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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Many options, so there's always something.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not huge, but livable. Little amenities. Convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Penn State Altoona is worst.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't have many scholarship opportunities because I am out-of-state.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Redifer commons has the best paninis!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The cost is pretty decent for the spacious dorm room. The dorm I lived in had a bathroom connected to the adjacent room, so four people shared one bathroom, which was not bad at all. The housing service came by every tuesday and emptied trash cans, cleaned the toilets, sinks, and shower, and provided us with trash bags for the week. The dorm was clean and the room was literally 5 minutes away from class.

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2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The prices can be very high unless you want to cram into a space.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The quality of the food is amazing, however the cost is another subject.

5 College Student

Party Scene: Always something going on any day of the week and the frats are insane!

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3 College Student

Administration: Could be better, especially with parking strictness.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: The scholarships require you to have gone for at least a year unless you hassle them.

4 College Student

Campus Food: Lots of places to eat, but the hours are sometimes weird.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: My major is only a walk away and there is a food place right beside the dorms.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I didn't venture off campus often due to money but it seemed like there was a wide variety of choices.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: As someone who had to transfer to a different campus due to all the partying, there is always multiple parties every night of the week.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: It must not have been too bad or too good because I do not really remember anything one way or the other. Parking was an issue when I had a car on campus-I remember I had to park in East because I was a freshman though they did not care that I lived in Pollock.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I thought the food was always pretty good. I liked South the best because they had more variety but not in a cafeteria/buffet style. Like it's own little food court with a salad place, a sandwich place, a coffee place, etc. But the good tasting options aka not the regular cafeteria style food were much more expensive than the regular food. West definitely had the best cookies and once in a while we would trek the whole way there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I ended up living on a floor with all engineers even though I was a psychology major. So within my building, I was not with others with similar interests with me nor was I in the usual freshman dorm. I had to actively go outside my campus housing to find friends and activities. Our bathrooms were always clean but we only had 3 or 4 shower stalls for a whole floor of girls. My building in Pollock was closer to the south dorms than the other Pollock ones. In turn, I ate at the south commons, I found out information at south commons. When I got locked out, I had to trek to the Pollock Commons rather than walk to the much closer South commons.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people opt to live off campus for good reason--the apartments are nice and the added freedom is great.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus that often so I don't know.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's really nothing like the party scene at a Big Ten school. Penn State goes hard--whatever you join will undoubtedly have parties and if not it's fairly easy to just crash an apartment party. The party scene is just really great here.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Just don't get caught drinking/smoking or drunk/high and you should be good

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you want a scholarship you're going to have to apply. They don't give financial aid to many people.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: East food is pretty terrible and gets old quickly, but you can swipe in at Pollock or Redifer and still get the same discount if you're willing to make the trek every once in a while. The HUB has great food options, including an amazing salad place, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Sbarro's, etc. It's dangerous though, because the student discount isn't the same as in the dining halls, so if you eat there often you could blow through your meal points.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East Halls is as worst as on campus housing gets: the food is terrible and you live far away from most of the classroom buildings. That being said, I would not have chosen different first year housing given the chance. Living in East made it easy to meet and interact with freshmen all in the same situation as you. I was lucky to live on a floor that was very close (something likely to only happen in East) and I made a lot of friends just from living here.

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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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