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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Since there is such a large number of students at Penn State, there is not enough housing on campus for everyone, so the majority of students move off campus after freshman year. The apartments in downtown State College are extremely expensive and very poor quality. We either have to pay way too much to live in crappy apartments, or go so far away from campus that you have to drive or take a bus to go anywhere.

3 College Junior

Technology: For the most part the computer access at Penn state is good. There are many computer labs around campus that usually have availability. The internet access works well. It would be nice if there were more color printers on campus and if we were allotted more printing pages each year.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is hard to get in-state financial aid at a state school, and there's hardly any scholarship money. I'd apply to the SChreyer Honors College. It's competitive and you will have to work hard throughout your years here, but it's definitely worth it: nicer dorms, you get first pick on your classes, and best of all, $4000 per year towards your tuition.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is like a big family. There's just no other way to describe it. It's a complete college town..everything is pretty much directed towards the students. There's just so many things to get involved in, and they're so easy to become a part of. And although everyone is different and there's so many people, you get to experience everyone coming together for things like home football games, or THON. It's an amazing place, and if you attend, you'll truly know what I mean when I say I'm proud to be a Penn Stater.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – Live in East your freshman year. Yes, its the farthest away from everything, and the rooms are tiny and the food is the worst on campus, but none of it is unmanageable, and you will have the best time of your life. East is 100% freshman besides the RA's, and you will make a TON of friends. Plus its the best for the penn state football games.. closest residence halls to the stadium! If you want to live on campus again after your freshman year, I'd recommend west..definitely the best food and a great location, right next to the library, a 3 minute walk from downtown, and bus stops right at your door.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's Alright – There are buses running all the time but there aren't many helpful routes they take. The white loop and the blue loop are your best bet to get around campus. And I would definitely get the CATA app so you can see exactly where they are

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse Community – There are many people with different races and religions at PSU but I don't see them interact as much. I always see them in "cliques" like black people hanging out with only black people and asians only with asians.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: I'd Bring Your Own Printer – There are so many computer labs and places to print on campus, the network speed is great for wireless access unless you have used all your bandwidth.. I would definitely bring a personal printer if you have one because it's just so much easier to print in your room than to go to one of the labs... plus it costs twice as much to print in color.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fun, Nothing Too Crazy! I'm not sure how the bar scene is here at Penn State because I haven't been to the bars yet but I heard they're just "alright", nothing too amazing. Frat parties are always overcrowded but they're still fun, and I definitely enjoy the apartment parties! Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. As for transportation, it takes a while for the cabs to get you so you would have to call 30 minutes ahead of time...especially on weekends.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are so many clubs and teams you can join here at Penn State such as ballroom dancing, hip hop, lacrosse, volleyball, figure skating, water polo, fencing, etc, you name it! We've got everything. And there is no better school than Penn State for school spirit. The football games are wild and super fun to go to!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not Bad at All – The dining halls aren't bad at all, they all have something different to offer so if you get bored of your dining hall, you can go to the other ones. The hub is great, it has Sbarros, Starbucks, Burger King, Panda Express, The Mixed Greens, etc. It is a bit pricey though.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Penn State is one of a kind. you will never find the sense of pride we have or a student body of over 40,000 becoming a family anywhere else. we have football and tailgates in the fall and thon (46hr dance marathon in a fight against pediatric cancer) in the winter. having a degree from penn state is highly regarded and guarantee of a good job (especially in engineering). with high rankings of almost every college within the university. we are penn state.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Are Part of Campus – They take over a section of campus, but if you don't live there you don't really notice them.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is very difficult if you want to park on campus. I had to park my car at a church and paid $200 per semester to keep it there. It's not worth it in my opinion.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is tons of diversity at Penn State. You can find any type of group that does or believes in anything.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Lived in the Honors Dorms.. I absolutely HATED living in Atherton Hall. The girl that lives next door to me had loud sex all the time with her boyfriend and I swear he NEVER leaves. Also, the people are very to themselves and are socially awkward. The rooms are small and the temperature in the room is never comfortable. The only plus side to the honors dorms is that finals weeks is fairly quiet if you don't live next to an annoying girl like I did.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Professors and learning support teachers are usually eager to help.

1 College Junior

Academics: Not Available – Many HD FS courses are not available on a consistant basis for adult learners at the York Campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been some burglaries in the community around the school but very few at the school itself. Police are very involved.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather at State College is very cold during winter. It is extremely windy since the location is at a high elevation. School is always open even during snow storm and cold weather. During summer, the weather is excellent for people to go out.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Penn state offers a wide array of facilities for students. The PSU Paterno library is the center of learning. There are many buildings for student activities such as White Building which includes basketball, table tennis, swimming, weight room, volleyball, etc... In general most students are free to use these facilities depending on what you use. Penn state has a public gym but there is a membership fee a student must pay to get into the gym.

There are several athletic centers for students to play sports such as soccer, football, golf, and tennis. Campus is fairly clean and there are staffs cleaning the walkways, rooms, hallways, and roads. During snow, Penn state worker cleans the snow immediately and school is rarely closed even during snow.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Computer Engineer Student – My workload consist of writing programs, researching, as well as testing and debugging code. I did internship at Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State for 7 months where I worked with colleagues programming and managing the database. My workload progressively increased as I took higher level courses. Teachers were helpful during office hours as well as TA. They came in handy in our senior level classes such as Algorithms & Design, Signal Processing, Operating Systems class.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security on Campus – I am not aware of the campus security because I attend Penn State through an on-line program.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great Social Atmosphere – Living on campus is living where all the action is; your friends are just a step away!

4 College Junior

Technology: Need for Personal Computer – It is absolutely necessary to have your own computer, there is so much work you are expected to do online. It is vital to succeeding at Penn State!

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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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