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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Anyone can find a great place to party, whether they like big frat parties or small apartment parties, Penn State has it all.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I honestly have no clue.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's Penn State, what do you expect?

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: NOT GETTING FINANCIAL AID AND IT IS HORRIBLE.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: There isn't anything to hate about Penn State!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some places are a lot better than others.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: State College is beautiful; don't be afraid to explore it. If you want to go anywhere other than downtown, you'll want a bus or car, but it's rarely necessary to leave.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everyone can find a party that fits them. There's everything from small dorm parties to huge ragers. Apartment and house parties are common.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you pick East Halls, you'll be far from classes and parties, but have a great social atmosphere. Pollock and South have arguably nicer dorms and are closer to classes and town, but the social atmosphere is a little less open. West Halls is nice and very close to classes and the library, but the social atmosphere is fairly closed-off from what I've heard. Everyone forgets about North Halls.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. Crime is reported, but don't let that scare you. Just be aware of it and be smart when you go out.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: People in Greek life tend to keep to themselves, and those who choose not to join will still have an easy time meeting people and doing things. I haven't had much interaction with the greek system by my own choice, but I know people who have. There's no need to join, but you'll most likely be happy with whatever you pick. If you don't go greek, I would advise joining at least one club, sport, or THON org.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Obviously, football is huge at Penn State. Club Sports are available to everyone: some teams are very competitive and others are more accepting to anyone. With a gym membership, you can use any of the 3 gyms on campus. The hours are good, the equipment is all new, and there is a gym close to each group of residence halls.

3 College Freshman

Administration: As long as you're not stupid and obnoxious about things, it's easy to have a good time and not get caught. Still, I would advise against drinking in the dorms whenever you can avoid it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are the usual chain locations that you'll see right away, but if you search a little harder, you'll find a lot of other small local places that are really enjoyable.

4 College Senior

Majors: I applied to a commonwealth campus and then transferred to the University Park campus to finish my major, so getting into Penn State wasn't as challenging as it would have been if I had tried to start at the main campus. I'm am definitely glad I started my degree at a branch campus, because it allowed me to adjust to the rigor and demands of college coursework without the added stress of a large campus, and the tuition is slightly cheaper at commonwealth campuses.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Definitely a big change for someone raised in a rural area, but you don't have to drive very far to "get away" to a more rural area. Numerous stores and businesses located nearby.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Only first year are guaranteed housing. Greek life is a good way to assure living assignments, too.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are very informative, however if you can't deal with a 700 person lecture you best look elsewhere.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Coule be better, could be worse. Every college has it's peak eating spots.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: People in Penn State love sports very much. Especially football.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: People party almost everyday on campus. Partying on Thursday is really common. Girls are a little bit over-protective and don't usually talk to strangers but parties are still cool.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's mostly safe. But we've been having a number of sexual assaults. I don't know if it's because sexual assaults are common or because Penn State is really serious about letting everyone know about sexual assaults that happens on campus through E-mail.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Would liked to have been qualified for scholarships

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: not any scholarships for international students

3 College Junior

Majors: not enough independent attention since it's huge

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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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