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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: many clubs and teams to join

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: about the same cost as a dorm and bus transportation available

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: i'm on track with my program

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: many international students and very diverse

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think there is a lot of availability of housing off campus with a lot of variety. However, I think that they are pricey if you live near campus. If you move away you definitely get more for your money.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think there is a lot of use of weed. Other than that I don't think there are many hard drugs taken by students.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are a really good way to get around. Or a taxi if your desperate. It would be nice to have more access to having your car here though, to go places more easily or go home.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think that the diversity is great on this campus. Coming from a small town, I wasn't exposed to much, so it is nice to experience diversity now.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't think anything is too unfair, all of the rules are pretty normal.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: They are very good for the most part. There are many computer labs available and lots of options to print. The only complaints I have are that extra prints cost a lot of money and some printers provided by the school are slow.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams have amazing athletic ability and nation-wide recognition. This brings the Penn State community together and our school spirit makes this school that much more fun.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It is extremely easy to find a party at night. It could be hard to actually get into the party. Usually the biggest are at Frat houses. Transportation is pretty good. You could take the bus until about 3 am. If not you can call a cab or walk.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: It is very expensive to keep a car here and I do not think it should be, considering State College is a big place and has a lot of extra room for parking in certain areas.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is very unexpected in State College and usually isn't bright and sunny. However, when it is, it is extremely more enjoyable to walk around campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is RHS and almost everyone I know is that major

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I see the same security guy constantly walking around

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid doesn't seem like too bad of a process, just follow directions.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police can be seen fairly regularly driving around campus and I personally feel safe walking around any time of day. Campus crime seems low, apart from underage drinking and possibly drug use, but doesn't seem to be much of an issue. If there is an issue such as a burglary or something it seems to get resolved as far as I know.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It seems that almost everyone drinks and its fairly noticeable. It seems that many people also smoke marijuana, although you don't necessarily see this out in the open, especially not as much as drinking. Adderall is popular, especially around finals time, and people talk about it fairly openly. MDMA or molly is also a party drug thats heard about on occasion. As far as policy enforcement, in the dorms is strict, but going to a frat party etc. there is little to no worry.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I had no problems getting into my desired field of study. My advisor was always very helpful.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy my program because it is a decent size and easy to get to know other people in it. The workload isn't too bad and I get to take a variety of classes throughout the curriculum. There are a lot of networking opportunities and a lot of internships to apply for. Everyone involved with my program is very helpful with finding internships.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most professors are decent and fair, but people will always find something to complain about. The registration process is done online and easy to do. The workload seems fair for the most part, it's not supposed to be easy.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a ton of intramural sports to get involved in and the facilities are very nice and well kept. The biggest varsity sport is football and there is a ton of support and school spirit.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs scattered across campus, but the ones in the library tend to be full a lot. The network is fairly reliable and has decent speed. Wifi is available throughout campus, except some of the dorms. It seems that most people have a personal computer and I find it is necessary to complete schoolwork. The printing quota is about 100 pages per semester which so far hasn't been an issue for me, but I still have my own printer at home for convenience.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: There are some rainy days, but thats not much of an issue with a good umbrella and semi-waterproof shoes. Winters aren't too bad, the campus employees keep the sidewalks fairly clear. The worst part, in my opinion, is the wind. Even if the temperature doesn't seem bad the seemingly endless wind will give you a chill.

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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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