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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very important. Almost everyone parties at least once a week or so it seems.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: This town revolves around the students so there is all kinds of housing available including recent new builds. One downside is high price.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Little college based aid available. You will get out of here owing a lot of money unless you qualify for grants. Hard to reach the financial aid office. Phone always busy or you take a number and sit and wait for a long time. Nice people, but overworked / understaffed.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Bring your own laptop and printer. Labs are crowded. Wireless is getting better, but still has those days where it doesn't work. Frustrating.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Low crime. Nice townies. Lots of restaurants and bars. Tons of activities both on and off campus. If you can't find something fun to do here every day, you aren't looking very hard.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It is always raining or snowing and very cold. Count on maybe 2 months total of okay weather. Rest of the time, pack your parka!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Old dorms have very small rooms, but renovation is going on so will get better.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Parking is very restricted and heavily enforced. Wish they had some short term meters available around campus. Busses from outer lots always full and if you need to just drop something off, what could take 5 minutes turns into a 2 hour adventure. "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The new ice arena for hockey is fantastic! Fan support is awesome and the feeling is electric in the Pegula Ice Arena. Check it out.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is available if you want it. I am currently not planning on following that path.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are options on campus outside of the dining facilities. The food in the dining halls is fine and the availability across campus is great.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are plenty of places to shop. The university offers great sports events and attractions for people of all ages. The facilities are top notch.

College Freshman

Academics: I am still a freshman, so it would be difficult for me to comment on this today.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The courses are challenging and interesting.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I am planning to do one in a few years.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with the school. I am just starting my business courses, but I am planning to major in finance.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very diverse so hard to comment. Generally, everyone is friendly and easy to get to know.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is not available to freshman living on campus, but my sister had a car here when she was here so I know a little about it from her.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Penn State has a tremendously diverse campus. I have only completed one semester there so far, but I am meeting lots of new people.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Penn State provides policies that promote student life and student safety.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are many options. Students can participate in available activities or start a club of their own if one does not exist in the area they are interested in. There are many opportunities to make friends and meet new people.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Penn State has a highly ranked business program.

3 College Freshman

Weather: No problems to date with getting around.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Lots of options. Great underage programs available for students.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Typical guys and girls on campus. Not a lot of outrageous looks/dress.

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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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