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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman year, I lived in what is called supplemental housing on campus. This is basically one large room that is used to cram a lot of people into one room. My supplemental housed 8 people. We had one large room that had all of our beds, dressers, and desks. Then we had a back room that had our wardrobes, mini fridges, and microwaves. When I first found out I had 7 other roommates I dreaded it, but it ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. Going into college I met 7 people who turned out to be my best friends. We loved living together and made the most of it. Since there were so many of us, the room was extremely spacious and we had more room than we would have had in a traditional dorm. Also, our building was full of hang out rooms, so by the end of the year, I was friends with mostly everyone in the entire hall. It was a great first year experience and I wouldn't change a single thing.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State has various party scenes. As freshmen, you have to know the right places to go. You need to know people with apartments and know people in frats. My favorite frats are Phi Sig and AGR.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Our campus is very strict when it comes to alcohol, drunk people, and drugs. If you break the rules, there is a high chance of getting caught. As for parking, freshman cannot have cars. Guest must pay to park which can be a little inconvenient. Attendance to classes mainly depends on the class. Some teachers are extremely strict with it and some don't care if you show up as long as you do well. You can have visitors, but that is up to your roommate mainly.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was Valedictorian of my high school class, made deans list both semesters in college, and have a 3.68 GPA and yet, I didn't receive so much as a penny of financial aid or scholarships. I worked hard my entire life and I'm patiently waiting for that to pay off. I did visit, call, and email student aid at Penn State to try to get help, but every time they basically say they can't help me. I don't have many tips to getting financial aid because I am not sure what you can do to get it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus meal plan is great! The mix is basically a little convenience store that I spend majority of my meal plan at. Pollock commons has a lot of great options. You can almost always find foods that you like. The cookies alone make eating there worth it. If you do not want commons food, then go to south where they have a lot of food stations that are delicious but not buffet style. The hub gives you a lot of options as well such as Chick Fil A and a soup and salad bar. The only problem with the hub is that most food places close at 3p.m. Penn State has a great selection and you can always find what you are hungry for.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for anything other then loans!

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I got tired of eating the same thing. Need more variety

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Private bedroom was really a plus. Shared a bathroom with one other student. Great if you want to socialize in the common living room and kitchen. If you need to study the private bedroom is the best!

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love it, makes me feel like an adult

4 College Junior

Party Scene: if you're not 21, good luck

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Accept lion cash! the best

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: barley ANY for out of state students who are obligated to pay more

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dinning should be diverse in different dinning halls

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off campus by choice

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The prices vary from how close you are to downtown and the campus. But it is worth it.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something to do. Many people go to frats and they're alright, sometimes it's fun sometimes it's not. Parties are abundant.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many options! There is a great variety of cuisine and prices, from fast food to fancy dining. There are plenty of late night options. There really is something for everyone.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They want you to be safe. They know drinking occurs and they are very strict with it on campus, that's why most students go downtown to party. I can't think of any school policies that affects' academics.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got the financial aid I needed for my first year, but not for my second. There are plenty of people there willing to help with the process and to give you support. It would be great if they had more scholarships for those who strive for academic success.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: East dining hall sucks. Pollock and west are alright. Redifer is cool. Never been to north.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman have to live on campus. The dorms are small and some of the layouts are weird. Some of the buildings are way out of the way of classes. East is a great place to live as a freshmen because it is close to the bus when you go downtown to parties. I lived in Pollock which I felt was a good distance from my classes and downtown. House keeping does a good job of cleaning the hallways and bathrooms. Overall it is not terrible.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not a partier, but there is always something to do!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many places to discover and a perfect mix of local dining and fast food favorites.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: I think it is perfect to keep us safe without overly restricting me.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Wish there were more scholarships for high-acheiving academic students.

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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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