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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Recently, we have been getting multiple text alerts about assaults happening on campus. While its great that we are alerted in a timely fashion and given updates, its disheartening to read about so many assaults. Most assaults thus far however, have been incited due to drinking. Fair warning.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The quick low down:

East Halls: Its only for freshmen. The rooms are pretty small and tight, and it does get pretty hot in there late August. It can be very rowdy since its all freshmen and its right down the block from Beaver Stadium. Its also probably the furthest from classes and downtown. Avoid these.

West Halls: Upperclassmen. Beautiful buildings, almost Hogwarts like. The rooms are slightly bigger but not really any prettier. Its the closest to classes, but far from downtown. Aim for these.

South Halls: Upperclassmen. Most of them were recently renovated so while the rooms are rather average sized, they are beautiful. Most of the floors are reserved for Greek life though, so have fun trying to get into these without participating in Greek life. Its the closest to downtown, but a little far from classes. Aim for these.

Pollock Halls: Mix. Again, the rooms are pretty small and tight and hot, but its quieter and slightly nicer than East. Since its right next door to South, it is also very close to downtown while only being a few minutes away from classes. Aim for these if you're a freshman.

North Halls: Mix. These are the suites, so the rooms are rumored to be nice. Its probably the farthest from anything and everything. No joke. North Halls is like Narnia. Everyone knows about it but no one knows how to get there. Also note that because these are suites, its very quiet and most people keep to themselves, thus giving North the reputation for having "weirdos." Aim for these if you want privacy.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are lots of options for parties. You can usually find an apartment party, house party or a frat party. Usually the clubs downtown host their own themed parties as well. There are also parties at the HUB, but they are usually a hit or miss since its on campus and you can't pre-game/drink.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Yes, this is a nice college town. Downtown and college avenue have cute little shops and plenty of restaurants. However, as someone who used to live in the city, I find the local atmosphere just a little subpar. There is an urban outfitters, which is great but what college student can really afford that? And there's this lovely shoe store called Barefoot. Anddddd thats about it. The mall around here is pitiful: its one level, has the smallest Macy's I've ever seen, and as far as mainstream stores for college age kids go it only has a charlotte ruse, pac sun and a small victoria secret. The atmosphere is great for food, but not so much for shopping. You're definitely going to have to get used to online shopping if you decide to go to school here.

4 College Freshman

Administration: This is a college town. The police and other administrators understand that students are going to be drinking or smoking. Its hard to get an underage around here. Unless you are completely, and obviously belligerently drunk in public, you're unlikely to get an underage. I was at a party in an apartment recently, and when the cops showed up they didn't shut down the party. They just asked a couple people to leave so we wouldn't break any fire marshall codes. Be smart, and be safe, and you'll be fine.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not in a sorority. However, from what I have heard from friends, it is pretty strenuous. It is a week long process filled with interviews and there's a strict dress code.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive any scholarships from penn state.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You have to be very careful. Date in groups. Plus, remember you are here to study and get a degree.

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4 College Junior

Academics: My major is a stepping stone to medical school. I love the professors and the opportunities that I have had.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is so much. ALot of competition. The problem is that I would love a mentor but it is hard to find a mentor for the middle class student.

2 College Junior

Diversity: I have tried to develop a diversity video at the college. IT is hard to get this video going. It will cost around $15K. We had a private sponsor but he died. I am trying to get this video passed that will be used during Freshman orientation. The video shows all backgrounds, Asians, Latinos, etc. not just blacks. It is hard to get people to understand there are different races.

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3 College Junior

Majors: The workload is so much. There are nights I do not sleep to keep up. They tell you the science program is hard. I feel it is getting me ready for medical school.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I am use to the big city. I miss the city life and opportunities. I could not live hear all year around.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are big at Penn State. THe whole town gets involved.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Penn State needs to help students with financial assistance. They have alot of money they use to upgrade building that do not need the upgrade. Students need help. They are big on not providing alot of financial support. It is a financial strain on the students. I work alot to pay for college. Middle class families do not get any assistance.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Penn State gives you alot of information of what they will not tolerate. You have certain classes you need to take to learn it is a big college. I feel they are not strict to local students. Local students beat up alot of students walking to their dorm. Because the students were on the football team, the police looked the other way. They give too much leeway to the football players who are out of control.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel the police on side with the local students. They do not help students from other states or countries. Very one sided.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am trying to get into a Latina sorority. It is hard. The girls are very close net and are academically driven. I am not interested in the other sororities because they party too much.

4 College Junior

Majors: I had a paid internship this summer. I found housing which was hard to do. Housing is expensive. I worked with amazing professors on research we took to the community. Healthy eating was the research project. I learned so much about how our research had to keep changing to meet the needs of the community. I learned how much work is involved. My professors paid me well by giving me an extra pay check because they knew I worked longer hours that I was surpose to. We just had to always meet deadlines and there was alot of paperwork.

I am grateful that my professors gave me this opportunity.

4 College Junior

Majors: Penn State is hard to get into. I had alot of extra activities of traveling that I felt helped me get into this college. When every student gets good grades and works in a hospital setting, you need to do something to show that you take challenges. The college is very hard. The professors push you so much. I have grown so much and each day I become more confident in myself and what I can do.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Alot of places give students a discount. I just wish the places offered more healthy stuff.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love living in the dorms because I have a close net of friends. During the day, I can run to my room and get what I need. I wish the college gave you campus living if you want it versus lottery. I live out of state, it is hard to find a place with no connections.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I preferred to live on campus because teachers do not accommodate you when the weather is a storm at Penn State. I do not have a car so I need to be on campus. I lived off campus during the summer and it was very hard to get around without a car.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I party at my friends apartment. We play it safe because we are going seeking medical careers. Penn State is strict on parties that get out of control. I like small dinner parties with my friends.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I had no issues and received my financial aid on time.

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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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