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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: All-in-all, off-campus dining is pretty good at Penn State. Deliveries can take a long time, especially on the weekends. There are a number of good local restaurants such as Rotelli's, Otto's Pub, Faccia Luna, Mad Mex, and Kelly's Steakhouse. is the best place to find student discounts and order food online. Also, has an extensive list of local restaurants and eateries. Oh, and if you're a college student in the Penn State Area on a Friday or Saturday night, stop by Canyon Pizza on Beaver Ave.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a very wide variety of places to eat off campus. It is convenient because the downtown is very close, and many places are also open very late at night for those nights when you may being pulling off an all-nighter to study for an exam, or you just happen to be hungry after a long night of partying. Also, you can usually have the food delivered to you from many off-campus hotspots via a website called This is also very convenient. There are many places that are friendly to the college-students small budget, such as Dunkin Donuts and Canyon Pizza, which sells for a dollar a slice. It's hard to get bored with the off-campus food because there are just so many options.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Penn State's Interfraternity Council sponsors the largest student-run philanthropy event in the world, known as THON. Each year, thousands of students from the university raise awareness and money in the battle against pediatric cancer. The funds that are raised go to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. In 2013, THON raised more than 12 million dollars FTK (For The Kids). In addition, this year's total helped push THON's overall total to more than 100 million. Without greek life at Penn State, none of this would be possible. PSU's fraternities and sororities are defined by THON and what it stands for.

5 College Junior

Majors: Being a psych major is a fun challenge. Every class is master-able, it just takes practice and passion.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at Penn State, but a great deal of it is personal responsibility for yourself, which takes a while to develop, if ever. Be smart, stay safe.

5 College Junior

Majors: As a psych major, a typical internship would be joining a research lab and participating in data collection, analysis, idea innovation, and creative and scientific projects. I am a research assistant because to get into PhD programs after graduation, research is something that is sought after on a CV, along with positive recommendations, which one can get from the professor they research under, and a high GPA.

3 College Junior

Weather: Isn't is more important whether there's weather or not, than what the weather is? Everything you see is based on your own perspective. To some, the rain messes up your hair and makes the roads too slippery to drive on, but to others, rain is a sustenance and way of survival.

5 College Junior

Transportation: There is no shortage of transportation here. There are CATA busses available to all surrounding areas, and there are campus shuttles all the time. The taxis service is reliable too.

4 College Junior

Technology: There is a variety of computers and computer labs here. There are everything from PCs to Apple computers and they are all over campus. The computers I have used usually always work and there is sometimes a printer nearby. The only drawback is that you will want to have your own computer around finals and midterms because the computers are hard to get to around these times.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports at my school are very popular especially football. EVERYONE attends the football games. They dress up in football gear and act like fools. Funny though. All the sports involve a HUGE turnout at all events. And to my surprise the student go to the away games too. So YES, all athletics at my school involve, team performance and a huge fan support. The school spirit is awesome. We have a beautiful stadium and excellent community involvement.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are challenging and interactive. A lot of professors have you do things outside of class, such as attend events or host discussions. However, it's all beneficial.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's lots of boys to choose from here! Because this campus is so big, people have to walk really far. That results in a slimmer, fitter campus, which is easy on the eyes!

4 College Junior

Majors: They have everything that I need and more to finish my BS.

5 College Junior

Academics: They have a varied inventory of classes available to take. Many professors have their own experience to draw on these days which makes learning at times quote pleasurable and funny to hear some of the stories they have to pass on.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Admission to my program (Classics) was pretty straightforward. The only problem I encountered was that I wanted to do the Archaeology option, but couldn't afford the mandatory field school overseas, so had to take the General Classics option.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I loved my major (Classics) and minors (History and Anthropology), and Penn State has great programs in all 3 areas. If I could do it over, I would double major in Classics & something more practical, like business, as finding a job has proved impossible. I'm going to grad school to continue in either Art History or History, but without advanced degrees it's not easy to be employed.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Everyone on and off-campus takes LionCash, and there are a ton of places to eat on-campus that take meal plan points. West Commons and Redifer are the best to eat if you like a sit-down meal, the HUB has a ton of fast food options, and West Wing is great for a quick bite or a wrap.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did an internship in the form of a research project with a professor in my major. It was every day, for a total of 6 hours weekly. It was intimidating at first, but once I got the hang of things it was fun to actually be doing what I was going to school to learn.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Great professors, study abroad opportunities, and internships!

4 College Student

Greek Life: state college definitely has a drinking culture. theres no doubt about it and really no way to avoid it if you want to be really socially active on the weekends (or weekdays as well if you go greek [a great option here!]). So basically most people do drink, and you will find that the biggest weekend events are going out and partying at apartments (for non-greeks) or the fraternities (if you are a guy you must be in a frat and if youre a girl you can get in without being in a sorority but youve typically got to know a brother). There are also many concerts to attend in State College which are a whole lot of fun and make a good break from the usual partyscene.

TL;DR: Partying is big here. Go greek if youre a dude. There are other options as well, but going out and drinking is the norm

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is difficult and on campus parking is expensive. off campus works one of two ways, rent from a private person or get a 10 dollar pass from the state college parking authority. otherwise you'll be paying at least 200 a semester

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is always a party to go to, if your 21 theres never an issue and if your 18 then make friends at the weekend parties and you will get invited to non-weekend related parties.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you know people that drink a lot chances are you will eventually see drugs, but they aren't that prevalent.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, but from what I know, there are a lot of places to live. some of the apartments are a bit away from campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in the dining halls is okay, but it gets boring. The dining hall for my dorm is closed on Friday nights and not open at all on Saturdays. That is a bummer.


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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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