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4 College Senior

Party Scene: The nightlife at Penn State, as many people know, is amazing. For the freshman and the people under 21, the Frats are a great start. They usually let Freshman in without much of a problem and they serve an adequate amount of alcohol. When you meet people though, the parties eventually move to apartments and house parties. Then when you turn 21, there are many bars that people can go to, which is a big part of campus life.

Transportation is also really easy, as the busses go deep into the night.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lion Menus – Penn State features a great online service called lionmenus.com. It's great for late night snacking and many of the places that are featured either include delivery or only charge a small fee. This is good for all types of food including sandwiches, Chinese, Italian, burgers, sushi, etc. etc.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe in and around Penn State's Campus. There are always auxiliary cops stationed around campus, even late into the night. Around campus there are also places where there are phones just in case something happens. Many people are also out during the night so you never have to feel like you're walking down "dark city allies" or anything even close to that nature

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: PSU contains a wide variety of sororities, and fraternities for anyone interested in joining. Some of the greek sororities/fraternities have their own housing, and some do not. Its pretty rare not to see someone walking around with a sweatshirt displaying their greek life.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Penn State University is a world renowned school, that contains almost everyone from around the world. The school contains lots of different races, religions, beliefs, and sexual orientation. Everyone gets along with one another like a giant family. Its enforced prejudice free-zone creates a comfortable environment for anyone to attend.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Weather on campus can only be described as unpredictable. Due to Penn State being located in a valley, it's weather seems to change dramatically throughout day. For the last three months, we have only had rainy days. The sun has shone only a few times throughout these long rainy months. Weather is always destined to change. Even though it maybe sunny out in the morning, its always best to bring a umbrella, and jacket just in case.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Policy – During each students freshmen year, they are to complete a survey/information video on PSU safety, and being aware. Some of the topics include the basic rules, and regulations that students are to follow accordingly. One of the major topics include alcohol consumption on campus. Due to Penn State being one of the top party schools in the country, many students tend to have drinking problems. The PSU aware shows the statistics of how many students drink on campus, and the consequences that come with it. The rules are strict but easy to follow. Number one: Do not drink under-age. Many students on campus are caught each weekend for violating this rule, due to busted parties. Police forces are every where around campus, and every Thursday- Sunday police are ready to bust a party at any moment.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State College Downtown – Downtown State College is full of life, and prosperity. Many of the students who do not wish to eat at the dining halls tend to hang out downtown to enjoy a fresh meal. Though the prices are on the high side, downtown provides a wide variety of different foods. Some of the stores provide students the chance to use Lion Cash, which acts as a credit card for students. One of the best places, and hot spot for many students is the Corner Room, located at the corner of East College Ave., and Allen St. They provide a menu for students interested in using Lion Cash. Their meals are great, and priced fairly decent.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Penn State is a very fun school due to the bar scene downtown. Most nights you can easily see people that have been drinking walking the streets. Walking through town, you can always find a party.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football Is Religoiusly Followed – Football at PSU is religiously followed. Even though there are many sports at PSU, football is the most popular and Penn State is also the home of Beaver Stadium, the biggest stadium in America.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Amazing Security on Campus – Penn State is one of the safest campuses in America. The town of State College was rated as one of the safest places in America. Police cars patrol the streets and the campus around the clock.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There are not a lot of hard core drugs seen at Penn State but dont go to a frat or apartment party and expect to smell or see weed... Alcohol is EVERYWHERE. It's a party school, peer pressure is large to drink here.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Top Pick for Safety – Voted one of the safest campuses in the US! I feel totally safe walking around downtown at night alone. Police are always on the prowl which makes me feel that much safer. There are rarely reports of dangerous crimes.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Happy Valley – State College is an excellent college town. Has everything you could ever need and want from pizza, chinese, subs to fancy sit down, stores gallor and even a theater. It doesn't get the name Happy Valley for nothing! excellent place to live. One of the safest college towns in the US too!

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: the food here is worst at best the state doesn't believe in funding for good food and students often have to go off campus for a reasonable meal that won't make you sick

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Have not had much need easy to get around without the expenses of a car.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Computers are not hard to find and always in working order.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Hard to Acquire – Parking is sometimes hard to acquire. Most of the time guests have to park in parking garages and that can be inconvenient, costly, and a hassle when trying to find a spot.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Bring Your Rainboots and a Heavy Coat – During my stay at penn state, it is constantly raining and it is cold --> this is my rating for fall semster

3 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are excellent and there are so many choices, but i had a hard time adjusting. Especially going into the main campus, it is literally a snow globe.
Also when it comes to the classes at times it can be very large and it is nerve racking when the class does not have alot of split up work, instead alot of the grades are dependent on just test. If you flunk one it is hard to come back, and end with a high grade
Penn state is not my cup of tea

4 College Senior

Party Scene: All of the bars downtown are for people 21 and over. There is an occasional under-21 night at indigo, the only dance club in town. For people under 21, the best place to party is at a friend's apartment off campus or at a frat. Frats have gotten pretty strict about who they let in though, so get to know a brother. For the over 21 students, there are tons of bars to choose from and there's something going on every night of the week.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Tons of School Spirit – With the name Penn State comes great fan support and school spirit. At each home football game, approximately 100,000 people from all over the country come to Happy Valley to watch the game. Other sports are fun to watch here too. Most sporting events are free for students, with the exception of football and mens and womens basketball.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Rich Kids in Greek Life – There is a good mix of backgrounds in the general student body. In smaller groups, like Greek life, most people are from a privileged background. Most students in Greek life have their expenses paid by their parents, and look down on other students for not being as rich as them. People from lower socio-economic groups are here on partial or full scholarships, which sometimes causes them to be looked down upon.

4 College Freshman

Technology: What You Need – The computers on campus are fast and get the job done. Specific ones even have extremely complex programs on them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: It's Not Bad – It's easy to stay out of trouble if you are smart and control yourself.

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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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