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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love all the food options we have on campus. Being a vegetarian, it's never hard finding some veggie options to eat.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: I love the dorms on campus and I love the building where I live now.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was okay to apply and the aid helps as much as needed

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of options for all kind of diets which is great! I'm a vegetarian but finding something to eat is really easy

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing options. If you are unsure of where to look you can ask someone in the financial aid office who might be able to help. You can also look online for off-campus housing. The only thing is that the closer you are to campus, the more expensive the housing is going to be.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: My program is great, the workload is not too bad; but depending on the level of classes it does get more challenging. Facilities are nice and kept up to date. Internships are great because you can get an internship with the FBI, CIA, Local or State government. Your advisor will help you with your internship aspirations and with scheduling conflicts. They will help you graduate with everything you need in order to get a job after graduation.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics depends on the type of student you are. Professors will not come to you when they see that you are struggling with a certain subject. If a student needs help in a subject there is a learning center that they can go for help or if they would rather have their professor help then the professor can help the student as well, if it works with their work schedule. Students study in the library as well as basically anywhere on campus. Registering for classes is based off of the amount of credits you have, so you will most likely get all the classes that you need for a semester. The workload depends on the student, if they want to over credit themselves and have a heavy work load then that is their choice. Most students have about 4-6 classes, and 6 classes is considered a somewhat heavy work load. Although, the work load also depends on the class the student is taking; some classes are easier than others and have a lighter workload.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Most of the athletic centers are in good condition but some do need a bit of updating. The HUB just had a new addition and looks amazing. Libraries could use a bit of updating but are still in fairly good condition. There are some green spaces around campus and there is a plethora of places for students to sit outside and study. During the week and weekends there is always something going on either on-campus or off-campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State speaks for itself. The reputation around the country is indescribable. Since attending I haven't heard one bad thing said about the school, aside from the weather in the winter. There is an incredible amount of pride that we have for our school and the dedication people have for Penn State even after they graduate.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My college experience so far is all that I could have hoped for. The professors are nice and want you to succeed so if you have any questions or need help they are more than happy to help; as long as you aren't in a class of 150+ students. There are more smaller 25:1 sized classes than I had expected. There are a plethora of classes offered so there are still plenty to choose from if you are not able to get in to certain classes and a lot of the classes are offered during both semesters so if you don't take a class one semester you can wait and just take it the following semester. The more you get involved, the more you enjoy college. Joining clubs and organizations, and even fraternities/sororities will help expand your social network.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Alumni are always contributing towards helping other students and keeping the school in good standing. Whenever I tell someone I attend Penn State they either know someone or they are impressed that I attend such a great University. From what I have heard while in college is that Penn State is #1 for recruitment for jobs. Every year there is also the Career Fair which has over 150,000 employers looking for Penn State students.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A lot of people who are into Greek life usually will hang around people in Greek life. If students are transfer students from other campuses then they will stick with the friends that they made there. There is a wide variety of everything from gothic students, to football players, and to engineers.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police officers do a good job at preventing situations from happening, as well as taking proper precaution when a situation arises. When going to parties everyone says to use the buddy system and take a friend with you. If you are going to be driving, do not drink at the party. There are emergency poles around the entire campus so that if something where to happen the police can help and be there relatively quickly.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options to choose from, and most of the dining off-campus allows students to use their LionCash as well as get discounts for certain things.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: After filling out the FASFA, the University will most likely give you a scholarship or some sort of financial aid based on met requirements for the financial aid. The only downside is that you might not receive as much financial aid as you may desire.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are places that are better than others. It all depends on your preference of food, and there are plenty of options to choose from.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is an easy way to expand your social network and meet students who have similar interests. It helps you get involved which also helps make your college experience the best it can be.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of off-campus dining options. You have your fast food, ethnic food, fancy food, healthy food, and there is delivery! Most places are very convenient. My favorites are Chipotle, The Corner Room, and Texas Road House.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman year, I lived in what is called supplemental housing on campus. This is basically one large room that is used to cram a lot of people into one room. My supplemental housed 8 people. We had one large room that had all of our beds, dressers, and desks. Then we had a back room that had our wardrobes, mini fridges, and microwaves. When I first found out I had 7 other roommates I dreaded it, but it ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. Going into college I met 7 people who turned out to be my best friends. We loved living together and made the most of it. Since there were so many of us, the room was extremely spacious and we had more room than we would have had in a traditional dorm. Also, our building was full of hang out rooms, so by the end of the year, I was friends with mostly everyone in the entire hall. It was a great first year experience and I wouldn't change a single thing.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State has various party scenes. As freshmen, you have to know the right places to go. You need to know people with apartments and know people in frats. My favorite frats are Phi Sig and AGR.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Our campus is very strict when it comes to alcohol, drunk people, and drugs. If you break the rules, there is a high chance of getting caught. As for parking, freshman cannot have cars. Guest must pay to park which can be a little inconvenient. Attendance to classes mainly depends on the class. Some teachers are extremely strict with it and some don't care if you show up as long as you do well. You can have visitors, but that is up to your roommate mainly.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was Valedictorian of my high school class, made deans list both semesters in college, and have a 3.68 GPA and yet, I didn't receive so much as a penny of financial aid or scholarships. I worked hard my entire life and I'm patiently waiting for that to pay off. I did visit, call, and email student aid at Penn State to try to get help, but every time they basically say they can't help me. I don't have many tips to getting financial aid because I am not sure what you can do to get it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus meal plan is great! The mix is basically a little convenience store that I spend majority of my meal plan at. Pollock commons has a lot of great options. You can almost always find foods that you like. The cookies alone make eating there worth it. If you do not want commons food, then go to south where they have a lot of food stations that are delicious but not buffet style. The hub gives you a lot of options as well such as Chick Fil A and a soup and salad bar. The only problem with the hub is that most food places close at 3p.m. Penn State has a great selection and you can always find what you are hungry for.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for anything other then loans!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I got tired of eating the same thing. Need more variety

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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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