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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The problem mainly is that there is no drinking allowed in the dorms, and a few TAs are extremely strict about this and will literally go out of their way to make sure you get punished. It depends on the TA patrolling, but it is rather annoying since there are obviously drunk people roaming the halls and outside, clearly making it seen that we all drink, but they are very strict on this rule. On the other hand, I know they do it because they are liable, so it is really part of their job, it's just frustrating sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's a hit and miss, though you'll tend to find your favorite dining place once you settle into your life there. Personally, South dining commons tends to have the best variety as far as on campus dining goes, and their food is relatively delicious. Still, I managed to make it through my freshman year by eating mainly only Fresh Express which became like my second home. The staff knew my order by heart. You just have to figure out what you like to eat there, and everything is edible, just not always satisfying.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It is not too strict but not too lenient, which I like. Many of my friends like it too. It is strict enough to keep students safe and keep the campus as clean as possible of drugs. It is also lenient enough to allow students to make their own choices, be adults, and learn from mistakes.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process was annoying. My dad dealt with most of it. He had to call numerous times because it wasn't showing up on the tuition statement and we did not receive much aid. We only got little aid from the FASFA and nothing from the school. We are still struggling to pay for my tuition.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are TONS of people to meet and you will most definitely make friends. Everyone has pride for the school and is friendly. There is always something to do there.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many restaurants around town have discounts for students who pay with LionCash+ which is a little disappointing. But other than that, the restaurants are pretty great. There are places for every meal and every hour of the day. They cater to college students with delivery and take out. I really enjoy the food in State College.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid portion of Penn State is the one thing my family and I have a very hard time with. I have 3 other siblings and my parents don't make a lot of money, but the school seems to think that I am just fine with my financial status, It's quite the opposite. My family is really struggling with money right now and the school says that my parents make too much money to need aid. It's really stressful and sometimes I fear that I will not be able to go back to Penn State because of our financial struggle. While there is a list of scholarships they offer, there are so many kids going for them that it's hard to obtain extra money that way. I just wish the school would really look into my family's financial situation so that they could see that I really do need the money to go to my dream school.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I really don't have any complaints about campus food. There is such a wide variety of foods and the fact that everything on campus takes meal points is even better. Some of the foods may be overpriced, but for the most part, everything is great!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am only going into my sophomore year, but I lived in supplemental for my first year and it was interesting to say the least. The room was very big and spacious luckily for us because instead of 8, there were 4 girls in the room. I lived in Porter Hall and it was okay. One elevator was very slow and one was very fast; there was no in between. The housing process for my first year dorm was pretty simple, but for my next year coming up, the process was quite complicated. The fear of not getting a housing contract is very scary. The bathrooms weren't too bad. While the showers could have been bigger, the cleaning staff was very good at keeping the bathrooms clean and supplied. As for the social atmosphere, there are so many things to do and so many people to socialize with. I have no complaints about the social scene. Penn State overall is costly, but it is worth it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Could be a greater selection of healthy food options

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus situation is good. It's so easy to just take a bus to get to classes and the landlords are good as long as general rules are being followed.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Quality and prices vary; must research thoroughly.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Best and craziest party scene!

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Respect for enforcement/administration is key.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarship program is competitive, but great.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great way to make friends, stay involved.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's great. Really easy access to classes and CATA system and the building I live in is quiet and has no issues.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is college living. Average.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Penn State has a big social scene

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the options and there are good prices!

3 College Junior

Administration: Penn State have policies that affect students positively.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: It is a process because many kids are looking for it as well.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is like any campus food. It is average.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus is very beautiful. Penn State takes good care of their buildings and provides students with the maximum amount of needs on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Well Penn State does live up to the hype of parties. It's fun and easy to find any party.

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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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