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Reviews 5721 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: South dorms are the best! they are completely renovated, everything is new. Social atmosphere is great.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life so I do not know very much about it

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are Penn State!! there is a big athlete school spirit!!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great education combined with a great place to live and to party

5 College Freshman

Academics: The library or the HUB are my favorite places to study. I spend a lot of time studying, but the material I study interests me so it doesn't feel like I spend a lot of time doing work. If you manage your time well, you can spend a lot of time studying, go out, and still keep your grades up.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe wherever I am. I can walk home alone at 4 am and not worry about anything happening.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I loved the courses I took last semester and I'm very excited about the courses I'm enrolled in this semester.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: South is the best place to live. It's very close to downtown and walking to class only takes a few minutes. Also redifer is great.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Getting involved in Greek Life is definitely something to consider. Joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is insanely school spirited, especially on game days.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is absolutely amazing. I could not picture myself anywhere else.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, the campus is safe. All the assaults that occasionally occur are by individuals who have no understanding of the word "no" or personal space. The police do what they can to follow up on the victims, but rarely is a legal action ever taken.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The variety of courses offered are vast. Professors differ in their methods of teaching but most are very knowledgeable in the subject matter and flexible. Classe sizes can vary from 20 person room to 700 person lecture halls.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is great. There is a Liberal Arts alumni mentoring program, as well as hundreds of internship and career opportunities through various alumni programs in college of business, sciences etc.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on which forms you are put in, your college experience (or at least freshman year experience) can go very differently. One of the best dorms on campus is west, which has a very nice dining commons and the dorms have spacious room and it is very close to major class buildings and the library. After that is South, which is the most newly built and also where some sororities live in (a disadvantage) but redifer commons is also good and the dorm is relatively close to campus. East is most definitely the worst place on campus. The dorms are extremely old and smell like fungus, they are for freshmen only, which some may consider a vital part of getting the full "freshman experience". However, everything about East is an absolute nightmare; from the small rooms, to the terrible food at the commons, to the people. It is also relative far from classes but close to the creamery. The overall process is very easy, especially for first year students. However, the lottery does become harder for upperclassmen who wish to live on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Penn State. However, given the usual stereotypes concerning fraternity and sorority members, many are genuinely nice and considerate. Still, the same fact remains that the main reason students join Greek life is for the parties, especially for male students, since, unlike sororities, fraternities get their own houses.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The student athletics programs at this school are possibly one of the best in the country. With a large fanbase and the best student section in the country, every sporting event is a completely new and thrilling experience!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although, considering the extremely high tuition rates, the education could be improved, the school is incomparable with other institutions in terms of great student body and school spirit as well as extracurricular activities. There are also various helpful academic and career resources across campus.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel like the administration can do more to promote possible tools to use to report campus crime. To be honest, I'm not sure what safety resources are readily available to me.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have some very great teachers, and other times I have had absolutely terrible teachers. Some classes are simply just too big and hard to concentrate in. Other classes have less than 15 people.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: They have an amazing job fair and are really accommodating to going to bigger cities (NYC or DC) to go to bigger job fairs.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It depends where you live. If you get lucky and live in a newer dorm or the bigger halls, you'll have a nicer and bigger room. However, if you're unlucky you could end up living with 7 people in one giant room or a really small double room. The social atmosphere is also up to luck. If you end up living with talkative people, there will be a good social atmosphere. There are dorms that are social and close knit and the housing process is fairly simple, but there are some that are not.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There's a lot of stigma about Greek life. A lot of Non Greek students think lowly of Greek life. This can cause tension at parties or the Penn State social scene.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I am not very interested in sports, but the student involvement around me regarding sports is amazing. Every football weekend you can feel the solidarity of all Penn State Students.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have my ups and downs at Penn State. Since it is a larger school, it is easy to get lost within the thousands of students who go here. There have been some semesters where I've had bad experiences and some semesters where I have had amazing experiences. However, what makes me not want to transfer from Penn State is the wide range of classes I can take. If I want I can learn about graphic design while studying film. Also there's nothing better than finding the right club for you. That's how I found friends and got to know people. To be honest I'm not sure I would chose this school again. But I might still chose it, because I have learned a lot about myself at Penn State. This university pushes your social and academic boundaries. They push you to think outside the box.


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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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