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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: With being a state school, there is limited financial aid from the university to students in general. There is more financial aid form individual colleges and departments though. It seems that the financial aid process at Penn State is no more difficult than at other schools, although it isn't always the smoothest process. In the end it does get you what you need though.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: From what I've heard from friends at other schools, Penn State's dining commons are above average. In many cases, the dining commons can compete with restaurants in terms of quality and selection.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of options for off-campus dining in State College. The dining options are as diverse as the student population at the university and a large percentage of them are tailored to students in terms of price, convenience, and hours.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: At Penn State there's a pretty typical mix of guys and girls, probably like you would find at most American colleges or universities.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've always lived on campus, so I'm not the best authority.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're interested in parties, Penn State is a great option for you. There are lots of events to choose from every weekend, so you can find a party that fits you, guaranteed.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: So many people from different areas but also I can walk down any sidewalk and see someone I know or went to high school with. Lots of people to meet and get to know, it's very easy to have a social life

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of diversity and options. The same thing doesn't have to be chosen every night from the dining hall, go out and explore what's around

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: it's great for convenience but there are so many other affordable and amazing food places on and off campus. Go out and explore

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Beaver Stadium has one of the best student sections in the country. If you don't partake you miss out big time

3 College Freshman

Majors: I honestly think it's just as average as the rest and just a school people prefer to attend.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: gorgeous, well taken care of, so much pride comes with Happy Valley's appearance and locality

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus, there are people coming from Europe and well as Asia. People are very accepting of each other at Penn State, you could be coming from a economic background where you are very well off or have barely enough to get by and people will treat you the same. I am of asian background and I find that everyone is really polite and not discriminating towards me.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Smoking or drinking in the dorm (especially underage) is very strict. I have know a lot of people who got into a lot of trouble for doing so. There are students who can be very loud at 3 am on a school night where there are rules about keep the noise low after 12 pm. Other than that, the school doesn't have much of a problem with students. Visitations in the dorm are very lenient as long as your roommate(s) agree to you having someone stay over.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are many courses offered especially for your general education requirements. For example, to complet your arts credits you can be taking visual arts, art history or music. Like any school you are going to have professors who prepare you for the final exams better than others, so far all my professors have been really great. Even though they are teaching a lecture with 400 students, they have office hours where you can get extra help and this can be the difference between an A and a B on your grade. Classes sizes also vary, as you take more courses in your major the class size becomes smaller.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn state has one of the largest alumni network in the world. There are tons of opportunities for internships for students where companies come to the school to interview students. Also, there are at least 2 job fairs each academic year where students who are about to graduate can go and find companies they are interested in working for after graduation.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is wide range of people on our campus, it is a very diverse place. Almost everyone is nice and helpful.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Before getting into petroleum and natural gas engineering, you are a earth and mineral science major. To get into the program you need to receive a certain grade in specific courses to be eligible. The program does not have any abnormal application process. The difficulties I encountered was mostly keeping on top of my material and not falling behind in those courses. The main thing to do is to keep your marks up for admission.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I wouldn't see myself living here for the rest of my life, it's a great place to go to college but not to stay forever. It's a small town environment and the people here are really friendly, when you go into a local coffee shop the employee say hi as well as other customers. Besides sports there aren't really that many attractions, it is mostly farms surrounding the town. I come from Toronto and transitioning to State College the shopping isn't that great, a lot of the stores are expensive and there are not many choices in comparison to the big city.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a variety of different guys at school. Generally I see guys dress preppy or athletic. Many but not all of the guys I have met are interested in joining greek life and having a huge social life which includes the partying, hooking up, and drinking excessively.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are a lot of libraries for students to study at with a ton of computers to use in order to do research or an assignment. Penn State being a very athletic school, the quality of the athletic centers are astounding and you don't have to be playing for the varsity team in order to enjoy these facilities. There are also a lot of green spaces around the campus where people are able to relax on the grass and read a book or hang out with their friends. Every friday night on campus there is "Late Night" at the HUB where students can go do activities such as play pool or to participate in free arts and crafts. Another thing at the HUB on friday night is watching movies that have been recently released for free.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As an international student, I find living on campus to be the easiest option for me. This is because I don't have to worry paying for summer's rent when I am back at home. Depending on which dorms you live in can depend on the quality, for example, the honours college dorms are much nicer than the ones in East Hall where the freshmen are. The room has enough space and internet as well as cable is provided. The school does provide a microwave and mini fridge as well. Depending what kind of room you want, the cost can vary. Overall I find it cheaper to live in dorms.

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

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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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