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5 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is easy and the office of student aid is extremely helpful. I have applied for work-study financial aid and it has been a great experience and the university makes it easy to find a position.

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5 College Senior

Campus Food: With so many diverse people at the university, Penn State dining aims to suit everyone's needs.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The kinesiology department at Penn State is among the best in the nation. We are provided unique internship opportunities, not to mention the professors are the top of their field. Also, there are so many research opportunities to work with faculty and prepare for graduate school.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Penn State has everything you could every want in terms of majors and types of professors. Not to mention there is an honors program for the folks who are smart enough to be Ivy League status.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The campus housing is extremely nice and it is currently being updated, making it even better. I definitely enjoyed my time living in the dorms although the rooms are not particularly big, they are big enough.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: There is an immense bar/party scene at the school that is beyond compare of anywhere else I have ever been.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Penn State provides a wide variety of classes with professors who are some of the best in their field of study. Although some classes consist of large class size, it is a part of the learning process. Students must learn to be one of many, just as in the real-world.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The best thing about Penn State is it's alumni network. It's not hard to find a Penn State alumnus when looking for a job.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The amount of school spirit at Penn State is outstanding and the athlete teams perform exceptionally in more sports.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: The hours are pretty convenient and there are many options due to the fact that there are 4 main dining halls and at least a dozen different eateries spread across campus. South halls has a late night where they serve both breakfast and dinner foods which is a great experience for those coming home late or pulling all nighters. Kocher and vegetarian/vegan options are offered as well as a lot of healthy food which most people tend to neglect #freshmanfifteen.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Penn State has a great bar life, however, the prices could be a little lower. Yes happy hours and specials can be great but bars here don't hesitate to raise prices to the roof during special events, furthermore most bars charge 3-5 dollar covers even during the evening time. One thing I do like about State College bars though, is that there is literally a bar for every type of mood/person out there.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn state pretty much takes the cake when it comes to sports. We have the best wrestling team and one of the best football teams evert. IM sports is pretty fun and you can pretty much find an IM version of every sport conceivable on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Same as before, off campus housing is usually more expensive the closer you are to campus. One thing worth mentioning however, is that parking absolutely sucks downtown. It literally costs an arm, a leg and a firstborn to park your car within 2 blocks of campus for the semester. The school sometimes publishes ads for off campus housing but you have to actually get out of your way if you want to fins something good.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing can vary alot. If you live in the freshman dorms then the space factor is pretty bad but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. Apartments are a little on the expensive side near campus, but you do get many perks such as being able to throw parties if you register them. Alternatively, if you're willing to live a few miles away from campus prices plummet but at the cost of living in the middle of nowhere.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a great deal of options on and around campus. In the commons a great deal of different foods are served and the restaurants around campus seem to offer an array of prices and types of food.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State is awesome. Over 20% of the student population gets involved in it and it is very active in philanthropy events such as THON. Many of the chapters have mansions where many brothers live and throw parties.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a great deal of diversity, however, the student population disperses itself into many different "cliques". People of similar ethnicity tend to group together and the same could be said for sexual orientation.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big at our school. We have a ton of frats and a lot of sororities too. While sororities get their own floor in the dorms they don't get houses like the frats do.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The best parties I like to go to are at frats. They're always a good time and give everyone a chance to cut loose for the weekend.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life on campus is amazing. There's always free events and concerts going on and so many other things to do.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a Pre Med major is a ton of work and you really have to apply yourself to all your hard science classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are pretty good. We have great classes and depending on your major your workload will vary.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends where you live on campus. Freshmen year you'll probably live in East which are the worst dorms, but they get so much as you move on.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat literally right next to campus you just have to walk downtown and you can get pretty much anything you want. Many places also deliver, so you don't even have to leave your dorm.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Everyone that comes to visit says we have pretty good food and there are so many options you'll never feel like you're eating the same thing all the time.

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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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