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Reviews 5131 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Alot of places give students a discount. I just wish the places offered more healthy stuff.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love living in the dorms because I have a close net of friends. During the day, I can run to my room and get what I need. I wish the college gave you campus living if you want it versus lottery. I live out of state, it is hard to find a place with no connections.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I preferred to live on campus because teachers do not accommodate you when the weather is a storm at Penn State. I do not have a car so I need to be on campus. I lived off campus during the summer and it was very hard to get around without a car.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I party at my friends apartment. We play it safe because we are going seeking medical careers. Penn State is strict on parties that get out of control. I like small dinner parties with my friends.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I had no issues and received my financial aid on time.

3 College Junior

Majors: I actually planned on going to Temple but my parents did not approve. I can home one day to find out they had already applied me to penn state against my will. I ended up going to the lehigh valley branch campus instead of community college. My SAT scores weren't that great but I was accepted because of my GPA. I advice students who want to apply to penn state to start off in a branch campus because it is a smoother transition.

3 College Junior

Majors: I actually just started my program, it is really interesting, the work load is fair and all the classes correlate with each other.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Penn state is located close to down town, the off campus apartments are full of students, so it is age appropriate for students, the shopping centers are tailored for our benefits.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I just hate how the walls are so thin and the apartment don't offer students their own bathroom, my roommates aren't the cleanest.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: The frat parties are gross, it is good for people who like to drink, but I would rather go to a club or house party where people actually dance.

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2 College Junior

Administration: If you are caught underaged drinking, your parents will be involved, you will be put on probation and you will have to attend community service and group meetings.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I am not really a sports person. However, when our school has home games, some parts of the roads are closed off to cars and the gyms are closed during football games, which is unfair.

3 College Junior

Academics: It is like any other school, of course I would say they did not give us a lot of work, but we need that. It is fair amount of work.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It was fine, my mom helped me with it, but as expected it did take some time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am not 100% sure. I am not sure how relevant it is on other campuses.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: I love State College. It is beautiful and fun.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a different place to eat around every corner. There is everything from chain restaurants to local restaurants to historical restaurants.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I would not personally join the greek life, but they do do a lot for the community. The frats are absolutely beautiful, giant houses. The sororities live in the nicer buildings on campus.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: The frats always have parties. They are a little limited to girls and friends though. That is okay though because there are always parties at apartments and houses. The rules, unless taken to absolute extremes, are very lax. The bars are always fun and open.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very expensive, but it is so much fun. The complete freedom is amazing. It is so fun downtown and there is always something to do.

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5 College Junior

Administration: Penn State is a fun school, but academics are the number one priority. This is my favorite part about the school. The academics are incredibly important, but the school is not out to destroy fun or get people in trouble.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is very easy and went smoothly. The only problem I had was being middle class. I did not get as much money as was truly needed for my schooling.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For freshmen engineers, it sucks staying in East

5 College Freshman

Majors: You get hands-on experience with top professors.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: RA's are, for the most part, chill. You can drink but you gotta be careful

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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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