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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options to go to eat off campus. The costs are very affordable and the quality is great. there are some places that do student discounts but most do not. Mcdonalds is open 24 hours so that is very convenient and mostly eveywhere is open until 3 am. My favorite place is the corner room!

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene at penn state is unbelievable. Everywhere in state college on a friday night is throwing a party and every night a frat is throwing a party for a number of reasons. There are parties everyday of the week. The quality is top notch, the frats, apartments and house parties are the best. I've never truly experienced actual partying until I came to penn state.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They are extremely strict at this school and do not hesitate to get the authorities involved whenever possible. They make students who get caught drinking, smoking or doing other drugs take classes and make sure it gets put on their record. The RA's do not allow for drinking or partying in the dorms. Attendance is pretty much up to the student, they allow it to affect their grade. Pretty much the school is strict on everything bad and illegal because it is a huge school with over 40,000 students and they have to make sure it is safe, clean and respectable.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My experiences here with getting financial aid have been terrible and stressful. Make sure to do it very early or else they may not receive it on time which may cause problems when enrolling for classes and such. It becomes very stressful when they put a hold on grades, scheduling and other things when you have a balance on your account that has not been paid because the financial aid did not go through at the time. It just seems like it is strictly a business and there is no "student" anymore but rather a customer.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at Penn State is extremely goof for college gourmet. I have eaten at other colleges and they just can not compare. I also worked at the school my freshman year and understand the money and effort the schools put in to making the food as good as it can be without breaking the bank. The environment is also extremely wonderful. The staff are pleasant and enthusiastic. I enjoy the diverse food establishments that are on campus as well, it is nice to have a variety of choices to go to for lunch and dinner. The meal plan system is also great because you get huge discounts and have a neat accurate point system that resembles the dollar system.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The social environment is very diverse and great for making life-long friends. The location is wonderful for such a big campus. I would say on average it takes about 5-7 minutes to walk to a class from my dorm. The housing process can be frustrating sometimes with all of their legalities and non-lenience policies. it is simple to enroll into the lottery but extremely difficult to get out of a contract if you find residence somewhere else. The dorms are always clean/tidy. Bathrooms are cleaned every morning. Overall I love the ease of living on campus.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is pretty good but other schools have more options.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Many great locations like Parana and Ice cream.

3 College Student

Party Scene: East is very live with parties. Sometimes too loud.

3 College Student

Administration: They create many restrictions but they are for the greater good.

1 College Student

Scholarships: There is not that much scholarships given and it is an expensive school for out of state residents.

4 College Student

Campus Food: Depending on the location most foods are great. East could be improved and West is the best. The HUB has many options but should have a higher discount fr students.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: The buildings are very old and most do not have A/C.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It depends on where you live because every complex is a different experience. The complex I live at is reasonably priced and I have my own bedroom which is a definite plus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options downtown and if you have a car, you have even more options to eat out with friends.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: State College being as populated as it is, there is usually always something going on, whether you go to a bar or a party. Downtown at night there are people everywhere and there is a lot of nightlife with plenty of restaurants and bars open late.

3 College Junior

Administration: They are strict on some things and other things not so much. They are very adamant about it being a dry campus - no drugs or alcohol. Regarding protests, students are able to express their opinions, a recent example being the Ferguson protests across the country.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There are a lot of students that need financial assistance so the school can only help you so much. I personally don't receive much help from the state or the school and rely on student loans for the most part.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a lot of options, the HUB having several restaurants for students to choose from. If not the HUB, resident halls all over campus have dining commons with several options to choose from. If you don't want to eat on campus, downtown is right next to campus and there are tons of restaurants to choose from.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek life is like a completely different life style than as if you were not in it

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: nothing to complain about with off campus food. the late night foods are cheap and the normal day foods are always solid. the chipotle line is insane though

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: the parties are amazing and so much fun. everyone starts going out on thursdays. frat parties are by far the most fun places to go until you turn 21.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: i have had no problems when dealing with the police or getting in trouble in my dorm

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: i dont have any financial aid through the school

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: the food overall on campus is horrible minus redifer. redifer has a wider array of options.

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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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