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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am only going into my sophomore year, but I lived in supplemental for my first year and it was interesting to say the least. The room was very big and spacious luckily for us because instead of 8, there were 4 girls in the room. I lived in Porter Hall and it was okay. One elevator was very slow and one was very fast; there was no in between. The housing process for my first year dorm was pretty simple, but for my next year coming up, the process was quite complicated. The fear of not getting a housing contract is very scary. The bathrooms weren't too bad. While the showers could have been bigger, the cleaning staff was very good at keeping the bathrooms clean and supplied. As for the social atmosphere, there are so many things to do and so many people to socialize with. I have no complaints about the social scene. Penn State overall is costly, but it is worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Could be a greater selection of healthy food options

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus situation is good. It's so easy to just take a bus to get to classes and the landlords are good as long as general rules are being followed.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Quality and prices vary; must research thoroughly.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Best and craziest party scene!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Respect for enforcement/administration is key.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarship program is competitive, but great.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great way to make friends, stay involved.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's great. Really easy access to classes and CATA system and the building I live in is quiet and has no issues.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is college living. Average.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Penn State has a big social scene

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the options and there are good prices!

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3 College Junior

Administration: Penn State have policies that affect students positively.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: It is a process because many kids are looking for it as well.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is like any campus food. It is average.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus is very beautiful. Penn State takes good care of their buildings and provides students with the maximum amount of needs on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Well Penn State does live up to the hype of parties. It's fun and easy to find any party.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love all the food options we have on campus. Being a vegetarian, it's never hard finding some veggie options to eat.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Administration: I love the dorms on campus and I love the building where I live now.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was okay to apply and the aid helps as much as needed

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of options for all kind of diets which is great! I'm a vegetarian but finding something to eat is really easy

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing options. If you are unsure of where to look you can ask someone in the financial aid office who might be able to help. You can also look online for off-campus housing. The only thing is that the closer you are to campus, the more expensive the housing is going to be.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: My program is great, the workload is not too bad; but depending on the level of classes it does get more challenging. Facilities are nice and kept up to date. Internships are great because you can get an internship with the FBI, CIA, Local or State government. Your advisor will help you with your internship aspirations and with scheduling conflicts. They will help you graduate with everything you need in order to get a job after graduation.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics depends on the type of student you are. Professors will not come to you when they see that you are struggling with a certain subject. If a student needs help in a subject there is a learning center that they can go for help or if they would rather have their professor help then the professor can help the student as well, if it works with their work schedule. Students study in the library as well as basically anywhere on campus. Registering for classes is based off of the amount of credits you have, so you will most likely get all the classes that you need for a semester. The workload depends on the student, if they want to over credit themselves and have a heavy work load then that is their choice. Most students have about 4-6 classes, and 6 classes is considered a somewhat heavy work load. Although, the work load also depends on the class the student is taking; some classes are easier than others and have a lighter workload.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the athletic centers are in good condition but some do need a bit of updating. The HUB just had a new addition and looks amazing. Libraries could use a bit of updating but are still in fairly good condition. There are some green spaces around campus and there is a plethora of places for students to sit outside and study. During the week and weekends there is always something going on either on-campus or off-campus.

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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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