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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a huge rush in October to get housing and unless you have roommates set and a security deposit to put down you'll pretty much be scrambling for a few months to find housing.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't have much to sat about financial aid at my school. The only aid i received was from the government. However, the school processed it very well.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The schools alerts students through a voluntary alert service any time there is any type of crime, usually sexual assault, on campus. This service is good i guess but it mostly doesn't help and just freaks people out. The health services are awesome. I've come in more than once without an appointment and had to wait 20 minutes max to see a doctor. The campus and downtown both feel very safe during the day and at night. There is a blue light system on campus that is accessible if anyone ever feels they are in danger. There is a safe walk program, if you are scared to walk alone, that you can call and have a campus security person walk you to your destination. I have used this a few times at 3 or 4 in the morning and I greatly appreciate it.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: PSU is consistently ranked one of the best party schools for a reason. Its hard to choose between frat parties and bar parties. Frats are good if you're under 21. There's easy access to alcohol and the parties are always well attended. Bar parties are hard to get into if you're under 21. Bouncers are pretty strict and good at spotting fake IDs but bars are a good place to hang out if you can get in.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Distance to classes can suck when a class is only offered in one location and you live across campus, but you can usually find something within reasonable walking distance from everywhere except east halls. Most people take the buses from east to go a little further into campus before walking. The lottery process can be tough if you don't get on campus housing but were expecting to. But there are always people looking for last minute roommates. Most people move off campus their sophomore year so usually if you want on-campus housing its easy to get (especially if you request a room with roommates, its harder to get a single). Most dorms are really nice, but they're for mostly upperclassmen. East Halls, where most freshmen live has tiny rooms, but the experience of being with all freshmen kinda makes up for it. It's enough room for all of your stuff and with bed risers I even have unused space underneath my bed. As for rule enforcement, you usually only get punished if you are doing something really stupid like throwing away empty alcohol bottles in the community trash room on a dry campus, or throwing up all over the side of the street wile drunk.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had any negative experiences with administration thus far

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options for every price range

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is not a abundant as it was a few years ago

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many great places to grab food downtown

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I was capped during my junior year here and have run out of financial aid to finish my degree. I am only two nursing classes from graduating with added General classes such as art credit and a second stats class. Very frustrating to find out you've been capped and you are so close to completion. I work two jobs and have seen two of my own three children through or currently in college as well as trying to complete my Bachelor's degree in nursing. The push to have all nurses at the bedside BSN prepared by 2020 is a hardship for many older nurses who are trying to retain their job because employers are not hiring ASN prepared nurses any longer. Penn State financial aid personnel were very rude and unwilling to help me when I got the letter stating I had been capped. I can't switch schools at this point and will have to pay out of pocket to finish my degree which I have estimated to be around 12K-14K . Private loans are out due to my high debt to ratio. Basically I'm screwed and left with a huge student loan debt that can not be forgiven for ten years. By then I will be retiring.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Administration: I am attending the World Campus on-line so I have only visited one campus. The campus was the Wilkes Barre- Scranton campus and it was gorgeous. People on campus were helpful and friendly. I did not notice any kind of chaos or students behaving badly in anyway. I believe for the most part that the school does a great job with maintaining a peaceful campus which is conducive of a great learning environment.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Has a small town feel of safety, but there is always something going on worth being a part of. Plenty of options for restaurants and bars. Arts fest, farmers' markets, and other events keep the place lively even during the day.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding a place to live can be very stressful, because there are so many other students attempting to find off campus housing as well. However, there are a lot of options and once you are on a lease it is very worthwhile.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: The process can be a bit of a hassle when dealing with the Penn State websites, and the school is not very liberal about dishing out scholarships. However, I did receive some form of scholarships for the first three years that I was enrolled.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Party Scene: This is one of the best night life scenes I have ever encountered. There is a variety of options from bars and clubs to apartment parties. Also, greek life on campus is very prominent for those looking to pledge that offers even more social opportunities.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Majors: My major is one of only several programs in the country. The school has worked hard to get some of the best professors and research specialists on campus and it shows in the classroom and the lab.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Nothing too special about it, but then again no campus housing usually is.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Football, hockey, and volleyball here are huge and lots of fun.

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4 College Senior

Administration: Rules here are not too bad, very easy to follow.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: It's a very PSU oriented town

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options to choose from

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The football team is huge here

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4 College Freshman

Majors: My program was fairly easy to enter into.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I really enjoy my classes and the facility is very informative and helpful. The workload is manageable for my major, but I have heard some horror stories about classes for certain majors.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I've never had an internship, but it seems that one has to actively search out opportunities, they are not just coming to you.

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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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