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Reviews 5721 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I didn't do anything in greek life so don't really know anything about it.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football is the biggest sport here. It is great to be able to go to lots of different events for different sports.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a good experience since I started in the fall. Some professors during my first semester were new to the course so it was a bit more difficult to adjust tot the way a course was taught, however there are a lot of resources available for assistance. My advisor has been very helpful. I have had a lot of opportunities to meet different people and get involved in new things and I am glad I am attending this university.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sometimes it seems like the auxiliary police on campus are there just for the minor issues, like parking and ticketing like road cops, as opposed to handling the real issues like sexual assault.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being in the RPTM program, all professors are extremely helpful and there is a close-knit concept in our department. Everyone is willing to help the students in any way they can, all while trying to maintain the professionalism that our field requires.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I only lived on campus for one year, and it was in East Halls, so the walks to campus definitely sucked. However, the people on my floor were very close to each other and always friendly and created a pleasant atmosphere.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not a part of greek life, and nor did I want to be. Frats are great for their parties, but I don't understand the point of sororities other than to make friends. They do good things in the community, but good things can be done without the label of greek life.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Student involvement is high when the sports teams are winning, but involvement decreases if they are not. i wish our involvement was more consistent. Involvement is also a loose term sometimes because it could mean anything from tailgating to actually playing in the game. Sometimes I thin football overshadows all other sports and I sometimes wish other sports could be emphasized just as much. For instance, our women's volleyball team is phenomenal and has few years where they haven't won the championship title, but because Beaver Stadium is just a profit-generating facility, that is where all the emphasis goes.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Since I am a non-traditional student, my review may be very different from others. I believe that there are things that could be worked on, but also things that are great about Penn State. Penn State has the largest alumni network across the country, and the connections built just by being "a penn-stater" are incomparable to any other college.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always felt a sense of community at Penn State, so I feel secure.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Penn State, I always have and always will.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am currently in the process of applying for internships and the career center has been a big help.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live at home, currently.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Personally, I am not part of Greek life. I know a lot of people who love Greek life and say its a great way to meet new people.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Freshman year I played volleyball and I enjoyed being on the team and meeting new people. I am currently the captain of the dance team and It is a huge responsibility, but it teaches me how to be a leader, which will help me with my future career.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I always felt a sense of community at Penn State. My grandfather, mom, and seven aunts and uncles all went to Penn State so i grew up with going to PSU football games and visiting the campus. I always knew I wanted to attend college at Penn State and so far I enjoyed my time on campus. And I look forward to the next two years at University Park.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel very safe on campus. There are not too many incidents that give rise to concern. The efforts of the police and safety services provide a feeling of security.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are all of quality, but some of the professors I have dealt with have not been able to deliver the quality of teaching that I had expected. My first semester, I had four professors who had never taught the course before. It was difficult to learn from someone who was just learning how to teach the course themselves.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The career center on campus provides opportunities and advice for students seeking jobs and internships. The Penn State name is well-known, so it is beneficial in recruiting.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, on campus living is alright. The facilities are adequate but have an awkward layout. I currently live in Pollock and the room layout is strange, as there are "bumpers" that inhibit the use of bed risers for average storage. The RAs all seem to be friendly and the buildings themselves are at a good location on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic atmosphere is amazing. The student-athletes are greatly supported by the student body. It is a rite of passage to attend a football game...and absolutely love it. I have attended a variety of athletic events and have found all facilities to be well kept and modern.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far, I have experienced some good and bad experiences. My first semester was rocky, as I did not acclimate well to college life. Penn State did not do much to help students transition. A few of my first semester professors were not adequately equipped for the job, which did not help in my first semester experience. However, the extracurricular activities and experiences available to the students are second to none. I am involved with THON and it is one of the most amazing experiences of my life, thus far. The campus is beautiful and the student body is very accepting of its diversity.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The fan support at Penn State is unlike any other. Kids show up to the football, basketball and hockey games decked out in blue and white. We all know the cheers for the different games and participate. The Nittany Lion IS a celebrity on campus. He attends all the big sports games and gets the crowd going.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've absolutely loved my experience at Penn State so far. The people here are so friendly and helpful (professors, older students, etc.). The school spirit is unlike any other school I've visited. I love being a student at Penn State and shouting "WE ARE" to the tour groups. I'm challenged at this school, but also have a lot of time to get involved with the many clubs on campus. I love keeping myself busy and that's easy to do here at PSU.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You feel incredibly safe on campus. There has never been a time that I did not feel safe. As long as you go places with a group and don't be stupid when you are drinking you will be fine.

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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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