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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many students have difficulties in finding affordable housing that is also convenient.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personally I've encountered anything major. But the number of sexual assaults on campus has increased largely and caught people's attention.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a great variety of eateries around campus! As a food snob, I am happy to say that most of the eateries we have have good quality cuisine. We have everything from fast food to fine dining, and all kinds of ethnic food. The cost and the convenience varies as well, but we usually don't get student discounts since the town was built around the campus and most of the customers are students. My favorite places to eat are Karma (Indian Cuisine), Chipotle, Baby's (Diner), The Corner Room (American Dining), and Little Szechuan (Chinese).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The great thing about living off of campus is the freedom, and it's worth it. There is a good variety in the quality, price, and location, and usually, they're all related. If the quality of the apartment goes up, or the location is closer to campus, the price will usually go up as well. You can also choose whether you want to have your own room, share with someone...etc., and depending on all these options, the apartment prices range anywhere from $350 to more than $800! Just make sure that you start the housing search early- usually, most of the housing will be gone by December.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Since it's a public university, Penn State has limited funds to give to its students. The Office of Student Aid is very easy to work with and wants to make sure that the funds go to the right people. They know that the financial aid process is grueling and tries to make it as easy as possible for the students. I would suggest that you supplement the financial aid you receive from student aid with other scholarships -there are so many opportunities within the university, in each of the colleges, through associated student activities...etc. You just have to look for them!

5 College Junior

Majors: I am in the Public Relations program in the College of Communications. The College of Communications is very well organized, and I am definitely benefiting from it. Every day, I receive emails about internship and job opportunities, so I know that I have the support of the college to develop my resume and help increase my chances of getting a job after college. There are prerequisites and a GPA requirement for this program, and for other programs in the College of Communications, so I would definitely look into the requirements and start preparing for them as soon as possible!

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall, State College is one of the safest places to be as a college student. The one safety issue that we have is sexual assault, which seems to happening more frequently lately over weekends. Given the timing of the assaults, they are most likely alcohol related, but the University has been making an effort to eradicate this by informing all students when each assault occurs, and student organizations are hosting discussions and events to promote the prevention of sexual assault. Yes, as with every university, there are some safety concerns at Penn State, but the university community makes a conscious effort to fight it!

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety and security on campus is good, sexual assault has been an issue lately but I know for a fact that our school is working on it!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus it pretty great. I wouldn't say it's perfect but I like it! The only complaint is that it's not very spacious, but that's understandable at such a big school.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I've never had an internship. I'm a little concerned about finding one but we have a great career service center so I know they can always help me if I need it.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: We have pretty great parties at our school. We're usually in the top ten ranked party schools. The frats, apartments, bars and houses all have fun parties, it truly depends.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Being a freshman, I don't know too much about off-campus housing, but I heard people have to get jump-start on it quickly because there's limited space.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big thing here but if you don't join Greek life you're not treated any less. There's so many other ways to get involved!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's so much to do here and it's really easy to get involved! We have a great sorts team, cute stores to shop at, and everybody is so friendly!

4 College Freshman

Administration: My school isn't very strict. Of course we have rules put in place, but they're reasonable and easy to abide by!

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frats are known for having the best parties and they are pretty huge and fun.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It depends on which sorority or fraternity because they are all pretty different. I think sororities are more accepting of those that are non-greeks than fraternities. Hazing is a major problem with fraternities but not sororities.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Penn State are HUGE and absolutely everyone seems to be involved.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The on campus psychological services are so helpful and easy to reach.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Everyone is very helpful and accommodating, I really havent had a problem.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I think they should be more giving when it comes to financial aid and offer more/different kinds of aid.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SO many options and varieties and the food is delicious.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many majors and opportunities, there is something for everyone.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They fill up fast but the pricing is reasonable for a typical college student.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A little small, but not bad

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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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