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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Look at the scholarships that your college offers, because federal aid is given to very few people.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is pretty good on campus. I do not know much about the dining halls though because I did not live on campus.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus because it is so close to my home.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: GN is the worst, but most landlord firms are. They overcharge you if you live directly off campus. But it's better to live there instead of having to take the bus to get to a far off-campus apartment.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: India Pavilion is the best. But everything on campus is generally convenient and the prices are very average.

4 College Junior

Administration: Penn State is considered a "dry-campus" but many people keep alcohol in their dorm rooms.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is really hard to come-by. It's more of a government problem than a university problem. Do well in high school and hope for scholarships, and it's best if you are getting in-state tuition.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There's always a place to go, and if you are 21 there are tons of bars which attract huge crowds.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Campus food is awesome; and there are so many more options when you get sick of dining hall food. (And if you get take out you can always save your leftovers)

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is the most convenient option at Penn State. Although many would rather have a kitchen or a more spacious place to live, all amenities are available if you seek them. The food is great and there are many options across campuses. The best dorms to live in; East if you don't care about cleanliness and you care about your social life, North if you are more of an introvert and want your own bedroom and bathroom, Pollock if you want to be more central on campus, West if you want to be closer to the Recreation building, and South if you are in the honors college and wish to have nicer rooms than the normal dorms.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: From a non-Greek perspective, Greek life seems extremely cliquey and it is based solely on looks, not at all on personality; if you look the part, you're in. I'm sure there are a lot of perks that go with it as well as some really good sororities and fraternities that don't follow this stereotype, but that is what people assume when they think of Penn State Greek life. In terms of housing, fraternities have houses and sororities live on designated floors in renovated South buildings (since they cannot have houses in Pennsylvania).

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports bring in a ton of revenue each year, so a portion of that money goes back into the school to build new facilities and gyms. The IM building is only a few years old and the facility has several courts for basketball and racquetball, as well as a cardio floor and a full weight room.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus provides an excellent variety of restaurants when you are looking to mix it up. Chipotle seems to be very popular spot for college students looking for a quick and filling meal. The corner room is also a fairly cheap option for college students that provides a ton of options as well as lots of Penn State tradition.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Under ages happen every now and then, but most officers are lenient about it until you are being a public nuisance.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: From what I have heard, it is extremely difficult to receive financial aid/scholarship money from Penn State. With scholarships going to athletes and top students, I guess there is not enough money for students so we are required to take out a lot of loans. The only scholarships most students will ever see is those that they apply for on the side, which can be time consuming, but has the potential to pay off in the long run.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't think there is a party scene quite like Penn State. If you really wanted to, you could find a party on just about any night of the week. Frat parties can be fun, but they get pretty old really quick unless you know the brothers or you come to the party already drunk. Once you get to a frat, you have to run the risk of not even getting in or them running out of the ever popular "Natty Light". Apartment parties on the other hand are a lot more personal and a lot more fun because there will most likely be actual alcohol and most importantly you are with your friends so you will always have a better time.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depending on where you live will vary your rating of the on campus food, but since I live in South I think Redifer is amazing. There are so many different options on top of the typical college dining hall buffet option that anyone can find food. Redifer also has Louie's and Off the Ground which provide convince store options and a coffee shop, respectively. For lunch, most people go to the HUB to take a break from classes and socialize with friends. There are also some great big name places in the HUB, a bit over priced, but I think that should be expected.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshmen, even though it's mandatory, I LOVE living on campus. I live in East Halls, which is around 10 buildings for only freshmen, and it makes it so easy to make friends and adjust to college by surrounding yourself with people who are new to college life too. The rooms are pretty nice and everything you could need is in the commons.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are important to any university.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I believe what towns allow landlords to charge for rent to college students is ridiculous. I pay $600 a month plus all my expenses and I live with 5 other guys. Our house is old and it costs $350+ a month to heat the house plus we all have space heaters in our rooms. I believe it to just add an absorbent amount of money to my already high student debt. Towns should enforce no more than 75% increase in rent over a landlords mortgage amount (or anticipated amount) or cover all expenses. The student debt is a huge problem facing the United States right now. This would be one area to start helping.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Again, I enjoy having all the options at Penn State that I didn't have at Bloomsburg.

4 College Junior

Administration: I believe the policies are in affect for a reason and I try to respect the rules.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: This is my fourth year so by now we know the process well and I appreciate that the items remain filled in and I only change if I need to.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Again, there are so many options all over campus that you eventually find a place you are comfortable in and enjoy.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: I enjoy different kinds of foods so I can pretty much eat something different everyday.

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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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