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4 College Freshman

Majors: Engineering majors are awesome at Penn State!!!!
However, the business majors are not as good as the other colleges.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: There are always things going on at penn state! Sometimes it can help to know people who live on and off campus if you would like to find a party. Most of the time it is easy to find something to do though. There are a lot of great clubs and bars. A lot of fraternities will charge a cover and allow anyone in.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a good amount of student aid but had to take loans for the most part. Would've liked to have been able to receive more scholarship/grant money however. All around, the financial aid representatives were very helpful and friendly.
When trying to call the student aid office during the summer, I sometimes had to wait on hold with a student aid rep for at least an hour, which was an inconvenience at times.

5 College Junior

Transportation: I Have used the buses at school a good amount the time. The free loops around campus are especially nice and cover a good part of the campus. The loops run late into the night as well so they are very useful for from one side of campus to the other

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I never used it but others around me trust it so its fair to say its working and no one is complaining

4 College Senior

Technology: There are a lot of labs on campus, but it is difficult to find open labs. Most are reserved throughout the day for classes. It can be hard to accomplish work if you need a computer for more than a half hour or so at a time. Also, could be more Mac labs around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life at Penn State is fairly large, making up over 15% of all students. The fraternities have nice mansions near downtown State College, however, the sororities have only one floor in the dorms in which only some of them live. They have a suite with a living area and a kitchen, but other than that they are forced to reside on campus if they are all living together. The Greeks tend to be more involved in other campus activities, as well as make up the majority of students in the business school. They also run a large part of THON, which is a 46-hour dance marathon that raises money for children with pediatric cancer. They do a great job raising money for that, as well as other community service events. The Greeks are also more into partying, however, they focus on academics a lot too. Overall, the Greeks can be annoying with their self-entitlements, but they do a lot for the community and University.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather at Penn State is somewhat rough. The initial weeks in the fall are warm, similar to the end of summer. The temperature tends to drop quickly in the fall semester, and the sun usually stays behind the clouds as well. The winters are miserable as the snowfall and amount of ice on the ground is slightly dangerous and makes it hard to want to attend class. The beginning of the spring semester is fair, however, tends to be exactly like the end of the fall semester in regards to the snow and low temperatures. The springtime at Penn State is beautiful, although it gets warm very close to the end of school. The campus is illuminated in the spring sun and everyone comes out to be active, making it a wonderful place to be.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are extraordinary. In downtown State College there is a plethora of restaurants, fast-food, and convenient places to eat. The great variety includes many multicultural and healthy options, as well as the classic American food we are used to. Costs vary on the type of food in which the restaurant sells. There are many cheap, fair, and high priced places, even though in general eating off campus tends to be more expensive. Even on the outskirts of town are many restaurants and food choices for those who live farther away from campus. This is why the off-campus food options deserves an A+.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The buffet options across campus are very big with a great selection of food varying in healthy and organic, in addition to classic American and multicultural cuisine. The facilities are always clean, as well as the people working there. Unlike a lot of universities, the dining options at Penn State never get old. With the numerous commons available, and most of them being close together, it is easy to only eat on campus as opposed to eating in downtown State College. The "minus" part of this A simply comes from the quality of food. The majority of the dining halls have good or better quality in terms of the taste and preparing of the food. However, a few facilities lack the "A" quality that the other halls have.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The workout facilities have something for everyone

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is hardly any crime on campus, but some theft does occur. There is a health center on campus which is convenient, but you usually have to wait a long time to see a doctor.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are excellent. There is a variety of classes and the teachers are very helpful. The only bad thing is the class sizes are quite large and it may be tough to find a decent seat in a lecture.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm engineering and it is a lot of work. Not much of a social life, but the program is excellent and there are many options such as internships and career fairs.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Penn State football games are by far the best.

5 College Junior

Majors: If you are passionate in what you major in, then definitely it is easy to get into your major. Besides that, you need to work your ass off in some classes and get the grades to go into your major.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: East sucks, but that's where you meet most of your friends and get to socialize. When the white loop bus stops at east halls, OMG, the amount of freshman going to parties are ridiculous.

5 College Junior

Technology: State of the art technology, sometimes really hard to get to computers during busy hours of the library like between 1pm to 3 pm. Anytime in the morning or evening, it is easily accessible to get to computers. There are many hidden computer labs all around the library, I found one behind the stairs and called it Chamber of Secrets because there really is a Harry Potter room upstairs.

5 College Junior

Academics: I really love all of my classes. Professors are always trying to help you and you will get this help if you only go to their office hours or email them about your concerns. They will not go out of their way to help, it depends on whether you make the effort. Classes are flexible and easy if you go to it and do the assigned work. Please do the assigned work, it really improves your grade.

5 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the College of Health and Human Development. I feel satisfied with my program and its requirements. Professors teaching my major classes are very engaging and helpful. It is true that there are many students in some of the classes but that doesn't stop the professors from getting to know you personally and trying to advise you on your plans for the future.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is quite apparent, especially when walking down town on weekend nights. Other drugs are not so apparents and are no worse than they were in high school in most cases.

3 College Senior

Weather: The summers can get really hot, really sucks without air conditioning. The winters are speradic with vast snow amounts some years and almost none others.

3 College Senior

Administration: The campus police are not overly sensitive about being drunk on campus even though it is a dry campus. The police presence is seen but they do not try to intimidate students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a multitude of dining halls to choose from. Granted some, in my opinion, are better than others. Pollock and West are the best ones with East being the worst by far.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are great at Penn State. This semester all but one fall sport coach received Big Ten Coach of the Year. Football is obviously the biggest sport on-campus, however, many people also follow wrestling, fencing, and volleyball which have all won national championships.

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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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