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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Wish there were more scholarships for high-acheiving academic students.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: As a vegetarian, I am able to find many healthy and tasty options I can eat, and I am able to eat a variety of vegetarian meals without repeating the same food day after day.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: So many Special Living Options to live in, very many styles and types of dorms, and great atmosphere and location.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Okay. So I have an AWESOME apartment. But it's not technically student accommodation. Most student places are really disgusting and ridiculously overpriced (though reasonable if you're suitably loaded). Finding good housing is pretty hard to do.

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Too many drunks going out too many nights. It's like a massive swarm of idiots downtown.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Big Bowl is awesome-- but most places downtown are expensive.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Despite being a dry campus, we were constantly finding handles of Smirnoff in the trash cans. I do like the PSUTXT system, though.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: So when I applied to the school, I was the salutatorian for my class. I was told even the valedictorians were not offered any sort of scholarships from the university. And yet I see all of these athletes fuddy dudding around with full rides, not takingtheir classes as seriously as those of us who can't get any funding (and my parents, who were relying on my mother's income because my dad had gotten laid off and couldn't find another job, were told that they made too much). I was very disappointed, as was my roommate, to have our student aid office tell us that the only way that we could get funding was to either become black or pregnant. Thanks, Penn State. Thanks for caring about those students who worked so hard to get stellar grades. I hope your athletes are really making you proud.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: It's nice to have the number of options, but it sucks for people living off campus who are stuck on campus all day and can't spend much less than $7 for chicken fingers. I think campus dining should be affordable for all students.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Pollock my first year, followed by West. I definitely had some great rooms, but I preferred it when I moved into my off-campus housing. If you look hard enough, there are more affordable offers outside of campus.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally don't want to live off campus but the lottery system makes me not have much of a choice. I would not prefer or recommend living off campus

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everyone is welcoming and it's very easy to make new conncections and friends around campus

5 College Freshman

Administration: Its strict enough to create a safe environment, but leinent enough to create a fun one also.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: My sister and I go to Penn State and there is no discount for having two children at the University and we are also paying out of state tuition. It has been very hard paying for school for my parents, and I am concerned moving forward.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I get tired of it very quickly

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing was nice. However, the heater in the room was broken and housing kept pushing it off to fix it and we had to get a space heater in the end

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The good quality apartments are expensive, but there are some options that are relatively close to campus that are reasonable but sacrifices quality.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State is known for academics, athletics, and parties. The party scene has a positive effect on the a student's experience because it allows them to socialize with people they would not normally see on a daily basis; it can also help to expand upon your own circle of friends. The parties can range from a small scale (3-6) people or a greek party.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options are numerous, but are often limited to fast food restaurants instead of sit and dine. The late night options are suitable and can be delivered if needed. The student discounts are alright, but definitely have room to expand and improve.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The school policies in terms of quiet hours are not always honored and can be rather annoying when I am trying to sleep or study.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process from the government is an easy task. However, it is time consuming and the aid is limited.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The availability of dining halls/food are amazing. However, the value for the food is quite costly and with the discount can be still be pricey. I do like that the leftover dining dollars can be rolled over to spring.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are spacious and quiet, but some of the resident halls are a little far from classes. The social atmosphere is wonderful with friendly students and helpful staff. However, Penn State Mont Alto is not located close to any grocery stores or shopping areas; the closest shopping area is twenty minutes away. The housing process is slow and takes a while to respond.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: it is okay. I am never starving or unable to get something to eat. there are enough options.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't think they are unreasonably strict at all. The enforce things that you would expect them to.

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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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