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4 College Freshman

Diversity: At Penn State you can be whomever you want to be. There are plenty of clubs, and sure to some people a few may look weird, but that's okay. We have a large variety of people. No one sticks out as a sore thumb here. The first week of school, almost everyone is in the same boat. Socially awkward trying to find that person they can go to for help. But then you realize everyone is/has gone through the same thing and you start just going out there and talking to people. A little generosity goes a long way.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat off campus. If you need something quick and easy, there is plenty of fast food such as Taco Bell, McDonald's, and Subway (if you want to eat healthier). If you want a sit-down restaurant there are places such as Are You Hungry... where whatever you are hungry for can be put in a sub! If you want pasta/pizza Rotelli's is the place for you. Are you Irish- Kildare's is for you. Whatever you are hungry for Penn State has it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Athletic Centers – Overall Penn State has everything you could ask for. If you get a gym membership, lifting is an option or you can take all kinds of neat classes... such as Zumba, yoga, washboard abs, etc. Even if you don't get a gym membership there are plenty of ways to stay fit. Go for a run if you are into that. If not, there are tons of IM sports. For those more into watching athletics there are more than enough, Penn State has 29 varsity sports. Plus countless club sports if IM sports aren't competitive enough for you.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: i was new to the whole college experience. as a freshman,i noticed how different college actually is.everyone is so nice,people are always there to help,theres lots of clubs and things to do on and off campus.what makes my campus special is the variation of different people and cultures coming together.i wouldnt choose another college over penn state.

5 College Student

Weather: as far as i know,weather doesnt affect us.if theres an event and its raining,word spreads quickly to tell everyone they moved inside.after all, WE ARE...PENN STATE!

4 College Student

Campus Food: its pretty good.they give a variety and sometmes they have themes..the other day, it was the 1950s.

2 College Senior

Parking: Not for Commuters – On campus passes may be purchased but the lot is on the opposite side of campus and a bus still needs to be taked to get anywhere. Off campus is convinient but to park there for a day of classes will run up a near $10 bill per day which adds up quick.

3 College Senior

Administration: Not Very – It is not a dry campus which is nice. They don't seem to patrol it at all. I have been here for a few years and the only officers I have ever saw were the occasional campus police car driving around.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Not a Big Deal – I have never been to a frat party. I also have never heard a single person who really cared to go to one because they aren't a big deal at PSU.

4 College Junior

Transportation: If the students live off campus, they most likely depend on public bus. These buses usually come around every 15 minutes. I take the bus every day and I never have a problem, Most of the time they come on time, and if they arrive earlier, they will make sure to wait at the stop until the time they are supposed to arrive comes. This allows the students, who already know the bus schedule, to get to the bus, rather than missing it. Those who live on campus, live walking distance from different buildings. However, because the campus is very large, and there are many buildings, we also have buses that take students around only on campus, just so students wouldn't have to walk far to get to another building for their class

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4 College Junior

Academics: Communication Sciences & Disorders – Students study human communication disorders by acquiring a strong foundation in the basic sciences and processes related to communication, swallowing, and cognition. A minimum of 120 credits are required for a bachelor of science degree in CSD. The four-year curriculum includes course work, observation, writing assignments, experiences, and normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I <3 Dorms – I love my dorm. I'm in special housing for the honors college, meaning I get a larger room, am close to classes, and actually have a dining hall in my basement. If only it weren't so expensive...

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: State College is in the middle of nowhere. Seriously. If you leave campus, there's basically nothing to do. Thankfully, campus itself has a plethora of options every day, so you usually don't get bored. Plus, it's a crazy party school, so there's always a party somewhere.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Pretty Sweet – I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but it's been pretty chill so far. Classes are hard, but you're actually learning useful information.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's cold, snows all the time, and classes have never been cancelled. But when it's nice out, you really appreciate it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Turn a Blind Eye – Pretty much everything on campus follows a don't ask, don't tell policy. The administration knows that everyone drinks, but you're only going to get in trouble if you're an idiot about it.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking sucks. If you can find a place, it will cost you an arm and a leg.

1 College Senior

Diversity: White Bubble – There are so many white students. It's like high school all over again.

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2 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are not a lot of healthy options on campus. I would imagine it to be very difficult for vegetarians to eat well on campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: On the Spot Deliciousness – Penn states off campus dining options are fast, efficient, delicious, and open late. Fast is good especially on Friday Nights (the most official party night), some places are literally in and out, and some are almost as fast. The mcdonalds on college ave got me my order before the cashier even gave me my order number.. And College pizza is just pure awesome. Off campus has to be just as good as on campus with everything, because WE ARE...

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Reveal the School Spirit – Among many other student activities on campus, the athletics show the overwhelming spirit of the school. Students go all out when attending any sporting event. There is always a student section and the students love to be involved. The facilities are very nice. The campus has at least four gyms open to the students among others for the athletes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Based on Size, Freshman Dorms Are the Worst, but Atmosphere Is the Best – The freshmen tend to live in East halls which are the smallest out of the difference sections on campus. However, being in a small area with all freshmen creates a great atmosphere. It's nice to be able to go to the commons and see people you know. The small area helps to make the university feel smaller because this area is so concentrated. East isnt the most convenient but it still isnt far. The cost is relatively high once you add the meal plan but the food is awesome and the plan is definitely a good idea. The housing process overall was very easy, just a few questions and youre done. South would probably be the nicest dorms because they are in the middle of campus and near most of the action, but they are filled with all different age groups.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – I have never felt unsafe on Penn State's campus. At night it is always lit up and there are emergency call boxes all over the place. I feel at home on this campus.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Public Ivy – Beautiful and timeless. Definitely worthy of its Public Ivy status. See for yourself: this place is epic.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Most school spirit ever. Joe-Pa is a legend and the school's athletic teams are top-notch. You have to experience it to believe it. Amazing.

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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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