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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have online classes and can eat wherever I want. However main campus is known for great eateries and a great local community surrounding the school

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is very strict with enforcing rules and making sure they are being followed. The police are very strict with underage drinking especially. There numerous numbers of underages being handed out every year and the festivities throughout the year, like "State Patty's Day" don't help to bring that number down. The school is also very very strict with the honor code of conduct, if you are caught cheated there is a very good chance of you being expelled from the university.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major. Penn State world campus is flexible and offers online courses as well as online honor societies, and a Psychology Club. The teachers find very inventive ways to make the online classes as interactive as possible.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't think the drug scene is very big, but just walking around you can smell pot from some of the dorm rooms. Drinking is more prevalent, but it is more common off campus. I was never pressured into either even though I know a few people that partake in those activities.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. There are also emergency boxes throughout campus that you can use to call police if necessary. The only way to get into a residence hall is to swipe your student id (you are also only allowed access to the residence hall you live in) or hope someone else holds the door open for you when they swipe in.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love absolutely everything about my school. It is so big and so are the possibilities. I'm starting my sophomore year soon and already I have been a part of THON, a Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, also the largest student run organization in the world. I have joined a business club in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State and become an executive member. My school has just about everything you are looking for, from starting your own club to providing you help to get an internship with some of the largest companies on the east coast.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on having an internship. I believe the Psychology department requires one. Internships are very important to gain real world experience, and an invaluable networking opportunity for those in school.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Penn State challenges you to get into the major that you want but it is quite do-able. The GPA requirements push you to excell without putting too much stress on the student.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys at Penn State are great! They always want to have a good time and you can find guy-friends from any stereotype you could think of!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I absolutely love Penn State football, whats not to love! The student section is like living in another world and the energy is insane. One of the main reasons I went to Penn State is for big football games, and they did not dissapoint.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the sit-down resturants are more pricey, especially for a college student however all of the fast food restuarants you could want plus some State College specials are all reasonably priced.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the professors I have had are competent and really knowledgable in their subject. I love how registration is all online, so it is very easy and convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I just switched to psychology, so next semester will actually be my first time experiencing the opportunities for this major. Although as a previous intended accounting major I can say that the curriculum is challenging in order to prepare you. The opportunities for internships are endless.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have bus shuttles that take you across campus and downtown, which is very convenient because campus is huge and it can take a while to get from class to class. As for the buses that venture away from campus, I am satisfy as there are buses to pretty much all the places that matter.

2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I enjoyed the major however job placement is on the low end.

3 College Senior

Transportation: There are several ways to get to where you're going! A lot of students are friendly and willing to give you a ride, but there are also city buses, cabs and an airport..

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: All of the dorms I've seen are clean and appear to be safe with plenty of lighting inside and out. The students are very friendly and there's plenty of interesting places to check out. I'd say value-wise, it's a good deal, but I hope to be moving soon. The football season will bring a lot of parties and noise, and I need silence when I study. I love the surroundings: traditional gothic-style college architecture and huge trees!

5 College Junior

Majors: I love this program! Very flexible and fun! Where else do you get to make movies for class credit?

4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into the Film and Video Production Major is relatively easy as long as you take the prerequisite classes. There is a portfolio requirement, but you simply attach a creative work that you've done in your prerequisite classes and an essay or two.

4 College Junior

Majors: As a film major, there are so many opportunities for internships. Media companies are constantly looking for interns because media is a huge part of the way people interact today. Finding an internship is not difficult at all.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm a Film and Video Production major. This major is fun, but it is very time- consuming with editing and filming. There a lot of great professors that really encourage you to grow as an artist with a specific style and vision. The Alumni network and Penn State's reputation really enables students to get jobs right out of the Major.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Penn State Main is a beautiful campus with top-notch buildings and facilities. It offers a plethora of student activities while upholding the greatest school spirit. The athletics are exceptional, and the student section was voted among the top in the nation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Meal plans at Penn State are efficient and convenient. The food is always of good quality, and there is always a wide variety to choose from.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Attending school has been a financial struggle for my family. Local scholarships do not provide enough funds to cover a state school costs, and it is difficult to be awarded financial aid from a big school like Penn State.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The student body is one of great unity and pride at Penn State. Students are spirited and uphold the tradition and prestige of the university.


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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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