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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big thing here but if you don't join Greek life you're not treated any less. There's so many other ways to get involved!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's so much to do here and it's really easy to get involved! We have a great sorts team, cute stores to shop at, and everybody is so friendly!

4 College Freshman

Administration: My school isn't very strict. Of course we have rules put in place, but they're reasonable and easy to abide by!

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats are known for having the best parties and they are pretty huge and fun.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It depends on which sorority or fraternity because they are all pretty different. I think sororities are more accepting of those that are non-greeks than fraternities. Hazing is a major problem with fraternities but not sororities.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Penn State are HUGE and absolutely everyone seems to be involved.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The on campus psychological services are so helpful and easy to reach.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Everyone is very helpful and accommodating, I really havent had a problem.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I think they should be more giving when it comes to financial aid and offer more/different kinds of aid.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SO many options and varieties and the food is delicious.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many majors and opportunities, there is something for everyone.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They fill up fast but the pricing is reasonable for a typical college student.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A little small, but not bad

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are a lot of sexual assaults on campus

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I don't know, I'm a freshman

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There isn't much outside of the college itself

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus

3 College Freshman

Administration: Same as any other school

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can always find something to do

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The energy in Beaver Stadium cannot be matched

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Technically it's a dry campus but there's always alcohol everywhere. As long as you don;t get caught you're good. If you are really drunk, like throwing up, on campus the police will probably pick you up an take you to the hospital. Then you take an alcohol awareness course and it gets put on your record. If you are caught with a bottle you just get written up and its taken from you. No one really cares about attendance since a lot of classes are lecture halls. For small major classes I'm sure the professors are a little more strict about it but unless you miss like half of the classes there's no real disciplinary action other than losing your class participation grade. As for noise violation you'll pretty much always just get warnings. Parking is a hassle and if you park in the wrong place and there happens to be a cop near by you will definitely get a ticket. There are no limitations on visitation in dorms. It's nice to ask your roommate first so they don't hate you, but I've had like 5 girls an guys sleep on the floor in my room on more than one occasion.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Between downtown and Atherton street there are a lot of options for food but downtown is much easier to get to if you live on campus. The prices are the same and the only "student discount" you usually get on food is using LionCash to buy it but there isnt really a discount. more places on Atherton offer actual student discounts.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a huge rush in October to get housing and unless you have roommates set and a security deposit to put down you'll pretty much be scrambling for a few months to find housing.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't have much to sat about financial aid at my school. The only aid i received was from the government. However, the school processed it very well.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The schools alerts students through a voluntary alert service any time there is any type of crime, usually sexual assault, on campus. This service is good i guess but it mostly doesn't help and just freaks people out. The health services are awesome. I've come in more than once without an appointment and had to wait 20 minutes max to see a doctor. The campus and downtown both feel very safe during the day and at night. There is a blue light system on campus that is accessible if anyone ever feels they are in danger. There is a safe walk program, if you are scared to walk alone, that you can call and have a campus security person walk you to your destination. I have used this a few times at 3 or 4 in the morning and I greatly appreciate it.

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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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