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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I absolutely loved Penn State. One of the best decisions I have ever made was to come here for school. The professors are great and the atmosphere is fun. We have Thon and a ton of other things to get involved in. If I could do it all over again, I would pick Penn State everytime

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are so many options on campus. There's the HUB with a ton of food places in it. There is a lot of variety.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options to eat off-campus right outside the university and there are a ton of options. Most of the places are a reasonable price. My suggestion is Canyon Pizza. They are open all night.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: As an engineering major, the workload is extremely intense and most of my classes are "weed-out" classes. I often feel overwhelmed.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger on campus and there is available police force.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am happy with the coerces in my major that are directly related to my field. However, I am in several large general classes that are discouraging. I am considering changing my major.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options here are great. The cost is normal. There are many different places to eat on campus and convenient. There is a big variety for dining on campus.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I think that the local atmosphere here is great. There is always something for everyone to do whether it is going out to eat, sports event, mall, bowling, and so many more things to do. You never will get bored here. Safety is not an issue here. Most of the local attitudes towards students here are pretty good and most people are nice.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I think the academics offered here are great. The professors are great and very knowledgeable. They want us to learn and are willing to help students until they know the information. The workload isn't too much for most students. There is always study options for students who need it and areas for students to study.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I think the campus strictness is about average here. The rules for students to stay on track and not get into too much trouble. The strictness doesn't affect the students' academic or social lives.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is great. I never had a problem with feeling safe on campus. There is security walking around and stations with buttons to press if you need help around campus. I have night classes and always felt safe walking from my buildings to the bus to go home.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife here is great. There is always something to do or going on. Also if you go out at night there is always a buss running or taxis for people to get home.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The local weather can get bad here sometimes but we never generally cancel campus. Since campus is never normally closed it is sometimes hard getting around campus with it being slippery and snow covered. They are pretty good with cleaning off the sidewalks but sometimes the weather was too bad to keep up with it.

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3 College Junior

Technology: The computers at my school are okay. There are a couple computer labs but sometimes very hard to find an open computer. Printing on campus is good except you don't get enough free pages for printing. The speed of the internet is pretty fast and can get wireless access pretty much anywhere on campus. In classrooms you do need to bring your won laptop if you need a computer for that class.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: I feel that the athletics at our school are great. Many of the students who attend school here are involved with athletics. The fan support for the games are wonderful, there is always a big turn out. Also around campus and at the games people are always supporting the school spirit. Our school athletic facilities are great. They have everything you need and are very clean.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program did not have any abnormalities to its application process and it was fairly easy. The application was quick and gathering any needed papers was painless.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's been a hassle to get my financial aid squared away and I'm still working on it. Part of it, though, is due to the federal process itself.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The CATA buses run all the time and are very helpful to get around the big campus but everything is mostly walking distance.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a very large alcohol scene but enforcement is strict getting an underage is very easy so students drinking under age must be very careful because they are very strict and will give you a ticket.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit is amazing and we have amazing athletic facilities.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Until you turn 21 there are apartment, frat or house parties to go to and then one you are of age, there is a big bar scene.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid isn't very good for out of state students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are tiny but thats expected with on campus college housing, but the experience is amazing and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse campus! You can find students on campus from lots of different countries and states!

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The advisors are super helpful in advising you on what major is right for you! There are so many different, interesting and unique majors to choose from that you probably didn't even know existed!

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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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