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Reviews 5142 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel the police on side with the local students. They do not help students from other states or countries. Very one sided.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am trying to get into a Latina sorority. It is hard. The girls are very close net and are academically driven. I am not interested in the other sororities because they party too much.

4 College Junior

Majors: I had a paid internship this summer. I found housing which was hard to do. Housing is expensive. I worked with amazing professors on research we took to the community. Healthy eating was the research project. I learned so much about how our research had to keep changing to meet the needs of the community. I learned how much work is involved. My professors paid me well by giving me an extra pay check because they knew I worked longer hours that I was surpose to. We just had to always meet deadlines and there was alot of paperwork.

I am grateful that my professors gave me this opportunity.

4 College Junior

Majors: Penn State is hard to get into. I had alot of extra activities of traveling that I felt helped me get into this college. When every student gets good grades and works in a hospital setting, you need to do something to show that you take challenges. The college is very hard. The professors push you so much. I have grown so much and each day I become more confident in myself and what I can do.

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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.

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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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