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Reviews 5721 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food/dining at Penn State DuBois is great. The food varies from breakfast sandwiches to pizza slices for lunch. The service is excellent as well. The three lunch staff members are always so happy to serve us with food.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers at Penn State DuBois are great. They provide us with all of the technology and advantages that students need at a campus. The only downfall is the network reliability with a personal laptop. It can be quite difficult at times to get connected and stay connected to the internet.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at Penn State is ridiculous. You must have a parking pass to park on campus. These are very expensive. The campus will give you a ticket if you try to park here without a parking pass. Downtown is hard to find a parking space.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students at Penn State in their time here will come across drugs. I believe that the police could become stricter with drugs.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State's nightlife is one of a kind. You have parties and bars to attend. You can also go downtown and shop, eat, etc. You have a variety of activities that you could participate in. Their are many clubs you could get involved in.

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5 College Student

Majors: Smeal College of Business – I am at the Smeal College of Business and here it is an honor to be here. The Penn State Business program is one of the top in the country and most likely the world. They give you a great education that will help you pursue the job you want once you leave Penn State. Also they are rated number one in getting students jobs

5 College Student

Campus Food: Food and Dining Options – The food and dining here on the Penn State campus is wonderful. First off, it is all you can eat but dont over do the all you can eat part. Second, the cost per meal is very reasonable compared to some other colleges I have visited to see my friends and you have to pay for each individual item and that becomes a hassle.

4 College Student

Academics: My Major of Business – My business major has brought upon me a workload that to me is very manageable with the time I have to study, use my advisors, and ask other fellow classmates for help. Although I am not eligible to have an internship or job I plan on utilizing that opportunity that will come up.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I feel every night there is a party. NIght life is pretty crazy here but if you don't want to get involved, you don't have to. The library is also very quiet if you want to get away from downtwon.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls and Guys – There is a huge variety of guys and girls on campus. Everything and anything you can think of.

1 College Freshman

Local Area: Bland. Uneventful outside of parties (yes, they get boring after a few years). Bars are terrible. People are very pompous. Just a bad vibe.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The Smeal College of Business is an outstanding section of Penn State. The classes prepare you for the real world and there are many opportunities to obtain internships for well known companies. There are many career fairs and other events that help you determine which career you really want to pursue.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get any financial aid, which was terrible since tuition is so expensive. They don't give out a lot of money unless you absolutely need it. However, the work study programs are really good and apparently help out a lot with tuition.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very important at Penn State. Most greeks look down on people who aren't affiliated with greek life. Fraternities have houses while sororities have floors in certain dorm buildings. If you're not associated with Greek life, you can most likely still attend parties or daylongs, unless you're a guy. However, if you don't want to go Greek, there's plenty of other options of what you can do.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: State College Is an Amazing College Experience – It's a college town dedicated to college students.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: No Where Better for Career Services – I haven't had an internship yet but there is no better place to find one then penn state. Don't listen to the idiots who tell you it is hard to find jobs and network at penn state because it is in the middle of nowhere. Penn State has been ranked number one by corporate recruiters two years in a row by the Wall Street Journal, its Smeal College of Business is ranked number one by recruiters in a business-school only ranking, and Penn State hosts the largest career fair in the country twice a year. I'd take the prospects of finding an internship and/or job at penn state over any city school any day.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Alcohol – Penn State is a big party school. Obviously, alcohol is everywhere. A fair amount of students smoke weed but not really anymore than would be anywhere else. I'm sure there are some hard drugs, particularly in the frats, but I've never seen them. It's also important to note that there are plenty of people who don't drink or smoke on campus as well. Penn State is so big that it has every type of person.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Penn State is about as safe as it gets. The only real danger would be for a girl alone late at night because there are a lot of drunk guys around. But that's anywhere really.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: What I Envisioned College to Be – Penn State is exactly what I expected college to be. The whole atmosphere, the campus pride, and everything makes Penn State the best place I could ever call home 9 months out of the year. Penn State embodies everything I wanted out of my college experience and more.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Penn State has 4 gyms, a student center with various restaurants, and a pristine library with computers and printers on each floor in addition to the wide array of books to check out. There are multiple cafes around campus, some near class buildings and others near the library to keep you nourished all day throughout your classes and study time.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I Always Feel Safe – Penn State does a great job with blue light security stops and just the atmosphere about the campus that makes you feel safe no matter the time or place. Everyone is part of a big family at Penn State and everyone looks out for each other.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: College of EMS Amazing – College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has great professors, classes, TAs, advisors, etc. Very dedicated to students.

3 College Junior

Weather: Clouds & Rain – More cloudy days than seattle - get a rain jacket & always have an umbrella, state college weather is a bit unpredictable

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: White Building Fitness Center – Fun classes, a lot of equipment, but you have to come at a random time of day for it not to be packed.

1 College Junior

Weather: I refuse to watch accuweather or any other weather channel for that matter. The weather in as unpredictable as a white-out blizzrd in Jamaica. Today, for ex, was frezzing cold in the morning (mittens were required (approx. 43 degrees), then early afternoon the clouds rolled in and it began to rain, finally late afternoon the sun was out with blue skies and temperature reaching almost 70 degress. Just always come prepared for either a blizzard and a sunny afternoon all in the same day.


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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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