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Reviews 5727 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The athletics are awesome! The games are so fun to go to, whether it is club or varsity.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Thus far, school has been great. It is the next chapter of my life. It is also the last chance for me to hold on to my young-self.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not sure how I feel on this topic exactly. People feel different about each sorority and fraternity.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athlete, however from what I have heard, the athletic teams are equipped with the best facilities in the nation.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am not a fan of Penn State. The teachers are great and the schooling is interesting but there is just something about this school that I do not love. I am not a fan of the type of people who go to this school. The people are very rude, and with that being said, it is very big so it is probably very possible to find your niche, however, I just do not think I fit in here and would love to continue my education at a different school next Fall.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Most of the time I feel safe because we are located in the middle of PA. However at nights on the weekends I refuse to walk alone. During the week by the frats at night I feel better with someone or talking on the phone.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors and classes vary greatly. The best thing to do is ask others about professors/classes and figure out which you can learn from. Only choose classes you think you can succeed in. If you need to late drop.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most people I have talked to value a Penn State degree. I have already witnessed the Alumni Network when I wanted to shadow doctors over winter break and had several doctors say they were alumni and invite me to shadow them.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Personally I am in the honors housing an am so glad I am. I like my housing a lot but seeing friends' dorms elsewhere it's not so great.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I live right next to the sororities and I often feel like they care more about partying than school work which I disagree with. However, I have never felt pressured to join them or left out because I haven't.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I wasn't sure I was going to like the crazy school spirit but I ended up going to every home football game. Seeing the pride for the team and school is like nothing I've ever seen before.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's always room for improvement but I have been very happy here. I wasn't sure what I was going to think of it. However, since coming here I ave never regretted it. I also love being in the honors college.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are very willing to help students. The courses allow you to double major, most students finish in 4-5 years. There are resources for challenging courses but with so many students at times it can be difficult to get help. It is mainly a matter of managing your time and getting to know people in the same classes so that you all can help one another. The professors are attentive and most are very passionate about the subjects they teach. Asking them questions is one of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give to incoming students. Professors can be intimidating because of their expertise in a topic but they want to help! The general education requirements are manageable and supplement your major well. You can choose your own level of difficulty and what interests you.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The popularity of the school allows for better networking because it is a well known name. In addition students who have the highest GPAs are often the people are offered the most opportunities independent of Penn State being somewhat of a name school with a large number of alumni. Career fairs are held very often and their are resources on campus that can help you improve your resume and prepare you for interviews. Advisors give great advice on what internships and research best suit your future career goals.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: I personally am not huge on sports but from what I hear the sports teams here are very good. The school's football team is probably one of the most well known in the country. In addition the woman's volley ball team and soccer team are excellent and have even achieved wins at nationals. Though at a glance football receives most of the fan support - it is a tradition to attend at least one football game here throughout your four years- other sports receive recognition and accolades from current students and alum. There are a number of places to exercise. At times the gym can be a bit congested depending on the time of day but with three facilities across campus (there may be more) people can spread out.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Penn State is trying to push awareness of sexual assault, I think that Greek Life is a big issue with sexual assault, and just alcohol in general.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Some professors are great, some professors are not - it varies.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I know that the Alumni are extremely involved, and that a Penn State degree is a great one to have.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The campus housing is very good. Any maintenance calls were responded to in a timely manner.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I never became involved with Greek Life, but I have been judged for not being involved by those that are involved. I know that some aspects are good, they help with the community but a decent amount of Greek life doesn't make sense to me.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: The basketball team isn't that great, but our football fans are worth every loss. The other teams (volleyball, soccer) are spectacular too.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Penn State is a family. Football games and THON were some of my best memories.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors for the most part will try to help.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Many Penn State students have jobs before graduation

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Rooms are sometimes very tiny and made for many ppl

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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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