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Reviews 5308 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Always Somthing to Do – Theres always a party whether you know them or not theres tons of frats always having something on the weekends. The transportation is great and runs throughout the night.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Easily Excessible Yet Pricey – Finding housing is really easy but you have to apply early for it which is sometimes an inconvenience. The cost is fairly high for college students but usually the payments have everything included. A lot of the housing also includes the transportation so in the long run cost balances out.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: You can find whatever it is that you want, but you might get caught.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: So Many Options – There are enough choices on campus to keep you from getting bored with the food.

4 College Junior

Technology: Good Labs, Bad Wireless – During normal school hours, most computer labs are pretty busy. You can almost always find a spot in one of the commons, but you will have to wait in line or get lucky in the library or the business building. The wireless network is strong is some buildings but unreliable in most places.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The free loop buses are great and go to a lot of locations both on campus and in the main downtown area.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are lots of places for people to park on campus, but it is very expensive to get a permit, so there are advantages and disadvantages.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Many of the professors are experienced in the advertising field and are able to share stories and prepare students for careers after graduation.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: College Town! Its great theres so much to do, its a college town though i wouldnt really live here unless i was a student or a professor

4 College Junior

Administration: Laid Back – Penn State is a party school, everyone parties here. People sometimes get caught, but if you don't do anything stupid you won't get caught at a party, unless your driving under the influence. Just be careful at the tailgate parties, the campus police will bust you for underage drinking, they check everyone's ID.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: House Parties – Penn State University Park is rated number seven in the top ten party schools in the U.S. The clubs are fun, and downtown State College is right next to campus, but the house parties are way better, and they're usually free. We Are Penn State!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Secure – Penn State University Park is a very safe campus. The Auxiliary Police force is quite good at making students feel safe on campus. They even escort students who don't want to walk around campus at night by themselves. But be careful at the football games, they check everyone's ID for underage drinking at the tailgate parties.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was on scholarship so i rarely had to even look at financial aid. But the Bursar office is open respectable hours and you can always stop by if you have any questions.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Penn state has five different dorm areas. East is for freshmen so if your first year students you want to live there. West is nice but mostly engineering and computers majors live in west dorms because they are close to those colleges. South and Pollock are in the middle of the campus and close to the hub and downtown. North dorm are far but they are really noce.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There are multiple computer labs around campus. The computers work well and fast. The school provides hard drive space for each student so you can access saved files from any computer around campus.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There are obviously some students that partake in drug use but I have never come across any other than by word of mouth.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Home Away from Home – The off campus housing selection is easy to access. There are many agencies that will help you find an apartment ranging within your limits. Parking is normally difficult to find at a reasonable price but some apartment buildings will give you options.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It does not matter what you are in the mood to eat at Penn State because whatever it is, you will definitely find a place to satisfy your craving at a college student price. The best place for wings is Wings Over Happy Valley, I cannot go more than a week without ordering delivery. Also the hours they are open is perfect for the student late night life. Everything is within walking distance which is perfect since most student do not have cars available.

3 College Junior

Weather: Beautiful Falls. Beautiful Springs. Horrendous Winters.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Can an athletic program get any better? (excluding Men's basketball).

4 College Junior

Academics: My Dream School – Penn State is a wonderful place with a vibrant campus where there is always something to do. Working in the classroom is greqat but the only drawback is the unpersonalized connection the staff has with it's students due to the large size of the university.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Penn State is not an international school by all means. The majority of the student population is white, but there are Latinos, Blacks, and Asians around too. Just not as much as city schools.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Campus Life: Clubs – Penn State has every club imaginable so if you want to make friends: get involved! You can even form your own club, just find a group with similar interests. I recommend doing Blue Band! Not only do you get to go to all the football games for free but you get to move in early, go on trips, get class credit, and meet a ton of awesome people.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Penn State! If you enjoy school spirit, friendly people, and a diverse campus you'll enjoy your year here. Everyone pegs Penn State as a huge party school but, when you think about it, every school is the same way. It's all about who you hang out with and what you're comfortable with personally. As far as academics, it's only a challenge if you make it one. This isn't high school; every exam grade matters. The professors are great and have plenty of office hours to field your questions. Plus there are plenty of options as far as study help such as tutors, study groups ect. Overall if you choose Penn State it'll be the best 4 years of your life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Most students stick with a meal plan. There are plenty of meal options and a great atmosphere in the dining halls. The chain restaurants on campus are pretty pricy but are fine for a little variety in your meals- buy sparingly. There are also a few fancier dining places off campus. Great for a meal with your parents at family weekend or a date.


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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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