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Reviews 5143 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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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3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live off campus and get there early enough it is fine, if you don't have morning classes it can be a bit more difficult and require you to leave a bit extra time to hunt for a spot. If you live on campus parking is a bit further away but i don't really feel like it is totally necessary. There is a bus system in place which makes it possible not not have a car

1 College Junior

Weather: It snows A LOT. One minute the sun is shining brightly, the next minute it's a blizzard and when I say the "next minute" I mean the next minute. But the campus is beautiful no matter the weather

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of guys: city boys, ravers, rednecks, and lots of good ol' country boys, too. The girls are pretty much just Jersey girls. They are incredibly hot, for the most part. If you aren't from around here, it'll take a little while to get used to the accent.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: College does not provide financial aid for middle income families. They really need to work on this. I and my friends are taking out such big loans. FOr a college that has alot of alumni financial support, they need to have more scholarships or opportunities for middle income families.

Financial aid is the worst

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The community supports the school. It is just at the mall the business workers give attitudes to foreign students. The town needs these students. Without the college, their income would suffer.

For a diverse college, the community needs to be aware that their shoppers will be from many ethnic backgrounds.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have had a problem with someone from the community taking a knife and hurting people. The school alerts us. Alot of drinking at night. Use cabs to get you home. Do not take public transportation.

Stay with a group.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Generally, the campus isn't that strict on most things. However, underage drinking in is a big problem here and the police are quick to crack down on it. Honestly, if you can avoid drinking until you're twenty-one, it will save you a lot of headaches

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Usually, its difficult for people to receive financial aid unless they have amazing grades coming in or their family is very low in income. Most of the people I know here only received loan offers; grants and scholarships are comparatively rare unless one goes for big ones that are program specific, like engineering.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a huge amount of different races and religions at PSU. I've met people from the U.K., Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, India, and more, the most numerous of these being Chinese. A lot of people come here from China, and its awesome to experience so many people from a place unlike our own.

Groups on campus are easy to come by. We have numerous groups dedicated to sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, and hobbies. If you can think of a club, we probably have it! Heck, I saw a poster for a club yesterday that was specifically for Gay gamers (cleverly referred to as "Gaymers").

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food id good around campus but epensive. We eat with friends who cook dinner.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: College town. Everything you need is on campus. Housing is expensive and hard to get.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: it can be cold, I do not have a car and walk everywhere or stand to wait for busses. A down coat is a must. classes are not cancelled

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: My social life revolves around frat and sorority life - love it. I have friends not in greek life- they are involved with Thon (a frat in its own)- all are happy

5 College Sophomore

Technology: fine- when my printer broke- I was able to print- my dorm is by the computer lab- no problems

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: love the social life related around the frats and sororities

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty present on campus and yet, it isn't a big deal if you aren't in a frat or sorority.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is very diverse here at PSU. There are 40,000 students from all over the United States and all over the world. Even so, I see white people 85% of the time. If I do see another racial group, they tend to hang out with each other. I have never encountered anyone who is not tolerant of someone from another race, which is good.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Depending on the time of day, it may be hard or easy to find a parking spot.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is quite big on athletics. Many know Penn State for our football games which are amazing. We have so many hardworking, determined players.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Very clean, good environment and easy to get to other places.

3 College Junior

Majors: If I could do it over again, I would take all my credits from Penn State. Since this is a Psychology degree and only a Bachelors, the career opportunities are limited. I plan to attend Graduate school to increase my career chances.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options of restaurants here at State College. There is plenty of pizza, fast food, Indian and Asian restaurants. There are sit down restaurants and places where you can grab food and go. There are a huge variety of dessert options as well including the famous Berkey Creamery on campus and downtown options including Kiwi yogurt, Rita's and Campus Candy. Prices are generally reasonable and every month certain places give special discounts to students.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty expensive at Penn State, but there's almost always somewhere to park except for move-in days and huge game days. You definitely don't need a car if you're living on campus or downtown, everything is a short walk or bus ride away.


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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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