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Reviews 5168 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Whats Not to Love – I was very unsure of Penn State when I went because it is such a big campus. However, it is so big you can find your own niche of friends and enjoy every single part of campus. Once you find those friends, it doesn't matter how big the campus is because you have people there with you. I found those friends and my experience so far has been amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Lab Avalability – Penn State has a very large campus. It has close to 40,000 students attending per semester. There are a lot of computer labs; however, when many students need to access the computers at the same time or try to use them during finals week, they fill up very fast. It is sometimes even impossible to find one. Our HUB (union building) is currently undergoing renovations and I hope that it will put in more labs to help solve this problem a little.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are Not Very Nice – Freshamn dorms are the worst ones on campus. They are very small but they do come with a mini fridge, a desk and chair, and either a set of drawers or a small closet. Freshman housing is also on the very edge of campus and is a good ten minute walk from downtown and the center of campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Campus police are very often seen riding bikes around campus and there are many blue lights around campus that can be used to call for help if needed. There is also a number that can be used to call for an escort to walk you back to your room or building if you do not feel safe going by yourself. Campus is also well light along the main walkways.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Pretty Good! Overall the options on campus for dining are good. There is plenty so it's convenient. The quality of the commons are good too. However the only downside is that the menus are just rotated so after a few months, the food gets repetitive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Ramsey Student Center – The facilities at Penn State are really good. There are different gyms on campus for basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting—all that Ramsey has to offer—and then some. The student area is very modern. There are nearby dining halls, places to study, and convention rooms. It’s a very popular hangout due its long hours of operation.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I barely received any and it was a bit of a hassle

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I joined greek life looking for a few things: friends for life (although i had the best friends one could ask for already at PSU), a guaranteed party every weekend, and a way to become involved. When I received a bid from one of my top choice sororities, I was so excited, an excitement that soon turned to dread as the pledging process started. Fortunately, there was no hazing yet we were forced to do various philanthropic and volunteer services programs and were yelled at if we missed too many, even if we had an exam the next day and needed to study. Greek life focuses mainly on the social aspect of college and winning charity events than what the real goal in those events were in the first place.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East Halls – Although most freshman students choose to live here, the dorms are tiny and difficult to live in, not to mention pretty far from classes. On the upside its easy to meet new people which is key first year.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Penn State athletics remain one of most competitive and recognizable brands of collegiate sports in the country. This leads to undying and loyal support from local fans, students, faculty, and alumni. I have the privilege to witness this first hand as a Nittany Lion student-athlete.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Needs More Work – While most people on this campus are pretty tolerant of others, a large disparity still exists between the groups of people. The school is still made up of mostly white students that come from fairly similar backgrounds culturally and economically. There have been strides made in closing this gap, but it still needs more work.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Dont Expect Much – There is nonexistent merit based scholarship. I have a near perfect GPA but get offered nothing. Even financial need doesnt mean much. Myself, and friends even worse off dont get need based scholarship. The only way to get scholarships are to be a minority or athlete-regardless of your need or merit.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Non-Mealplanners Left Out – If you dont have a mealplan you pay way too much for food, over $10 for dinners, whereas those with a mealplan pay around $3

5 College Student

Campus Quality: Alot of Places to Study – There are plenty of places to study at Penn State. The hub which is one of the busiest places on campus is also home to hundred of people studying for exams. There are multiple study rooms and the Paterno/Patee library is ideal for all nighters.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The hype that comes along with football games is immense. Home games are completely mind boggling, and no matter what happens you will see something crazy, whether it be people being thrown in the air or riots after amazing wins.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Drug Use Punishment – If you ever get caught drinking underage you will be in big trouble. Aside from getting a letter sent home, you will be fined an amount around $2000 I believe, and will have to do community service at odd times for one semester. If you receive a second citation your housing contract may be in jeopardy. Avoid hosting drinking sessions in your room because if you get caught you will be in a lot of trouble.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – This campus is stock full of security emergency boxes that can be used by anyone at anytime. During home games and homecoming, which is when I'd say the campus is most dangerous due mostly to outsiders, you'd find campus police virtually everywhere protecting students as well as giving citations for alcohol consumption.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Getting Aid from the School Can Be Annoying – Penn State's tuition, like that of most other universities in the united states, is ridiculous. On top of that, the school offers very little scholarships for incoming freshman. I was lucky enough to get a scholarship, but had I not I probably would not have gone to Penn State since tuition is high and the financial aid is garbage based on information from friends.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Cold and Snow – It can get pretty cold at University Park, but that doesn't stop the mass of girls wishing to party every weekend from wearing basically nothing in freezing weather. It snows every once in a while but often times never enough to cancel classes, and eve if it does, chances are that the heated walk ways on campus will prevent the snow from being too much of an issue.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Penn State's football team is part of the 'Big Ten' so you can only imagine the hype and craziness on campus during football season. The campus goes wild during home games, and on most nights following home games you know that there will be many parties and activities at University Park win or lose.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: They Were Nice at First. And then I switched my major (but stayed in the same college!) and my scholarships were taken away. My dad's been unemployed for the last year and I really need scholarship money.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is very must into cliques. You don't get a good mixing of students. Most people act like they already have friends and don't need new ones.

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1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you want hot guys don't come here. There are a total of 5 hot guys and most of the frat guys are pretty gross and extremely rude. Don't come here if you want a good education. If you want to party then this is definitely the school for you!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great School – The academics at Penn State University are widely ranged. It has a very strongly suited Psychology program in which I have been blessed to have many intelligent professors. What I love the most is how my professors are always there for me as a student. They are both helpful as teachers and advisors. The make my college experience a lot more manageable.

1 College Junior

Parking: Spots few and far between, expensive, and they will tow you any chance they get.


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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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