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Reviews 5466 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Senior

Parking: It is difficult to find parking for classes. Get there early.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Whole Lot to Do – There's any thing you can possibly think of. Something for everyone. Parties for those who like to party and other small get togethers for those who aren't as big on partying.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: A Little of Everything – The school offers something for everyone different. Besides from having the best school spirit, there's a huge amount of diversity at the school. It's more of a little town and every day is like a new adventure.

4 College Senior

Administration: Although the police and school are strict on underage drinking it is for the safety of all students. The plagiarism policy and other academic honesty policies are there to better the students and have everyone be a better student and all around better student. I appreciate these policies and believe that all students should also feel they are a help to the all around experience of being in college

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Ridiculously Unpredictable – The weather in State College is definitely not the best. You can expect it to be cloudy or raining 75% of the time. It is usually very chilly in the morning, but in the summer months can become unbearably hot by mid-afternoon. It is advised to always keep an umbrella and rain jacket handy.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: CATA Bus= Lifesaver – There are minimal parking spots on campus and with 40,000+ students this can be a problem. Most students use the CATA bus for transportation. Many do not find it necessary to have a car on campus as everything you need is either in walking distance, or you can ride the free CATA bus. In order to go to the mall or Walmart, there is a small bus fee. Students can also be seen riding their bikes or skateboards to class and around campus.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Happiest of Valleys – Great place to be. There is unbelievable school spirit and pride in the whole community.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Learned a Lot – I actually learned very valuable info this past year. Not useless info like high school

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Very Influential on Freshmen, Upprclsmn= Not So Much – As a freshman it may seem like you are lost without a greek life but as long as you have friends that aren't in it then you are fine. As you get older it seems to be less apparent.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some Profs Suck, Some Dont, but You Can Make the Grade – nothings impossible. If it is (which usually only happens because the TA cant speak English) then your can transfer to another prof. Overall, i was disappointed by some profs but nonetheless I could get A-B's so I cant complain too much

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Amazing Social Life but Low Privacy – You have no privacy. You have a roommate and the people that live next to you can hear everything you say... and do.. However, the social life is amazing in the halls and its so cool meeting so many people. Overall dorm life is nice but I got mono this year and heard way too many things I didn't want to.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I Love It! Trust me when I say there is ALWAYS something to do at Penn State University!!

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4 College Junior

Majors: Hard Work, but Worth It. Of course being a broadcasting major, you're going to be expected to write a alot. I wasn't really prepared at first for what work I was faced. But the teachers there are amazing. They helped me when I needed it and gave me great tips. Broadcasting majors get a lot of privileges especially if you write for the paper, because you get access to all on campus events for free.

4 College Junior

Majors: Very Smooth Process. I entered Penn State as a Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) student. I took most of my general education classes freshman and sophomore year. You can only be in DUS for 2 years, then you must pick a major. If you are unsure, there are career counseling professionals on campus who can help you decide a major. Once i picked my major, I went into an Entrance to Major process, and within two days, I was in my major. You must have a 2.0 gpa minimum to get into most majors, and complete at least 60 credits.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Pretty Good. There are a number of food places on campus at Penn State. All are easy to get to and affordable because of the meal plan. The food is great! The menu is never the same from day to day no matter where I go.

4 College Junior

Majors: Haven't Done an Internship Yet. But when I do finally do one, I would like to work local. It's a requirement to do one at Penn State, matter of fact, it's a class. You won't be able to graduate until you complete your internship.

4 College Junior

Majors: I Love Broadcasting. As a Broadcasting Journalism major. It was more work than I expected, but I love everything about it. I love what its taught me so far, and the classes that I'm taking. I've developed into an even better writer than I was when I first attended Penn State, and I know from here I can only get better. The advisers in the program are very nice, and will do whatever they can to help me which I love. I know I can only improve this coming school year, and can't wait to be on ESPN broadcasting someday.

College Senior

Party Scene: i dont really go out. i wasnt 21 till a few months ago. and i prob still wont go out. i have been through town on weekends and it seems like a lot of ppl go out and have a good time

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I Love Off Campus – being off campus is great. i never wanted to live in a dorm so im going to say its better. you make more friends in a dorm but ill make friends on my own time

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: at psu i have never been pressured into anything and i have never seen trouble around. but it is a drinking school but that scene is really for the 21 and over crowd. the farther you live off campus is quieter it is.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: CATA Will Be Your Best Friend – CATA buses at Penn State are your best option to get to and from campus and the downtown area. The LOOP is free and pretty much circles campus and downtown. If you live farther away from campus, you will have to pay for a bus pass, but I don't think it is too pricey. Bring a bike if you can because you do a lot of walking otherwise due to the campus size. Overall not too bad, but parking a car is a pain and expensive!

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Lots of Options – There are TONS of options for dining on campus. There are pretty much dining halls at every end of campus and in the middle. Some offer more healthy options, like Simmons, while others offer more fine dining options like Rigatoni's in North Halls. There are also many convenient stores for quick snacks and essentials. The HUB has many chain restaurants, mostly fast food like Panda Express, Burger King, etc....and it can get pricey if you eat there everyday. Best bang for your buck would be a meal plan if you are on campus, if off, I recommend just using regular cash.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Decent Housing, Hard to Get – On-Campus living at University Park is hard to come by after your freshman year. For most students, if they wish to live on campus post-freshman year, they must enter into a lottery system. If you get chosen, great, upperclassmen places are nice! However, with 40,000 most people opt for downtown apartments which can be expensive, but also fun. Freshman dorms aren't all that exciting, and most rooms are pretty tiny, but you will have better dorms if you are in the Honors College.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Student-Friendly Campus – PSU's University Park Campus is state of the art and continually being updated. Students have access to a variety of libraries, computers, and study centers and lounges. The recreational facilities are also very well-kept and accessible. If you are looking for some good eats, PSU and the surrounding area (State College) has every type of cuisine imaginable. It is really a big campus with a small town feel

5 College Senior

Weather: The weather only makes the campus experience more enjoyable. This place is beautiful rain, snow, or shine! Granted when its cold it is not ideal but I'll deal with it to have the memories of how the place looks in different seasons.

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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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