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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn State is a great school. The social scene is great, the teaching is top notch and the professors and staff are really there to help their students. Even though tuition is a little on the high side, I can't imagine going to school anywhere else.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My financial aid has been a bit frustrating to fill out this summer for the upcoming school year. I get emails that I have errors in my Fafsa but my school has already started reviewing it and so I can't fix whatever errors there may be.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: So many choices you are bound to find one for you

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's an incredible and perfect campus

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There will always be something to do

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Pollock has the best food hands down

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You will always find people you like to be with

3 College Freshman

Administration: If you understand it is only to protect you its ok

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are hard to qualify for but all the work and struggle is worth it

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is a lot of work but in the end I will be successful so I don't mind it as much

4 College Freshman

Academics: So many different resources for you to look into

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's such a big school so there are a ton of different people from different backgrounds around

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The administrators are concerned and willing to work with you

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I have heard they are good but I live on campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of delicious options

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't trade Penn State for the world. There are certainly some issues that need to be addressed, but nothing beats the thrill you get when you walk that campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My dorm is in the Honors College, so I have more housing perks than most. The rooms there are quite spacious and there's a ton of places to study.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my program. I'm still unconcern about finding a job or what that job may look like, but I'm going to give myself some time before I start worrying too much. The class I'm taking in the fall is supposed to help me with these questions.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration has been known to quite clearly make its presence known when it comes to alcohol and State Patty's Day.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Rapes happen extremely frequently. I'm afraid to venture out after it gets dark and won't go anywhere unless accompanied by a friend.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live on-campus. However, I do know that the rent in State College can be pretty steep. A lot of people get places together in groups, so they can split the cost. Places range from shady apartment complexes to new, mini-student neighborhoods.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are so many kinds of people at PSU, that it's difficult to generalize them. There are certainly a lot of White, athletic, drinking guys, but there are tons of other people, too.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Since there are so many students, it's hard to get more than state aid.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There is so much to do at Penn State Main. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We have a lot of international students, however most of them come from the same places (not very diverse), none of them really make an effort to integrate in with the others, and when others try to get them involved they pretty much refuse. so they claim it's diverse, but it's really not. The biggest diversities are sexual orientation, religion, and politics

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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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