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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on getting an internship because it will look good on my resume. Also, it will provide practical use for my future job. I know this is competitive but Penn State provides job fairs every semester in the BJC for you to hand out your resume and talk with people about finding a possible internship or job.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I still am not sure what I want to do with my major yet, but Penn State has very good academics and can put you ahead of many other people applying for a job. Also the advisors and professors are very helpful in planning out your schedule and making sure you are happy at Penn State.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is very close and they have good food. The price is a little out there for a college student though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of restaurants around here. I wish I could go to them more often.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: the food is pretty good, you just get tired of it after a while.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It gets soooo cold out here. I definitely wish it was warmer.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football games are definitely a big part of my school. Other sports, not so much.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's so many parities out here, it's hard to not find one.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Besides the bad things I mentioned. I love my school to death, it's just expensive.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I'm used to the city life, so this small town thing is something new to me. I wish there was more to do off campus.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is alot of alcohol and underage drinking around here.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I wish there were more people of my ethnicity in terms of the opposite sex.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: There is always a student getting caught underage drinking.

4 College Freshman

Technology: I wish there was wifi in my room, that would make my life alot easier!

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are so many opportunities with psychology at my school.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are business majors, engineer majors, psychology majors, communications majors. Basically my school is very diverse in it's selection of majors.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Having a car on campus and parking is rather expensive.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is excellent, I have absolutely no problem getting everywhere I need to go.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everybody is very helpful, especially the teachers. They really try their best to help you understand the material.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: When I decided to go to Penn State people said "but it's in the middle of no where". Yes, yes it is. But that's why I love it. This is Happy Valley and that is it. The town is my town and it's big. There is so much in it and so many things to do and find. It's actually huge. It doesn't need to be in the middle of any hustle and bustle. It's its own hustle and bustle.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got financial aid. I would have liked more, but things happen. I'm doing other things to get money.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are all free and very convenient. There's even an app that tells you what time they should be arriving and where they are at that exact moment. Plus, they run really late. So if you're like me and you live forever away in East Halls and all your friends live like a mile away it's easy to get to them.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So. Much. Pizza. And very good pizza at that. Also, Insomnia Cookies. Who doesn't love delicious cookies delivered at their door at 2AM? And who hasn't been to R U Hungry at 3 AM? Guarantee you will all have a "Fat Bitch" within the first two weeks of being here.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: As an underage student I find the night life to be very fun. You can do a lot. There are always parties to go to, things going on around campus, games, and there's even a hookah bar. Plus, people are always sitting outside somewhere. The transportation is also pretty good. I feel like buses are always running.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys at Penn State are all gorgeous. All of them. My cousin came here and was astounded by how many beautiful guys there were. There are obviously some non-beautiful ones too, but on average, Penn State has some pretty good looking, well dressed, and social guys.

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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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