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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: We are secluded from anything outside of State College, so we have what we have, which can be limiting, but I've never been in a situation that I vitally needed something that was not available to me by walking or a bus. Very safe campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: GPA for prerequisite classes are more important than GenEds, so if one has the choice to study for a class in their major, or a GenEd, take the hit on the GenEd class. Recruiters are more interested in how you did in your 400-level marketing level class if you are a marketing major, than you getting a C in "It's Not Easy Being Green."

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lively nightlife. I avoid frat parties at all cost and still have plenty of options, especially being involved in clubs. If I wanted to party every night, I could probably find a party.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Love the women's volleyball team!

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is really bad here, as are crimes on occasion.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's good that they let you buy meals with college meal points.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't like police. They are racist and evil.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's okay, could use more space

3 College Freshman

Administration: My school is fairly strict when it comes to keeping track of what the students do. I agree with their policies because they keep the students in order.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is always available at Penn State, you just need to find the right places to go.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I enjoy the Greek life at Penn State, it plays a large role in the community with activities such as THON.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very fun and interesting in my opinion. The dorms are average sized, but still very comfortable. The social atmosphere is absolutely great, for the most part everyone on campus is extremely sociable. There are a lot of social gatherings and parties on and off campus. I do believe it is a little expensive to attend this school.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Since I am a freshman at State College, my dorm is on the complete opposite side of campus compared to all of the off-campus dining options. I have to get on a bus or walk twenty minutes to arrive at these restaurants and eateries. Otherwise, the variety of places to eat is incredible, and the quality of food is also great.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus. There have been many instances where I am walking back to my form from the library late at night, and I do not feel threatened or unsafe at all. There are alway police cars patrolling the campus, which helps to the "safe" feeling.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: For the most part, everyone in the area is extremely friendly and always has time to help out a stranger in need. I am from New Jersey, and I can easily notice a difference in attitude from the general population out in State College. The Pattee/Paterno library is absolutely great. I decided to try and study there during the middle of my fall semester, and I now regularly attend the library and study in the Central Stacks. Another great thing I love about my school is the Athletic and Fitness Training facilities, including the Intramural Gym and the Intramural Fields. I always feel safe when I am walking on campus, even at night. Plus, the food here is a lot better than I initially expected because you always have a large variety of foods to choose from. I would recommend this University to anybody who is considering attending a large school.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The gym and equipment could be newer but it works

5 College Senior

Majors: the education is good but it is so expensive and I will pay this off until I am 85 if I am lucky

3 College Senior

Local Area: I don't go out much so don't know the places as I always have to study after class.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know since I don't belong to one

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Would be nice if the governor did not cut our financial aide.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel really safe on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: State college is a pretty safe place. There are a few assaults reported occasionally, so it's important to remember to go out with a buddy though and try not to walk home by yourself.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good variety, there's great late night options, some good lunch places, and a few fancier places for date nights.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are some places to shop, and some good places to eat. Pretty good for a college town.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of people are involved in sports, and football is a lifestyle here.

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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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