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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Welcome to Pennsylvania and a temperate climate. The weather shifts with the seasons. It can be in the 80s and 90s during the Summer and early Fall. During the winter it can be very cold. One day with wind chill it was -9 degrees in the winter. If you are looking for sun year round, do not come to any college in Pennsylvania.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are many diverse options available to Penn State students. If you are a freshman I would suggest living in East. The location is not great, the dorms are some of the worst on campus, but you will be housed with only freshmen which makes it easy to make friends. I knew everyone on my 35 person floor by the middle of the fall semester. If you are interested there are also special living options. These options put people of the same majors or groups together. For example there is one for ROTC students, one for women in engineering, and many others. It is worth looking up. Just be cognizant that when you go into your sophomore year if you want to live on campus you need to put in for a housing lottery between November and January. Basically people are selected at random to see if you get an on campus contract. I was lucky enough to get one, but a lot of people I know did not. To increase your chances pair with someone you know. You are not required to live with him or her, and it increases your chances of getting a contract two fold.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife is good for everybody....
Even if you dont party the campus provides activities on late nights.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs around campus. Conveniently located around the dorms for easy access.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Penn State is a huge school which makes it pretty diverse. There are people from all over.

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: I would say the number one drug at Penn State has to be Alcohol. And since it is easily available and at nearly every party, the cops out here make a living arresting people for DUI/underage consumption. Ive never seen or been offered any 'hard' drugs, but I have said no to marijuana on several occasions which would lead me to believe there is not a major drug scene at my school.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Student life on campus at Penn State is amazing. There is a multi-level, state of the art student center where dozens of the hundreds of available student clubs convene daily, multiple gyms including 3 weight training facilites, 2 indoor pools, an indoor track, and countless hardwood basketball courts. Outside there are countless tennis courts, a swimming pool, a full size track, and soccer fields. The adjoining Patee and Paterno Libraries offer students access to hundreds of computers, many different study lounges and sections for students in different fields, and an infinite amount of texts. One of the largest annual campus events is THON which is a dance marathon that raises money for the Diamond Fund which uses the proceeds to research pediatric cancer at the Hershey Medical Center. Last year the club raised over $10,000,000.00. That number pales in comparison the the $50,000,00.00 the Division 1 Penn State Nittany Lion Mens Football team generates for the university annually. Playing in the Big10, one of the most competitive divisions in the NCAA, the Nittany Lions regularly sell out their home games in Beaver Stadium which seats over 100,000 die-hard, paying fans. In recent years, the women Nittany Lions Volleyball team have become a dominant force to be reckoned with and are starting to develop a cult following of their own. After your final final in Happy Valley, you're not truly recognized amongst the alumni without running in the Mifflin Streak. A simple sprint down a street on campus in nothing but your birthday suit to close the chapter on your life at PSU. WE ARE!

5 College Senior

Party Scene: If partying is what you are into, you will fit in well and wont have any problems finding like-minded people. There are plenty of frat houses, on campus events, and bars to relax and enjoy yourself in after studying diligently all week.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Blue loop, white loop, and the links are all free and will take you anywhere you wanna go in town.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus life at PSU is what you make of it. There is alot of things to keep you busy.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy that I worked hard to get into the Business School at PSU, hopefully my degree will help me land a job in my field of study.

3 College Junior

Majors: might get stuck with a roomate that does not share your lokes.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Penn State are top notch! Most of the professors are some of the best in the country. As an engineering major I took some of the hardest classes for a freshman and with enough studying you will do fine. Penn state also hooks you up when it comes to internships, there are huge job fairs during both semesters.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing better than Penn State athletics. Most people just think it's all about the football team, but there are so many amazing sports teams at Penn State. There is no feeling that replaces the one you get when you are with your fellow students in Beaver Stadium though. IM sports are also very popular. There is a little bit for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You need a lot of outside scholarships to get a decent amount of aid

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many good eats off campus. Since we're in a college town Penn State students can use Lion Cash at downtown restaurants and you get discounts the more you frequent certain places. You'd never get bored with the food downtown

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe walking alone at night on campus. They have escorts to help you walk back to your living area if you feel unsafe or uneasy about walking by yourself. Campus is relatively safe and has a low crime rate

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you want or have to live off campus, there are many options. Some are cheap and some are expensive. Lions Crossing, Nittany Crossing and State College Park are great options if you can't find an apartment downtown. Plus they give you free bus passes and a lot of other cool amenities.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather doesn't affect my campus experience. If you don't want snow or cold weather in the winter, then don't choose to attend a campus in PA.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Although Penn State is quite diverse, there is still an overwhelming presence of the "white" community and not enough minorities around. It is very easy to feel like a minority here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As a Biology student in the Eberly College of Science, I felt as though I received an amazing education. I had the opportunity to explore different fields within my major. Students are given the opportunity to choose classes that they are interested in and the biology program offers a wide variety of classes that count towards your major. A majority of the professors in my major were researchers and thus, students had the opportunity to apply and gain experience in the lab. Although Penn State is a large university and the first two years of my undergraduate career were filled with large classes, I never felt it. The professors would take advantage of these large classes and try to get the students involved in the lectures in order to keep their attention. Although the class itself was large, the specific labs were filled with no more than 20 students, allowing the students to get to know each other and form study groups. Throughout my 4 years at Penn State, I never found it difficult to get in contact with any of my professors within my major. The biology facilities are slightly outdated; however, a lot of remodeling has begun. In addition, within the Eberly College of Science, there are multiple building pertaining to my major, allowing me to utilize different facilities. There are many research job opportunities throughout the year and in the summer as well. Every week, I would receive an email from the director of my major explaining some of these open opportunities.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I feel as though Penn State is not as strict as they should be in regards to underage drinking, drugs and public intoxication. Any night when walking downtown, you will always see numerous officers roaming the area to make sure everyone is being safe; however, a lot is ignored. I've witnessed students running across the street, screaming, and disrupting the environment and the police seem to ignore it unless someone is passed out. In the event a student receives an underage, the student must pay a fine, but I am not sure if this action affects the student's academic standing. The university and residence life require that no alcohol or drugs be used in the dorms. As an RA, I have seen and had to report numerous times students violating these policies. The usual punishment is a fine and the requirement to take a BASICS alcohol class.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life has always been very important at Penn State; however, I feel as though it has gotten out of hand. I was never involved in Greek Life, but as an RA, I had many residents interested in joining. I got the impression that my residents wanted to join in order to meet new people and give back to the university. This past fall, a majority of my girls who rushed decided to drop out. They had informed me that instead of focusing on philanthropic projects, the Greek Life org was more focused on drinking and parties. Although this is common, I think that there are other options within Greek Life, such as the community service sororities or major related fraternities. I had quite a few residents join these types of organizations within Greek Life and were very happy with the morals and goals of these organizations. New at Penn State is specific housing for Greek Life. The sororities will have designated dorms instead of designated portions of halls.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Penn State offers a lot of options for off campus housing. I lived on campus for two years and I was an RA for two years, I never had the opportunity to live off campus. Although I never lived off campus, a few of my friends lived off campus and as an RA, I would help my residents who were looking for housing for the following year. I think that as many students desire to move off campus after the first year and the pool is large, the State College area provides a lot of affordable options for students. It is very easy to find an apartment and usually throughout the year, they have an "apartment fair", where students are able to explore their options. In addition, the majority of off campus housing is walking distance from the university. There are also multiple off campus housing options that are not walking distance from the university and are less expensive. Although these options require transportation, the university along with the CATA buses, have many buses that run to the university numerous times throughout the day.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: At Penn State, you can usually find a computer lab with open computers, even during crowded times during the semester. In addition, Penn State offers students the opportunity to use both PCs and Macs, which allow students to use what is most comfortable for them. In addition, through the libraries webpages, students can monitor where computers are available so time is not wasted searching for an open seat. In addition, through the media services, students can rent out laptops for up to 7 days in the event they need a laptop for the week, are not able to find an open lab seat, or want to study in a private, more quiet area.

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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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