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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is always a party going on Thursday thru Saturday night and usually on Wednesday nights and sometimes even Tuesday nights if you look hard enough. Never really Monday though. As a freshman girl, I went to frat parties every weekend. You do not need to be in a sorority and usually do not even need to know anyone. Tip: do not bring guys with you because they will not be allowed in.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat off campus- some fancy ones that you will go to when your parents come to visit and then places like Panera and then tons of fast food such as Chipotle, Primanti Brothers, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Subway and many more! ALSO, the best thing ever... on weekends, there are like 15 places that deliver until 4am to anywhere nearby- it is seriously the best thing ever invented. And they make it easy. There is a website and app called "Order Up" where every place that delivers near by is all on one site so delivering is really made easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Do not even try to smoke weed in your dorm- they will call the police (RA's) and not even tell you they are and then when the police come they must be let in and will arrest you- not even a warning. There were guys on my floor freshman year who smoked weed in their dorms and usually would get caught- just don't try it. Alcohol.. you technically cannot drink in dorms it is a dry campus but as long as you're quiet and not being disruptive to neighbors, you can totally pre game in the dorms before going out. I have only been to one frat party that was ever busted by the police but they don't check IDs or ask anything when they come- they just make you leave, so it is really no big deal except you need to find a new place to go.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are so many options- 5 dining halls and then there is the HUB which has great options such as Starbucks, Burger King, Sbarro, Chik Fil A, 2 make your own salad places, Panda Express, some burrito place and many more! The dining hall food isn't too expensive on the meal plan and they are open from 5pm-8pm except Redifer (south) has special hours. The food is good quality and there is a menu app for iPhones where you can see what each dining hall is offering for the week.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing is not absolutely horrible but past freshman year, I would say move off campus as most upperclassmen choose to do. As a freshman, choose East Halls. Yeah, it is not the most fancy or clean but it is all freshman and the RA's try to make it a nice community feel. Also, when you are going out with your friends it is a pain to have to walk to East Halls to meet your friends if you live elsewhere since East Halls has a bus stop which is great for going out on the cold nights. Also, going to class or the library late at night, you want to be able to take a bus and only West and East have bus stops but West is not freshman at all. As far as dorms go, they are fine. I mean for an 18 year old they are fine and after you never want to go back but I loved my dorm in Pinchot! Such fun memories freshman year!

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I just submitted my Fafsa information and the college gave about 2/3k dollars of scholarships for the next few semesters. Of course I need more money. But that's something I'll have to work at on my own.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love west mainly because of the cookies there. The corner room is nice as well and I love going to the HUB. The only thing I dislike is how expensive the hub is

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It actually depends on where you are living. East may have small dorms, but the atmosphere of living around kids who are all Freshman is actually very helpful for your first year when you're trying to meet people like you. Also, Nittany Apartments is amazing and they have townhouse there. The cost is kinda expensive, in my opinion, and the convenience of some of the dorm halls is very out of the way of most classes so the walk around the large campus can be a nuisance. Still, the experience is definitely worth it.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: To actually get into my major, Management Information Systems, or any business major for that matter, you have to complete your first two years of entrance to major requirements before being able to apply to your intended major after the end of your sophomore year. Also, you have to maintain a 3.2 GPA to be guaranteed a spot in your major (3.5 for Finance, though these numbers are climbing soon to 3.3 and 3.6), and anyone below will be submitted into a pool and picked from next highest GPA onward until all available spots in the major are filled. It is a bit stressful to maintain this GPA standard, but it's achievable. Also, getting into the business school in the first place is relatively difficult, and I would recommend trying to be accepted into there rather than getting accepted as DUS and then trying to get in. It'll be easier on you to go straight in.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Our campus has some incredibly beautiful buildings, and the greenery easily matches this beauty. Even during the winter, when the snow covers everything in a blanket of white, the campus continually pulls through with taking my breath away at just how incredibly gorgeous it is. We have incredible traditions I think, like THON and some of the things we do in the student section during football games. Basically every aspect of this school has me falling in love with it more and more every day.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have loved every moment at Penn State, from partying on the weekends with my amazing friends to participating in THON. Having to go back home to California for practically 4 months in the summer was so hard, and I missed being surrounded by the people I had grown so close to and the whole environment Penn State has to offer, from it beauty to the social life to the sense of family I feel there. I could not imagine going to any other school, and I am so glad I chose to come here.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I still think that a Penn State degree is highly valued, and we have an incredible alumni connections system. There are amazing opportunities after graduating from here.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Like any school, there are good and bad professors. As for math related subjects there seems to be a lot of problems with the professors I think. In both my Math and Stat class I had to teach myself entirely because the professor either did a very poor job or was teaching us as if we already knew all the material. However, with the bad teachers I've also had some of the best teachers ever, one of those even being a TA which will happen in some of your classes. It's a toss up whether a TA is good or not, and the same goes for professors.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people at Penn State are very attractive generally. Most of the people are very friendly if you just try and strike up a conversation with them, and I find the culture created by everyone to be extremely comforting. There are the occasional jerks in both the guys and girls, but most of the people I have met have been amazing.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I can walk around campus and downtown late at night and feel absolutely safe without worrying that someone is going to hurt me. Of course, I marked it down because there are a lot of sexual assault reports, but that is to be expected of a huge student body of teenagers/young adults. Still, I have never felt unsafe there and they have security services for whatever you need.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is obviously known for its student section being the best in the country, and it definitely exceeds expectations. We love our football even if we don't do the best and are always enthusiastic, and game days are a huge event during the season. You'll see swarms of people heading to Beaver stadium on Saturday home games and there are not many people left on campus. As for the facilities, the gyms, especially the newest IM building, are very nice. They have incredible and new equipment, and people always seem to be wanting to go there.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Penn State and are a huge part of the social/party atmosphere of the school. They are always holding parties, and you can find your favorite place to party at one of the many frats. Personally, as a non-Greek I actually like the Greek life even though I wouldn't join it because I simply don't want to, but a lot of non-Greeks think the Greeks are stuck up and annoying. On the other hand, a lot of Greeks have negative views of the general non-Greeks. It's all a dumb battle over nothing, but it's there.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are always parties at Penn State, and the party scene is very prevalent at our school. Whether you want the more relaxed environment of an apartment party or the energized vibe of a frat party, we have it all. Generally you'll find frats that you like more than others, and you'll tend to gravitate towards them more often. I always seem to see people going out every night of the week. There always seems to be a party whenever you want one. Even though our Greek system is being criticized recently, there are still good frats, so don't completely ignore the idea of going out and having fun at them.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have some really awesome restaurants downtown, including Panera Bread which is my favorite personally. Also, the Chipotle downtown is constantly a favorite, although I seriously wish they had more than one store. The food is pretty good downtown, especially compared to on campus of course.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The problem mainly is that there is no drinking allowed in the dorms, and a few TAs are extremely strict about this and will literally go out of their way to make sure you get punished. It depends on the TA patrolling, but it is rather annoying since there are obviously drunk people roaming the halls and outside, clearly making it seen that we all drink, but they are very strict on this rule. On the other hand, I know they do it because they are liable, so it is really part of their job, it's just frustrating sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's a hit and miss, though you'll tend to find your favorite dining place once you settle into your life there. Personally, South dining commons tends to have the best variety as far as on campus dining goes, and their food is relatively delicious. Still, I managed to make it through my freshman year by eating mainly only Fresh Express which became like my second home. The staff knew my order by heart. You just have to figure out what you like to eat there, and everything is edible, just not always satisfying.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: It is not too strict but not too lenient, which I like. Many of my friends like it too. It is strict enough to keep students safe and keep the campus as clean as possible of drugs. It is also lenient enough to allow students to make their own choices, be adults, and learn from mistakes.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process was annoying. My dad dealt with most of it. He had to call numerous times because it wasn't showing up on the tuition statement and we did not receive much aid. We only got little aid from the FASFA and nothing from the school. We are still struggling to pay for my tuition.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are TONS of people to meet and you will most definitely make friends. Everyone has pride for the school and is friendly. There is always something to do there.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many restaurants around town have discounts for students who pay with LionCash+ which is a little disappointing. But other than that, the restaurants are pretty great. There are places for every meal and every hour of the day. They cater to college students with delivery and take out. I really enjoy the food in State College.

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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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