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Reviews 5168 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: I have had a very good experience with the financial aid offices. They have helped me in many ways so that I could receive the most aid possible.

5 College Junior

Parking: Student parking is available for everyone who has a car. The only condition is that student vehicles must include a parking permit which is obtainable for free at the security office.

5 College Junior

Academics: World Campus Vs. Resident/Commuter Campus – I think that the world campus is great. In comparison to the other campuses, the world campus offers degrees for nontraditional students, such as those who live outside the USA or working parents who cannot take classes on a traditional campus. However, I do feel that the workload is a little heavier since students do not have classes in which professors can explain the work. Also, a student must be very dedicated because there is only one deadline at the end of the week rather than twice or three times a week.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good Food in Certain Dining Halls – There are many options to eat on campus. Certain halls are known for their signature halls. One hall has a huge food court similar to a mall so you can get pretty much anything you want. Otherwise, just typical and basic college food.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Excellent Sports – If you love football, you can't go wrong with Penn State. With the second largest football stadium in the nation, the place becomes a deafening mob of energetic fans during games. While any team has its down years, Penn State is almost always ranked in the top 25 college football teams in the nation. All sports at Penn Sate are Division 1, and some of our other popular top-notch sports here include wrestling, women's volleyball, and fencing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Easy as Pie – I only applied for financial aid one semester as I was a part-time, distance learner. However, I was able to complete everything online using just a few simple steps.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Great School Spirit – Great school spirit. Even to a distance learner, I felt that I was part of the community.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Almost Another World – The frats tend to be pretty relaxed. Sure, you get some of the stereotypical frat guys, but with the number of houses on campus, it's hard to find one that you won't like. Sororities are another story, as they tend to be pretty snobby. However, if you have no interest in Greek life, there's plenty of fun to be had outside the Greek system.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very Gym Oriented – Students like to stay in shape, and it shows. The gyms are always crawling with the stereotypical frat guys lifting weights and sorority girls on the treadmills, but the desire to remain in shape and healthy isn't unique to the greeks.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Mostly Need Based – While I received a small scholarship as part of my acceptance into the Honors College, it seems as though scholarships are strictly need based (from the FAFSA), making it very difficult to receive any aid for those deemed "ineligible."

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Cops Are Realistic – State College is the quintessential college town and as such, there's quite a bit of drinking. Recently the police/university have been trying to crack down on underage drinking, but it seems as though, for the most part, they realize that it is best to protect students and ensure safety as opposed to trying to completely rid the campus of underage drinking.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Easy Access to Variety – There are a lot of different dining options available, and they offer a wide variety of dining experiences (flavor and cost).

3 College Junior

Scholarships: If only the University as a whole was worried about keeping the cost of education down to something managable rather than gouging the pocketbooks of their students. Some of the individual colleges within the University have really good scholarship programs but for the University as a whole the process is awful and the lack of funding to the students is ashame but the fact that higher up official of the school can get raises while the tutition continually goes up is just an utter slap in the face.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: Our campus tranportation offices are major pains more times than not. This year I particular I have seen countless vechiles being towed since they ended up in the wrong lot or on observed holidays ticketing when nobody is reporting into work. I guess its one way to make money from the loaded college students.

4 College Junior

Academics: Modern Agriculture – I'm in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. My major is Animal Sciences business option with minors in Agribusiness and Avian and Poultry Sciences. The people within the College of Ag are here to help you do the best you do. They are always looking out for your best options for your future. The amount of opportunties that they help you locate is just amazing of those that you find you are more than likely going to recieve them with the help of your advisor and the connections that they have within the field of agriculture. Penn State is a prime school for any agricultural major.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You've Got to Work for It.. It's too frustrating to work getting money through the university so I resorted to just finding it by outside sources.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Snowy-Wet Winters – I really hate how much of a wet-cold it is here. I can handle a dry one, but all the semi snow and slush mixed with ice gets on my nerves. However, the summer months are normally pretty nice.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: If an individual is out of state and going to Penn, the financial aid for tuition is difficult to get although you get a decent amount but basically it's based on loans and grants.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Even though there isn't much going on in Reading PA, people are always finding new ways to keep themselves busy with college or managing time doing his/her job. Reading is a nice quiet area where you can exercise in parks or compete on a sport team. The atmosphere is peaceful yet busy.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Apply Scholarship – Apply as many as possible scholarships, the more you apply, the higher chances you can get.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: KSS Banquet – KSS (KHMER STUDENTS SOCIETY)is on of the famous club in Penn State, they offer banquet to the members of KSS students every semester and they also help us with the financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The library is awesome and big. The library was contributed by the football coach, who is a male has worked for Penn State for more than 40 years.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Is a Staple – Marijuana usage occurs here, but I would only say 10% of students use it regularly. The only times I've ever been around it was at frat parties. Alcohol however is everywhere. Bars are on every block, greek life is huge, and students go out every night of the week. There is a lot of peer pressure to drink and it's very out of control. However, if you are responsible and trust the people you go out with, then it's a great place to have a social life.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Variety Doesn't Mean It's Easy – Penn State University at University Park has every possible option for living such as apartments, townhouses, downtown homes, apartments further from campus, you name it they have it. However, that does not mean finding the right place for you is easy. Cost, location, roommates and parking are just a few of the issues that cause problems with students.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My parents helped me apply for financial aid, but it was all very confusing. We had done it once before with help, but trying to do it on your own can be problematic sometimes. It is very up in the air.


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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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