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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is unique do to the enviroment and the professors who are invested in their students leraning.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall I love Penn State and would not go anywhere else. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating was because it is a pain to get home because I live in New York. There are busses that go to New York City and Northern Jersey and a Facebook group for rides but it is just a long and boring ride. Also, the winter sucks. I will not sugar coat it. Classes are rarely ever cancelled and when they are, it is never for snow- just ice. The month of February is brutal- it gets to be "feels like -12" for half of February. But once you survive to mid March, it is all up hill, don't worry.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State has the best alumni. I am a hospitality management major and we have our own career center and a website where you send your resume to companies who come to campus and if they like you from your resume, they give you a chance to interview. I got an internship for spring semester as a freshman at an 850 room hotel in New York City. So the availability of internships is quite impressive.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Other than the school, there is not much else here. There is a nice mountain that people hike and ski on in the winter. There is a lot of shopping- a mall nearby, a walmart, urban outfitters, abercrombie, and a few cute boutiques. There is a local minor team which is fun I guess. I have never met a local as far as i know..

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Penn State has the most attractive student body by far. Everyone is fairly good looking-very attractive.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is not unsafe at all. You can walk around at 4am and not feel threatened it is not a real city like New York City where you have to fear every suspicious person. In state college, 80% of the people you run into late at night go to the university so they are not too suspicious. All of the sexual assault notifications that you receive on your phone through the text alert system, are all "suspect was known to the victim". so yes, sexual assaults do occur, but they are not usually random attacks, they are people who know each other so it is nothing to be scared of. The health center is amazing. You make an appointment online for that day or the next at the most convenient time for you and they will prescribe you medicine- they are not at all annoying about it. They also take most health insurances so you don't need to pay any money out of pocket to be seen. The health service also has a pharmacy which carries most prescriptions but if the campus pharmacy does not have what you are looking for, there are 2 CVS's right in town.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: You will never experience anything like football Saturdays in State College. People come from all over the north east- sometimes farther for a 3-4 hour sporting event. The tailgates are crazy- sometimes so crazy you miss the actual game (I know from personal experience...) Some frats hold parties before hand which are always fun as well. The hockey games are really fun to go to as well and have a high attendance.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you are a guy it is a good thing to be in Greek life so you can get into parties, but as a girl it does not matter one bit if you are in greek life or not. If you are a girl you can get into any party with non greek friends as well. The guys have houses off campus (3 are on campus) and the girls have suites on campus in South Halls.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is not too difficult to get off-campus housing. The only downside is that you have to start looking around November of the previous year so that is tricky. The actual off campus housing is not too expensive and there are plenty of available apartments on Beaver and College- both streets have a bus line that runs through it. As a sophomore, I am living off campus on Beaver ave with 3 of my best friends in a 2 bedroom apartment and it is costing me around $570 a month- so nothing too outrageous. There is a white loop on Beaver ave so it is not impossible to get anywhere and if you are not lazy like me, you could even walk to class from Beaver ave.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is always a party going on Thursday thru Saturday night and usually on Wednesday nights and sometimes even Tuesday nights if you look hard enough. Never really Monday though. As a freshman girl, I went to frat parties every weekend. You do not need to be in a sorority and usually do not even need to know anyone. Tip: do not bring guys with you because they will not be allowed in.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat off campus- some fancy ones that you will go to when your parents come to visit and then places like Panera and then tons of fast food such as Chipotle, Primanti Brothers, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Subway and many more! ALSO, the best thing ever... on weekends, there are like 15 places that deliver until 4am to anywhere nearby- it is seriously the best thing ever invented. And they make it easy. There is a website and app called "Order Up" where every place that delivers near by is all on one site so delivering is really made easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Do not even try to smoke weed in your dorm- they will call the police (RA's) and not even tell you they are and then when the police come they must be let in and will arrest you- not even a warning. There were guys on my floor freshman year who smoked weed in their dorms and usually would get caught- just don't try it. Alcohol.. you technically cannot drink in dorms it is a dry campus but as long as you're quiet and not being disruptive to neighbors, you can totally pre game in the dorms before going out. I have only been to one frat party that was ever busted by the police but they don't check IDs or ask anything when they come- they just make you leave, so it is really no big deal except you need to find a new place to go.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are so many options- 5 dining halls and then there is the HUB which has great options such as Starbucks, Burger King, Sbarro, Chik Fil A, 2 make your own salad places, Panda Express, some burrito place and many more! The dining hall food isn't too expensive on the meal plan and they are open from 5pm-8pm except Redifer (south) has special hours. The food is good quality and there is a menu app for iPhones where you can see what each dining hall is offering for the week.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing is not absolutely horrible but past freshman year, I would say move off campus as most upperclassmen choose to do. As a freshman, choose East Halls. Yeah, it is not the most fancy or clean but it is all freshman and the RA's try to make it a nice community feel. Also, when you are going out with your friends it is a pain to have to walk to East Halls to meet your friends if you live elsewhere since East Halls has a bus stop which is great for going out on the cold nights. Also, going to class or the library late at night, you want to be able to take a bus and only West and East have bus stops but West is not freshman at all. As far as dorms go, they are fine. I mean for an 18 year old they are fine and after you never want to go back but I loved my dorm in Pinchot! Such fun memories freshman year!

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I just submitted my Fafsa information and the college gave about 2/3k dollars of scholarships for the next few semesters. Of course I need more money. But that's something I'll have to work at on my own.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love west mainly because of the cookies there. The corner room is nice as well and I love going to the HUB. The only thing I dislike is how expensive the hub is

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It actually depends on where you are living. East may have small dorms, but the atmosphere of living around kids who are all Freshman is actually very helpful for your first year when you're trying to meet people like you. Also, Nittany Apartments is amazing and they have townhouse there. The cost is kinda expensive, in my opinion, and the convenience of some of the dorm halls is very out of the way of most classes so the walk around the large campus can be a nuisance. Still, the experience is definitely worth it.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: To actually get into my major, Management Information Systems, or any business major for that matter, you have to complete your first two years of entrance to major requirements before being able to apply to your intended major after the end of your sophomore year. Also, you have to maintain a 3.2 GPA to be guaranteed a spot in your major (3.5 for Finance, though these numbers are climbing soon to 3.3 and 3.6), and anyone below will be submitted into a pool and picked from next highest GPA onward until all available spots in the major are filled. It is a bit stressful to maintain this GPA standard, but it's achievable. Also, getting into the business school in the first place is relatively difficult, and I would recommend trying to be accepted into there rather than getting accepted as DUS and then trying to get in. It'll be easier on you to go straight in.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Our campus has some incredibly beautiful buildings, and the greenery easily matches this beauty. Even during the winter, when the snow covers everything in a blanket of white, the campus continually pulls through with taking my breath away at just how incredibly gorgeous it is. We have incredible traditions I think, like THON and some of the things we do in the student section during football games. Basically every aspect of this school has me falling in love with it more and more every day.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have loved every moment at Penn State, from partying on the weekends with my amazing friends to participating in THON. Having to go back home to California for practically 4 months in the summer was so hard, and I missed being surrounded by the people I had grown so close to and the whole environment Penn State has to offer, from it beauty to the social life to the sense of family I feel there. I could not imagine going to any other school, and I am so glad I chose to come here.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Like any school, there are good and bad professors. As for math related subjects there seems to be a lot of problems with the professors I think. In both my Math and Stat class I had to teach myself entirely because the professor either did a very poor job or was teaching us as if we already knew all the material. However, with the bad teachers I've also had some of the best teachers ever, one of those even being a TA which will happen in some of your classes. It's a toss up whether a TA is good or not, and the same goes for professors.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I still think that a Penn State degree is highly valued, and we have an incredible alumni connections system. There are amazing opportunities after graduating from here.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people at Penn State are very attractive generally. Most of the people are very friendly if you just try and strike up a conversation with them, and I find the culture created by everyone to be extremely comforting. There are the occasional jerks in both the guys and girls, but most of the people I have met have been amazing.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I can walk around campus and downtown late at night and feel absolutely safe without worrying that someone is going to hurt me. Of course, I marked it down because there are a lot of sexual assault reports, but that is to be expected of a huge student body of teenagers/young adults. Still, I have never felt unsafe there and they have security services for whatever you need.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is obviously known for its student section being the best in the country, and it definitely exceeds expectations. We love our football even if we don't do the best and are always enthusiastic, and game days are a huge event during the season. You'll see swarms of people heading to Beaver stadium on Saturday home games and there are not many people left on campus. As for the facilities, the gyms, especially the newest IM building, are very nice. They have incredible and new equipment, and people always seem to be wanting to go there.

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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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