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Reviews 5188 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It can get expensive at times but it all depends where you go. There are many cheap options however if you're looking for a quick place to get bite or order out.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you live on campus you will literally not get a parking permit. This campus really only gives permits to commuters. If you want a car you have to pay a garage or a lot to park each month and it is very expensive. Parking is regulated daily and if you park illegally you will get a ticket.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: I think there are not enough computers on campus. I usually have to search for a computer or make sure I am there very early or I know that I will not get a computer. In order to attend this campus you need to have your own computer or else you will have a hard time finding a way to complete work.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life makes campus more fun. This chapters have many parties and the allow the students to have a real college experience. These people are viewed as the party people of the campus and people that you want to be friends with. There are many Greek housing options. Many of them are basically mansions and look very nice to live in.

1 College Junior

Weather: Oh my goodness the weather is pretty much horrid here. Its unpredictable. It hails and snows in late April, and almost every Halloween seems to be a snowstorm that results in over a foot of snow. It gets super super humid and hot in the late summer/early fall, and it gets super wet and cold in the winters. Classes are NEVER cancelled unless your professor is awesome and it snows almost every day from december-march ish. When its not snowing, its raining.

5 College Junior

Majors: As a Hotels Restaurants/Casino Management student, we have excellent resources and networking that helps you connect with prospective companies and employers. We have career fairs and recruiters that come on campus per week to give presentations and facilitate interviews. Summer internships with a hotel is often paid, $9-$10/hr, housing sometimes provided, excellent tourist locations such as Orlando, Florida, and a fun fun experience! Work is hard, probably 40 hours a week, 6 days a week, but you make great friends and a good resume booster.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Recently I have been a bit wary about the safety on campus. We often get the "PSU Alert Texts" that let us know when there is a threat on campus- which is pretty often in my opinion. There is always some "unidentified male in a black jacket" roaming around campus after threatening someone with a knife, or they put up posters of a sexual assaulter that assaulted a girl in one of the dorms, etc.. Its nice to know that our school is trying to give us alerts about things, but it does scare me to know that the police were not able to catch a rapist for weeks on hand.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Penn State is not large. Drinking was more popular, but recently, after the campus went entirely dry, the policies became stricter and it is much more difficult to get away with open drunkenness and underage drinking. The bars and clubs are stricter than those I have seen in elite bars of New York, and the police are prowling the streets every weekend night ready to catch any drunk youngster.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere is pretty good. People are nice. Academia are nice and the education is on par with most state schools.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus and there are people that go to each building to make sure they are locked and secure.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the guys are pretty cool if you get a chance to talk to them. The girls are cool too but most of the look the same, especially the sorority girls.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can be better but overall I think that the food is decent. There could be more of a variety and could also look better since whenever I look at the food it looks indecent, thats just me.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in penn state is good when its not snowing or really cold. an example of this is right now, the weather up here is cold and we're in APRIL. Also the weather always changes from being real nice to being really crappy in a short time.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is decent in Penn State except for the fact that everyone takes the bus and that the buses are always packed. Also they don't have enough buses to meet the demand of people trying to ride them.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few places but they can get pricey.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some places are just very expensive how do they expect so much from a broke college student. There's the apartment it self, prices for parking,utilities ,all on top of the normal college expenses.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The best thing about Penn State is it offers many degrees and co-op programs. The Career center offer events for students to meet different business representative for jobs and internships.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security on campus is pretty good. Whenever there is suspicion of anything, the campus would notified all student to take caution and try to fix things up as soon as possible. Police and safety service are always on top of things, so there is no such thing as late arrival.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Penn State's campus life is like going on an expedition. You travel around exploring wonderful things, such as: art galleries, clubs/organizations, and so much more. Not to mention, Penn State provides a place for its student to study, eat and socialize. Penn State is not just a school, it is home to thousands of students, staff, and alumnus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The main campus is woefully monochromatic, it was actually pretty disappointing. I wish there were some variety in the people that attended the school.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The varsity sports teams routinely get away with crimes that other students would be expelled and or incarcerated for.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It rained and snowed an awful lot, but when it was good it was good.

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.


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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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