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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid but I have heard from other people that it is not the easiest

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State has a great party scene! There is a wide variety, if frat parties aren't your thing there are plenty apartment parities. Just make sure you know the right people because not every fraternity will let you in without knowing someone in the house and obviously you can't just show up to someone's apartment if you don't know them or at least have a mutual friend.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of different restaurants around State College but a lot are kind of hidden

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is huge at Penn State. As someone who doesn't even really like football, I love going to the games and cheering with all of my classmates, its one of the best feelings. If you plan on going to Penn State be aware that the school basically revolves around their sport teams, especially football.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: State College is a somewhat isolated town but all of the locals seem to love Penn State

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The further you are from campus the cheaper your housing will be

5 College Freshman

Majors: To get into the graphic design program you need to submit a portfolio of three of your art pieces and then a design they assign to you. It is a pretty competitive and stressful application process and it might take longer to hear back from them because they have to review your artwork on top of you academics. My advice is pick pieces that make you stand out and show who you are and what you want to do.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing complexes are fairly new and well maintained by property management.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security patrols the parking areas frequently. I have never felt my safety as being an issue.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school enrolled me into a scholarship opportunity I was not aware of and I was awarded with it. They really took the extra step to help pay for the year.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's a commonwealth campus and most parties are held either at bars or people's homes.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Recently, we have been getting multiple text alerts about assaults happening on campus. While its great that we are alerted in a timely fashion and given updates, its disheartening to read about so many assaults. Most assaults thus far however, have been incited due to drinking. Fair warning.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The quick low down:

East Halls: Its only for freshmen. The rooms are pretty small and tight, and it does get pretty hot in there late August. It can be very rowdy since its all freshmen and its right down the block from Beaver Stadium. Its also probably the furthest from classes and downtown. Avoid these.

West Halls: Upperclassmen. Beautiful buildings, almost Hogwarts like. The rooms are slightly bigger but not really any prettier. Its the closest to classes, but far from downtown. Aim for these.

South Halls: Upperclassmen. Most of them were recently renovated so while the rooms are rather average sized, they are beautiful. Most of the floors are reserved for Greek life though, so have fun trying to get into these without participating in Greek life. Its the closest to downtown, but a little far from classes. Aim for these.

Pollock Halls: Mix. Again, the rooms are pretty small and tight and hot, but its quieter and slightly nicer than East. Since its right next door to South, it is also very close to downtown while only being a few minutes away from classes. Aim for these if you're a freshman.

North Halls: Mix. These are the suites, so the rooms are rumored to be nice. Its probably the farthest from anything and everything. No joke. North Halls is like Narnia. Everyone knows about it but no one knows how to get there. Also note that because these are suites, its very quiet and most people keep to themselves, thus giving North the reputation for having "weirdos." Aim for these if you want privacy.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are lots of options for parties. You can usually find an apartment party, house party or a frat party. Usually the clubs downtown host their own themed parties as well. There are also parties at the HUB, but they are usually a hit or miss since its on campus and you can't pre-game/drink.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Yes, this is a nice college town. Downtown and college avenue have cute little shops and plenty of restaurants. However, as someone who used to live in the city, I find the local atmosphere just a little subpar. There is an urban outfitters, which is great but what college student can really afford that? And there's this lovely shoe store called Barefoot. Anddddd thats about it. The mall around here is pitiful: its one level, has the smallest Macy's I've ever seen, and as far as mainstream stores for college age kids go it only has a charlotte ruse, pac sun and a small victoria secret. The atmosphere is great for food, but not so much for shopping. You're definitely going to have to get used to online shopping if you decide to go to school here.

4 College Freshman

Administration: This is a college town. The police and other administrators understand that students are going to be drinking or smoking. Its hard to get an underage around here. Unless you are completely, and obviously belligerently drunk in public, you're unlikely to get an underage. I was at a party in an apartment recently, and when the cops showed up they didn't shut down the party. They just asked a couple people to leave so we wouldn't break any fire marshall codes. Be smart, and be safe, and you'll be fine.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You have to be very careful. Date in groups. Plus, remember you are here to study and get a degree.

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4 College Junior

Academics: My major is a stepping stone to medical school. I love the professors and the opportunities that I have had.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is so much. ALot of competition. The problem is that I would love a mentor but it is hard to find a mentor for the middle class student.

2 College Junior

Diversity: I have tried to develop a diversity video at the college. IT is hard to get this video going. It will cost around $15K. We had a private sponsor but he died. I am trying to get this video passed that will be used during Freshman orientation. The video shows all backgrounds, Asians, Latinos, etc. not just blacks. It is hard to get people to understand there are different races.

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3 College Junior

Majors: The workload is so much. There are nights I do not sleep to keep up. They tell you the science program is hard. I feel it is getting me ready for medical school.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I am use to the big city. I miss the city life and opportunities. I could not live hear all year around.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are big at Penn State. THe whole town gets involved.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Penn State needs to help students with financial assistance. They have alot of money they use to upgrade building that do not need the upgrade. Students need help. They are big on not providing alot of financial support. It is a financial strain on the students. I work alot to pay for college. Middle class families do not get any assistance.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Penn State gives you alot of information of what they will not tolerate. You have certain classes you need to take to learn it is a big college. I feel they are not strict to local students. Local students beat up alot of students walking to their dorm. Because the students were on the football team, the police looked the other way. They give too much leeway to the football players who are out of control.

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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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