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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: make sure you go to the financial aid office and have a sit down talk with a representative. not just a phone call. also start the application process well in time to avoid any issues arising during the semester.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places to choose from, but the sooner you apply for an apartment the better you receive and closer to campus. The downside for this is for freshman, you need to decide only a couple months into school who you want to live with the next year.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can have a great time watching movies and eating ice cream in dorms, or going down to frat land with your friends. No matter the occasion, you can always find something fun to do with your friends.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places you can go to downtown, it's great! There are places all over, so you're bound to find something you like, the only downside is they do not take dining dollars. That means you have to use your own money downtown, which can add up over the semester.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school was very strict on doing illegal activities in dorms; RA's in buildings all had shifts of which they roamed the dorms, and knocked on doors whenever they heard anything suspicious. As for academics, each teacher has a different policy regarding attendance. Some say its your decision to show up, others deduct points form your grade due to absence.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received very little financial aid the first time around, and even after repealing it I did not get that much more aid. It is an expensive school that required me to apply for many scholarships and student loans.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in dining commons is very good, but halfway through first semester I found it very repetitive. There were still many other places to go, however, such as Redifer and the Hub. The best part about food on campus was you could find a place to go that had the food you were craving. The worst was the hours; breakfast and dinner ended too early and did not fit well with my classes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My freshman year I lived with 8 other girls, and it was honestly the best thing ever. I started out with 8 friends, and made s many more from them. We had a huge room, and even though there was so many of us, everyone knew whose area was whose. We all respected each other and had a plan, set up by our RA, to make sure our year living together would be successful. I made friends with people in double rooms, as well, and they loved there living to. They had a bit more privacy, but all the dorms were very nice and decorated to feel like a new home. Overall, living on campus with multiple others was a great experience.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not much of a partier, I prefer toned-down evenings

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Didn't eat off-campus much due to meal plan providing much of my meals, but the occasional time I did, it was very good

3 College Freshman

Administration: No problems with administration, they are fair and reliable

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid at any school is bound to be a hassle, but I was automatically given a scholarship based solely on performance, so that was nice

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: No complaints about on campus food, many choices and reasonable prices

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not a fan of dorm living, changing to on-campus apartments next semester, will see how that goes.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State is a nuisance

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The halls of the apartments smell like alcohol and throw up, also very expensive.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's a pretty unsafe party scene. I barely go out anymore because guys are always all over you and just want to hookup with you. There's sexual assault reports basically every week.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many places deliver right to your dorm or apartment and it's pretty fast

2 College Freshman

Administration: They set all of these rules but they are not enforced. The RA's don't care, the dorms are always loud and reek of alcohol and weed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: You don't get to use all of your dining dollars, you pay over $1,000 dollars and you only get about half of that amount on your meal plan.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The community bathrooms are small and disgusting. I know people who go to cheaper schools and have much better living spaces, It's definitely not worth the money you're paying.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Varying price, availability, quality. Many options.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots for delivery. Lacking health option. Expensive

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Plenty of places to go. Sometimes overwhelming.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Many policies, very poor execution.


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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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