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4 College Freshman

Academics: The engineering school and the honors college are top-notch.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Criminology is very easy to get into, and isn't too challenging of a major. If you really want to torture yourself, go for an engineering major.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: Criminology is a very easy major.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State is a big football school. The school pride here is amazing, and football tickets sell out incredibly quickly, you have to buy them from others at outrageous prices if you didn't buy season tickets. Beaver stadium is always packed on Saturday game-days, and the Whiteout game is a game every student should go to at least once, that experience is a one-of-a-kind experience. Unfortunately, no one really pays as much attention to any of the other sports here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm a freshman living in East, and East Halls are the oldest, least-comfortable halls on campus. That being said, all freshmen are required to live in dorms, and most freshmen are put into East Halls, which gives East Halls an amazing social atmosphere. I'm very glad I live in East, because its so easy to make friends here. The RA's aren't too strict, they for the most part won't do anything to you as long as you aren't blatantly breaking the rules.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I'm a freshman living at East, so I mostly eat at the East Halls dining commons, which unfortunately happen to have the worst food on campus. I've heard West Halls have the best food on campus, but unfortunately I've never eaten there. I mostly just get take-out and/or delivery.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's ridiculously hard to find off-campus housing here, there's just so many students and not enough space. Most students would rather live off-campus so they won't have to deal with RA's and school administrators, especially on the weekends. If you want to find off-campus housing here, you better start looking very early, like in September-October early.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's plenty of ethnic restaurants, as well as more than enough of your typical all-American burger places. Italian food seems to be very popular over here. There are multitudes of late-night options in case you have the study munchies or is in need of some food after late-night partying.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: They call this place "Happy Valley" for a reason. Most of the locals at State College are very supportive of Penn State, many restaurants and businesses will offer discounts towards students. If you are in need of any help, just ask local residents, most would be more than happy to help a fellow "Penn Stater." The scenery here is amazing, State College is often considered one of the best college towns in the US.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I chose my major because it's a relatively easy major to complete.

4 College Freshman

Administration: For the most part, the administration leaves you alone as long as you aren't a troublemaker. Despite Penn State's tough stance on underage drinking and drugs, most administrators are aware of Penn State's party-school reputation and will leave you alone as long as you aren't being belligerently drunk and/or are doing illegal substances right in front of them.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: From a few friends drinking in the dorms to gigantic frat parties, there is always something to do. If you really wanted to drink every day of the week, you could. Branch out and get to know people, and you'll start being invited to houses, apartments, and frats. The only knock here is that it's practically impossible to get into bars here if you are underaged, the bars are notoriously strict for not allowing underaged students in. Frats are always a fun time, it may be difficult to get in if you are an unaffiliated male though. If frats aren't your thing, there will always be apartment and house parties, many apartments and houses will let anyone in, many others will do so as long as you give some money for alcohol.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The general ed classes are very easy. Apart from engineering and other science majors, the workload is very light, especially for a school as highly-ranked as Penn State is.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: With over 50 fraternities and 20 sororities, Penn State has one of the biggest Greek life in the country. The sororities are filled with beautiful women, and most of the fraternities have gigantic, beautiful mansions that they throw great parties in every week. Greek life throws parties, tailgates, socials, and day-longs every week, on any given day, and are often the most popular parties for people to go to on campus. Frat parties are especially popular for underclassmen, as they cannot get into bars and often do not know anyone who owns an apartment or house. However, many frats take ratios very seriously, it is very hard to get in if you are a guy and aren't in a frat, don't have girls with you, or don't know anyone in the house.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: State College for the most party is a very safe place, few crimes occur here. Our most serious problem is rape, there have been at least 5 reported on-campus this year already.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depends on where you live. North is great.

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5 College Junior

Majors: The education is second to none

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Tons of people in greek life

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: You just have to be responsible.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There was a ton to do, but you can tell that Penn State has a ton of experience with oriented new students to the large campus and facilities. I went to several sessions during high school and it made it a lot more comfortable to be a new student even though the class sizes were huge and it was difficult to fit in sometimes. They made it easy to schedule and you got to schedule just about everything with several advisors in the in the same room as you with some other students in the major. I meet with my advisor all the time and we've gotten to know each other pretty well.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If mommy and daddy aren't paying you're rent off campus, you're stuck in the slums with no hot water in the morning and no heat. The facilities I live in are not well maintained at all. I'm sure if I had more money to live in the new buildings it would be better. I've heard they're very nice. There's a ton of variety and extremes for living off campus and I'm sure the majority of it is nice. But the apartment store is a bunch of money-hungry jerks who don't care about their tenants, just their money.

4 College Junior

Administration: We're treated like adults on and off campus. If we want to skip class, that's up to us. Some professors have clicker points, so if you want the points, you're rewarded for coming to class. I've never had a class take attendance (except labs, and even then they're pretty understanding about things)

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The town is awesome. Everything you need is right there, and if you find something that isn't there, buses run up to huge shopping centers down N Atherton. You don't hear of kids here going and leaving PSU and visiting other schools much. Its mostly people coming here. Kinda tells you something.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a freshman and I already have my apartment lined up for next year. There are tons of apartment buildings in town, and the organizations that run them are easy to contact and get a hold of. The only drawback is how early you have to apply/sign your lease. I signed it within the first 2 months of school and had to sign it with 3 other guys on my floor I didn't know too well yet, but they turned out to all be awesome.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They're relaxed. That pretty much sums it up. You'll see the RA's that are up your ass 24/7 and then you'll get ones who barely know whats going on, or are just cool (as they should be).

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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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