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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: For a Small City, a Lot of Choices – Maybe it's because I'm from a small town, but for such a small city, there are a lot of options. There is a variety that ranges from nicer dining, such as The Allen Street Grill, to the cheap $1 slices of Canyon Pizza that attract hundreds of students late at night. There's also a website called lion menus that lists all the local and delivery capable restaurants in town. Personally, I love the Corner Room. It's not very expensive, simple, and is a classic in State College with a great view of the Campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Some of the Best – I've visited many other schools in the region and no school offers what Penn State does. Many buildings on campus are up-to-date and modern with the exception of a few. Check out buildings like the IST building, Millennium Science Complex and the Business Building for good examples. There's also the HUB which is in the center of campus and features not only the bookstore, and restaurants, but great study areas, organization headquarters, and just some good places to relax. Lastly there are the athletic facilities. Many know about Beaver Stadium, but the Bryce Jordan Center and baseball field are amazing as well. We're also in the process of building a brand new hockey complex, too.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: No matter What everyone here is like a huge family everyone is friendly and nice. After a big game day you can feel the mood of the entire campus

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: No Two People Are the Same – There are 40,000 kids on campus and no one is the same the vast number of kids from everywhere promotes an environment where there is no pressure to conform. rather diversity is a good thing it defines you and sets you apart from the 40,000 other students

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Always Somewhere to Go – The off-campus dining at Penn State is excellent. For the most part, the food is affordable - especially if you seek out daily specials! Restaurants line College Ave (right across from campus) and there are many places farther away from campus, as well. Many places accept LionCash, and the variety is impressive. LionMenus.com allows you to order delivery from almost any place in town online. Check out Champs for nachos and wings ($1.00 nachos on Tuesday nights and 35 cent wings Mondays and Wednesdays!) and hit up McDonald's on Wednesdays for hamburgers on the cheap.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Many Ways to Get Around! Penn State has great transportation options for students. I have my car at school, and I have always been able to find parking spaces. (I do not park on campus, though - I park in lots very close by. The parking rates are affordable at around 75 cents an hours!) If you do not have a car, the CATA buses service both the campus and the surrounding community. Fares are $1.50 per trip, or you could purchase a monthly, semester, or yearly bus pass. If you take the CATA just around campus, though, fares are free. There are also a few taxi services in State College, and the town is extremely bike-friendly. You will have no trouble getting around!!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I've visited many campuses and none blew me away as much as Penn State did. The mixture between modernized and traditional buildings is perfect, and everything around you is just top-notch. I also like that there are seasons there

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There's plenty to do at Penn State during the nighttime. There's a lot of food places and parties. There's also a whole lot of drunk people stumbling on the sidewalk which is great to see if you're people watching.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Love Sports – The athletic program is extremely prestigious at Penn State.

3 College Junior

Parking: It's very expensive to keep your car up at school. I'm not bringing my car for this very reason. It's also pretty hard to find a spot. The bright side is that I'm going to have to walk to classes which is good exercise.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: With the recent scandal at this school, it's hard to give Penn State a high grade in health and saafety. But now, I can say it will be safer than ever. The president of the school has recently made the health and safety of students the prime focus of our school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn State is the best college to attend. Even with the most recent Sandusky scandal, it gave the student body the opportunity to unite. I see so much pride while walking around campus. Because of the current hardships of the football athletic program, students are more than ready to support the upcoming football season and the team. I've always known I would apply to Penn State. My family has a history of alum that attended this school, so my heart always chose Penn State. And I can finally say that I am a Penn State Proud student.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Mostly Sunny – During the summer, it's been mostly sunny, with only a few days of rain as well as warm. I'm aware that it gets colder and a little grey, but for the most part, it's typical deciduous forest climate weather.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's Everything – greek, other parties, clubs are okay. as far as transportation post-party, the cata doesn't run, so you have to walk. if you don't know where a party is, and you're walking around, it might be a hour/two-hour walk until you find something in the *summer*.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Let's Be Real. 80-90% of all students on campus are moderately attractive to really attractive. As per usual, there's still some weirdos, but there's still a lot of beautiful people. Everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pretty Normal – the dorms are older, and it shows- no ac, no wifi but remembering the dorms that i saw at other colleges, it's really normal. they do give you a microwave and mini-fridge, and you bring a ethernet cable, cable (for tv), blu-ray player, tv and you're set. would also recommend a printer. the best are considered North because they're big and have a/c- mostly special living options and suites. the south halls are being renovated, and look like they're going be sweet, and relatively good location (near downtown, and hub). the pollock dorms are weird in that they have beds arranged like a L which makes it awkward to split the room in half. closets are decently sized, and there's room for storage under the beds and closets. rooms also include five drawers for each person in a built-in dresser. very small desk (2 1/2 ft.) but you can study other places. socially, i've found people who go out friday, saturday and then drink sundays and people (like me) who'll just go out occasionally. 1/2 of the students move out of housing at the end of every year b/c there's only so long you can stand communal living.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a Girl, I Feel Pretty Safe – As a girl, I feel pretty safe around campus walking alone and what not no matter what during the day to late night. however, i'm not a partier and i travel in a group mostly if i'm going to a party, and that would be the only time i didn't feel 100% safe. there was a incident earlier in the summer that happened at 3:30 am, so lesson: don't stay out later than like 1/2 am. there's blue lights over on east pollock and the road where the library is. if you're going to party, designate a sober person so they make sure all of you get home, or trust the person you're going home with (i.e. you've met when sober, and feel like they're a nice person). use the walking service if you don't feel safe.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There's a Reason We Have So Many Supportive Alumni – downtown relies on mostly student business and students are generally very supportive of each other and the school

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not Great, but Still Not Dining Hall Food – It's great going downtown every once in a while, and the food is going to cost just a few dollars more than the dining halls typically. I haven't found a place that's super amazing or anything yet, but it cuts down on the monotony of dining hall food for sure.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Computer labs are plentiful, and not hard to get to at all. You get 110 free sheets of paper at a lab per semester, and that gets used up quick, especially if you print in color (color counts as 3 sheets). It's worth the investment in a printer for your dorm. The network is really fast, and the 10 gb limit for downloads isn't used up quickly unless you stream the Olympics, for example. If you go over, the internet slows considerably. Consider buying a wireless router if you don't want to deal with a ethernet cable or you want to go to a different room on your floor to use your laptop (the 10 gb limit still applies for a wireless router) Wireless is good throughout campus, except near and in dorms. Also: go to RESCOM for any tech. issues, because they'll solve it for you. It's located in the commons nearest you, and free- useful particularly at the beginning of each semester.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: From a Future Lion Ambassador – The gym for regular students (I'm not a Varsity athlete) is very nice- with tons of weightlifting equipment, elliptical, bikes, gym classes (yoga & power remix are amazing!). All the buildings on campus don't have the same look, but it's a nice mix of modern (see: Millennium Science Building, IT Building, new Law Building, Creamery, HUB) and traditional (Willard, Old Main, any other buildings) in an non-offsetting kind of way. I wanted a blend, and it's a blend. The library is divided in different areas (study, chill, computer lab, stacks) so you can always find a place where you feel comfortable. By far the best place I've found to study is Pollock Commons, with a quiet room and a hang-out room with TVs, billiards and air hockey. If you want to go be alone to study, go to the Alumni Center. It's very quiet, because people think they can't go into the building.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not for Freshmen – I only received a minimum amount- about $5000/yr coming from a middle-class family. I've heard that although there's not a lot of freshmen aid, there's scholarships you can apply for during and after freshmen year.

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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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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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