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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Penn State is a party school and there is obviously an incredible amount of underage drinking.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here is much more laid back than schools in the south, for example. The parties are fantastic.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Plenty of students participate in club teams and intramural sports.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State has an incredible amount of school spirit-- there is rarely anyone who graduates who isn't grateful for their experience.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My experience is based on The online World Campus and I am beyond please with the whole process with the courses, professors and the awesome advisers.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I will have no problem.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I attend the online Word Campus, it's an amazing experience.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As a male, I generally feel safe on campus. However, I have heard of females feeling less safe on campus. There are a fair amount of sexual assaults on campus, often involving alcohol. Some have involved Greek life, while others have not.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Because of how large Penn State is, there are a lot of courses to take. I think that the Gen Ed requirements are kind of silly and don't really provide students with a "well-rounded" education. I think there needs to be more specialized courses available for students who are interested in specific fields. I think the quality of professors varies across courses. While some professors I have had were incredible and truly cared about helping me, others were mean and ignored students' concerns. Class sizes generally vary. Large Gen Ed classes will have hundreds of students while smaller honors classes can have as little as ten.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think the one benefit of Penn State is the number of alumni the school has and the many connections students can build. The career center, particularly at Smeal College of Business, is pretty good at connecting students with internships and jobs. Both the Fall and Spring Career Fairs have many employers for students to explore and talk to. There are many resources on campus, both through academic colleges and individual student organizations, that can help prepare students professionally through resume help, mock networking, mock interviewing, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in South Halls was a perk because of the generally larger rooms. There are many study options in South Halls and it is close to both Redifer and downtown State College which is a perk. I would say that housing is pretty expensive and the process for selecting housing is a total mess. The lottery system is confusing and almost always crashes because of the amount of people on the server at the time. Although I lived in South, I have heard generally negative things about East Halls because of the small room size and very social, distracting atmosphere.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely a big part of Penn State. Although not everyone is in a fraternity or sorority, a lot of the parties are hosted by them. I think as you grow older, greek life becomes less relevant as people start going out to the bars and such. I would say that there are mixed reviews of how non-Greeks feel about Greeks. Some non-Greeks think Greeks are snobby and cliquey because of their occasional superior attitude. However, others see Greeks as normal students who just wanted to find a community to be a part of. Overall, you won't be scrutinized if you're not in Greek life. However, it does help when it comes to finding parties and making friends.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Due to the sheer size of Penn State and the fact that it is a Big Ten School, sports dominate the school. The school spirit is strong - something that makes Penn State attractive for those who like uniting with fellow peers over sports. I would say that most of the focus is put on football. There is definitely lower attendance for other sports like ice hockey and basketball. As far as gyms go, there is pretty good equipment in them. There are so many ways to get physically active on campus - whether that be joining an IM or club team, going to a gym facility, or running around campus, there are a multitude of options.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State has its benefits as a large state school. There are obviously hundreds of student organizations to choose from and different communities to join. The diversity in the extracurricular activities is one thing that makes Penn State unique compared to smaller schools. My favorite experiences have been meeting unique students with different backgrounds and stories. I've discovered a lot of passions and interests that I didn't have before starting school. However, the school is also very expensive, particularly for out of state students.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: For the most part I feel safe on campus. The school does a lot to promote safety and decrease sexual assault.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: All my experiences thus far have been excellent. All the professors are passionate and overall very helpful. Wide variety of courses.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Job & internship fair is awesome. Career center is very helpful.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: So many options and opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's almost too many people and nothing is personal.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Penn State takes drug and alcohol use very seriously.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Penn State takes the safety of the students very seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are very outgoing and knowledgeable about their subjects. Most of the time it is very easy to go up to them and ask the questions about something you are unsure of.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is one of the best with helping students get recruited for jobs or internships. There is constantly people coming to Penn State to interview students because they know we are one of the best schools in the country. Penn State produces many successful people after they graduate.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is great, especially when you are new. You are able to meet a lot of new people. Also, they are close to all of the other buildings.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life plays a huge role at Penn State. For the most part, Greek life students are viewed as cliquey people who throw parties constantly. The Greek housing that is available are the fraternity houses and other apartments.

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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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