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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: At most I feel safe on campus and I know if anything was to go wrong there are ways to get in touch with the right authorities. It is well lit at night to avoid any mischievous behaviors. Campus crimes that do occur are mostly petty thefts and the best way to prevent this is to lock you doors behind you. Campus security also takes underage and drinking on campus very seriously because we are considered a dry campus; meaning there is no alcohol allowed on campus by anyone even if they are 21 and older.Take precautions in all things that you do.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: State College is the town Penn State is located and it is small and far from most of the great attractions Pennsylvania has to offer. Though there may not be much we make up for it in other ways. There is ALWAYS something to do on or around campus and the town. The locals are super friendly and resonated well with students. Penn State is a huge family and everyone tends to get along well and its easy to feel safe and a part of this community. The school spirit resonates all through out the town and state for our sporting events which is always a big. We bleed blue and white supporting our Nittany Lions!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of the students are Caucasians, but there are numerous races, religions, and beliefs that are represented on this campus. With the large amount of student organizations there is something for everyone from any type of background and belief. These organizations help one to adjust to the changes they face in college life. Many organizations collaborate on different events for us to have a better understanding of the the different views and lifestyles that are on this campus. Though diversity may not be as large as it could be Penn State does help to create a place where everyone is welcome.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Insane. There is plenty to do for people of all ages. There are bars for those who are 21 or older and then there are frats for those who aren't!. Transportation is great as well with a campus bus system running till about 3am.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Penn State has many options for majors. It is completely okay if you do not know what major you want to do, because their "undecided" program is very good. The most important criteria for admission would be your SAT scores and GPA. We do not have an abnormal application process. Don't slack during your senior year, and maintain a high GPA!

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at pennstate is not really big, but it is there. It really just depends on what parties you go to and the people you associate with.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife for students who are 21+ is probably really fun since there are lots of bars/restaurants downtown and the drinks aren't too pricey. For students not 21 yet, nightlife is still fun especially on weekends because kids go to frats and other social type parties to keep them entertained. And for the students who don't like to party, there are always things to do at the HUB.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletes at Penn State University are super talented and hard working. We have one of the best sports teams for football, volleyball, and more! The college campus is just beautiful and perfect for sporting events. Our football field is huge and so are our gymnasiums. WE ARE PENN STATE!

4 College Sophomore

Weather: besides being bitterly cold for most of the semester, The school does a good job clearing all snow as it lays. We also have heated sidewalks throughout campus to keep walkways clear.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is quite high at this school. Not sure on drugs. A lot of peer pressure on the weekends to drink though.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: As an International myself, I was expecting more than what I received. Although Penn State attracts students from all over the world regardless of School Year; their so called diversity seemed to be aimed more towards those coming from the Asian Continent. While there is nothing wrong with this, and though it adds to learning about other cultures and appreciating differences; I was under the influence that Penn State would have more students form Australia, South Africa and more countries in Europe. Penn State does however promote differences and diversity as it engages students into Councils such as the International Student Council. Stories of experiences are also promoted inside and outside the classroom. Students are eager to learn why diversity and difference make the school what it is.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: No matter the season, (football or not), there is always sports happening at PSU! The Fan support is brilliant, and even though we were just sanctioned heavily, our fan base is louder and prouder than ever. Football takes up most of the Fall Semester, but the sports fans for both the men and women's soccer teams are brilliant. Everyone attends the games including younger soccer players and elder fans. Student involvement in the events is numerous and extends to all those looking to keep the Penn State Athletics Program what it's known for. After all, We Are... Penn State!

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's awesome to live on campus, because everything is relatively close. I love how I am so close to all of my classes/buildings as well as downtown. It's so convenient!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Penn State University Park is pretty big. There's not a day I go outside of my building and there isn't someone or a group of people smoking together.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at my school is great! There are various sororities and fraternities students can pledge for, and make many friends in the process. When pledging, students meet a lot of new people and gain great satisfaction by being part of such a fun and involved organization.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I believe the housing at Penn State is affordable and of high quality, because the housing staff is very nice and always on top of their cleaning! I live in Pollock at Beaver Hall, but as far as I know from my friends and other students, housing in south and east is just as good.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Tons of frats & sororities for everyone, whether you want to drink & party or want something more professional that's geared toward your major. Penn State's Dance MaraTHON is entirely run by Greek organizations, and they have a ton of events year round.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Tons of great places to eat, especially in West & South Halls. The only reason I didn't give an A+ is that you are required to have a meal plan if you live in the dorms. I don't know how it is at other schools, but that gets pretty pricey.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm at the beginning of my program but so far it has been wonderful. I'm hoping to go on to a conflict resolution grad program. I think like anyone graduating college in this economy there is stress in finding a job in the field they study.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: CATA can take you pretty much any place you want to go... when they show up.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My application process was easy. I was in constant contact with my admissions rep and he was full of help and advice at every point. Now that I've started my classes my admissions rep has still been available for questions and has called multiple times to check on my progress.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: for one there is a area in finlay commons near the at the computer lab call the "educational gamming commons" where people come to just game for downtime.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I live off campusso the drg scee is brey noticabl to me but it depends o who you hag out with bcase yo can encounter it without kowing they are pretty strict about it in the dorms an at campus events.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I absolutely love my major as a Landscape Architect at Penn State. It is very design oriented and I recomment having some sort of art experiences before entering the major. Compared to others the major is very work intensive outside of class and is also very computer oriented. However there are not many books required for the classes there are a lot or useful readings. Also, the building for this program is amazing and very acomidating for a LArch or Arch major. The professors are wonderful and get to know you on a one on one basis instead of classes or 600 students you may be in a class or 30-40. They are likely to help you with resumes and recommendation laters. There are carreer fairs dedicated towards LA Firms and it always helps to have the Penn State Brand name right on your resume.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no where to park for free on campus unless it is after hours for example after 9pm and on weekends (excludes game days). You can buy permits for these areas, especially the lots by beaver stadium, however they can become pricey. Freshman are not permitted to have vehicles their first year. However, there is no real need for a vehicle. Everything is located on campus and there are buses that provide students with access to local shopping centers and malls. If you live off campus you may find more use for a car but there are shopping centers directly downtown located directly next to campus.


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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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