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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I did not need to apply for financial aid because my family did not qualify for it. However, I have only heard positive opinions on the matter.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive any financial aid at my school. From what I understood, it is more common to receive financial aid as an upperclassman but some people did get scholarships as freshman so it all depends on your situation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I eat at the East Halls most often. I usually only make a salad because I do not like the actual food that they serve. I think there is too much salt in everything that they cook. I like to spend my meal points at the salad places at the HUB and at good to go. There is definitely enough variety of food options on campus. The only issue is the quality and healthiness of the food. I think it is important to serve food that is healthy for the students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is good depending where you go and what you want to spend money on. Your cheapest is going to be at the dining halls, but those tend to have less than average options. Redifer has the best options because it is a-la-carte. The hub has the best food options because they have a variety of food chains, but you don't really get food discounts there so it gets very costly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus is beneficial because the dorms are close to the educational buildings. Personally, I live in East Halls which is right next to one of the larger gyms. I am also very close to the football, softball, and soccer fields. Attending any sports event is very convenient for me. I also like living on campus because I am surrounded by other students that are taking the same classes as me. The social aspect of the dorms is great because I can simply walk to the door next to me and be with friends. One of the less beneficial aspects of campus housing is that I do not have a kitchen. Therefore, I have to eat the food served by the school. This food is not always great and I do not always like what they have to serve. The dorms do however provide a refrigerator and microwave for us. This is convenient to store refreshments and snacks if I want.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I recommend living on campus at least freshman year. The dorms are small but there is room for storage under the beds and in drawers in the closets. The best parts include the social atmosphere and living with other freshman. The worst parts include living so far away from classes and the size of the rooms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food at the cafe is bad most of the time, the only thing i enjoy is breakfast. The omelets are the best!!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its interesting, you get to meet new people and everybody helps each other in someway.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: I haven't been their yet but look at it is amazing

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are realty companies logos and information on almost every website ad, newspaper, bus, or taxi in town. Therefore, finding an off-campus place to live is never an impossible thing to do. The prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of options to choose from. There are a lot of buildings that were built from the 1960's on up which are kept up to date as much as possible.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain restaurants in State College. There are also a lot of great restaurants that originated in State College (The Corner Room, The Waffle Shop, etc.) Most places are very reasonably priced and delivery is an option almost everywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Some colleges within Penn State are way more strict about the honor code than others, (Smeal) because they want their degree to be worth more to us in the outside world. The parking enforcement could ease up on their rules a little bit, a lot of them are rude and very impatient. Other than that, Penn State has a decent level of strictness in other aspects.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Penn State is extremely well known for its party scene. A lot of the parties are fun, if that's what you're into. Most of the students party at fraternities, houses, and apartments. There is essentially a party to be found anywhere Thursday night through sometimes Sunday night. 85% of the parties are safe and fun to be at, but some have those people who just can't handle themselves very well and that's when stupid and unsafe situations occur.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The deadlines approached very quickly, but I managed to get everything done and get a sufficient amount of financial aid that really helped me out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: In short, it's not the best, but it's pretty good for cafeteria food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus, but many of my friends do. They say it's a great way to make more friends because everyone is in very close proximity to each other. The buildings are nice and have plenty of space, and there aren't a ton of complaints about roommate selections.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live on campus.

College Junior

Administration: I dont live on campus

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I could not find scholarships that related to my major and it is very hard to find scholarships.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I did not go to a lot of the parties.

College Junior

Campus Food: I do not eat at the campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options but near stores, buses, and entertainment

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of student discounts just look

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4 College Junior

Administration: Strict when necessary but allow us to form opinions

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process was easy but didnt get all that I needed

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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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