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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is really a great school. It's provided me with a ton of resources with the adjustment to college life. If you need help you can find it. There's CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) which has provided me with support and information about other psychiatric services downtown. ODS (Office of Disability Services) has tremendously helped me with my disabilities, and has provided me with the resources that I personally need to succeed academically. Finally, there's Career Services, which will help you prepare for an interview, find internships, and much more. I'm working there with a career counselor to figure out what I really want to do for a career, and she's helped me get so much closer to finding that career.

Of course, Penn State does have its flaws. The difficulties with housing options and scheduling classes all stem back to Penn State being overpopulated. However, I really doubt that this will change anytime soon, considering that Penn State exists to make money. They'll accept as many eligible applicants as they can possibly have in order to make the most money.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Career prospects here can't really get much better. Any degree from Penn State will be looked upon favorably. And with the largest alumni network in the world, it's very likely that you'll come across an employer from Penn State. The Career Fair, while competitive, is a great opportunity to find jobs, co-ops, and internships.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I haven't had too many issues in terms of the actual housing. Obviously the residence halls are not as comfortable or as clean as home, but you can still live comfortably in them. You can't control the temperature in all of them, which is frustrating. It gets so hot in our room that my roommate and I open the window during the winter. As for the location, getting to class can be a bit of a hassle. But that's Penn State for you. It's just a huge campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a huge part of Penn State, but sometimes they become so big that they overshadow other important aspects of the school, such as academics, or moral values (refer to Sandusky Scandal).

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While this is a great school in terms of academics and education, the way some things are run are incredibly frustrating and stressful. For example, students are not guaranteed housing after their freshman year, and find themselves scrambling to find the few options for apartments left around campus. They may end up having to pay more than they want simply because they can't find a cheaper place since all of the other apartments have already been taken.

Scheduling is also stressful and difficult to do. You may have to wait a semester before you can take a class simply because all of the courses are full. This can throw off your entire college career since you may need to take that class before you can take the class at the next level. This proves especially difficult considering that a few of the majors have "credit windows." You need to take all the required classes by the time you've earned a certain amount of credits, or you can't enter the major. So when it comes to scheduling courses, you have to make sure you get these required classes. All of these problems could be solved if the school did not accept so many students. The school is overpopulated.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Love the people I interact with.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I've had very positive interactions with my professors.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Though I attend World Campus, the school sends a lot of correspondence about the sports programs.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Many options of classes, decent professors, people care about your successes.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: People feel safe and there are blue lights and numbers around campus for emergency use. Campus is also very lit all the time so people don't walk around in the dark alone.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You go to penn state, people love it. The alumni network is huge and if you say you go to PSU to someone who is hiring you who is also from PSU, it is an immediate connection.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing process sucks -- it's long and hard to get housing right away because it is a lottery process. However, East Halls was the best thing -- not because of location, it was far away from everything, and not because of quality, because the rooms were really ugly until you decorated them. But at east halls, i met my best friends. And now living in Nittany Apartments with some of those friends, it is awesome and Nittany Apartments are spacious and are in a great location.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in a sorority, but my roommate and many of my friends are. They have a lot of fun and their sorority sisters are very welcoming to me and have actually become some of my good friends.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team is a national symbol of Penn State. The hockey team is growing massively in popularity and this team has given me access to many opportunities to gain experience in my field. The soccer teams, volleyball teams, and so many other sports are very successful. School spirit is insane at Penn State -- it's a part of the school's culture.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Extracurricular, classes, the people, it is all awesome!!!!

5 College Student

Academics: The academics at Penn State are great. The professors know what they are talking about and seem very engaged. the workload is average depending on what and how many classes you have. The registration process for classes is easy however you may not always get the classes you want because of how the system is set up

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3 College Student

Health & Safety: Health services on campus are okay but they are not the best. The services are not always readily available and sometimes they do not know how to treat what you have come in for. Police and safety services are readily available on campus and this helps with feeling safe on campus

5 College Student

Overall Experience: The overall experience of this school is great. Majority of professors are engaged in what they re teaching and are willing to help students if they want to do better. There are hundreds of classes to take that can fulfill anyones desires. Class sizes vary from small class rooms to large lecture halls

4 College Student

Overall Experience: The alumni network is very good and most alumni are kept in contact with. Jobs fairs are offered during the year for internships and career offers.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: The housing is good on campus. The freshman dorms are a little worse than the other halls but over all the halls are still nice. The basic amenities are included and a communal bathroom is used. The bathrooms do stay clean as people do clean it every day which is nice. As for the housing process, it isn't so good. It is all random which means if you are upper class you might not even get housing

4 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is all around Penn State with some frats being on campus and some being off campus. Penn State is filled with greek life and thousands of freshman rush every year to join. Generally, Greek and non greeks get along with no problem. As for housing, frats get houses and sororities get renovated dorms

5 College Student

Athletics: Penn State's athletic program is very good. The team spirit for different events is aways alot due to it being Penn State. Most of the Penn State teams perform very well every year.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: Penn State University is very welcoming and it is definitely a campus that allows you to feel at home. The professors know what they are teaching and most are very engaged and energetic about what they are teaching.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We're a very diverse campus, therefore, I don't believe people can be too unaccepting of differences. Otherwise, we wouldn't be as cohesive as We Are.

5 College Freshman

Academics: For my major, the academics are very important. My professors are intense and obsessed with their topics, which I love. Having professors that are so passionate for the subject that they teach and lecture on makes the learning more interesting.

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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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