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Reviews 5190 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: Haven't really seen too many that apply to me, but I'm pretty average.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The rental management companies suck but it's still cheaper than on-campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: You can definitely put a dent in your wallet if you aren't careful with this.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Sexual assaults happen from time to time, but I don't think it's much different from other campuses (it's still too high everywhere regardless).

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Meal plans are a bit pricey and off-campus is cheaper, but dorms are pretty nice overall.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Downtown State College is quaint, generally quiet once you get past all the students.

3 College Senior

Majors: The curriculum is great, but the other students in it suck.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Very large variety, and many programs are the best in the nation.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: They're terrible. Not much else to add here. Avoid them.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Football games are awesome, others are not quite as popular.

3 College Senior

Administration: They're alright, but they make weird decisions sometimes.

College Freshman

Majors: I don't have one yet!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: it's small and outdated in east but i love the area

2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: they take advantage of you as free labor.

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College Student

Campus Housing: I lived off campus i never lived on campus so i dont know first hand

3 College Student

Administration: they are pretty chill about underage drinking although the rent a cops are assholes and there are more of them now

1 College Student

Scholarships: I am having a hard time with the office of finaicail aid because they gave me 5000 dollars less than my efc said that i needed

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: the off campus housing can be a little pricey but there are different options for every budget. Some of the JMU students are wealthier so they demand nicer apartements which cost more

3 College Student

Athletics: the football team is a bit overrated they think they are better than they are. The girls soccer team and volleyball team are awesome though

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I really enjoy having an apartment with my friends. I like it better than when I lived in the dorms last year

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are tons of spaces for students to hang out, relax, play sports, study, and do whatever on campus. Lawns and lounges are common, and there are hundreds of clubs and organizations to participate in.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a rising sophomore, so I haven't experienced major-specific classes yet.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Anybody can get into most of the programs at Penn State. With most majors, students do not enter into their chosen program until their sophomore or junior year, and many programs have GPA requirements, although most are 2.0 or 2.5. Some more popular programs have higher GPA requirements to limit class size, so if you have your heart set on a particular field, make sure you keep your GPA up.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Very difficult programs in the sciences.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The University Park campus is probably one of the safest places on the planet. It is safe to walk alone at almost any time of day, although it's definitely safer to travel with a friend or group in the middle of the night. The biggest safety concern is drunk students traveling at night on weekends. They are the perpetrators of the majority of crimes on 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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