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Reviews 5099 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: School Orientated – most girls on campus are aimed at a good education. Don't get me wrong you have your rich girls there to gossip and party but over all everyone is classy and there to learn first and foremost.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pride and Spirit! Penn State is filled with so much pride and spirit it practically flows in the drinking water!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Tons of Help, Tons of Pride – I love being in my major at PSU. Everyone in the advising department knows their stuff. They seek you out and let you know about things that would interest you such as clubs and internships. They know exactly what classes to advise you to take and they understand all of my concerns. They are also extremely Penn State Proud!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great Food – The food is better at PSU than I have had at any other college. Their is a ton of variety and there are dining halls and places to use your meal points all over campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State is very influential, almost 20 % of the students are involved in greek life. The Sororities live on their own dorm floors and the Fraternities have houses that members can live in. Most greek organizations are very involved socially and most participate in the huge charity event called THON, which raises millions of dollars for pediatric cancer.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: CATA Buses Are Great – The Penn State bus system, CATA bus is extremely helpful. Buses are available to take you on-campus for free, or off-campus for $1.50

2 College Freshman

Weather: Weather in Happy Valley isn't always very happy. LOTS of rain and snow, and usually happening at random times.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Quite a Few Off-Campus Options – There are a lot of off-campus housing options for upperclassmen, but some of the better ones and ones closer to campus can be hard to get or pricey.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Average – Freshman dorms are small, as expected. Upperclassmen dorms are nicer and many of the dorms are newly renovated.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – There are a ton of options for off-campus housing at PSU- apartments, houses, townhouses, co-ops! The costs vary as well but are relatively the same prices as living on-campus. Many housing choices extremely close to campus so no car is needed.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Downtown – There is so much variety downtown, and things cost about what I would expect in a college town. Some stuff is overpriced, but there are plenty of good deals. One of my favorite restaurants is Baby's, and they have a half-price milk shake night, as well as a $3 sliders night.

5 College Junior

Majors: No Trouble at All – To officially become a Psych major, you must take a specific handful of classes, as well as have a 2.0 GPA. The vast majority of people should be able to get in easily.

4 College Junior

Majors: As a Psych B.S. I find that I have a lot of choices in the classes I take, as well as competent professors. I have only had one professor that I haven't enjoyed in my field, and that class was easy so I didn't mind. I'm using my major option (Neuroscience) as a stepping stone to medical school, and could not be happier with my choice.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Huge Variet – There are a plethora of restaurants to eat at off campus in State College. Another great part about these restaurants is that they deliver and you can order your meal online using There are always great discounts and several options for each cuisine.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: CATA Buses Are About as Reliable as a '56 Pinto – The CATA buses are never on time and the ones that run off campus only come every 20 minutes, and usually more around every 30 minutes. The only ones you can count on are the Express buses, but they don't run on the weekends.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You're Always Safe, Just Don't Be Stupid. Most kids who get robbed on campus (or off) are the ones that leave their doors or windows unlocked. Seriously guys? You won't get raped (unless you're really drunk and in a dark alley), and no one will mug you. It's pretty safe all around, and really, there's nothing to worry about.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Wireless Is Everywhere... Except the Dorms. The computer labs are plentiful and there are tons of computers. They are pretty fast and you can do a lot of stuff on them because they're pre-loaded with the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) and some of them are equipped for video recording. You get 200 free prints every semester, but they don't roll over :( There's wireless all over campus EXCEPT in the dorms. They're talking about putting it in, but it'll be at least 5 years before it happens. The speeds are consistently fast, and if you're wired in you'll get about 2 MB down. I'd definitely recommend getting a laptop for portability. You can get wireless anywhere, so you might as well take advantage of it!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Where You Want to Be! PSU offers at least one every type (Italian, Mexican, Indian, Asian, American and etc...) of restaurant and always a discount through or other avenues.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: West Hall Is Where It's at – I started in North Halls my freshman year, and moved out by the end of the first semester. I switched into West Halls, which is somewhat central to campus. Nothing is too far away. The dining halls are excellent, the rooms are big, and there are even single rooms available. The buildings and the quad are gorgeous. Nothing beats sitting out in West quad on a sunny afternoon. Eat the cookies in the dining hall! They are amazing.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Great Experience – Unlike other colleges where a college is placed in a town; here the town is placed near the college. All the revenue is directly or indirectly ran through PSU which shows in how they cater to the students. They always have activities and artist showcasing concerts. Everything you need is in a walking distance (no car needed). Restaurants, bars or whatever you need is a block way.

4 College Student

Majors: I did not run into any problems with applying to Penn state. Just waiting for the acceptance was the long part.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Good Mix – At Penn State, at least at University Park, there is a great deal of diversity. I have met students from all over the United States and all over the world. Sure, the university is still predominantly white, but there are plenty of other ethnicities around as well.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Even though there have been crimes on campus there is not one time I have not felt unsafe were I could not walk back to the dorm by myself. I know that every floor of the dorms have meetings to go over safety regulations and at night if I come back to my dorm late I notice security going around checking the doors to all the dorm buildings.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Since I'm entering my second year I haven't parked on campus because I was not aloud to have a car yet; however, I have friends that do and they always complain about some of the parking. They like the fact that they can park so close to the dorm they stay in, but they don't like how much they have to pay for it. There is also an option for parking that is further away that you have to take a bus to get there. I wouldn't mind to take a bus to a location to pay less, but I don't like the fact that I have to go so far for my vehicle.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Always Fills Me up – All the dining halls are buffet style. For the meal plan I can get all the food I want and be and full so that I am not worrying about eating while I am studying, but not just the dining areas, there are plenty of other places to eat on campus that are very good. All the places campus can fill me up, but unlike fast food places I don't feel greasy and gross when I'm finished eating. Even though the food is great for the money I pay are two places on campus that don't give discounts to students, so I couldn't give them a perfect score.


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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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