficult science classes so far and almost every professor I've had has been enthusiastic, engaging and well informed. There are tons of free and paid resources for getting help including guided study groups, penn state tutors, learning assistants, office hours, teaching assistants, review sessions, etc. Workload varies wildly by course but I've never felt like it was more than I could handle. Generally, the more credits you have the earlier you get to schedule which means you're likely to get into the classes you want at the times you want. If you have any AP credits I recommend getting them transferred, which is an easy process, so you get an early class registration date.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I really can't afford Penn State on my own, even as an in-state student. Thankfully I've been awarded many scholarships and grants through the university that I didn't even have to apply for! Also in my freshman spring semester I was having a really hard time finishing off my tuition payment and the university gave me a loan without any hassle at all.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never been a victim of or witnessed any serious crime at PSU. It feels incredibly safe even walking around downtown at night. On campus at every corner there's a "blue light" where you can call the police if you feel unsafe and they will escort you.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing process is incredibly easy to figure out and if you have any questions there are a lot of people willing to help any time you need it. East dorms are incredibly small and old but the environment there is great. You get to meet a lot of awesome people and there's always something going on. The cost of housing really isn't bad in my opinon and it's generally cheaper than living downtown. Pollock dining is delicious and the pollock dorms are pretty nice. If you can live somewhere other than east, especially in North, you'll have more space and better amenities but you'll be further away from all the other freshmen.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Once again I'm online at Penn State, but in each incident of living off campus dining was good quite a few places to choose from.

3 College Senior

Transportation: I am no longer on campus or at the commuter campus. I take classes online. As far as commuting the transportation was convenient. Living on campus you needed a car.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is expensive especially if you want to live close to campus, but Penn State does a good job helping students find a place to live.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Smeal College of Business provides immense opportunities for students. With so many alumni and prestigous faculty, it is easier to find internships and obtain full time jobs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Lots of different places to go to. I never really feel bored because of the many opportunities for meeting others, activities, clubs, things to do downtown,etc.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Cata bus makes it very easy to get around both campus quickly as well as the surrounding area. You really do not need a car!

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Penn State has quite the campus. With plenty of things to do and tons of resources (both from professors, research labs, 2 central libraries and plenty major-specific libraries), Penn State gives opportunities like no other and for that is an amazing university

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: State College, Pennsylvania was just rated one of the safest cities in the US. There is a strong police presence and the dorm security is great!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living in west halls is probably the best on campus living. The food is great and the rooms are fairly spacious. However the housing contract process is a bit annoying following freshman year.

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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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