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2 College Freshman

Parking: There are very few places to par that are reasonable. The ones close to campus are outrageously expensive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: THON is something that sets PSU apart for sure. it really brings the campus together.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's over 1000 clubs to join so there's a little bit of something for everybody.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining experience depends on where you live on campus. South Halls has the best food by far and East Halls has the worst food by far...but all students are allowed to go to any dining hall so long as they don't mind the distance.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We love our football team no matter what...but there are still tons of other sports that students watch regularly such as volleyball and gymnastics

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not quite 21 yet so i haven't really experienced the bar scene...but all other parties are fantastic

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cops don't bother you even if you're visibly intoxicated unless you're causing a disturbance.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Personally i got off on the wrong foot...but it's definitely a great school for most people.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Very cold and rainy and snowy

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is much access to whatever you might want... but you're not labeled "weird" if you choose not to participate.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are very friendly here. If there's a group of people playing frisbee outside, they will almost always ask if you want to join

3 College Freshman

Diversity: PSU is very diverse. There are students from every culture here.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are some kids who do drugs, but campus police is always on alert.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved in greek life, but I have considered it. Sororities have dedicated floors of the dorms and fraternities have opulent houses on and off campus

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health services is great. They're closed on weekends which is not very convenient.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is one of the only downsides to PSU. If you're not in one of the more expensive residence halls, you're basically living in squalor. Housing staff attempts to keep it as clean and maintained as possible, but when the buildings are almost 100 years old, there are structural problems and hazards with it.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's central Pennsylvania. Precipitation is a hassle, and winters are extremely cold

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am so glad I chose Penn State. It's what a college experience should be. All of the opportunities are here- you just have to take them!

2 College Freshman

Technology: Labs are extremely slow and there isn't wireless everywhere on campus

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our football team is the best, in spite of the circumstances

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything is great but the dorms need remodeled

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: THON makes Penn State unlike any other school

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't attend, but there's always a party happening

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Being here feels like you can accomplish anything.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a good distribution of interests, looks and relationships. Some are only looking for a hook-up while some are looking for a long-term relationship. There are a lot of people at PSU so there is a good variety in interests and ways of dressing..etc.

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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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