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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The World in One Area. There's everything from Vietnamese restaurants to BBQ joints, diners, and italian. If you want it, PSU has it.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Not to Shabby – The amount of prints allowed per student are low but, if you bring your owon printer and laptop you are good to go.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Lots of Variety – There are so many dining options to choose from at Penn State, it's hard to get bored. Sometimes the staff can be very slow, but overall the food at Penn State is really good.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe while at Penn State. I feel completely comfortable walking by myself on campus, even at night. I have heard stories about bad things happening to other people, but as long as you're smart (keep your doors locked, don't walk around by yourself if you've been drinking, etc) you should be totally fine.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Learn Alot – PSU is a very tough school, which makes getting an A much more rewarding.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: World Campus – I attend Penn State online. We are Penn State. The World Campus goes out of their way to make us feel connected. I am proud to be a Nittany Lion!

4 College Junior

Majors: Psychology/Women's Studies – I came to Penn State with psychology as my goal and now I have added Women's Studies to the agenda. I fell in love with both and I wouldn't change a thing. I always wanted to be a clinical psychologist, but my my immerse options at Penn State, I recently discovered social psychology and now I'm re-evaluating. The concerns I have with finding a job in my fields are out of my control such as the horrible job market. Penn State has prepared me well and I'm confident in that fact.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Psychology/Women's Studies – I am a double major in Psychology and Women's Studies and both programs are amazing in the classroom and with internship abilities. The only drawback are the general requirements with psychology with is solely my opinion. I don't like in bachelors of arts having to take a foreign language requirement, but that's me.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Best – I feel like Penn State offers the best academics anywhere. I can't imagine going to another college and getting the same academic experience. The professors are always available and willing to help so take advantage of it!! The curriculum is challenging but very worth it at the end of the day and when you get your degree. The registration process is now really easy with the new and updated elion.psu.edu, you can register for all of your classes at once. It's a lot better than what it used to be trust me. As for study options, the campus is in the palm of your hands, from empty classrooms to free tutoring offered, every opportunity is there for the taking.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety Is First – I always have concerns of what could happen because I read the school newspaper and read of things happening on campus like rape or a couple of cases of guys getting jumped. But I feel like these cases are extremely rare and I have yet to be proven wrong. I feel very safe at Penn State.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Girls Vs Guys – all around guys are average at this school . however most girls are above and i'm speaking from the female perspective because rarely do you see a hot guy.

3 College Senior

Administration: the police aren't intense about busting people for drinking but then again academically it is incredible strict don't commit any type of plagiarism or you will receive some sort of reprimand

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Amenities Not Included – it is way too pricey. it is expensive and the landlords are horrible. an efficiency apartment is 650 and above just to be close to campus. with nothing included

2 College Sophomore

Weather: This year it rained a lot on campus. Every week there was about one or two rainy days. However when it isn't raining, the weather in State College is very pleasant. Also when it gets cold enough the rain becomes snows, but class is rarely ever cancelled because the sidewalks have hot water pipes running underneath them.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are thousands of computes all over campus to use. The most convenient ones are located in the commons of each living area. This is where you can print out materials for class or whatever else you need. However you do have limited prints to use and during finals, its almost impossible to find an open computer. Also, our WiFi is great! Anywhere on campus you can get access to our free WiFi with your student ID number.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I Love My Major! I think that a biology major is one of the most versatile science majors out there. There are so many options out there to consider after college for a bio major. I know fellow students who have gone on to med-school or gone straight into a job for a major company. As for me, I am looking towards med-school. However if I decide to go in a different direction I am really not worried. Like I said before there are so many options for a bio major after college, and if I could do it all over again I wouldn't hesitate.

3 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs, but they usually seem to all be in use during the main class hours during the day.

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1 College Senior

Scholarships: I submitted special circumstances paperwork back in May and they put them in a drawer and forgot about them until I went back two months later to ask if I was receiving more aid. Paperwork still has not gone through and will not in time for the fall semester.. They are never helpful in finding ways to fund my education. Almost seems like they do not care if you finish school.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Enter and apply for as many scholarships and grants as possible

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Gorgeous – I don't know what it is about PA, but the majority of our females are drop-dead beautiful in every aspect of the school, atheletics, sororities, even ENGINEERING ladies are serene. The guys probably could use a bit of make-over, since most quality guys (like myself *cough* :P) tend to be studying late into the night and prioritize our academics over looks. But who cares about the guys when you've got bodacious gals tromping around the school all day?

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Amazing Variety for Small Town – I come from a surburban community outside of D.C. in southern MD, and I was shocked to see how a town smaller than my own boasts extreme selection and goods that rival that of much larger locales. And most are located only minutes away - walking. You've got your staple fast foods, your pizzarias, your coffe-shop sandwich places, your fancy dining on the Corner, your mongolian stir fry, your italian, mexican... the list goes on.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We Are...: the Greatest Student Philanthropists – Penn State is a wonderful place. Academically challenging, especially for technical engineering majors (I'm BioE, Chem opt.) as well as athletically supercharged and service-oriented, Penn State is frothing with all sorts of opportunity for the young adult. Events like THON are year-long huge endeavors that symbolize the commitment our students make to progress in their own lives. And as dusk approaches, the night life is wild and entertaining, to say the least. I love this place, the town, the pastures, the old buildings. But Penn State has always been, and will always be a construct created from its people and community.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If You Can Get It, Get It – Dorm life in college is one of the biggest changes for most students coming in, and East Halls have some of the largest bouts of brand new freshmen -- a fantastic opportunity to meet TONS of new people in a very short amount of time. As a new student, shoot for East. However, only freshmen are guaranteed housing -- all other classes put in a lottery submission to try to grab a contract. There's no real gaming of the system; luck of the draw. :/ As an upperclassman, "West is Best", and Pollock/South is smack-dab in the center of campus and houses most sororities. On-campus beats off-campus mainly because of convience in getting around campus and FOOD IS ONLY 50 YARDS AWAY!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Everything's Within Walking Distance – You can walk from one end of campus (IST/Engineering >> Stadium) in about 15 minutes at a brisk pace. All outlying areas of prominent State College locals seem to spiral out from campus, with high density in the surrounding few blocks, which are again accessible within about 5-10 minutes depending where you are. In addition, 4 constant bus loops zip around campus arriving every 5-10 minutes to transfer students around campus/downtown. Really shouldn't be a problem -- I personally suggest walking to keep you in shape and interested in the college scene. You miss a lot on the bus.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's big and lonely at first but everyone seems to be there for the same reason and have a lot of pride in the school it's like a big family and it gets even closer if you're in Greek life

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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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