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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't know of too many scholarships so i didn't apply as much as I am now that I am in a Master's program. My credits cost on average $793 per credit, so I want as much money as I can without ruining my study time or time away to sort things through and update my brain.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: During my time at PSU, there was plenty of places to go and have fun, whether fraternities or bars or even a friends apartment. The party scene depends on your desires, if you want to party you will, if you want to study and learn you will. i think i did an even amount my three years there.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: At Penn State University, University Park, the housing situation is to say the least, all over the place. It is a typical college town. The school was there first and the town grew around it. So, there are houses to rent, apartment complexes of all sorts. Most landlords though seem to think that Mommy and Daddy will pay everything so they seem to hike up fees and maintenance fees at the end of the semester. They play this game where they fire the Manager just before the end of the semester, so that the new one can't find all the paperwork, this helps them to inflate the end of contract bills in hopes of rich parents paying so their kid can get out of the bind s/he thinks their in. I kept my contract and took pictures of before and after so I was covered. I even won an argument over a dirty oven that I never used, both pictures were clean, so I won and argued a $900 bill down to $0 just because I had a copy of my contract and a landlord/tenant law lawyer.

For the most part, PSU is a great place to live. I suggest you find a place and stick to it for the time you are at school.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State has a great sport program. They are known across the country for the football program.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of variety with off campus housing. If you want free laundry, internet, pool service, and more all that is available and if you would like the bare minimum that is available too.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus feels pretty safe most of the time, but when there is a problem it may be talked about but nothing really happens.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The local area is okay, It has plenty of restaurants in the local area, a few parks and stores, but other than that there is not too much here.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Got the money I need

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Blue light system, Text warnings

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't go out much, but it's pretty cool if you know the people or at least have a group of friends to go with.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team is quite phenomenal and our fan support is even more so. You walk almost anywhere in the US and there will always be at least one Penn State fan to scream, "We Are..." at you. Penn State has the most school spirit I've ever witnessed in my life.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I like a lot of the options we have downtown. It's inconvenient whenever I'm at my apartment though. I live 4 miles off campus.

3 College Senior

Administration: My college is in between.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is okay, there is a lot of variety from healthy to not healthy at all, but the healthier options or the little cafes are more expensive so it makes me not want to eat at those places.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Some things my school is more lenient about than others, it all depends on the severity of the situation really and what it going on.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: when the authorities are notified of these things, they do a great job of handling the situation and making it known to everyone different ways in which people can tell the authorities that something happened and what to do to prevent it from happening again. Also they give a list of resources to contact if someone is still having trouble.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I haven't really gotten scholarships through penn state, I've applied to different ones that I have gotten and then they send the money to my bursar account, but I feel like it's hard to apply for scholarships at Penn state because they are very competitive and there are a lot that don't apply to me or my needs.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic facilities are very up-to-date and are very nice. They accommodate a wide variety of different people and things that people like to do when they work out.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some places are better than others on campus. You don't really have a lot of control of where you'll be on campus so sometimes you can be stuck in a crappy place and other times you could be in a nicer place.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not in greek life, but there are a majority of people that are, and a lot of the better housing is presented to those people and a lot of events are directed towards greek life. The people in greek life are very cliquey and not that welcoming of outsiders.

3 College Junior

Local Area: State college is specifically a little college town. It's nice and charming, but if you don't have a car and don't like to go out drinking a lot, there isn't a whole lot to do to keep yourself busy with besides work.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very nice transition after freshman year to having more freedom. Applications are a bitch because if you are not there the morning they open (AW&Sons) or applications become available, there is a strong chance you won't get what you want. Parking is ridiculously expensive at every apartment I know of, apartments are convenient (unless you go way off campus near Walmart), but the cost is acceptable and doable for most college students.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have a ton of PSU pride, reflecting in my attendance to every football, basketball, and hockey game I am able to attend. We get shit on a lot for how much we worship our football team, but I think everything that has happened has brought us together to respect and want to cheer them on more, through the hardships. Football team did shitty this year, but we will get back on our feet. Basketball is KILLING it - go them. We have a ton of school spirit, as reflected by our attendance at sporting events and our large alumni base.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally liked East, because it was the Freshman Experience - being thrown in with all other freshmen, just as lost and confused as you are. It was a pain for classes and downtown travel, but they had a lot of activities for your dorms that were fun and had lots of free stuff! Many complaints about East Dining Commons (I rarely ate there due to the limited options for vegetarians - got quite tedious and repetitive). LOVED the little shopping centers in the commons around campus, HATED the Big O - nasty fake food. I had no problem with the housing process, and haven't heard problems with friends dealing with the lottery system.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: We are secluded from anything outside of State College, so we have what we have, which can be limiting, but I've never been in a situation that I vitally needed something that was not available to me by walking or a bus. Very safe campus.

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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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