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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Perspective of a Non-Greek Student – Let's see - this might be a bit hard for me, since I am not a Greek guy, and don't really have any Greek friends (maybe a few, but that's it). Overall, they are a huge contributor to THON (Penn State's Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world). So, that is really good. The fraternities and sororities always seem to raise the most $$ out of all the different campus organizations FTK (For the Kids) - another big plus. Another plus is that they have recently gotten involved in clean-up activities the day after State Patty's Day - a drinking "holiday" established in 2007. OK, now that I have the pros of Greek life done, some cons. I have heard that the parties are no more fun than an exciting night at a bar - whether people agree or disagree with this sentiment, I do think Greek parties are overrated myself. I went to one as a freshman, and it was a bunch of dudes playing beer pong. Not very exciting. What else? You can oftentimes tell who is involved in a fraternity/sorority because many of them dress/talk/act the same. Also, housing for fraternities/sororities is overpriced, IMHO. OVERALL: No need to get involved in Greek life - maybe go to a Greek party for s*** and giggles, just to say you went to one. Or a daylong. But that's it. House and apartment parties are the s***, but not frat/sorority parties. 

3 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs at Penn State. Besides the labs at all the main residential areas (Waring - West, Warnock - North, Findlay - East, and Pollock - South), and the HUB, there are labs in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries, and many, many other buildings on campus. It can be hard to find a computer to use around midterms and finals, but otherwise, pretty easy. Overall, I would say if you're trying to save money, you do not need to spend any on your own laptop. But if Mom and Dad are paying for your laptop, why not?

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Fast and Available for the Most Part – Computer are available for the most part. The labs get busy during class hours (10-3ish) but other than that you shouldn't have a problem. All computer are fast with the latest technology.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: 40,000 Students Plopped Into One Town- Endless Possibilities – Penn State University has SO much to offer. There is someting for EVERYONE there whether you are athletic, a bookworm, artsy, you can find it all ! The only down side is that you are basically stuck there since there is nothing going on in a 2 hour radius of the school. But beleive me, you wont want to leave !!!!!!

1 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: What Girls – Girls are mostly old women or young girls who could not get into a REAL College.

1 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Mostly a Commuter College With 80% Oledr People Over 45 Yrs. Not much night life on this small comuter campus. Great area attaraction in the town include: Winner Store, Daffins Candy World's Largest Candy Store, Quaker Stake and Lube Best USA Wings......

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Never Had an Issue – With the vast amount of computer labs on campus, you could definitely get by without a personal computer. They let you print out about 100 pages for free and I almost never needed to print something anyway, so I didn't bring a printer. Having my own laptop, though, is a convenience I wouldn't want to do without. The WiFi is way faster than I had hoped and I was even able to get it in my dorm (they've been working on getting it in all the dorms). ResCom is available everyday if you have a problem with your computer.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Always Something to Do – There are always shows, concerts, plays, etc. to see in and around the area, and a lot of the time tickets are cheap or even free. There's something for everyone.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the restauraunts downtown or in the state college area use Lioncash, which allows students to receive discounts all over the area. The best place is Baby's Diner and Maki Yaki has the best sushi in town.

1 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Strict Policies – The Campus just recently went dry. There is no alcohol allowed anywhere on campus, even in the residence halls. The campus police don't care if your 21.No alcohol goes for everybody.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Penn State has really good public transportation and shuttles run every ten minutes. The campus is looks great so walking to class is not that bad. If you do need a car then parking should not be a problem except for football weekends when it gets really crazy. Unfortunately their are permit costs to park on campus and the lot is really far from classroom buildings.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: School Is One of a Kind – PennState is ranked one the safest places to live (#3). They have the state police, and their own private police force. "Blue Lights" are great for making sure you are always connected. Parties are often, safe if the student in considerate of themselves.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather in Pennsylvania is difficult. It can run from very rainy to very dry. PSU seems to be on the average side. Sunny very often, temperature fluctuates with the seaons.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Finacial Aid process went very smoothly, no problems at all unlike other schools i applied to (i.e. Cornell, UR, RIT, UB).

3 College Freshman

Diversity: PSU has a mixture of many different religions (including the many places for those religions to worship). In addition to that, they also have a large ethnic basis. There more White Americans than other ethnicities, however, they are balanced out by the ample amount of others.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I love the nightlife here, it's amazing. I find it hard to believe that anyone can be bored, because there's always something to do.The best places to go if you're under 21 are Frat Parties or apartment parties. They're usually a lot of fun, and they have really great music. There's also Levels nightclub, which is open to anyone 18 and over. I've heard it's really a lot of fun, but the lines are usually extremely long. The Cata Buses run until about 3 am, I believe, on weekends. It's usually very packed and filled with a lot of hilarious, crazy students. If you're going off campus, most students take a taxi, because it's easier get around in the night. Sometimes it takes around half an hour to actually get a taxi company on the phone, but they usually arrive very fast. If you're not into the party scene, then there's usually activities in the Hub, such as movies.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical Engineering tought want to finish this year

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends on Where You Live – Campus housing varies from spot to spot. West housing has the best food, north has the nicest rooms, east is closest to the stadium, and south has the best quad. They each have their ups and downs. Overall, the quality of the on-campus housing is good.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Convenient and Accessible – I am a student in the world campus and have found the courses to be valuable to my career, and accessible and convenient. The expense, however, is severely limiting

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses, Buses Everywhere – There are two different bus lines that loop around Penn State Main all day that are free and run from I think 6am to 2am. There are also several bus lines that charge a mere $1.50 that can take you to off-campus locations. There's a bus tracker app you can download to see where the buses are, but sometimes it's not always reliable and the buses get off schedule. Mega Bus stops at the Walmart parking lot if you need to get to places like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or New York.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Penn State has several different computer labs. Each computer has relatively fast Internet and they have programs installed that would otherwise need to pay for if you downloaded them yourself. Every lab has two or three printers; most people have their own personal computers and printers that they bring because the computer labs can get crowded with people checking Facebook.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cultural Food Abounds in State College – The State College area offers several cheap, privately-owned, high-quality restaurants, along with popular chains. You can find just about any type of cuisine from Asian food to Mexican to Austrian to All-American, Italian and Indian. Most places participate in the Lion Cash system so you don't have to carry cash. The best places are The Deli, The Corner Room, Cozy Thai Bistro and Herwig's Austrian Bistro.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State offers pretty much every sport there is and if it's not offered you can start your own team. They have four different gyms on main campus. All the sports teams have a coaching staff and sports nutritionists, trainers. Students are eager to attend and support all athletic events. Intramurals are offered for all seasons - indoor and outdoor - and are very popular.

3 College Student

Transportation: Buses Galore – Cata buses are very useful around campus. Some will take you off campus for a small fee of $1.50 each way. There are lots of bus stations that you can catch a multitude of buses to different places to get home (NY, Pittsburgh, Newark, DC, Philadelphia...). There is also a local airport, which is expensive. It doesn't hurt to know an upper classmen with a car on campus though- faster than the buses and doesn't cost a thing.

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1 College Student

Weather: Randomly will storm, a lot! Weather is usually cold and rainy. Winters are dreadful, summers are really hot. Spring is really nice but those spring showers happen often.


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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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