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Reviews 5186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Weather: It's SO COLD! The weather is really cold in the winter and gross. It gets really windy and the classrooms are too hot... so it's always a hassel putting on layers just to take them all off inside.

Fall and Spring and Summer's are relatively nice.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Peer Pressure – Alcohol is definitely visibly everywhere at/near school. Drugs are usually kept pretty quiet but there are still people doing it.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Same Looks, Different People – Everyone seems to dress the same a school.
I feel like people don't have an individual style at Penn State.
No flair for fashion.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe, Informative, Clean – Campus crime is reported in the school newspaper so everyone is aware.

Any security issues are brought up immediately and students are informed through text.

You can request a walker, when walking on school grounds late at night.

I feel really safe.

5 College Junior

Administration: There are 70 cops for over 40,000 students. They cannot afford to be strict.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Late Night – Late night at Penn State is awesome. Everything is open till at least 2 AM.

3 College Junior

Technology: Computer Labs – When you can find a computer open, they are very convenient.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People at the School – There are a variety of people, from athletes to those focused strictly on studies.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is better than Disney world.... seriously though its awesome.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is a wide range of parties to attend. You could go to frats (if you have the right ratio of girls to guys or know a frat brother), or you could just go to one of the seemingly million apartment parties downtown. There are also a lot of bars. Penn State isn't called a party school for nothing....

4 College Freshman

Local Area: State College is a very nice town, with a lot of good places to eat and shop. Everything is located just off campus or just a short bus ride away. There are performances in the State College Theater and enough shopping to keep you busy for an entire week. There is also the All Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium. If you are an adventure seeker, you can even climb Mt. Nittany or any of the other hiking trails located right off campus. Overall it is a great atmosphere with a lot to do and see.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The amount of diversity in campus is great. As a minority attending psu feels great. Theres so many, it became common to seeing none white everywhere and feeling comfortable.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe at Night – There has not been a day that i havent felt safe walking around campus or on any transportation source on campus. Its not scary at all either.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Having Trouble in Class – As evrybody knows classes are not always easy. They are not comapred to high school either, but we have enough or more resources in our hands to use at our own advantage. Meaning there is no way a student cannot get help to overpass an obstacle they might have in class.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nearly Impossible to Be Bored – Nightlife at Penn State is full of activities. The campus offers many activities as part of their "Late Night" events at the HUB. These can include featured performances, movies, games, etc. Best part is that all of this is free!

There are also a ton of parties that happen up here. These can range from huge frat parties to small, more intimate apartment parties with a few good friends. Many of the fraternities will host something almost every weekend and you don't have to be a brother to attend (just pay a small cover fee and/or BYOB). If you do decide to drink underage, police around here are not ridiculously strict on the issue. Parties are more likely to be stopped due to noise violations and everyone else can just leave provided you don't act up inappropriately. The risk is yours to take, but there are plenty of opportunities to ensure you have enjoyable nights.

4 College Freshman

Academics: School of Music Is Fantastic! The professors in the School of Music are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They are very passionate about what they do and it shows in their work. You learn a lot in every class, and its knowledge that you will actually use in the field.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy to Get Around – The CATA buses are definitely your best best. There are two loops that go between campus and downtime and two "links" that go across campus that are free to use. These run until about 2:30 AM, so you can safely get back home if you've had a little too much to drink. There are many other buses available at $1.50 a ride with options available such as a card that is good for the semester. If you can't get a bus, there are many taxi services that can take care of you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Stick to North or West – If you have the opportunity, stay in North Halls. Although it may be more secluded, it is the most quiet of all the dorms on campus and gives you a better environment to focus on studying. The dorms there are also suite style, so you get a small living room, a bathroom with shower, and two bedrooms that you either share with one person or have to yourself. They also have carpeting and Heat/AC.

If you can't get in North, try West. Its in the middle of campus and is rather equidistant to most buildings. They may be your typical dorms, but they have the best dining hall on campus.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Being a student at Penn State is something that can only be described once you are a Penn Stater. I'm currently in the Smeal College of Business studying Supply Chain Management & Information Systems. They offer a very challenging and well ranked business program for its students. The amount of work and exams are not easy and you will need to put your time in if you want to succeed in any of the classes, but that is what makes Penn State the accredited school it is. The class sizes are very large, sometimes breaking the 350 students barrier, but professors will make the time to sit down and talk or help you. The program is structured very well in that all classes you take mesh into each other making the subjects flow as opposed to it being choppy. Penn State was ranked #1 with recruiters and their Career Fair is no different. During my time at Penn State I was able to complete two co-ops and two internships with Fortune 500 companies. The university offers two extremely large career fairs, one being in the fall for all majors and the second being specific to your business major. Being a supply chain management major we have a supply chain management career fair with companies just looking for students in our major. This makes it very possible to find an internship or full time job because of the universities program.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: State College has been notorious for their extremely expensive housing, regardless of whether you rent a house or an apartment. For being in the mountains, not not a major city such as New York or Boston, you would expect to have reasonable housing options. There are a handful of realtors that own almost all of the apartments at State College and charge unbelievable prices for what they offer. Many of the buildings are extremely outdated and in need of serious repair. For the price you pay to live close to campus you need a job. If you want to pay a reasonable amount for off-campus housing you'll have very muscular legs from all the walking you'll be doing.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Options of Food Available, but Carry a Not So Friendly College Student Price Tag – University Park has a vast selection of dining option closely located off campus. Most of the restaurants available to students provide a diverse selection of food from many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. At any point you can go downtown for Indian, vegetarian, or even Thai. Thai Noodle is a small Thai place located further off campus that has great food for a reasonable price. Some of the restaurants are student price friendly but some bear a heavy price tag that doesn't seem fair to a student budget. When it comes to State College food, you get what you pay for.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Every type of restaurant you can think of exists in state college, many along the streets adjacent to campus. There's upscale dining, to upscale chains, fast food, and local restaurants, ethnic restaurants etc. You can always find something you want. too much to choose from!

4 College Student

Local Area: College Community – The college is immersed in the community. There's always something to do on campus, as well as stuff to do off campus. Every type of restaurant and store you can think of--state college has it. The relationship between the students and the community is one of positive interdependence.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you want housing close to campus you have to really proactive. However if you want it there are lots of options you just might have to live far away sort of.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Penn State is more on top of everything then you know. They are prepared for any issue and can handle things quickly and correctly. Crime generally isn't very high.


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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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