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Reviews 5160 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Technology: Some of the technology that we use in the classrooms is dated. I feel that our experiences in the classroom would be enhanced if the technology would be updated, even if it were by a few years.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The variety of food they offer on/off campus is great for people of all cultures!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East Halls is pretty bad. The rooms not necessarily, but the bathrooms are awful. If you have the chance as an incoming freshman, choose anywhere else if you are looking for comfort. However, if you are looking to make a lot of new friends quickly, East may be the better bet.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Because I don't participate, I do not have an opinion of Greek Life.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's nothing compared to where I am from. It's very quaint and old-fashioned.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It doesn't make sense to me how I receive less and less aid every returning year even though the money I have to pay for school (by myself) is dwindling. Definitely not "need based"

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are always a lot of places to go depending on what orgs you are involved in

5 College Junior

Athletics: The importance of sports at Penn State is very negative for me, but that does not change the fact that they are good.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've always lived in places that are dumps. I'm sure that not always true, but typically housing is not that nice. Parking is absolutely awful. It is cheap though...

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I eat out almost every day so of course things can get old, but overall I have a lot of places that I love. If I was less picky I would find more good places to eat, but some are a bit far to walk to. Overall, very good. Probably my favorite aspect about Penn State is the food.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: It has its ups and downs. Good food, terrible locals though. Not surprising because it is rural PA.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Feels like a factory. Hard to develop relationship with teacher. Classes usually large.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: If you want the Greek Life you see in Hollywood movies this is probably the closest you can get to it. Not all fraternities are this typical, but the most prestigious and popular ones share a lot of the negative aspects that are stereotypical of Greek Life. Greek culture is elitist and looks down upon non-Greeks. Great for social life and meeting girls if that's your number one priority. Also, good for the resume and leadership positions.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I'd say it is very average for a large state school.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Definitely good party scene. Abundance of drugs and alcohol and whatever you want if you choose to partake. Overall, its a negative experience on the student experience because it overshadows actually learning.

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think that the University takes a hardline on the issue, however their strict alcohol policy only creates much more dangerous areas where sexual assault is more likely. However, the administration cares more about the outward appearance of being a "dry" campus than addressing the problems they cause by doing this.

2 College Junior

Administration: Incredibly over zealous police force looking to hand out underage citations for the money it rakes in for their department. Unfriendly.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Not a lot of variety. To me everyone looks the same and its not as diverse as they claim it is.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Its safe on campus but there are frequent reports of assults on campus and not really sure if theyre real or not.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: There's no scholarships here for multicultural students.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Its very split between races so you cant compare them.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties here are great, some students spend too much time partying and not enough time on school work and it hurts their grades, but balancing social and academic lives is important and most students can do it.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus strictness at my school does a good job of keeping students safe but is able to balance safety with social and academic flexibility.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: in love, i wouldn't change a thing

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys on campus are BEAUTIFUL, I fall in love at least 20 times every time I leave my room.

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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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