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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't utilized the campus security but I know that they are available. We have PSU Safewalk and blue lights to help us. I don't have a problem with walking alone on campus. Nothing makes me feel uneasy-not even at night. The campus is actually calm most of the time.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some of my classes are pretty challenging but if it wasn't, then I'd be concerned. I feel like I'm really working for my degree and I'm actually learning something. The professors and TA's will help you if you seek it out. My important classes are smaller in size, which is nice.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I believe that the work I am doing is worth it. I have an important future ahead of me and I feel like I am getting the challenging course loads to prove it. I definitely don't feel like I'm wasting away my tuition, no way.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love love love my dorm. I met so many friends and my very best friends on my floor and the floor below me. My room, however, is very small. The rooms are small to begin with and then my room is right next to supplemental, so apparently, it's the smallest room in the building. I make due, but it gets a little claustrophobic.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of Penn State. The student sections are some of the best, that's what We Are known for. Being apart of such a huge family is a great feeling. The support is immense between faculty and students. I bet you'll meet a new friend every time you go to a game, too.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere is incredible-incomparable. That is what has drawn me in. The events are big, the campus is big, everything is done up big. Having such a great reputation has somehow kept us humble. We are still a family. After choosing my major and researching the best schools for nursing, Penn State has only increased my interest even more. I would choose this school all over again because it feels like home.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe while on Penn State's campus. The school does a great job of keeping students informed about possible dangers.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The course load for most classes is manageable but the professors that come with those classes sometimes are not.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Students who graduate from Penn State can have confidence in the value of their degree and their prospects to get a job in their field.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've enjoyed meeting lots of new people through campus housing but I'm definitely ready to get out of the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Penn State. A lot of my friends are in fraternities and they love it. I enjoyed rushing but ultimately decided not to pledge a fraternity so that I could better balance school and work.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you've ever been in Beaver Stadium on a Saturday night in the fall with thousands of your peers roaring around you for the Nittany Lions, you'd know how little persuasion it would take to convince me to choose Penn State again and again.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think the campus is really safe. I've never had any problems and was never worried about my safety.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I think penn state grads are very valued.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's not great, but not terrible.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is pretty safe, however there is a pretty significant problem with sexual asault. Usually on weekends, but it doesn't always seem to be taken seriously which is concerning.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoy my classes and have had wonderful professors. it can sometimes feel difficult to make personal connections with professors because of how large classes are, but it's always worth going to office hours to forge relationships and get advice. Especially for professors in your major. Classes are hard and you deffinitely have to put in the work to get good grades, but professors are passionate and willing to help you get there.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The PSU alumni network is huge which means the school has a ton of connections. There's the career center, but each major also has their own connections with things like mentors, internships, and jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of different housing options and styles, some nicer than other. It's pretty pricey to live on campus though

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: PSU is all about football. It's a fun and proud fan base

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is just very preppy. I don't always feel like I fit in. But I enjoy my classes and campus is very nice

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think that campus has a lot to go in terms of race relations, and while that influences all aspects of the university experience. I have to say that if you try and ignore that, attending Penn State is a generally good experience.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I probably have a skewed perception due to race, (minorities make up a small percentage of the campus) but from what I have seen/experienced it is easier to get into a sorority or fraternity on campus if you look like a majority of people who are in them, than if you are not.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Tickets to games are very expensive, but the experience is top notch! WE ARE

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 1) Although academically Penn State is a wonderful university and I generally enjoy attending the university, it is very expensive.

2) There are a lot of race problems that are prevalent on campus but ignored by the administration

3) If you ignore the racism it is a nice environment

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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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