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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There Are Four Dining Halls Provided on Campus – All the dining halls are really good, but after a few weeks you'll notice the food options start to repeat. If you have a meal plan it's really reasonably priced, but if you don't - beware!

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is horrible. The good lots that are actually close to dorms and buildings are REALLY expensive, and the ones out on the edge of campus are far from everything and still expensive. There are 3 parking garages on campus, and parking there is free on non-football weekends, but requires a permit all other days.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only about 12% of Penn Staters are involved in Greek Life, but with 40,000+ students, that's a pretty significant portion. At such a big school, joining a frat or sorority is a great way to make the unniversity feel a little smaller, more close-knit. And, of course, it provides you with a huge group of friends who would do anything for you, since you're like family (brothers/sisters). It also opens up the Penn State party scene a little more. That said, you definitely don't have to rush to make friends, have fun, or go out. Most people don't care whether or not you go Greek because most people don't, but it's definitely worth considering.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Obviously, sports at Penn State are BIG (BIG 10 big), but you don't need to play a varsity sport to keep up with athletics. There are tons of club teams and even more intermurals. IM sports are a great way to meet people and make friends. Also, we have 3 gyms on campus that offer classes and have any equipment you could want. All that said, there is a lot more to Penn State than just sports. Between the academics, thousands of clubs, Greek life, and THON orgs, Penn State represents much more than just the atheletes.

2 College Freshman

Administration: 'Strictness on Campus' – The new ResLife policy forbidding alcohol on campus is pretty strict, and some RAs would just love to write you up for any sort of suspicion. But for the most part, RAs won't go looking for it. The punishments can get pretty severe, though, including a required $200 class for your first alcohol-related offense, calls and letters to parents, and increasingly worse punishments for each of the following offenses, eventually ending with getting kicked out.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: you'll find a mix of all kinds of guys and girls around campus

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: CATA Bus! There are four free bus routes between campus and downtown. Two run late night. They run relatively frequently and are easy to keep track of using either the CATA bus website or a CATA app for iPhone and Droids. They tend to be packed, especially between classes, but if a bus fills up there's probably another one right behind it.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Bring on the Stereotypes! We do all kind of look the same. For class, girls wear yoga pants, Uggs and North Faces. Guys wear jeans or sweats and hoodies. When girls go out they're in skirts or dresses and heels. Guys range from tee shirts to button ups. As far as attractiveness, I don't think it's possible to walk around campus or sit in class without seeing people you find attractive.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Tons of Labs, but Also Tons of Students – You can find a computer lab in most buildings on campus, but with so many students you have to be careful about when you go or you won't be able to get a computer. There's a great page on the university's website that tells you when and where there are open labs. It even tells you the number of computers available.

2 College Freshman

Weather: it gets very cold and sometimes the heat is not on

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: More Money, Less Problems – Because there are so many students that attend Penn State, financial is limited for students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Extra Extra, Read All About It – News travels VERY fast at Penn State. Between twiter, facebook, and the web in general information can easily be transmitted from one student to another. Also, the school's newspaper The Daily Collegian is very popular for students to read.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Always Something – The social life at Penn State is awesome. There are so many different clubs and organizations around campus which gives anyone the opportunity to become involved.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Great Bus System – CATA Buses run all the time, especially the loops around campus. They run a lot of places around town, too, except the airport, which is an inconvenience.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Surprisingly Good – The food at Penn State's dining hall is surprisingly good. There are a lot of options. I especially like the buffet style food places. I had a meal plan, and the money lasted me a long time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus Is Beautiful – It's always so clean and pretty on campus. Only problem is the landscapers always want to blow leaves in front of your window at 7am.

3 College Student

Administration: Being Respectfull Is Strongly Reinforced – At penn state, respect is a big part in everything. From Tasks like labratory assignments, to interactions with your teamates, Respect is a big part of Penn states name.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: Sports Are Life – Penn state's Athletics are amongst the top division one schools in all of there sports teams hear. Along with there Phenomanal athletes, Penn state's non athletes carrry penn states name when it comes to school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: it paticulary has only one bus company which is the cata bus. however the cata bus company has a couple of free oncampus buses- which is fairly convienient as far as commuting students within school premises and several buses that commute staff and students that reside off campus. thers also a shuttle which isnt as popular but it runs through most routes covered and uncovered by the blue loop. the cost is of $1.50 could be a lot less seeing that the bus doesnt run so many miles off he school premises as other metropolitan buses do.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: in a whole i would say pennstate up(main campus) is very accepting of a variety of differences in students basically because its a huge school and it consists of students of almost all walks of life

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Penn State nightlife is paralleled to things you see in movies. You have bars if you are 21+, frat parties, hookah, movie nights, game nights, off campus parties, and great food places. Just get your closest buddies together and your sure to have a good time.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Local Buses Are Helpful – Penn State has many free local buses shuttling students around its large campus. There are also buses available for a small fee that go into town. However, longer distance buses are expensive due to Penn State's remoteness.

5 College Junior

Athletics: At Penn State, sports reign supreme. Whether it's an autumn football game or a winter basketball game, Penn State has no shortage of school spirit. Facilities are top-notch and athletes are celebrities.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Lackluster – Penn State dorms are not the greatest. Most are old and dirty, particularly in East and Pollock. Make sure you try for dorms in North or West.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The cost of living is very fair as I reviewed the cost of housing at some surrounding places, it saves you a bundle!


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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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