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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid at any school is bound to be a hassle, but I was automatically given a scholarship based solely on performance, so that was nice

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: No complaints about on campus food, many choices and reasonable prices

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not a fan of dorm living, changing to on-campus apartments next semester, will see how that goes.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State is a nuisance

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The halls of the apartments smell like alcohol and throw up, also very expensive.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's a pretty unsafe party scene. I barely go out anymore because guys are always all over you and just want to hookup with you. There's sexual assault reports basically every week.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many places deliver right to your dorm or apartment and it's pretty fast

2 College Freshman

Administration: They set all of these rules but they are not enforced. The RA's don't care, the dorms are always loud and reek of alcohol and weed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: You don't get to use all of your dining dollars, you pay over $1,000 dollars and you only get about half of that amount on your meal plan.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The community bathrooms are small and disgusting. I know people who go to cheaper schools and have much better living spaces, It's definitely not worth the money you're paying.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Varying price, availability, quality. Many options.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots for delivery. Lacking health option. Expensive

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Plenty of places to go. Sometimes overwhelming.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Many policies, very poor execution.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Many options, so there's always something.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not huge, but livable. Little amenities. Convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Penn State Altoona is worst.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't have many scholarship opportunities because I am out-of-state.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Redifer commons has the best paninis!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The cost is pretty decent for the spacious dorm room. The dorm I lived in had a bathroom connected to the adjacent room, so four people shared one bathroom, which was not bad at all. The housing service came by every tuesday and emptied trash cans, cleaned the toilets, sinks, and shower, and provided us with trash bags for the week. The dorm was clean and the room was literally 5 minutes away from class.

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2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The prices can be very high unless you want to cram into a space.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The quality of the food is amazing, however the cost is another subject.

5 College Student

Party Scene: Always something going on any day of the week and the frats are insane!

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3 College Student

Administration: Could be better, especially with parking strictness.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: The scholarships require you to have gone for at least a year unless you hassle them.

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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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