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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: My program doesn't get much attention and it's the same professors that teach multiple classes (which isn't entirely bad). They also lie and say that there are a million openings for communication majors when it really depends on your location

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are a million and one possibilities. For a while, my freshman year, I even did a program where I could combine any two or three majors I wanted together to create a custom major. It's pretty awesome.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of options, but most of the good, well-known ones are chains and fast food. However, most of them deliver on campus, most of them are open past midnight, and most of them offer discounts if you pay with your lioncash (student ID payment)

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Police are on duty 24/7 for sexual assaults, drinking in dorms, and drug use. My school is very well known for making poor social decisions and so they are very strict about these things as they should be.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There is a lot of student housing, especially for first year students. However, because there is so much housing and the campus is only roughly 1 mile big, the dorms themselves are quite small so they can fit as many as possible into the buildings. They also have shotty heating and there is no air conditioning for the summer.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is everywhere, however, in my opinion, I'm not sure that's a good thing. Greek life gets a lot of special treatment and it revolves around the party scene which does a lot of damage to the campus and the town.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: A lot of people are involved in IM sports and there have even been people who started their own clubs for various sports. Almost everything on campus revolves around the football, hockey, and basketball teams. My school is 99% known for its football

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: students could help each other in the campus. and room assistant is willing to help us solve problem.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: At Saturday and Sunday, most of the students enjoyed taking athletics.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I attended a meeting which named World in Conversation. when we talked about the ethnic, we discovered that most students in Penn State could accept other religions and races well.

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5 College Junior

Academics: lots of work but worth it

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: good food and philly is just 2hrs away

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: pretty renovated and lots of historic places

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: lots of great places to hang out in

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: average and lots of history

5 College Junior

Majors: one of the best experiences so far

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for housing that are affordable, and close to campus.

5 College Junior

Local Area: The local atmosphere at Penn State is fantastic! There is always something to do, see, or participate in.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, but if you don't there are police escorts that can make sure you get to your destination safely, and if you are traveling alone, there are many blue lights around campus that if you are in any danger you can simply press a button on the blue light, and a police officer will arrive shortly.

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5 College Junior

Administration: The campus police are very effective with keeping the peace in Happy Valley.

5 College Junior

Academics: I wouldn't have gone to Penn State if i didn't think the Academics were great. They are challenging, but in a good way, and I enjoy going to class and learning about things that i am interested in.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are very helpful and there are always tutors available. Popular Study areas would definitely include the library.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is quite a variety of restaurants at Penn State, the cost is average and there are also good student discounts. As far as late night dining, there are many options to choose from.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is always a little more on the expensive side, but as a freshman i think it is definitely worth it to live there. The amenities are pretty good, the housing process is very easy and the social atmosphere is fantastic.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are extremely important at Penn State. Students love to show support and share their pride for their school by attending basically all of the sporting events. Our biggest sporting events would be the football games. Honestly, going to football games is what being a Penn State student is about (besides academics), the pride that the students share for our school is through the roof, and if you've ever been to a football game or have seen one, you understand how close the students really are.

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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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