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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Life – You don't really get a lot of drugs here, everyone comes to Penn State to party. All the parties are full of Natty Light, which everyone gets completely wasted on, so drugs don't really come into play very often.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Super Safe – I have never felt unsafe on campus, even walking home after midnight. There are lighted streets everywhere and emergency phones on every block that immediately connect to police services.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The film professors are extremely knowledgeable on their subject and many have lots of experience working on films and analyzing. films. There is a television studio that even freshman can work in and there are always cameras available to take out. The Dean of Career Services is awesome and very helpful when getting internships.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some Area of School Housing Are Fair – Although the average temperature is cold here, people do not use air-conditioning for 3 seasons. Some area of school housing are not installed air conditioning, it is still a little hot in summer.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Insane Party School – As you know, Penn State is ranked Number 1 in U.S. Party School. Guys and Girls are crazy about the party. Lots of people go out on Friday Nights and drink beers

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Not Bad – Some professors are insanely good. A few professors may know a lot about the subject, however, they don't know how to teach

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Each student gets 100 sheets per semester, which can run out pretty quickly if you're a science major like me

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Biobehavioral Health – Serious dedication of teachers and many resources available and oportunities to grow

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's entirely subjective. The kids who do drugs typically stay together. Drugs are around, it's a personal choice of whether you want to do them or not.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always a party...underage or of age. Never fails to be a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to Penn State with hopes of pursuing a career in medicine and they have helped me to excell in that dream. The teachers are fantastic and the teaching assistants are always available for help. The atmosphere is filled with school spirit which makes the school even more enjoyable.

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4 College Student

Athletics: The athletics at Penn State are the best, are hardworking and open. At the University there are variety of workout areas. The gym is available to everyone and make sure everybody stays in good shape. The athletics are very strong.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I spent a night in Brumbaugh Hall (East Halls) with two cadets in ROTC, and the three of us were able to live comfortably for the small time we were there. We were about 30 feet from the commons area, and there were two outdoor basketball courts next to the dorms. The rooms weren't huge, but they are definitely liveable. Your not spending a lot of time there, so it shouldn't be too big of a problem.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beaver Stadium – Beaver Stadium, the home to Penn State home football games, has an official seating capacity of 107,282, and that is almost always filled. It is the fourth largest stadium in the WORLD, and largest double-decker stadium in the western hemisphere. The most people to ever be in attendance at a game was 110,753 people for the 40-7 victory over ranked Nebraska in 2002, and this doesn't include workers in the stadium, and tailgaters outside the stadium. It is also home to the "White Out" in which all 100,000+ fans where white t-shirts, the S-Zone (Now the Beat Zone) which is where students in the student section wear t-shirts to spell out "Beat *S* 'Other Teams name'" For the Alabama game it will read "Beat *S* Bama"

4 College Freshman

Academics: Hard to Beat – Penn State is known all over the country and has a great reputation. Everywhere you go, you will somehow find a Penn Stater, or a Penn State fan.

4 College Junior

Parking: Great Locations – Great locations for parking, literally anywhere on campus. Parking can be a bit pricey, but there is literally no need for a vehicle on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great Locations – The apartments surrounding the college tend to be literally as close to campus as possible, and allow for easy bus travel if even necessary. Housing tends to be a bit pricey, however, it is still cheaper than on-campus.

5 College Junior

Academics: PSYCH 105 – Penn State University has an entire class devoted only to Psychology majors. Not only does this class address most of the problems facing Psychology majors; such as finding a job after college and taking the right courses to match our career choices, this class also allows us to network with other Psychology majors.

4 College Junior

Academics: Bio Behavioral Health – The material was straight forward and to the point. The professor was very helpful as well

3 College Junior

Campus Food: A Lot of Locations and Variety, but Not the Healthiest – There are dining halls at every corner of campus, plus several more in the HUB. The nice thing is that most of the locations have not only a general dining hall buffet, but also smaller specialty places, too. For example, in East there's a sandwich/wrap place, a salad place, a pizza and deli place, and a place that specializes more in burgers. The other dining areas have other choices (Redifer has the most). Probably the worst part about dining on campus is that it's easy to find pizza and unhealthy foods, but it's hard to find much in the way of healthy foods besides salads.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors Are Passionate About Their Classes – For almost all of my Communications-specific classes, my teachers have been really passionate about what they were teaching, and none of them taught "straight from the book". Even in my larger classes, the professors encouraged everyone to come to office hours so they could get to know each of us. Unlike some of the gen. ed. classes, the professors for Communications classes are actually interested in getting to know you and helping you out.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Get Ready for a Blast – Penn State is great. You get to meet people that are extremely diverse and people that are just like yourself. The party seen is amazing, and the academics are not bad either. Football and basketball tickets are a must!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Get Ready for Lecture Halls – With the size of Penn State, it is almost impossible not to be placed in a class with atleast 600 other students. However, the teachers do their best to help you learn and are readily available to assist you.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: So Much to Drink – State College is a nice town with very nice people. Every weekend there are parties occurring everywhere. It is almost impossible not to find a party to go to. However, with that being said, there is not much to do aside from drink on the weekends. Penn State does offer other activities for students to do on weekends, but sometimes these are not that amusing.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a biobehavioral health major at Penn State. This major is not offered in a lot of colleges. When it comes down to this major , there are a bunch of resources that helps determine what you can do with this major. The advisers help you plan out how your next years in the college are going to be like and what courses to take. This is a reading intensive major, and for a person like me who doesn't like reading, I have to work harder. If you follow the course and go at the pace of the professor there should be a problem with excelling. With this major, you are not limited to only one profession, and you could take almost any class in addition to the requirement. In regards to workload, this is not a very overwhelming major unless you make it. I really enjoy majoring in this and I hope to succeed.


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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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