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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is an awesome balance of work and play, but it does have some downsides. However, all the fun experiences outweigh any doubts.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: A great balance of work and fun.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: What my school unique is, the choice of many majors.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State has the best energy and the most school pride. It is very easy to get involved in fun clubs and charity work. The academics are great and the support system and resources are helpful and plentiful, especially in your first year. Although University Park is huge and confusing at first, you soon realize that campus isn't so big after all. It is very cold most of the school year, but if you love snow, this is the university for you. Old Main is also gorgeous covered in snow and the rest of the campus for that matter. Overall, attending Penn State was the best choice I have made in my life and I do not regret it at all.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've been able to get involved in so many things so far at school that have really enriched my experience. The school is so spirited it makes going here fun and enjoyable. As far as the education I don't like huge 500 plus student classes that are for weeding out students in majors; specifically science courses. And I don't like my schools financial aid office.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Choosing to attend Penn State University Park has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The experience has been unforgettable and it has only been one year. I love the size of the campus and the student body. I meet new people everyday and the resources are unlimited. The classes are challenging, but I am learning so much. I would not wish to continue my education anywhere else.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: i love the school, and the school pride that goes along with it, it is a big school but you find your niche right away and from close bonds with people which make the school seem smaller but you can also meet new people every day!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have only attended orientation and it was an amazing experience, however I am terrified and extremely stressed on how I will pay for my higher education.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Soon I will be going to the main Penn State campus. I hope that it will be even better than when I visited it in high school. I am looking forward to lots of new experiences

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good school for those who want the typical, linear 4 year experience. If you want other things out of your college years, maybe not the best

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: LOVE IT!! My school is like its own city which allows me to feel safe when walking to and from class as well as have the night life that citys have.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: PSU is the best college all around.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I cannot imagine my self at any other school but Penn State. There are so many positives and hardly any negatives. In my first year I met a lot of new friends and had an amazing time, and was still able to make the dean's list with my GPA. I can't wait for fall semster so I can go back to State College!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love The Pennsylvania State University. I will always remember my freshman year because this was my first experience with what it felt to be a Nittany Lion. Attending the school and being a Nittany Lion delivered a sense of pride to me and a unique feeling of being united with 40,000 other students. I would highly recommend coming to the university even as a visitor to experience what it means to be in Happy Valley.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at Penn State has been amazing. I made friends with a small group of people, which are my best friend. My favorite experience at Penn State has been canning and participating in THON. This past winter, we have raised over 13 million dollars toward pediatric cancer. Meeting and becoming friends with the children and their families has been a life changing experience.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very great for people who love a big family!

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: PSU Main &Psu Abington great if you out going or just willing to make new friends. The teachers are kind too but you must show dedication to your work. It can be a little overwhelming but make a friend or two and join some clubs and stay focused on your degree & it'll be great

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I enjoy school. Has been great meeting new people

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's close to home, everyone is really nice and understanding. There is no boring moment on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really do love Penn State. The people, atmosphere, and education are all aspects that make Penn State so unique. The people are very friendly and diverse. The atmosphere makes such a large school seem smaller because of all the school spirit. Last, the education is challenging yet rewarding. I really feel like I will have a job waiting for me when I graduate, and that was really important to me when I was selecting a school. If I could do it all over I would still pick Penn State again because it is so great.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Penn State. the atmosphere, the people, the classes, the professors, the sporting events, the clubs, and everything else they have to offer there is incredible. I've had the best experience of my life so far each and every day I spend here. It's simply amazing. Although it's a big school, everyone at Penn State finds a way to make it smaller. You find your niche, and you really connect with a number of people.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school experience was at an all woman's college, that allowed me to make reliable and hilarious life long friends, the alumni system is incredibly far reaching and very helpful. Additionally I was given support to try new things and branch out past my comfort level without feeling uneasy.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn State offers endless opportunities and has something for everyone.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are other schools that teach my major better. However, the resources and experience offered is incomparable.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The energy and passion here is astounding. There are so many resources and opportunities here to enrich your academic experience. THON and football are the heart of the student body.

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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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