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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are lots of parking options, but they are very far from where most events and classes are held. It's not that bad if you like to walk, but in the rain it sucks.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As Safe as Needed – The campus I and enrolled is very small, but I feel safe when I'm there. Campus security is always patrolling and they are eager to help.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The news has been full of bad happenings at State College, from the criminal activities allegedly committed by Sandusky to the failure of staff to respond. But since the grand jury released it's indictments, the board of directors has been responsive and considerate of student concerns. This is still a strong school and we will weather this saddness.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Anyone who has been to Penn State knows that the winters are long and cold. However the faculty on campus will always readily clean up the roads so you will never have a problem getting around during/after a snowstorm. Also worth a mention is that the spring, summer, and fall seasons at penn state is absolutely beautiful.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: As a freshman you are required to buy meal points which makes purchases on campus really cheap, you can use it at any convenient store and commons. The commons serve amazing food and the students have a wide selection both within each individual commons as well as all across campus. The food served at each hall is different and you get late night foods in East and South.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Valuable Education! I've taken a couple classes at Penn State now and they have been fantastic, the classes may be on the larger side but the professors are definitely willing to put in the extra effort to help their students succeed. Overall, I've enjoyed the classes and professors and can confidently say I've learned a lot over the last year!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Gym = Pure Awesomness – I love the gyms at Penn State! The only downer is that the people working there aren't cleaning them from time to time. There have been various occasions where my skin has reacted to some sort of bacteria on the machines. I ask for my own spray bottle so i'm fine, but overall they're great! The libraries are great but they're really crowded during finals week. And the HUB is awesome too!! However, there's no discount. But seriously though...PENN STATE IS THE BEST SCHOOL. EVER.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Study Hard, Party Harder – PSU gives students all the opportunities in the world from good academic programs, networking, student organizations, nightlife. PSU has it all and it has been an amazing experience here getting a good education and an overall great college experience. I know I can party hard, but in the end graduate with a good job waiting.

2 College Senior

Weather: The Valley Is Not So "Happy" – The weather in State College is not the best. It is rather cold and seems to rain or predict to rain a lot. It could be sunny one moment, then raining 20 minutes later. During the winter it is also very cold. When it snows though, don't expect to have off from classes...not going to happen at PSU.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diverse Student Body – PSU is a school that has a lot of diversity not only in their student body, but faculty as well. As a student, I have not seen any severe instances of discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. As with any school, this diversity is not always accepted by all and constantly needs to be worked on. We are a large school, therefore we should be a role model of what diversity should be and how it should be accepted by all students.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: You Need to Stand Out – While the general scholarships are lacking in quantity, there are many generalized scholarships that each individual college or program has, but you need to stand out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Dorms Are Okay – The dorms at Penn State aren't the best in the world, but depending on where you're placed, you can have easy access to pretty much anything. East Halls, which are mainly for freshman, are small and cramped, but it's a great area for socializing and hanging out. Pollock and South Halls, which are right next to each other, are located in the center of campus, and the Pollock Commons was recently renovated. North halls are peaceful and quiet and offer selected suite-style housing. West Halls have spacious rooms and the commons is known to have the best cookies anywhere! However, you are only guaranteed housing for one year because there are so many students, and there is the chance that you may end up in a supplemental room (4-7 people in a room) or not be able to get a contract at all.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Penn State has literally everything. There are several different athletic and activity centers, places to study all around campus and downtown, and the huge library is currently undergoing construction to make room for new study areas.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computer Labs – There are many options when it comes to computer labs they are in most educational facilities and in the commons of each residence hall.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Cata Is Best Option – If you live semi-far off-campus, then you definitely need to get a CATA bus pass. Most apartment complexes come with one, and it is seriously the most convenient way to get to campus. The buses go all over campus and downtown, so you are pretty much always guaranteed to get dropped off close to your class. And the free campus loops are amazing too, since campus is so large it's awesome that we have the free bus system.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking situation at PSU is awful. Commuters have to park all the way out at the BJC, which is very far away from all class buildings. There are multiple parking decks on campus, but students aren't allowed to park there until after 4. I'd be willing to pay more for a commuter pass if I could park in those decks.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety on Campus – I always feel safe on campus. There are very few incidents every year, but you can't completely stop things from happening. All over campus are "blue boxes", which have phones inside in case of emergency, and are lit up at night so you can find them. We also have a "walk-home buddy" program, where you can call and have someone walk you home if you are feeling unsafe on campus.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Unless you're Asian or Black, you're not getting a scholarship. Even if you are brilliant.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Get to campus early if you ever need to park, and a student parking pass is over $1,000 per year. Abysmal

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not a Huge Fan – Apartments (some) are near frat row but they're all very old and need redone. Cheap, though.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Aid Is Minimal. There isn't any financial aid easily availble through the university, some of the colleges offer some scholarships, but not many.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Computer Labs – There are multiple computer labs all over campus, and they are frequently used. The university internet works ok, there is wifi in almost every building. Having your own computer makes things much easier.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: We Are...A Community – Penn State has this great feeling of community, everyone is connected. It's a really close-knit community. State College is a small town, but there's always something to do. Any Penn State sport is fun to watch, and there's lots of social opportunities both on and off campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of diversity at Penn State when it comes to style. There is everything from typical sorority girls, to athletes, to nerds. Some people dress as if class is a fashion show, while others look like they didn't even get out of their pajamas. There is also a lot of variety in the types of activities people are involved in here. There are so many options for people to do because it is such a large school.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Since there is such a large number of students at Penn State, there is not enough housing on campus for everyone, so the majority of students move off campus after freshman year. The apartments in downtown State College are extremely expensive and very poor quality. We either have to pay way too much to live in crappy apartments, or go so far away from campus that you have to drive or take a bus to go anywhere.


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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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