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Reviews 5329 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Everything you need is right there. It is very convenient

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The costs are ridiculous but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Attending Penn State football games and being in the student section will forever be one of the greatest feelings in the world. So many good memories

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There is always something going on, parties are a great way to make new friends

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I mean come on, it's called Happy Valley for a reason!

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe walking on or around campus

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: As long as you do the right thing it's not bad at all.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm very new at the process.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My mother is disabled and we needed assistance with financial help.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: I'm new and I haven't had any issues on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I stay on campus because of my studies.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I' a student at this time and learning a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into this program was steady.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus and preparing to live on my own after I graduate.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Haven't really seen too many that apply to me, but I'm pretty average.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The rental management companies suck but it's still cheaper than on-campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: You can definitely put a dent in your wallet if you aren't careful with this.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Sexual assaults happen from time to time, but I don't think it's much different from other campuses (it's still too high everywhere regardless).

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Meal plans are a bit pricey and off-campus is cheaper, but dorms are pretty nice overall.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Area: Downtown State College is quaint, generally quiet once you get past all the students.

4 College Senior

Majors: Very large variety, and many programs are the best in the nation.

3 College Senior

Majors: The curriculum is great, but the other students in it suck.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Greek Life: They're terrible. Not much else to add here. Avoid them.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Football games are awesome, others are not quite as popular.

3 College Senior

Administration: They're alright, but they make weird decisions sometimes.

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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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