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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports @ PSU are a huge part of the culture.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sporting events were very popular.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Penn State was very helpful with answering my questions.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love the town but the campus is a little far away and I have to drive everywhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Nothing is perfect. I'm sure the administration should have done differently during the Jerry Sandusky years!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Penn State has many majors to choose from. There is no shortage of education here. The faculty is great, attentive, even when they are heavily into their research.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I was sick once during my PSU career. It was my senior year during finals. I felt really weak, even fainted in the shower. So, I went to the nurse across from The Hub and within minutes I was in, diagnosed and given treatment and drugs and advice. I did what I was told, felt better after finals and seem to be sick not that often, perhaps because I take care of myself!!

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't know of too many scholarships so i didn't apply as much as I am now that I am in a Master's program. My credits cost on average $793 per credit, so I want as much money as I can without ruining my study time or time away to sort things through and update my brain.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: During my time at PSU, there was plenty of places to go and have fun, whether fraternities or bars or even a friends apartment. The party scene depends on your desires, if you want to party you will, if you want to study and learn you will. i think i did an even amount my three years there.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: At Penn State University, University Park, the housing situation is to say the least, all over the place. It is a typical college town. The school was there first and the town grew around it. So, there are houses to rent, apartment complexes of all sorts. Most landlords though seem to think that Mommy and Daddy will pay everything so they seem to hike up fees and maintenance fees at the end of the semester. They play this game where they fire the Manager just before the end of the semester, so that the new one can't find all the paperwork, this helps them to inflate the end of contract bills in hopes of rich parents paying so their kid can get out of the bind s/he thinks their in. I kept my contract and took pictures of before and after so I was covered. I even won an argument over a dirty oven that I never used, both pictures were clean, so I won and argued a $900 bill down to $0 just because I had a copy of my contract and a landlord/tenant law lawyer.

For the most part, PSU is a great place to live. I suggest you find a place and stick to it for the time you are at school.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State has a great sport program. They are known across the country for the football program.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of variety with off campus housing. If you want free laundry, internet, pool service, and more all that is available and if you would like the bare minimum that is available too.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus feels pretty safe most of the time, but when there is a problem it may be talked about but nothing really happens.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The local area is okay, It has plenty of restaurants in the local area, a few parks and stores, but other than that there is not too much here.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Got the money I need

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Blue light system, Text warnings

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I've never lived on campus but visit my friends who live on campus. I really like North Hall and West Hall. North Hall is right next to my classes while West is nice and spacious.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't go out much, but it's pretty cool if you know the people or at least have a group of friends to go with.

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College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't really have an opinion on this. I feel very safe on campus during the day time. During the nighttime I'm more cautious about my surroundings especially on weekend.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team is quite phenomenal and our fan support is even more so. You walk almost anywhere in the US and there will always be at least one Penn State fan to scream, "We Are..." at you. Penn State has the most school spirit I've ever witnessed in my life.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had one yet. I'm planning on finding an internship as soon as I find out if I made it into the program or not. If I end up choosing a different major I want to find an internship that corresponds with that specific internship.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I like a lot of the options we have downtown. It's inconvenient whenever I'm at my apartment though. I live 4 miles off campus.

3 College Senior

Administration: My college is in between.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is okay, there is a lot of variety from healthy to not healthy at all, but the healthier options or the little cafes are more expensive so it makes me not want to eat at those places.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Some things my school is more lenient about than others, it all depends on the severity of the situation really and what it going on.

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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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