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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: If anyone knows Penn State, then it's impossible not to know the importance of football here

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Im not at the point where Im completely in love with my school but with a few years ahead of me I believe Ill reach that point

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a huge factor on weekends. However, every single night you can find a party at Penn State. People are constantly pressuring you to drink, and may pressure you to do drugs. Honestly, If you don't have a beer or shot in your hand at a party, you will be berated, made fun of, or called names. If caught drinking underage, or on campus, policy states (and you are told this forcefully at orientation) that you're parents will be called, and you will be punished depending on the incident. However this is rarely true. Several students are caught every year, and parents are hardly ever called. This policy is basically a scare tactic.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is big. It is a very safe place, but at night, it does give a very uneasy feeling to be a lone, or even just with one other person. The crime in the area is almost seen as a joke to many of the students after the first couple Alerts through email. The safety procedures are not uniform through out the college buildings, and the ones with "Strict Security Measures, and equipment" generally don't follow their supposed rules, or the equipment is just for show.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics at Penn State govern almost everything in the whole town. People are wildly proud to be here, and you can't go a day without seeing several people covered in Penn State clothing, or talking about our teams. The athletic facilities take precedent over any other possible building construction. There is so much intense support and spirit from the town, and from the college that it is almost terrifying.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: University Park is a very large campus. As a freshman, it's easy to feel like you're just lost in the crowd. The teachers who teach the smaller classes, and aren't concentrating solely on their own research en devours, are generally very willing to help you overcome this, and want to know how they can help you succeed. However, finding this teachers, or getting into their classes is very difficult. Once you become used to the hectic life, it becomes easier to handle. You begin finding your group of friends, and you find your own rhythm. It's hard to get by at first, but eventually you learn how to not let the beast swallow you whole, and you learn to love it here. At least that's how it has been for me.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors vary across the board from very helpful to not understanding. Class sizes are usually big depending on the course your taking. For example if its a gen ed that everybody has to take the class size will be over 200 and up. Your classes get smaller in size as you move towards your entry into your major. Some of the lecture halls are comfortable to sit in and some aren't.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is known for opportunities. Your almost guaranteed to get a job in your field because of all the opportunities Penn state has to offer.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This campus is safe, I walk across several times during the day and late night and no problems occurred. The campus is also well lit at night. An escort service is available 24-7. Even though its a safe campus, always walk with others and never go anywhere by yourself because you never know what can happen.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm life is something everybody has to go through once in their life. You meet new people, and learn about different cultures. The rooms are average size and closet space is average. The rooms get very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Not all rooms have A/C so you'd be lucky to get a room that has one.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Very challenging and time consuming, its definitely a challenge and only the strong will survive. Once you get in so many great benefits. Connections is probably the biggest benefit. There are several diverse Greek life organizations students can join. You also have the option to stay on campus or live in the house with your brothers or sisters.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan support is unbelievable. On the campus story (Snapchat), there was a debate goin on. Everybody was trying to determine who was better; Kobe or LeBron? One girl chose Kobe and a guy chose LeBron. They both went back and forth over the campus story about why was one was better than the other. So they both decided to settle to this debate through a game of one-on-one. Nearly 200 students flooded the gym to support the unofficial game!!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is the best school on the east coast. There's a lot of help and opportunities to expand on your education experience. The amount of pride and excitement that each student and guest bring to the stadium is unreal. They also push for diversity which makes me proud to say I'm a Penn state student. WE ARE!!!

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The fans are dedicated to every team here. It's impressive to see how much support you see. Even relatively young teams, like Hockey, get excellent turnouts.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I think when talking about schools, you need to consider more then just academics, and those other things are where Penn State really excels. One of my favorite aspects of the school is just how many clubs there are. If there's something you enjoy doing, there's almost certainly an organized club where you can find other students interested in the same activities. It's going to help you integrate more quickly and keep you entertained.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Bacon lorem ipsom has a competitor, the veggie lorem ipsom.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Still wish copy/paste wasn't disabled so I could use a lorem ipsum generator.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Lorem ipsum generators don't work for this because copy/paste isn't working in this text box.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: my overall experience at PSU has been wonderful

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: i have heard that most companies are more accepting of a penn state degree than others.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the safety here on campus is the best you can get

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: the athletics at my campus lack, there really isnt a sports team that we have here.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experiences at this school have been that amazing professors are always available when you need them.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I had never had a problem with my professors. I liked almost every class so far.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think Penn State is a really good school for the future. A lot of people have gone to this school so, its gives you a higher chance.

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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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