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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always get texts from the school's security department that there has been a sexual assault on campus. However, when i walk home from class I do feel safe walking back to my dorm even though these things happen.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Penn State. There are a lot of sororities and fraternities to join. I'm not interested in Greek life as I see most of what they do is party hard and not care too much about their academics. You can find great parties and have a lot of fun at college without joining Greek life.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: It's Penn State.. of course the athletics are amazing

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the dorm building I live in now and its proximity to everything

5 College Freshman

Majors: The most important criteria for admission was my SAT scores and GPA.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not spent very much time in my program thus far

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the atmosphere of State College. Everyone is very friendly

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus and there is even a program where if you feel unsafe a police officer will escort you home

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity is pretty good I guess but there are probably more whites and asians than anything

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I have not experienced anything having to do with Greek life yet as it is my first semester here and the fraternities are all closed for the summer.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good but by the end of the semester I started to get a little sick of the same options.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: One unique aspect of the Forensic Science program at PSU is that we have houses that are actually set up as crime scenes and one night we will be called in the middle of the night to come evaluate the scene. This prepares anyone looking to go into crime scene investigation for what the job can really be like.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are all very helpful and although the curriculum is rigorous, it is manageable as long as you are driven.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene definitely has a great impact on the student experience. Students are thrown out of their comfort zones and are able to meet new people and try new things.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life at Penn State Main is amazing! There are so many different types of people on campus that it is very easy to find a group of people you fit in with. There are many student centers and I can always find a quiet place to study. Everyone is very nice and welcoming.

5 College Junior

Academics: I love my professors. We are challenged and pushed to think for ourselves.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Penn State doesn't leave a stone unturned when it comes to new ways of learning or helping students with learning disabilities. They accommodate adult students as well as veterans just like they do everyone else.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Penn State does not discriminate.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: As a world campus student I still have all the benefits that a student attending main campus does. I won't finish my degree anywhere else. The class size is well planned. The professors work with any situation that may arise. I had health issues and all my professors w the exception of one did everything in their power to help me succeed.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I know that penn state has a very large alumni network.

College Junior

Local Area: I am a world campus student

5 College Junior

Majors: I found my professors to be accessible challenging and fair. They helped me to think outside the box. The lectures made me feel like I was really on campus. Everyone including my advisor went above and beyond to make my learning experience enjoyable.

College Junior

Majors: This does not apply to me

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I am a world campus student but when I attended penn state the variety was endless.

College Junior

Party Scene: It was great when I attended the university back in the 1990's. I'm a world campus student now n

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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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