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4 College Junior

Transportation: Penn State uses the State College bus system, CATA , to transport students all around the Main Campus. At first it was hard to figure out the entire system but it is fairly convenient and is free, which is beneficial.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid process was fairly simple, however I register late and was not able to receive all of my aid to cover for the spring semester.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Technology: Penn State offers the most update and reliable computers throughout the campus. There are numerous computer labs for each school.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I am a commuting student and spend most of my time in classroom. Penn State University has a diverse, eccentric class body, which many students have their own style.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Whether you live on campus of commute, parking is one of the biggest hassles here. Busses don't run frequently enough from the commuter lots and are full. It is too far to walk out there especially at night when I feel that it is unsafe. Sometimes, the lots are full and I miss class because I can't find a parking space. Try to park downtown and pay, but they too, are full.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is a large school, so you can find almost any type of guy you are looking for. Greek life and THON dominate this campus though so a lot of what you see is preppy, stuck-up kind of guys. However, if you look around, you can find nice, smart guys that are serious about their studies and can be fun too.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Greek parties, private parties, dorm parties (yes they happen), bars / clubs abound. If you want to party any night at any time, you can find a place to go.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttle busses for commuters are often full with students that live on campus and are just too lazy to walk. It is a large campus, so I get it, but commuters shouldn't have to wait so long to get back to the commuter lots. They should implement commuter lot only shuttles if it continues to be a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My professors are caring and understanding for the most part. I am getting a good education and the library is good. I don't party so that scene doesn't bother me nor enrich my college experiences. The wide diversity of clubs and organizations is a plus. One downside is the high cost of attending.

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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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