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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the professors I have had have accommodated me with everything I have asked of them. Of course the classes aren't going to be the easiest - this is college - but they are usually interesting. Depending on the class size, you will have a different experience in each class. As you progress, you will be able to pick your schedule according to your interests and major which makes the courses more interesting and easy for you to thrive.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Many companies and employers come directly to Penn State because they know that this school generates trustworthy and amazing future employees. The alumni really do a great job at coming back to the school and help out the students in the future. Many students are basically guaranteed a job right after graduating.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Where you live can truly affect your lifestyle at Penn State. If you are not a freshman, living in East would probably be a nightmare but most first year students love this environment because its an easy way to make friends with people in the same boat as you. Otherwise, living in South or in a renovated building is the best way to go. South is close to everything you really need like the HUB and Dining Commons as well as the downtown area. Housing is easy and can be done online.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life at Penn State is a avery large aspect of the school. It is easy for any student to find the right place for them. Because greek life is very prominent on campus, many people think that you must join an organization to get the best experience, but that isn't true. It is very easy to get into social events for any student. Being a part of the greek life does have its advantages though: sorority housing can be found on renovated floors on campus and fraternities do have their own houses very close to campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football is obviously one of the biggest components of the school athletics, but the rest of the sports get large attention. The student section at every game remains on their feet to cheer on their team. The school spirit is a large reason for the great community this school has to offer. Aside from big athletic teams, there are many club sports and gym opportunities ready for the student body.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm so thankful to be able to attend such a renowned and well respected university. Beside from the academics, it holds a special community that would only be understood if you were a part of it. Penn State truly has a place for everyone and pushes for each student to find that.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assaults are an issue

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For the most part my professors have been wonderful at their jobs

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of a penn state degree is highly emphasized in all classes.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East is hell for people who want to study

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: PSU football is historically a great program, and will undoubtedly become a championship contender again in the years to come

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School is overall a great experience. First semester was remiscent of high school work so the transition was easy.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I believe graduating from penn state will open so many doors for me especially internship possibilities. You never know who your advisors or professors know because they can help you in achieving your goals.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It all depends in what hall your in. East Halls could be better but honestly the best dorm housing now is North, South, and West halls

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The experience I have with Greek life is excellent. They are very active in the community and help students all around campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I know the faculties are great for both students and athletes. They have gyms that cater to all of penn state. The sports and clubs are very popular on and off campus. You hear about them no matter where you go.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would chose Pennsylvania State University again because the professor I had in English helped me achieve my goals in ways I never imagined. I came to her office hours and spoke to her through email on everything. I truly struggled in her class but it was worth it, I learned so much in her class and progressed when I I didn't think I could. Because of my English professor I feel more confident in myself and in my writing.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus because I look after myself frequently.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I just don't like when a grad student teaches the class. I paid for a professor

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The art department could use some work.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live in a relatively new dorm so it's even nicer.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I am in a sorority and I absolutely love it.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I wish I had time to use the gym. I wish it was also free.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: School spirit makes the cold weather worth while.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Strong emphasis on health safety at PSU, and it is evident in the safety reports. This school is incredibly safe.

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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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