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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Still Going Strong – Even with all the drama concerning Sandusky and the fallout over that, all the student body is determined to support the football team even more so than the past, especially the incoming class of 2016. Generally speaking, as a legacy who has been coming to sporting events at PSU since I was a baby, the students are always supportive of the athletes, and that's not going to change. Pretty much everyone who's not a athlete is sporty/preppy enough to still go spend a night cheering on one team or another.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not Worth It – Parking spaces are limited with a rather expensive price tag attached, so students mostly walk or use bikes, which is a lot more convenient (with bike holder things in front or on the sides of every building). In the summer, it's easy to have a bike with the extremely reduced student population. In the fall, it's going to be a hassle with so many people and the sidewalks filled.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity at this university is definitely existant. As an asian attending this school, I mostly have asian friends. This is not to say, that I usually only have asian friends--actually all my friends back home are white. The HUB, which is the center of the university, can give you a clear view of the diversity at Penn State. There are definitely more races at Penn State than just one.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Easy to Get Around – The transportation at Penn State is very accessible and helps you get around everywhere. It is not hard to understand and even in the winter the lines are not long and it is easy to get to class and anywhere you may need to go in downtown. The buses are the best option and every now and then I may have used a taxi.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm currently in a sorority in Greek life at Penn State. I would say it definitely is a big part of my experience at school and there are also many other organizations to get involved in. Being in Greek life allows you to have weekend plans and also provides activities to be involved with during the week, when you are available. It also opens you up to a network of other Greeks within Penn State and makes the transition into college much easier. I would definitely recommend joining Greek life, it has been an amazing part of my experience at Penn State.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Great If Youre a Full Time Student – Parking is plentiful and cheap if you live on or right off of campus

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.


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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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