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4 College Junior

Party Scene: The frats always have parties. They are a little limited to girls and friends though. That is okay though because there are always parties at apartments and houses. The rules, unless taken to absolute extremes, are very lax. The bars are always fun and open.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very expensive, but it is so much fun. The complete freedom is amazing. It is so fun downtown and there is always something to do.

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5 College Junior

Administration: Penn State is a fun school, but academics are the number one priority. This is my favorite part about the school. The academics are incredibly important, but the school is not out to destroy fun or get people in trouble.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is very easy and went smoothly. The only problem I had was being middle class. I did not get as much money as was truly needed for my schooling.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For freshmen engineers, it sucks staying in East

5 College Freshman

Majors: You get hands-on experience with top professors.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I've never had an internship here

5 College Freshman

Administration: RA's are, for the most part, chill. You can drink but you gotta be careful

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's not hard to go to a party. Every weekend, something's happening.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: They're huge and it's tricky to get into parties if you're a guy and not in a frat.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms space doesn't really matter, because if you're doing college right then you're only in there to sleep.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: University Park literally becomes the third largest city in the state during home football game weekends

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Everything you need is right there. It is very convenient

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The costs are ridiculous but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Attending Penn State football games and being in the student section will forever be one of the greatest feelings in the world. So many good memories

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There is always something going on, parties are a great way to make new friends

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I mean come on, it's called Happy Valley for a reason!

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe walking on or around campus

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: As long as you do the right thing it's not bad at all.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm very new at the process.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My mother is disabled and we needed assistance with financial help.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: I'm new and I haven't had any issues on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I stay on campus because of my studies.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I' a student at this time and learning a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into this program was steady.

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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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