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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen Living on Campus in East Halls – East Halls is where all freshman live on campus. It is the fastest and quickest way to get adjusted to a new environment and make friends! Knowing you are around all freshman makes you less nervous to ask questions and start up a conversation. Choosing to live in East is the best decision. Sure the dorms are not as updated as West Halls and it is a little out of the way from downtown and the HUB but your experience freshmen year and the people you meet will be one you will always remember.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Penn State is great for many reasons. They have a tun of majors to offer and the faculty is great. We are known for our research on campus. The students are allowed to be a research assistant which is great when looking to apply for graduate school.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Way to Go – The buses on campus are available all the time. They even have an app that you can get on your phone to track each individual bus. However, the parking is awful. The school regulates all parking and you can only park at certain places at certain times, which is very inconvenient.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: Good, Can Be Pricy – I had a meal plan all four years because I lived on campus and I personally loved it. There are lots of options, and Pollock halls just got renovated. Most of the dining halls have huge salad bars and pizza and paninis everyday. Also very vegetarian friendly if that is an issue. If you life off-campus meal plans may not be in your best interest.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Football definitely gets the main support on campus even though we have very high achieving sports teams.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Lots of Parties – Freshman year: You will have tons of fraternities to go to, or if you are lucky enough to have a friend with an apartment you can go there.
Sophomore and junior year: you will go to tons of apartment parties with free alcohol
Junior/Senior year: To be 21 in State College is great. Tons of bars with really really cheap prices.

The busses make it very convienant to get from downtown to campus and run till 4 am on the weekends.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Unity Is Low – I give the Greek life at Penn State a B because of the lack of greek unity on and off campus and between the different divisions of greek. For example, the IFC and the NPHC are in the process of rebuilding the unity by throwing programs together and hosting socials together. I also give the greek life at Penn State a B grade due to the decrease in community service because during my freshmen year I used to see greeks everywhere doing everything and it started dwindling as the years passed.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good Diversity – I give the off campus dining at Penn State an A- because there are a lot of different options of food to choose from almost every ethnic background. There are healthy eating options and of course take out. Also the places have quality food for affordable prices because everyone knows that college students aren't always the wealthiest demographic.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have trouble finding alot of scholarships at school. I wish there were more.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn state is great school not just because of the fun but it also has a great family atmosphere football really brings the students as well as the rest of the town together.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Penn state security is great they are there whenever you need and they respond quickly.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The main campus has beautiful, well maintained facilities. However, due to the large volume of students you may rarely have access to them when it's convenient for you. I've left the library many times because It took way too long to wait for a computer to become available.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: It Depends – The majors do typically have a few pre requisites. I would say Penn State does a good job of making sure you are prepared for your major before you go into it, especially as far as engineering/ science degrees go. Penn State offers a lot of guidance as far as semester recommendations- what you should take and when you should take it. The guidance counselors are very helpful and in my experience will "move mountains" to help you. If you are uncertain, try to diversify your freshman year by knocking out your basic undergrad requirements- speech, humanities, arts ect., before applying to a specific major

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lion Cash Is Awesome – Lion cash lets you use your penn state account at normal dining places off campus and there are a lot of different and unique options. On campus food isn't bad either. There are starbucks and peats coffee houses, panda express, sushi, chik fil a, and the dining halls offer a lot of diverse options.
There is even a website, lion menus, that shows you where your lion cash can be spent and often times, using your lion cash gets you savings at places.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Too Crazy – In my experience, it's more pills and marijuana than "harder" drugs like coke and heroine. Smoking is prominent, as are "academic enhancers" like ambien and riddling. Drinking is much more "popular". Its hard not to drink at Penn State, as far as drugs go, if you want them you can find them. As for me, its not something that I do and I've never felt that I had to at Penn State. We might be a party school, but you'll find that people are pretty chill as far as letting you do what you're comfortable with.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: If there is one thing that describes the athletic scene at Penn State, it's total student involvement. There is nothing that compares to Beaver Stadium and Football; it's an experience like no other. Everyone goes all out for school spirit. Even if you're just playing club sports, Penn State has a great selection and it's a lot of fun

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The atmosphere at Penn State is one of pride and community. There is so much to do here, and it's not just drinking and football games. There are other sports, such as our 2012 Sweet 16 Women's Basketball team, and plenty of free and cheap concerts, comedians, and guest speakers. The restaurants downtown are great, and the nightlife is definitely fantastic. There's just so much to do and see, and so many people here that there is someone and something for everyone.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Psychology Dept – In the Psych Department, there are great professors and many opportunities for research. Our department is even rated third in the university in professors' teaching quality. There is a lot of flexibility in scheduling classes, as there are so many to choose from. The workload varies by class, but I find I learn more in classes when I have to work harder.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: Not once have a met a student that does not want to talk to you. Everyone at PSU is friendly and wants to help you. When I visited there my first time, I got lost and asked a group of upperclassmen for help. Rather than ignore me, they helped me find the building I was looking for and showed me nothing but respect.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: I am apart of TAU PHI DELTA we are the only forestry fraternity dedicated to the outdoors in the nation. Just being Greek gives us an advantage to be able to get out and be recognized and make a difference. Greek life is more than what people hear about, like party's and stuff like that. We are required to make a difference and do community service and most Greek life chapters go above and beyond to help there community and other people in the state as well as nation for us.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices. Penn state has so many choices for off campus dining. The best part is, most of them deliver right to your dorm!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its Cold in the Winter – Its very cold and rains a lot, but its way to fun to pass up

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good Food and Staff – The food is great and very variable. the staff takes good care of the students. Living on campus is very convenient

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love some of my classes. You really need to ask juniors or seniors about good professors before you take a class though.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There area bunch of different things to choose from. A great plus is this website called lionmenus that has all restaurants on it that will deliver to you.

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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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