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4 College Junior

Party Scene: State College being as populated as it is, there is usually always something going on, whether you go to a bar or a party. Downtown at night there are people everywhere and there is a lot of nightlife with plenty of restaurants and bars open late.

3 College Junior

Administration: They are strict on some things and other things not so much. They are very adamant about it being a dry campus - no drugs or alcohol. Regarding protests, students are able to express their opinions, a recent example being the Ferguson protests across the country.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There are a lot of students that need financial assistance so the school can only help you so much. I personally don't receive much help from the state or the school and rely on student loans for the most part.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a lot of options, the HUB having several restaurants for students to choose from. If not the HUB, resident halls all over campus have dining commons with several options to choose from. If you don't want to eat on campus, downtown is right next to campus and there are tons of restaurants to choose from.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus during my time at Penn State.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek life is like a completely different life style than as if you were not in it

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: nothing to complain about with off campus food. the late night foods are cheap and the normal day foods are always solid. the chipotle line is insane though

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: the parties are amazing and so much fun. everyone starts going out on thursdays. frat parties are by far the most fun places to go until you turn 21.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: i have had no problems when dealing with the police or getting in trouble in my dorm

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: i dont have any financial aid through the school

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: the food overall on campus is horrible minus redifer. redifer has a wider array of options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: apartments are nice but the dorms are small. it is easy to meet and make friends on your floor

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose to come here again if I had to. It has everything I was looking for from a college experience.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State has the most well-rounded college experience in the country. It is a pretty smart school with students who love to get involved. I would highly recommend coming here.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Employers love Penn State grads. The opportunities are unbelievable after graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the students here are very friendly and hardworking. People here are definitely willing to meet new people.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger at a party or walking alone at Penn State. Sexual assault does happen but not because of a lack of safety.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State lives and breathes football. The sports here are unrivaled by any school in the nation.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is alright here. The fraternities throw good parties, but are very difficult to get into unless you are friends with a brother.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing gives you much more freedom than on-campus housing, but it can be extremely competitive to find a place to live. You need to start looking for housing for the next year in October of the previous year, which can be difficult for freshmen who do not yet have a friend group to live with.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many off-campus dining options at Penn State. Most of these places also deliver, which is extremely convenient when you want good food on campus. The restaurants do get very crowded on Friday and Saturday nights.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene at Penn State is truly unbelievable. It is amazing to go downtown during a weekend and see all of the students walking to and from parties. You could party here every night if you wanted to, but no one will look down on you if you do not want to party.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If you do your own thing and do not bother others or act obnoxious, you will have no issues with administration.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are so many options for food here and you never have to walk more than 5 minutes to get to a place to eat on campus. The food quality is just average, but the selection makes it easy to eat healthy and different food.

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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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