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5 College Junior

Athletics: There is nothing like being at a football game in Beaver Stadium. I feel most connected with Penn State during football season. It is amazing.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Penn State is such a big school that there are so many different kinds of people. It is so easy to find someone you find attractive. It is more focused on hooking up than on dating.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus is strict about things it needs to be strict about, but most of the time the police are there to make sure everyone is safe.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food isn't the best, but it isn't the worst either. I lived on campus for two years and I got sick of the lack of variety.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great options with a lot of diversity. I have had Thai food for the first time in college and we have many places that are open late at night too. My only complaint is that there is not very good Chinese food in the area.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I joined Greek Life through a service sorority, although it's different than a social sorority I prefer it because we get all the perks of being involved with greek life without all of the drama and cattiness.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Penn State has it's own zip code. It is a college town.

But if you travel right outside of our bubble you hit nothing. Literally nothing.

Just fields, and fields, and some cows.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: I mean we have A LOT of Greek Life happening at Penn State, but I am not apart of it, nor have I been to a frat party since Freshmen year.

While it is an option, there are plenty of other activities and clubs to join if you're looking for friends, resume builders, and parties.

If anything THON, our student run dance marathon is much more popular.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: There are 4 free buses routs that circle PSU during the day. The buses come every 10 minutes so you're never waiting long.

There are also 3 bus companies to travel home on, all with reasonable prices.

PSU even has an airport located close by. While the flights are expensive, they are available.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Yeah the rooms are pretty small, but I loved living on campus!

Especially in East. It's where the shove all of the freshmen, but there isn't a better way to make friends!

I'll be senior in the fall, and I still hang out with my friends from my floor freshmen year.

Sophomore year I loved in West and it was very, very quite. My room was bigger and right next to my classes, but I didn't know anyone on my floor (Not that I needed to, I made plenty of close friends already). Heck, my roommate never even saw my RA the whole year.

The biggest downside was the cockroach problem - YUCK. Thankfully we only saw they in the hallway and bathroom, never in our room.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe walking around Penn State, but I realize that sexual assault is a serious problem. Any college student at any college who says otherwise is severely mistaken.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: There are free buses running all night, a multitude of bars, apartments, houses, frats, you name it.

Penn State always has something going on. As long as you're willing to pay cover, you're going to have a good time.

5 College Senior

Diversity: We're a huge student body. You can find a club for anything you can think of.

We're a very diverse campus people come here from every nook and cranny in the world.

The most popular and best class on campus is a Race and Religions soc class that over 1,400 students take a semester.

4 College Senior

Majors: It's really easy to get into Elementary Education.

The true problem lies in the advisors. They're not very helpful. Don't expect them to guide you blindly along. You really need to follow along with the requirements because they have a tendency to forget some. Remember that you're not their only student.

College Senior

Majors: It turns out that I don't actually want to be an Elementary Education major. Seeing as I'm a junior, it's a little late. Instead, I'll use my degree to work towards my masters.

Regardless, the classes are fun. In the first two years it all seams very, very easy. But when you're actually in a general education classroom is when the work begins.

Student teaching is a lot of fun. But your wallet sure wouldn't agree. No, you don't get paid. And I ended up spending $30 A WEEK alone on gas. AND that was splitting the bill between 4 people.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: On football days you can't tell the students apart. We're all decked out in blue and white, and it's fantastic.

Sure, there are people that don't go to the games. My school is huge, and with that there is a huge variety in people. Some people dress up for class, others don't. Some people are constantly in PSU gear, others aren't. I don't think you can classify a school as PSU to rate and review the Guys and Girls.

Granted you will see a sea of North Faces and Timberlands in the winter.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Thousands of students apply to Penn State every year. Applying here I knew they would look at me as a number, but sitting in the student section at a Penn State football games makes all of that fade away. You're a new number: one. One team, one school, one family. It's amazing the sense of community that has been built over years and years. My freshmen year was the whole "Joe-Pa" scandal. Many people thought this would change my mind about the love of my school, but it did the opposite. I wouldn't chose another school if my life depended on it.

This may sound a tad over dramatic, but seriously, come sit with my at a football game. And I don't even LIKE football.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's Penn State.

We're THE party school.

This is both good and bad.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Yuumm. State College does it's food very, very well.

Especially late at night. $1 pizza can't be beat.

During the day there are a vast variety of options from various asian cuisine to more wings places than you know what to do about.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: While it's great to live off campus it also kinda stinks.

There are plenty of realtors but they know how to the game is played.

Prices are jacked up, and even worse is the parking. Parking is almost never included and the cheapest spot you can normally find to rent is around $50 a month. With that it's probably no where near your living space.

All of the apartments are pretty beat.

With that being said, the apartments and houses are what make Penn State, Penn State. They're worn, but you don't have to worry about ruining them with the parties that are bound to happen.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: There is food everywhere you look, and it is all very tasty and tempting.

The problem is that it is very expensive. Without a meal plan it's around $12 to get into the commons. Outside of the commons a simple sandwich costs around $6.

If you have a meal plan, it's great! Swiping in is no problem.

But having a meal plan off campus is just way too much money.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather sucks beyond suck sometimes but it doesn't affect the campus at all things keep going school, parties they all happen just put on a coat and get through it

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is just too much to say it's a pretty great place that you have to see for yourself

3 College Junior

Transportation: It's there but sometimes hard to get to or a little pricey if you don't have someone to ride with

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Academically our school is great the facility is great and the variety of classes are amazing there is so much to offer

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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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