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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health and safety measures are prioritized above at all at Penn State. Its when greek life and visitors come along that problems come along. If you are worried about sexual assault then you should seriously consider where you see yourself at Penn State because some students are more susceptible than others.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professor's in your major are more qualified and better at teaching than anyone else. Class sizes shrink once you become a junior to about 40 people per class. Class styles are very competitive and business like.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Jobs and internships are better for certain majors that Penn State is known for. I am graduating with three degrees including a masters in accounting so job prospects have been great. Other's I know in the business school struggle to get an interview. There are a lot of companies that come to Penn State but they only look to hire the top 50% if not less. Students must understand you need to be one of the top of your class to go where you want.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is tough to get and always a hassle. Most students move off campus their sophomore year because of this and to save money.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life dominates Penn State. If you are not in one you will be viewed poorly because of that. Non-greeks and greeks generally hate each other because of the poor representation that Greek life gives the university. Greek life has destroyed some of my best friends college experiences and helped others. Very controversial topic at Penn State.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn State revolves around its Division 1 Athletics. It brings the student body together for every football game, hockey game, basketball game, volleyball game, etc. There is so much support for the team and each other that it really encompasses a lot of the social experience that the students will have.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Yes, I would chose Penn State again if I had to. Its culture is very different than every other school around in a good way. It is a challenging school but it provides a great network of connections and the big school feel helps you transition to the workforce.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It feels like there's an alert about a sexual assault every other day

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are so many courses to choose from, especially for your gen eds. Most of the teachers I've had are great, but there will always be a few that aren't so great.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Research opportunities are endless, being that Penn State is a research based university.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Big schools are expensive, and often not for the best quality. I have friends that go to smaller schools; they pay less but have better quality housing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of people that join Greek life but it's not all there is to offer. Quite a few people hold negative views toward people involved in Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit is unbelievable.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Even though people at State like to party, that's not the only way to have some fun. There's Late Night at the HUB, free movies are often shown, and there are plenty of clubs and organizations to join.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are crimes on campus but we are always aware of them. I feel perfectly safe walking alone on campus, even at night.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Even though it's a big school, it is still very easy to become close to professors and there are so many options for classes.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn state has one of the largest alumni networks in the world. I am not worried about getting a job because there are so many rpeople sources for me even after I graduate.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Pollock is small but I had enough storage space. There are so many living options that it is easy to find a good place to live.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are so many Greek organizations around campus. There are also many different kinds like business and volunteer Greek organizations.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a huge part of campus life, especially football. There is always something sports related going on around campus. The games are always so much fun and it really feels like a family atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This has Ben my dream school my entire life and it has been everything I expected and more. I have gotten involved in great organizations and have had many meaningful opportunities to expand my education.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's a lot that you can do if you don't feel safe. You can even call an officer to walk you home and receive no citation.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors usually want their students to succeed, so talk to them and do the work.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State has connections practically everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great because you're in the middle of everything and there's usually always something to do.

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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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