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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For a good community life, east halls is the place to be. Yet, what you gain in community you lose in quality of the building. South Halls is by far the best quality buildings and has the best bathrooms.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Honestly, I have never felt unsafe on Penn State's campus. I can't speak to how the administration deals with assault or safety on campus because I've been lucky enough not to have to deal with any of that, but neither I nor any of my close friends has ever had a problem with safety at Penn State.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: If I'm being honest, Penn State was not my top choice when I applied to colleges and I wasn't even sure I loved it when I first stepped foot on campus in August of my freshman year. I don't think it took even a full week for that feeling to go away. By the end of my first month I knew definitively that I had landed in the right place, a university with phenomenal courses and faculty, the most amazing school spirit that is an ever-present part of campus, and fantastic people. The school may be big, but you can easily find your niche in a variety of different groups or places. Penn State wasn't what I thought I wanted for university, but having gone there for two years now, I can honestly say my experience could not be more perfect.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class sizes can vary by year and by major, with some business or engineering classes having larger lectures throughout their entire time at Penn State. Most of my classes are in the College of Liberal Arts and the largest class I've ever taken was 180 students, the smallest was 8 students, with a usual average of 20-40 students per class. Most Penn Staters will not have so many small classes, but it's really all in the scheduling and the popularity of your major. Due to the small class sizes I've enjoyed at Penn State, I've gotten to really know a lot of my professors, especially those teaching in my major. The relationship I've formed with my professors has been a great aid as I take other classes in the area, write papers, and ask for recommendations and almost all the professors I've reached out to have proved incredibly helpful and willing to work with any student to help improve their experience. I cannot speak highly enough of my history professors.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I know they've changed things since I had my orientation, but I just remember everything being very straightforward and having zero problems accessing any of my Penn State accounts or changing my course schedule on my own during the summer before my freshman year.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I think it can be really easy to become irritated by Greek life, because the Greeks can definitely come off as snobby and cliquey and their ever-presence on the social scene can become very old very fast if you're not in Greek life. However, most of those in Greek life absolutely adore it, and those who don't want to be a part of Greek life can pretty easily avoid it since there are just so many students at Penn State. There's still plenty to do on weekends and endless parties to attend, even if you're not in Greek life.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn State is completely unrivaled when it comes to school spirit and athletics. From football to hockey to volleyball to any one of our many many varsity sports, there will be student fans at every game screaming their faces off and bleeding blue and white for our players. The community feel that comes from the school spirit is unlike anything I've ever experienced before and makes games so fun, even for those who may not be sports fans.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of different off-campus housing options that you can choose based on your desired location or rental rate per month. Obviously the more desirable locations are difficult to get and you have to put your name on a wait list very early in the fall semester for an apartment you won't live in until the next year, which can be hard to organize that far in advance. But, if you can be flexible there are a ton of different places in varying distances from campus that serve as great options if you don't get your first choice. It's really easy to find a place, even if your first option falls through.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are actually a surprising number of different types of food places in State College, from Greek to Thai to Mexican to traditional American diner food. Most of it is really easy to access in the downtown area, and the rest is a short bus ride or drive away if you feel like journeying further off campus. I've never had a random food craving that couldn't be satisfied. Oh, and late night food is essentially never a problem.

3 College Junior

Administration: Penn State is a dry campus which makes things a bit awkward at times because you can get in trouble for having alcohol in the dorms, even if you're already 21. Most RA's don't care enough to report you but if a school official finds out that could be a problem. However, things like visitation in dorms and noise violations really are not a problem at all so as far as living, administration goes really easy on you.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: It should come as no surprise that Penn State has an incredible party scene. From frats to bars to apartment parties, there's almost always something to do when you want to go out.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: My only real complaint about the dining halls is that they can occasionally get boring after time, but with so many other options at Redifer and the Hub it's really easy to change things up and get different meals often.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Look, East Halls is not the most incredible set of dorm buildings, but the atmosphere is absolutely worth the lost space. Pollock is a small step up but again, you're often there for location and atmosphere and both areas are great for those two things. Beyond that, the suites in North and Nittany Halls are huge, the Eastview Terrace singles are pricy but nice, and my friends who have stayed in South and West loved it there as well. Really decently sized, bathrooms cleaned every day, and now there's even wifi in all the campus dorms.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: As far as i know, penn state's financial aid process is nice but I am out of state and therefore, didn't get any.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Party scene is pretty nice. I like it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think food is great. It fills you up everytime. Many choices and cleanliness.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty nice. I am in south halls, which is closer to most of my classes and my building has good study lounges and lobby. Food is nice too! and proximity to downtown is always a plus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Appointments can be made easily, especially if its an emergency

5 College Freshman

Athletics: great athletics program. very fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Lack of variety gets boring after a while

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can find almost anything your looking for however there will always be some cost associated with what you want.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You can find almost anything within walking distance, and their hours are amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are very lenient in all aspects except when it comes to alcohol and drug use in dorms, which is very understandable.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are a large number of scholarships however most of them are for only a select number of students and or they are hard to find on the schools websites.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: South is the best since there is something always open from 7am until 1am. The only thing that sucks is that some of the places in south close Friday halfway through the day.

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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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