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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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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many students have difficulties in finding affordable housing that is also convenient.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personally I've encountered anything major. But the number of sexual assaults on campus has increased largely and caught people's attention.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a great variety of eateries around campus! As a food snob, I am happy to say that most of the eateries we have have good quality cuisine. We have everything from fast food to fine dining, and all kinds of ethnic food. The cost and the convenience varies as well, but we usually don't get student discounts since the town was built around the campus and most of the customers are students. My favorite places to eat are Karma (Indian Cuisine), Chipotle, Baby's (Diner), The Corner Room (American Dining), and Little Szechuan (Chinese).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The great thing about living off of campus is the freedom, and it's worth it. There is a good variety in the quality, price, and location, and usually, they're all related. If the quality of the apartment goes up, or the location is closer to campus, the price will usually go up as well. You can also choose whether you want to have your own room, share with someone...etc., and depending on all these options, the apartment prices range anywhere from $350 to more than $800! Just make sure that you start the housing search early- usually, most of the housing will be gone by December.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Since it's a public university, Penn State has limited funds to give to its students. The Office of Student Aid is very easy to work with and wants to make sure that the funds go to the right people. They know that the financial aid process is grueling and tries to make it as easy as possible for the students. I would suggest that you supplement the financial aid you receive from student aid with other scholarships -there are so many opportunities within the university, in each of the colleges, through associated student activities...etc. You just have to look for them!

5 College Junior

Majors: I am in the Public Relations program in the College of Communications. The College of Communications is very well organized, and I am definitely benefiting from it. Every day, I receive emails about internship and job opportunities, so I know that I have the support of the college to develop my resume and help increase my chances of getting a job after college. There are prerequisites and a GPA requirement for this program, and for other programs in the College of Communications, so I would definitely look into the requirements and start preparing for them as soon as possible!

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall, State College is one of the safest places to be as a college student. The one safety issue that we have is sexual assault, which seems to happening more frequently lately over weekends. Given the timing of the assaults, they are most likely alcohol related, but the University has been making an effort to eradicate this by informing all students when each assault occurs, and student organizations are hosting discussions and events to promote the prevention of sexual assault. Yes, as with every university, there are some safety concerns at Penn State, but the university community makes a conscious effort to fight it!

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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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