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College Junior

Administration: I'm going to school online.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I'm going to school online.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I'm going to school online.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I'm going to school online.

5 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Health & Safety: I'm going to school online.

3 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Local Area: I'm going to school online.

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College Junior

Scholarships: I just started applying for financial aid.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Majors: I plan on finding an internship. I don't anticipate have a problem finding one.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: My program was fairly easy to enter into.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I really enjoy my classes and the facility is very informative and helpful. The workload is manageable for my major, but I have heard some horror stories about classes for certain majors.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I've never had an internship, but it seems that one has to actively search out opportunities, they are not just coming to you.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a small scholarship, but did not apply for financial aid. Financial aid can be a difficult process from what I've heard and the school is known admittedly by the administrators themselves that it is not easy to get.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some place are pricey and some are cheap, similarly some are convenient and some are not at a reasonable walking distance to classes. Most are outdated, dirty, and strictly a place for students to party to their heart's content. It is an option most students are forced to take as all freshman are required to live on campus and sorority housing takes up another bulk of housing leaving minimal on-campus housing for others.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I've heard of many freshman getting referred in the dorms on East by strict RA's and some people do get underage's by the police or violations for public urination. Considering the amount of partying on the weekends generally people stay out of the way of the police or their RA unless they are really asking for it.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sororities while popular to join, are frowned upon by most. Many have no morals and are known for doing drugs and having drinking problems. Sororities are not based around sisterhood or philanthropy, but strictly partying. Many of the girls are very edgy and do not resemble the typical image of a "sorority girl" at a different universities, as many girls down south are preppy etc. Frat guys really are the worst of the worst. Hazing is common and the frats while nice on the outside are not the nicest inside. Roofing the jungle juice is common so beware. I could really go on forever, but my recommendation is stay away although Greek Life is a large part of campus life.

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1 College Freshman

Party Scene: The social scene here is annoying to say the least. Greek life might be the dumbest thing to hit State College, "Who do you know here", is a popular joke, but unfortunately accurate greeting you will receive upon showing up to a frat. Penn State has 50 frats, some of which seem to always be on probation, but regardless ratios are very important here, if you are a guy who's not in a frat do not expect to get in. Some of the frats are known for being boring and some treat you as if you are being admitted into the party of the century (not). Tier system is important when attending a frat party God forbid you're caught at a mid-lower tier frat. As for girls if you are not part of a sorority, you can go to frats after sorority socials, but usually any alcohol is gone by this point. Apartment parties are a good way to find alcohol, but some of them are lame, sketchy, and far away (expect to walk miles in the cold). Drugs are very easy to find in particular the college has a huge coke culture and obviously drinking, a majority of students will have some form of liver issues before the age of 30. Getting tipsy is not a thing, blacking out or being belligerently drunk on the other hand is fairly popular. Pre-gaming is also popular before any type of function whether a party or not. You can find some type of a party on any night but Thursday-Saturday are the most popular. Brace your livers and dignity, as alcohol and partying takes over many students lives here reducing them to failing out all together (not uncommon).

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe in State College to walk around at all times of day in terms of crime, the bigger issue comes in with sexual assaults. With a huge drinking culture, I think sexual assaults are fairly common on campus and recently we have received many odd alerts about random sexual assaults on campus that are kind of concerning. For example building only require one swipe to enter with no security or person monitoring who comes in and out of buildings. "Piggybacking" is very common so once someone is in your building they can go on any floor and if you door isn't locked just enter your room. This seems to be problematic this year with random people entering rooms.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're not im greek life, everyone hates them. The guys are the stereotypical frat guys and the girls are called sorostitutes for a reason.. It's big but you don't have to join to have fun. Girls definitely don't. Girls can get in almost anywhere. Guys, they won't be let in unless they know someone.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police are great here but unfortunately when at a school so large, sexual assault is bound to happen. There are blue lights and an anonymous auxiliary police service that can be used at any time if you feel unsafe but other than the occasional sexual assaults (you get notified about them immediately) the campus is generally safe.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most students flock to the same few places Canyon Pizza for dollar slices, Chipotle, DP Dough, Gumby's for Pokey Sticks, Wings Over, the Waffle Shop, etc. There are several nicer dinning options downtown and everything is within about a 10-15 minute walk or less.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not many places are open past 1am except Canyon and Order Up- which is an amazing site. The actual variety of off campus dining is excellent though, and there are many options from fast food to fine dining.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms on campus are extremely varied in quality. South, typically sorority housing, is very new and updated and having many perks such as air conditioning and a better layout within the rooms. Pollock, located next to south, is in a good more centralized location, but the dorms are outdated. The bathrooms are border lining disgusting and mold is on most of the dark small showers. East, typically freshman housing, is very much out of the way to classes and does't offer many perks. I have no knowledge of the housing at North or West, besides that side of campus is very quiet and far away from the life of the campus. Housing on campus is not typically available to upperclassmen and most live off campus. Off campus housing can range from fairly expensive to cheap, but most off campus apartments are very rowdy and the buildings are outdated and gross (often told not to touch anything in the elevators, dirty halls, very loud and parties every night of the week).

5 College Freshman

Majors: my major is hospitality management and it is a great program here at Penn State. The professors are all so nice and want to see you do well. The academic advising in this major is amazing and they are willing to work with you one on one regarding scheduling and any class problems. There are so many alumni from Penn State in this major so getting a job is very easy they said.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Penn State is located within a very rural area of Pennsylvania. The downtown of State College includes some nice and casual eating options as well as conveniences such as a CVS etc. Within a 15-20 minute bus ride available for pick up on campus or downtown you can travel to an area with shopping malls that include Walmart, Target, Best Buy etc. Obviously, because it's not a large city there isn't a whole lot to do, but it's a vibrant college town that feels extremely safe to walk around in any time of day.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It is a dry campus but that doesn't seem to get in many people's way

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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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