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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is wide range of people on our campus, it is a very diverse place. Almost everyone is nice and helpful.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had any internship yets. I plan on apply for a summer internship in the energy industry as I am intending to major in petroleum and natural gas engineering. I want to have some experience in the field so I have some knowledge about the industry I plan to be involved in the future. I do have concerns in finding an internship as the nature of the industry means that they will only be available in some locations.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Before getting into petroleum and natural gas engineering, you are a earth and mineral science major. To get into the program you need to receive a certain grade in specific courses to be eligible. The program does not have any abnormal application process. The difficulties I encountered was mostly keeping on top of my material and not falling behind in those courses. The main thing to do is to keep your marks up for admission.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I wouldn't see myself living here for the rest of my life, it's a great place to go to college but not to stay forever. It's a small town environment and the people here are really friendly, when you go into a local coffee shop the employee say hi as well as other customers. Besides sports there aren't really that many attractions, it is mostly farms surrounding the town. I come from Toronto and transitioning to State College the shopping isn't that great, a lot of the stores are expensive and there are not many choices in comparison to the big city.

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid because I am an international student so you have to prove that you have enough money to pay for your education for the four years or more that you are there. However, there are a lot of scholarships available for students who take the time to apply. Personally, I found the application to be easy, all I had to do is submit my major and student ID and I was given a scholarship solely based on my GPA.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a variety of different guys at school. Generally I see guys dress preppy or athletic. Many but not all of the guys I have met are interested in joining greek life and having a huge social life which includes the partying, hooking up, and drinking excessively.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are a lot of libraries for students to study at with a ton of computers to use in order to do research or an assignment. Penn State being a very athletic school, the quality of the athletic centers are astounding and you don't have to be playing for the varsity team in order to enjoy these facilities. There are also a lot of green spaces around the campus where people are able to relax on the grass and read a book or hang out with their friends. Every friday night on campus there is "Late Night" at the HUB where students can go do activities such as play pool or to participate in free arts and crafts. Another thing at the HUB on friday night is watching movies that have been recently released for free.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As an international student, I find living on campus to be the easiest option for me. This is because I don't have to worry paying for summer's rent when I am back at home. Depending on which dorms you live in can depend on the quality, for example, the honours college dorms are much nicer than the ones in East Hall where the freshmen are. The room has enough space and internet as well as cable is provided. The school does provide a microwave and mini fridge as well. Depending what kind of room you want, the cost can vary. Overall I find it cheaper to live in dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always get texts from the school's security department that there has been a sexual assault on campus. However, when i walk home from class I do feel safe walking back to my dorm even though these things happen.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Penn State. There are a lot of sororities and fraternities to join. I'm not interested in Greek life as I see most of what they do is party hard and not care too much about their academics. You can find great parties and have a lot of fun at college without joining Greek life.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: It's Penn State.. of course the athletics are amazing

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the dorm building I live in now and its proximity to everything

5 College Freshman

Majors: The most important criteria for admission was my SAT scores and GPA.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not spent very much time in my program thus far

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the atmosphere of State College. Everyone is very friendly

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus and there is even a program where if you feel unsafe a police officer will escort you home

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity is pretty good I guess but there are probably more whites and asians than anything

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I have not experienced anything having to do with Greek life yet as it is my first semester here and the fraternities are all closed for the summer.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good but by the end of the semester I started to get a little sick of the same options.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: One unique aspect of the Forensic Science program at PSU is that we have houses that are actually set up as crime scenes and one night we will be called in the middle of the night to come evaluate the scene. This prepares anyone looking to go into crime scene investigation for what the job can really be like.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are all very helpful and although the curriculum is rigorous, it is manageable as long as you are driven.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene definitely has a great impact on the student experience. Students are thrown out of their comfort zones and are able to meet new people and try new things.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life at Penn State Main is amazing! There are so many different types of people on campus that it is very easy to find a group of people you fit in with. There are many student centers and I can always find a quiet place to study. Everyone is very nice and welcoming.

5 College Junior

Academics: I love my professors. We are challenged and pushed to think for ourselves.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Penn State doesn't leave a stone unturned when it comes to new ways of learning or helping students with learning disabilities. They accommodate adult students as well as veterans just like they do everyone else.

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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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