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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Internships vary. You have flexibility to do yours at home or in State College. You typically have to commit a lot of time to them and some are paid, some aren't. I strongly recommend doing an internship. You gain real world experience that you could never gain in a classroom.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Overall, the weather is okay. It snows in the winter and it is hot in the summer. Typical central PA weather. The campus rarely shuts down due to weather.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Overall, the professors are great. They are knowledgeable and willing to help. Depending on the class, the workload can be tough, other times it can be easy.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Freshmen can't have cars their first year because of the amount of students that drive. It is actually better to not have a car because the price is outrageous and parking is limited. You can get around anywhere you need to go in town with it.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year. The dorms are a good experience for anyone to have because you meet a lot of people and you all have something in common right away.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Penn State has a good number of attractive people. The amount of single and people in relationships varies, but you will meet a lot of great people.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I would say that Penn State is a pretty diverse place. Obviously it's not the most diverse place in the world but what would you expect from an old agricultural school in the middle of Pennsylvania?

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Honestly with the drug questions I just took a stab in the dark, I stay away from that scene. Also with the drinking, I only know because that's shoved in everyone's face from the moment you step on campus freshman year.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather on campus doesn't bother me much unless it's raining excessively or very hot. You can adapt to the weather situation most of the time. The only real inconveniences are when it is unbearably hot or raining very hard.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I really have no issues with campus safety. I've never felt particularly unsafe even when walking across campus alone in the middle of the night. I do like that the security escort is an option though, it's very nice to have.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation opportunities around campus are great. There are buses that will take you around campus for free and to many places off campus for a small fee. The taxi service isn't too expensive. There are several different long distance bus companies that stop in town with one station even right next to campus. There is also a small airport close to campus that can take you to the larger airports around.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus for me differs from most Penn State students. I have lived in a dorm specifically for engineers for two years. This dorm is (usually) very quiet and has various places to go and study. It is also very clean as this is a special living option so it gets cleaned more frequently than most dorms. It is in pretty good condition and is rather spacious. From some of the other dorms that I've seen this is definitely one of the best.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Some dorms don't have wifi

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5 College Freshman

Administration: As long as you're not being completely unreasonable/obnoxious, they are very lenient

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some great options, a little limited

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Always safe and I love our UHS

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can be as social or unsocial as you want any day of the week.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Great and a lot is free

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I adore my major and advisor

4 College Freshman

Majors: They really try to prepare you

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of great places

4 College Freshman

Weather: Snows often and can get cold but a beautiful campus.

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2 College Freshman

Majors: Not a lot of parking and what is available is far and expensive

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Need more taxi services for cold weather

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Hard to get to with nothing nearby, but everything you need as a college student.

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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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