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College Sophomore

Majors: I have not done an internship but plan on doing many in the future. I need to do many internships in order to prepare me for PA school.

College Sophomore

Majors: I was accepted into my program with my acceptance to the school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is one of the top majors at my school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are always willing to help you. There is free tutoring, many study places and a huge library.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There is always a place to do your work, hangout and relax.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very big on school spirit.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: My point of view is from being involved in a sorority. The sororities and fraternities do alot of public service work and make the student more well rounded. Being a sorority made me feel like I fit in and it does enhance the social atmosphere. The sororities have dedicated floors in the dorms and most are housed in the newer buildings.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms here are not anything special and very loud because of the nightlife.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I really enjoy this school. I have unconventional goals for college, and Penn State is diverse enough that I can find what I need to be satisfied.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There is great variety in the classes available, but it is very easy to get good grades with minimal effort in many courses, even in upper level or Honors classes.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Help is available however you need it, and there is much variety in resources and possible course subjects.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It was a struggle working with the school to get aid, but I got a large percent of my tuition taken care of, so I can't complain.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I don't care about sports in the slightest, but everyone else here does and the facilities are great.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had lots of help from my advisor. It was a simple matter of a little bit of paperwork and a couple of minutes to switch into the Sociology major.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I love this program. There are lots of cool classes and supportive people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There are plenty of things to do, however they tend to be on the overpriced side and the public transportation could be improved.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on this campus. I would be concerned about sexual assault personally if I drank and partied, but I stay away from that, and sexual assault here is usually in that environment.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: I love this school because it's so big, meaning you can find groups for whatever you're into, and if there isn't already one made, then you can make your own.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: This is a beautiful campus with people active and engaged everywhere.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: So many of the people here are just ugly! But there are nice people too. Some are good-looking, but they tend to be shallow.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are so many diverse peoples here. I make friends with all of them.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Its a college town get out after college.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Admission into your specific major just depends on whether or not you have completed the required classes to declare that major. I first started out as a Pre-Med major freshmen year, then switched to Microbiology sophomore year. Because of this change, I am a year behind for my major and I couldn't declare or get into my major the end of junior year. What also puts you behind in you major is failing or dropping classes that you need to get into your major because you'll still have to make it up the following semester. There aren't any abnormal application processes. The process is quite easy and is done on elion. Changing your major is fine freshmen and sophomore year becasue you're still taking intro classes, but once you get to junior year, changing classes with put you behind a semester because that's the year you start to focus on the classes specific to your major. My tip would be to not fall behind in your classes or put yourself in a situation where you have to drop the class.

4 College Junior

Majors: I like to learn about microbes and the diseases they cause. SO even though I have to take lots of labs and they're long, I don't mind them so much. They keep my attention better than a lecture. My major as well as many others offer internships, work study, and research opportunities. Labs do require a lot of preparation and work beforehand.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Penn state does have any grants, but its unlikely you'll it. I rely on my FASFA to get any type of funding. Most of my tuition is paid for through loans unfortunately. Applying for scholarships is such a nightmare and you're competing with so many other students who need aid too. That is a difficult process. But the FASFA is straight forward and after doing it the first time, your info is already saved so you won't have to keep re-filling it out every year, just updating it.

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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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