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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Private bedroom was really a plus. Shared a bathroom with one other student. Great if you want to socialize in the common living room and kitchen. If you need to study the private bedroom is the best!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love it, makes me feel like an adult

4 College Junior

Party Scene: if you're not 21, good luck

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Accept lion cash! the best

2 College Junior

Scholarships: barley ANY for out of state students who are obligated to pay more

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dinning should be diverse in different dinning halls

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off campus by choice

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The prices vary from how close you are to downtown and the campus. But it is worth it.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something to do. Many people go to frats and they're alright, sometimes it's fun sometimes it's not. Parties are abundant.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many options! There is a great variety of cuisine and prices, from fast food to fancy dining. There are plenty of late night options. There really is something for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They want you to be safe. They know drinking occurs and they are very strict with it on campus, that's why most students go downtown to party. I can't think of any school policies that affects' academics.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got the financial aid I needed for my first year, but not for my second. There are plenty of people there willing to help with the process and to give you support. It would be great if they had more scholarships for those who strive for academic success.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: East dining hall sucks. Pollock and west are alright. Redifer is cool. Never been to north.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman have to live on campus. The dorms are small and some of the layouts are weird. Some of the buildings are way out of the way of classes. East is a great place to live as a freshmen because it is close to the bus when you go downtown to parties. I lived in Pollock which I felt was a good distance from my classes and downtown. House keeping does a good job of cleaning the hallways and bathrooms. Overall it is not terrible.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not a partier, but there is always something to do!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many places to discover and a perfect mix of local dining and fast food favorites.

5 College Freshman

Administration: I think it is perfect to keep us safe without overly restricting me.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Wish there were more scholarships for high-acheiving academic students.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: As a vegetarian, I am able to find many healthy and tasty options I can eat, and I am able to eat a variety of vegetarian meals without repeating the same food day after day.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: So many Special Living Options to live in, very many styles and types of dorms, and great atmosphere and location.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Okay. So I have an AWESOME apartment. But it's not technically student accommodation. Most student places are really disgusting and ridiculously overpriced (though reasonable if you're suitably loaded). Finding good housing is pretty hard to do.

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Too many drunks going out too many nights. It's like a massive swarm of idiots downtown.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Big Bowl is awesome-- but most places downtown are expensive.

3 College Senior

Administration: Despite being a dry campus, we were constantly finding handles of Smirnoff in the trash cans. I do like the PSUTXT system, though.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: So when I applied to the school, I was the salutatorian for my class. I was told even the valedictorians were not offered any sort of scholarships from the university. And yet I see all of these athletes fuddy dudding around with full rides, not takingtheir classes as seriously as those of us who can't get any funding (and my parents, who were relying on my mother's income because my dad had gotten laid off and couldn't find another job, were told that they made too much). I was very disappointed, as was my roommate, to have our student aid office tell us that the only way that we could get funding was to either become black or pregnant. Thanks, Penn State. Thanks for caring about those students who worked so hard to get stellar grades. I hope your athletes are really making you proud.

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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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