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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Not a huge fan, but have seen some pretty great parties.

4 College Junior

Academics: Easy to get assistance with classes and scheduling.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The hockey team is awesome.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Shuttle schedule can be bad during football season.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Not that much political diversity, otherwise good.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Wireless connection can be shoddy at times.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The winters can be ridiculously cold. Beware.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: The mall is pretty good.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the older buildings need renovated.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Only if you have above a 3.0 GPA

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can be obnoxious to non-Greeks.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not enough local late night, delivery mostly.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is good, only the occasional crime.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing varies in quality by location.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Penn State campus police are extremely strict.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Penn State is very strict about alcohol and drugs.

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5 College Senior

Technology: Penn State has computer labs all over campus.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Loans are easy to acquire.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: The Penn State student body is extremely diverse.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I wish I had better advising coming into my major.

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3 College Senior

Majors: The most important criteria is GPA.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus fluctuates based on the dorms.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus is very secure, I have never felt unsafe.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is rather large at Penn State.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: There are plenty of buses to take to campus, which run frequently.

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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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