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Reviews 5892 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is very good around State college. There are two loops that run on campus and downtown that are free for everyone. Those are mostly what people use. My only complaint is that they get really crowded sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is not a very big drug scene at Penn State, I think the school is too isolated to have a major drug issue. There is a lot more drinking than doing drugs, everyone on campus knows that. But there are safety programs we have to go through in order to go there that teach us about drugs and alcohol use.

4 College Junior

Academics: Penn State shows a great deal of care when it comes to academics. The motto "work hard, play harder" rings true. There is a balance between work and play.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not very visible at Penn State. It does depend on the crowd you hang out with but drugs are usually not a problem that needs a lot of enforcement. Drinking is the only big issue that is a notable problem.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is a decent price and run at frequent times. The Cata bus app helps when it comes to telling when the bus is suppose to arrive. There are different lines that run through campus but the main ones are the campus loop buses that are free and run continuously till around 1 in the morning.

2 College Junior

Parking: Our campus has plenty of parking lots;however, the students are fined when using the upper parking lots. I personally have been fined for using the upper lot for one of my night classes. I didn't feel comfortable parking in the lower lot of the campus so I decided to park above the pullo center.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: At Penn were constantly getting new majors, minors, clubs, and even buildings (Like the Pegula Ice arena). All of these things are available to students to further their education. For example, parts of the library are open all day and all night long, I'm pretty sure we have a quidditch team, and The Happy thursday club, which consists of people that go around campus on their bikes every thursday telling people to have a great day. Also, State college really is a college town. Everything is centered around the school, like the many clothing stores, and even restaurants are Penn State themed. It's called happy valley for a reason.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The police are really cool and don't bother you if you don't bother them. If your visibly sick or drunk in public they will confront you. The schools policy is pretty strict if you do get caught, you have to do the whole alcohol program, and pay a fine. But as long as you don't get caught or do anything bad you should be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good. All of the cata buses are pretty much always on time and can help you get the class or down town. There is also a CATA app that you can download that makes tracking where the bus is so much easier. Overall It's very helpful.

3 College Senior

Majors: In order to get into the public relations program, at the end of freshman year you needed to have at least a 3.3 GPA because of the many other students that want to be in the program. It is important to know for sure what you want to do and always have a back up plan.

5 College Senior

Majors: My internship was practically my dream job. I was interning at a public relations firm where we did celebrity branding. I was in charge of all press releases as well as company calendar, outlets and scheduled publicity events.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am in the College of Communications and I am majoring in Public relations. I really enjoy it because Penn State alumni always look to Penn state students when they are looking for new interns or even permanent positions. The professors are very helpful and although it is challenging, there are so many resources available on campus. The college also holds many career fairs where successful alumni come out and give students great advice and opportunity. We even receive emails each day notifying us if there are any internship positions available . Penn State is a very large school and yes we do have huge classes but I still am able to maintain one-on-one relationships with many of my professors.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are plenty of bars and pubs for those 21 and over. Also there are clubs to go to for 18 and over. At such a large school, there are many, many fraternity houses that mostly all have parties every weekend. All of these options are either at a walking distance from campus or have a bus that drop off very close..

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a plethora of diversity at Penn State. You can find people from all over the world and from every religion. Everyone has their own opinions and beliefs which makes for a very diverse campus all around.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat of every type; you can find somewhere of every price level and ethnicity. There is American, Italian, Asian, Austrian, pubs, and so on. Everything is very close, too!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an Architectural Engineering major, I am extremely happy with my major decision. I had contemplated going into the Architecture program before I realized that AE was definitely what I wanted to do with my career. Although the mathematics and quantitative aspects of my major are difficult, I would not change it for anything. I plan on graduating with my Masters' of Science in Architectural Engineering, with minors in Architectural History, Architectural Studies, Mathematics, Physics, and French in order to market myself to a firm which drives Sustainability within the construction process in order to reduce the costs and carbon footprint of expansion. I also plan on designing buildings and structures to be increasingly sound in their integrity. At this moment, I do not have any concerns in finding employment within my field upon graduation. Despite its competitive nature, I feel I am confident in my ability to obtain a full-time employment status following my graduation from Penn State.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: State College, comprised of the entire area surrounding Penn State Campus, can be both a safe and dangerous place to live, as can many other cities. Suburban State College provides some of the safest real estate for students. From secure buildings to door access systems, the student apartments downtown, which can be expensive the closer to campus a student chooses to reside, are some of the best. The availability for any off-campus living options, north or south of campus, is limited, although many individuals continue searching for roommates into the summer before the school year. It is important to remember: the earlier the search begins, the better the odds of finding a place that fits your requirements.
In terms of roommates, north of campus, Vairo Village, Nittany Crossing, and Lions Crossing all offer great utilities and can match students with roommates if he/she is unable to find anyone; however, due to the extensive utility packages, these apartments can be expensive and far from campus. Even though, they provide a free bus pass, the buses can become crowded and unreliable for transportation to class.
Downtown apartments provide less utilities, as they are confined to a more compact space, but can be reasonable in price. Factoring a parking space if you live off of Waupelani Drive or near Westerly Parkway is probably a good idea, although parking spaces can be costly.
Because Penn State recognizes the difficulty of choosing off-campus living options, Penn State has an off-campus living fair in the early Spring semester of each year in Alumni Hall in the Hub-Roebson Center, which provides students the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from rental companies both north and south of campus on a one-on-one basis where students can ask questions and apply on the spot.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and marijuana remain the two most popular used drugs within the Penn State population. Used as a means of relaxing, alcohol and marijuana usage provides a level of social acceptance within the population, much like that of society.
Peer pressure and the need for social acceptance of an individual by a group of peers causes most students to partake in these habits, namely alcohol consumption; however, it is important to remember that not every student consumes both or either of these--some students make the choice to partake in caffeine or prescription medicine such as Adderall or other ADD or ADHD medications as a means to concentrate-- but it is important to remember that there are students who do not consume any of these.
In terms of policy enforcement, as a result of the ineffectiveness of the Student Auxiliary Police, policy enforcement is often overlooked on campus, except when in the case of the Penn State Police Officers who are extremely diligent on these matters.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State prides itself in a high standard of academic prestige. The courses offered at Penn State are consistently ranked as one of the highest in the world. I attended Penn State, partially for this reason, because their Architectural Engineering program maintains a level of prestige and rigor which drives the market in a fast-moving and innovative way.
That being said, it is easy to fall behind in your classes, so it is extremely important to study the material prior to arriving in class to refrain from being the student who asks the simple questions. It is better to ask the questions that everyone else is wondering about as well.
The professors, for the most part, are extremely nice and will aid students in any way that they are able to facilitate their learning; however, it is up to the student to teach him- or herself. Teaching Assistants mediate the communication between students and professors in larger classes and can be quite helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Penn State takes security very seriously, but it can only go so far. The students, particularly Freshmen, "piggy-back" into dorms without questioning if an individual resides within that particular building. Because of this, in correlation to students not locking their doors, theft, rape, and other types of crime--however on a small level in proportion to the rest of the community-- occur.
The Auxiliary Police have very little authority over the student population and serve as a "hiccup" rather than an obstacle in crime; despite this fact, the Auxiliary Police maintain the integrity of the card-access door system, which functions using our Penn State ID+ Card--however, it only works if the individual trying to get into the building has been provided with card access through Housing and Food Services.
There are very little car accidents on campus, as Penn State prides itself in a healthy student body--healthy body, healthy mind; however, off campus, where most buildings are secure (to an extent) there have been a few car accidents, rapes, and stabbings. All in all, Penn State is safer than most other Universities.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Penn State has many fraternities and sororities to get involved in. Rush week is a huge deal here. However, it isn't a big deal if you don't join/rush, there are still other ways to get involved and to have fun. The Greek Life of Penn State gives to the Four Diamonds Foundation, a foundation which provides money for pediatric cancer research, however, the remainder of the time, they just throw parties and socials as an excuse to drink and mingle with people they will not see again. The Sororities manipulate the system any chance they get; in fact, they have a new dormitory building, exclusive to sorority members.
As a non-Greek student, I don't really see the point to Greek Life; aside to THON, they don't really do anything for the campus or the community.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is plentiful in areas that are ever-developing. With increased population, local transportation and social gatherings continue to evolve.

4 College Junior

Diversity: In addition to offering a diverse student population, the recent addition of the Online World Campus also offers students the chance to interact on a global level. The level of diversity provides new ways in which students can learn and interact with others.

3 College Junior

Local Area: With a high amount of food and culture, there is rarely any reason to find boredom. Sick of the Pennsylvanian scenery? Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City are all within a 4 hour driving distance. No matter which direction a person desires to travel, there is culture and history to enjoy.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Football is the most popular sport at Penn State. Going to the games is so much fun and many lifetime memories can be made at those games. Although the other sports are not as big as football they are still supported by most Penn State students and you can ofter see pretty big crowds in attendance for these other sports. IM and club sports are a big part of the Penn State community as well.


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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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