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Reviews 5466 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The partying scene is definitely big at Penn State. There are always parties going on every weekend and there are many clubs in downtown for those 21 and over. There are also many activities planned every weekend by the Student Programming Association for those who prefer an alternative to the party scene which include a different screening of movies every weekend, concerts, crafts, laser tag, and NERF catch the flag.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: State College is a nice, small college town. The university is definitely the central point of the city but it is nicely located right near downtown State College which has many small shops, for browsing, cafes, and local eateries which are a nice change once in a while from the university dining commons. There are many museums located on and around campus in State college to enjoy on weekends and there is even Mt. Nittany a few minutes away from downtown which is a great outdoor activity and offers an awesome view of the entire city.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Penn State is highly internet accessible stocked with several computer labs across campus and a library with more than 500 computers. This makes using computers, getting access to internet, and printing extremely easy. The network and wireless connection is not always reliable, depending on the location. It's not completely necessary to have your own computer or printer but having a laptop is definitely a nice commodity.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Penn State has the best facilities including the HUB or student union which houses the multicultural center available to everyone, fast food joints easily accessible between classes, and weekly activities which add a excitement to the class-filled week.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is always a pain but it happens to be like at most place. You just lean to deal or walk.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: No one dresses up for class. You will rarely see someone not in sweats or pajamas for class. When people go out, there are a lot of "slutty" outfits but many choose to cover up a little more. There are so many people that it is easy to fine an attractive person.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms at Penn State are average. Most people only stay on for the first year. Many move off campus in their sophomore year. It is completely tolerable and you get use to it very fast. You have to keep your stuff in order though otherwise there isn't much room to move around in the rooms. The bathrooms could be updated a bit. They are quite old and could use some renovations but they are fine after a while.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are rarely ever seen. Alcohol is a large part of the life but you do not need to drink to be involved with everything on and off campus. It is what you make of the situation.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received financial aid but I'm still in need of some more money. It has been a long process. The Financial aid office has been very helpful with helping me step to step but it has still been a long process.

4 College Junior

Administration: Alcohol and drug policies has been getting strict over the past years

4 College Junior

Parking: Parking is pretty decent. You can park in the parking decks on campus.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather at my school changes everyday. Just this week the students walking on campus were able to just wear a sweatshirt. The next day we had to wear coats, gloves, and a hat. Also, when it hits spring time it rains here constantly.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Many of the dining halls have been recently updated making it more modern for students. They offer a wider variety of organic foods and try to monitor portion control.

4 College Senior

Administration: The Penn State campus had rules and regulations, but being a public school, it is not as strict unless you live on-campus. You have more enforced rules if you're in a dorm.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Its has been touch to receive financial aid but became easier over the years. Its more beneficial to meet with someone who has done the process, who is willing to offer guidance.

5 College Senior

Athletics: At Penn State athletics have become a symbol of school pride. There have been many outsiders who have tried to break Penn States spirit but in the end the athletes at Penn State have rallied the community, making this a distinguished place that prides itself on success with honor! WE ARE...

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is a reason why it is called happy valley. It has the classic feel of a college town with enough to do that one won't be bored but not so much that it is hectic.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is almost nowhere to park. You might as well just take the bus and save the hassle.

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4 College Junior

Administration: There is some strictness, but it's not that tight. Police are mostly on campus to bust parties and under-age drinking.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: In my opinion, Greek life at Penn State is mostly focused on partying. The only things I've heard about Greek life here, are associated with parties. I have not seen anyone in Greek life do anything else.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: You may get aid, but not a lot. You have to get your own scholarships and grants to apply for, because financial aid will not help you.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I think that the campus housing is okay. Depending on your building, elevators may or may not be new, or the bathrooms may be newer or not. Overall, I think there aren't many bad things about the housing here, but you will definitely want to live off campus next year as an upperclassman.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Penn State is definitely a preppy/fratty school in terms of attire. Boat shoes, north face jackets and uggs are the norm. Penn State is a huge party school which means the girls are out in the small party dresses every thursday, friday and saturday night. The are tons of hot girls at penn state but they can be kinda cold since you're one of 40,000 students competing for a date.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Penn State is officially a dry campus, except for the Nittany Suites, 21+, which is very selective (so, forget about it). RA's are not lenient and each strike you get, you must take a course on drinking (will run you about $300). If a State College cop gets you (on campus), it'll be an on-campus and off-campus violation, (about $650). Police and RA's are very strict and not reasonable. This is due to Penn State's old party reputation which they've been trying to eliminate. Academically, there is very little leniency and deadlines are usually pretty strict. However, attendance is not mandatory many times, due to big lecture halls.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: As frat parties can be fun from Thursday-Saturday night, they only allow in a select few, whether you are in a frat or have some good friends in them. Basically, this tempts every frosh to join a frat/sorority. Sorority girls are hot, but tend to stay in the Greek life for friends and "partners". Bar scene ONLY for 21+ as no fake ID can work, including ChiefID. Overall, not accessible enough.


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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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