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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on which forms you are put in, your college experience (or at least freshman year experience) can go very differently. One of the best dorms on campus is west, which has a very nice dining commons and the dorms have spacious room and it is very close to major class buildings and the library. After that is South, which is the most newly built and also where some sororities live in (a disadvantage) but redifer commons is also good and the dorm is relatively close to campus. East is most definitely the worst place on campus. The dorms are extremely old and smell like fungus, they are for freshmen only, which some may consider a vital part of getting the full "freshman experience". However, everything about East is an absolute nightmare; from the small rooms, to the terrible food at the commons, to the people. It is also relative far from classes but close to the creamery. The overall process is very easy, especially for first year students. However, the lottery does become harder for upperclassmen who wish to live on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Penn State. However, given the usual stereotypes concerning fraternity and sorority members, many are genuinely nice and considerate. Still, the same fact remains that the main reason students join Greek life is for the parties, especially for male students, since, unlike sororities, fraternities get their own houses.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The student athletics programs at this school are possibly one of the best in the country. With a large fanbase and the best student section in the country, every sporting event is a completely new and thrilling experience!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although, considering the extremely high tuition rates, the education could be improved, the school is incomparable with other institutions in terms of great student body and school spirit as well as extracurricular activities. There are also various helpful academic and career resources across campus.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel like the administration can do more to promote possible tools to use to report campus crime. To be honest, I'm not sure what safety resources are readily available to me.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have some very great teachers, and other times I have had absolutely terrible teachers. Some classes are simply just too big and hard to concentrate in. Other classes have less than 15 people.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: They have an amazing job fair and are really accommodating to going to bigger cities (NYC or DC) to go to bigger job fairs.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It depends where you live. If you get lucky and live in a newer dorm or the bigger halls, you'll have a nicer and bigger room. However, if you're unlucky you could end up living with 7 people in one giant room or a really small double room. The social atmosphere is also up to luck. If you end up living with talkative people, there will be a good social atmosphere. There are dorms that are social and close knit and the housing process is fairly simple, but there are some that are not.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There's a lot of stigma about Greek life. A lot of Non Greek students think lowly of Greek life. This can cause tension at parties or the Penn State social scene.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I am not very interested in sports, but the student involvement around me regarding sports is amazing. Every football weekend you can feel the solidarity of all Penn State Students.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have my ups and downs at Penn State. Since it is a larger school, it is easy to get lost within the thousands of students who go here. There have been some semesters where I've had bad experiences and some semesters where I have had amazing experiences. However, what makes me not want to transfer from Penn State is the wide range of classes I can take. If I want I can learn about graphic design while studying film. Also there's nothing better than finding the right club for you. That's how I found friends and got to know people. To be honest I'm not sure I would chose this school again. But I might still chose it, because I have learned a lot about myself at Penn State. This university pushes your social and academic boundaries. They push you to think outside the box.

5 College Freshman

Academics: i feel that the professors are preparing me very well. the course load is not too bad but still difficult. there are many types of study options for students.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i never feel unsafe walking home at night. i have never felt threatened by anyone.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: i think finding career prospects and the value of the degree from penn state are priceless. the networking options are endless and when someone sees a degree from psu, they think "wow"

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: most classes are small. the only ones that are 100+ are the general courses like intro biology, etc. professors are very willing to help and want you to learn. there is a wide variety of classes offered.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: best option: pollock because it's close to everything and you still have the social atmosphere. east is good for a social atmosphere, but i soon realized that if i had lived there, i would never get anything done. worst: west or north because nothing ever happens there.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: the greek life is great for the social atmosphere like parties and tailgates. I'm not in a sorority and I do not feel left out in the least.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everything is amazing: the student involvement, fan support, school spirit, athletic facilities, etc. The team performances are great! A lot of the teams have won national championships. Others are not as great but still working on getting up there.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really think it's the right school for me. My roommate and new friends are amazing. The school spirit is incredible. The teachers are very enthusiastic about what they do. I love all of the options that Penn State offers.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our school tries to keep the students safe and make them feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall this is a great school that most people would like as long as they enjoy the big school atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Currently Penn State is one of the top polling schools for internships and having a degree from this college with help me further in life.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is decent and the only down side is that we are not guaranteed housing after our freshmen year

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have not put too much time to discover more about the Greek life because I am not interested.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school promotes all of the varsity teams giving students free tickets to certain games.

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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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