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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors care about their students.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Due to the large alumni network, I find many Penn State alumni.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel generally safe when on campus

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is very strong.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school has a strong sense of community that we can all be proud to be known as Penn State alumni after graduation.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are all livable, because, well they have to be. But some are better than others. When I was a freshman, I wish I had lived in South or West because they're more spacious and are more central to campus. However, both Pollock and East provide a nice community atmosphere as most of the people living there with you are also freshman. East is very far from a lot of classes, but it does have a much nicer layout than Pollock dorms in my opinion. However, the food there is really bad. Seriously, don't eat it if you don't have to. And as for the North suits/dorms, basically nobody lives there. I've never met anyone who lives or lived there but I've seen pictures and it looks pretty nice. It's just kind of like a mysterious barren land that no one ventures to.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus, but like anything it's more for some than others. A lot of fraternities/sororities are top tier and harder to get into and there's definitely a social stigma when it comes to some Greek life organizations. They are most often expected behave a certain way and are obligated to do certain things. However, at Penn State, housing is a little different for those in Greek life. Guys in frats typically live in frat houses while girls in sororities often live in sorority dorms.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football, like at many other countries, is a huge aspect of Penn State culture. In the fall, almost every home game sells out the stadium. It's really something to look forward to. No matter how good of a season we have, we take pride in our sports teams. When you're standing next to your friends in the stands on a Saturday afternoon chanting, cheering, waving your blue and white pom poms, and swaying back and forth to our alma mater, you really feel that Penn State pride deep within you. Needless to say, I think the fan support and school spirit at Penn State is unrivaled.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: For one, my school has a lot of pride and I don't think that will ever change. Despite whatever setback Penn State and its students may go through, we are resilient, and we stand together. Penn State is so diverse and accepting and I'm grateful to be able to call it my home away from home. When you stand with your fellow students at our annual THON or at football games you feel that pride and that togetherness within you and it's truly an indescribable feeling. Likewise, when you're in a classroom with hundreds of other students it can be overwhelming, but you don't feel so alone and your professors are always willing to help if you need it. I'm in love with my school and all that it encompasses. If I had to do it all over, I wouldn't make a different choice.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is big into sports at penn state, great student sections.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love all the professors, they really care about your success. They are always willing to help. Also, the students that go there are very nice.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Cops are constantly walking around on campus, and when walking threw downtown cops can be seen driving by a majority of the time. There are so many people that often times you feel safe because of that.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: You get assigned an adviser who gladly helps with classes. There are many career fairs available to students as well as onsite recruiters.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: They are working on the dorms currently. The social atmosphere is awesome no matter what dorm hall you live in, especially freshman year. Housing can be a process and you may not receive what you wanted. It is cheaper to rent offcampus then live on campus.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is very heavy at Penn State but as a non Greek student having multiple friends in greek life, I would say they are viewed no different. There is only greek houses for fraternities located off campus. On campus housing supplies dorms for sororities.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: Fan support and school spirit is really high here with all sports. The facilities are constantly being worked on and gym memberships include a lot of perks. Inter mural sports are huge especially when living on campus with other people in your dorm halls.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Penn State offers on campus jobs which work with your schedule. Groups and clubs help make the school seem a lot smaller and homey. I would do school all over again because you meet people from all over the world.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are incredibly knowledgable.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Where I live Freshman year had mold,and i got sick

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I dislike it, I think it's become corrupt.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not a huge fan of it, too much hype for me.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's just okay, it's a lot to take in

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: For the most part my classrooms are accommodating. It's hard having so many students in such a small area, but that is what is expected of a large campus and university.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Even being a penn state student it is very hard and competitive to get jobs or internships.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never had the need for campus security, but the safe walk program is comforting.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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