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Reviews 5098 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Thankfully I have a friend who lives around me and always offers me a ride home, which is how most students get home.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally I am not interested in Greek Life, but i know it is a fairly popular option.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have been to a few places downtown, but most are over priced.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, I have been living in a dorm and have had a positive over all experience so far.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: In my specific residence hall, there is a really great dining hall that always offers a variety of foods.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Although I have my own laptop and printer in my room, I have heard that the computer labs are helpful to those that don't.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Because of the proximity to the mountains, the weather is frigid and too cold for me.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is so into partying, sometime it gets too repetitive.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is very hard to obtain contracts, and it is necessary to have everything figured out in such a short amount of time

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Although there are many things to get involved in, there is little to do outside of extra curriculars.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is plenty of Diversity. The groups just need to intermingle more.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I need to make sure that I take the proper classes in order to enter the major I want. I've seen people slowed down because they didn't know they needed a certain class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I don't eat on campus

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are quite a few good looking girls

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The walks to class can be cold.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: May as well just have your own car.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a lot better than Robert Morris as far as instructors

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I guess its ok but I dont eat on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: the computers are ok but sometimes students forget to either sign out or they shut them down and at times one cannot restart them.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Never lived off campus but my friends who have absolutely love it.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most people fit a general "mold..." which isn't so bad unless you are really out there. There's definitely subcultures at PSU. Most girls all dress the same.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on which dorms you live in you could have excellent or poor accomodations. East halls is the worst but that's where all the freshmen live.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State College has almost any type of food you could want... and McDonald's is open 24/7!

4 College Freshman

Technology: i typically use the computer labs to do my studying but most students use their laptops. There's a ton of places with wifi and you'll never go to any public place without seeing students on their laptops.

2 College Freshman

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


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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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