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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: State College for the most party is a very safe place, few crimes occur here. Our most serious problem is rape, there have been at least 5 reported on-campus this year already.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depends on where you live. North is great.

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5 College Junior

Majors: The education is second to none

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: Tons of people in greek life

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: You just have to be responsible.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There was a ton to do, but you can tell that Penn State has a ton of experience with oriented new students to the large campus and facilities. I went to several sessions during high school and it made it a lot more comfortable to be a new student even though the class sizes were huge and it was difficult to fit in sometimes. They made it easy to schedule and you got to schedule just about everything with several advisors in the in the same room as you with some other students in the major. I meet with my advisor all the time and we've gotten to know each other pretty well.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If mommy and daddy aren't paying you're rent off campus, you're stuck in the slums with no hot water in the morning and no heat. The facilities I live in are not well maintained at all. I'm sure if I had more money to live in the new buildings it would be better. I've heard they're very nice. There's a ton of variety and extremes for living off campus and I'm sure the majority of it is nice. But the apartment store is a bunch of money-hungry jerks who don't care about their tenants, just their money.

4 College Junior

Administration: We're treated like adults on and off campus. If we want to skip class, that's up to us. Some professors have clicker points, so if you want the points, you're rewarded for coming to class. I've never had a class take attendance (except labs, and even then they're pretty understanding about things)

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The town is awesome. Everything you need is right there, and if you find something that isn't there, buses run up to huge shopping centers down N Atherton. You don't hear of kids here going and leaving PSU and visiting other schools much. Its mostly people coming here. Kinda tells you something.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a freshman and I already have my apartment lined up for next year. There are tons of apartment buildings in town, and the organizations that run them are easy to contact and get a hold of. The only drawback is how early you have to apply/sign your lease. I signed it within the first 2 months of school and had to sign it with 3 other guys on my floor I didn't know too well yet, but they turned out to all be awesome.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They're relaxed. That pretty much sums it up. You'll see the RA's that are up your ass 24/7 and then you'll get ones who barely know whats going on, or are just cool (as they should be).

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State College is an awesome college town. The loop of college and beaver ave's create an easily navigable town. Tons of restaurants and little shops that cater to whatever you want or need. There's a good amount of chain restaurants in town, but then the classics too like Waffle Shop and The Corner Room.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The engineering program is special, you apply and join as a general engineer and after 3rd semester you are pooled and if you meet the GPA requirement, you become the specified engineering major you want to be. Within each type of engineering there are tons of clubs and organizations. I'm already in two chem e societies, and they present me with tons of internship and job opportunities, almost 24/7. They also do work with THON, have tailgates, and socials.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm a freshman, so of course I live in East. They're the smallest and oldest dorms, but I've met some amazing people here and made a lot of good friends. You'll find people in every one of your classes somewhere in your dorm, if not your floor.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can find a party anywhere, anytime. Its not a hard thing to do at all. Bring a couple bucks with you in case they charge at the door.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a ton of greek life here, so getting into a frat or a sorority is not hard. And since there's so many people, the parties are obviously bigger. Personally, I'm not affiliated with the frats. But I know guys can get into frats that are non greek, etc.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Of course there are gross communal bathrooms but that just comes with being on a fairly large campus. After the initial awkward moments, you will come to have some sort of bond with a few of the people on your floor. Applying for housing is straightforward and it is rare for you not to get on campus housing if you apply by the designated days.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police wonder around campus. You can see them regularly. They also have a number to call in case you ever need them. Many RA's have the students on their floor create a buddy system in order to stay safe. Their are locked doors at every residence hall and you can only swipe in if you live on that floor.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are hidden scholarships offered by Penn State. Do not be afraid to dig for them. They are here for us to afford this great university.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: This is a college town so many of the people who live downtown are students and a few faculty members. There are so many things to do, from eating to fitness. People are always walking around. There is always someone walking around looking to have some fun.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a variety of off-campus dining options. Whether you are looking for a quick burger or a sit down dinner. The establishments are clean and the food is great. Many are open late on the weekends and offer deliver.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many alumni and connections that this school has!

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is never a night at this school where you can't find a party or a group of people drinking.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's close by and there are an so many options to choose from!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The on-campus living provides a great social atmosphere.

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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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