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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people are part of some kind of sport be it varsity, club, or IM. if people are playing, they are at the gym or watching a sport being played. Most of teams are actually really good, especially our women's volleyball and wrestling teams. Fan support for football is out of this world. We Are Penn State afterall.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my major and the classes penn state offers. The curriculum is difficult but it's a well-respected university. The workload is manageable if you plan your schedule right.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many classes to choose from to fulfill gen. ed. requirements and many sections with varying times to work with your schedule as long as you get an early registration date.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For the most part you can find any type of food you want, but it's the quality and authenticity that the restaurants lack. It's really easy to find a pizza, sub, or fast food restaurant but other than that, you have to research for the gems.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many majors available at the school it's almost impossible to pick one. The most popular ones are the most challenging but overall, it's a difficult school with classes and programs designed to weed out the "faint of heart".

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I absolutely love my program as it really goes into the details of forensics and the school is one of the best in the nation. That being said, the classes are really difficult, especially the intro science classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: What's most apparent is the school pride. Whether residents attend penn state, state high, or simply live in State College, everyone loves Penn State and its programs. People are pretty friendly and enjoy being in a big small town.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone moves off campus after their first year and everyone looks for different aspects for housing which makes finding a place pretty easy as long as your roommates can come to compromises. The cheaper places are further from campus and most of the really nice places are far from campus. Most people stay within a five mile radius from campus. Variety includes distance, expenses included, furnished or not, and availability of parking.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People are typically really attractive at school. They are athletic and very social. People love to attend the games and parties but also have really high hopes of doing well in school. Everyone is pretty competitive when it comes to getting good grades and making a title for themselves on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For being an out-of state student, living on campus for the first year was great experience and it definitely allowed me to meet many new people and assimilate to life on my own. However the dorms were pretty old and didn't have air conditioning.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I believe the campus is pretty diverse and for the most part, people are very accepting of one another though it is apparent that the school is more than 75% white.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Possibly the most present are the academic policies concerning cheating. It's the most prevalent as we have to take online modules about academic dishonesty and learn what happens if you are caught. There is a zero tolerance policy about dishonesty, as well as keeping alcohol out of the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Someone for everybody. And we generally have a nice looking student body.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some places on campus are definitely better than others, but besides East most of the dorms are pretty big and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While Penn State is fairly accepting the majority of people are white.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The shopping and food downtown is great. There is a great selection.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Penn State! It has the best of everything and there is always something to do or people to meet.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few good places, but its a lot of the same pizza shops over and over. You can find a nice place, but it will be kind of expensive.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There are tons of parks and natural beauty in the general area around the school. It is a beautiful place to sightsee, visit and explore.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There is housing available, but it is not very convenient to get to the school - there is not a lot that is very close, you'd need a car to get to class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its pretty nice to live on campus its very convenient

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We see it as a way for people to make friends who usually don't have any friends so I don't see it as a positive thing its people who think they are above others and better than everyone else so I don't stand for that.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Going Greek was the best decision I've ever made

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's alright you have a lot of options though all around campus

5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn state football. There's not much to say other than that because the atmosphere is inexplicable because of how awesome it is


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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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