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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene at Penn State is truly unbelievable. It is amazing to go downtown during a weekend and see all of the students walking to and from parties. You could party here every night if you wanted to, but no one will look down on you if you do not want to party.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If you do your own thing and do not bother others or act obnoxious, you will have no issues with administration.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are so many options for food here and you never have to walk more than 5 minutes to get to a place to eat on campus. The food quality is just average, but the selection makes it easy to eat healthy and different food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus housing is average in most of the residence halls here. The rooms are kind of small and there is no air conditioning in most residence halls. Most students choose to live off campus after their freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You really have to research in order to find the best deal and find a apartment that is relatively close to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus Dining is nice. There are quite a few options with average pricing.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I would think they are as strict as any other school that is similar to Penn State's size.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I do not really party but I have heard some pretty crazy stories.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They cooperated okay with my FASFA form, and I also was given several scholarships that, in combination with FASFA and PHEAA, I did not have to take any loans for my first two years.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at New Kensington was great. I have heard that the food at University park is okay too.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: At Penn State New Kensington, I did not have to live on campus.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I know a couple of people who have had underages but for the most part everybody is pretty chill about on-campus drinking and "other things". If you're drinking in your room it really depends of your RA for how likely you are to get in trouble. As for demonstrations and protests, people are supportive of it. Nobody tries to break up protests and I haven't heard of any violence occurring at any demonstrations.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The majority of the people here are partiers. I would advise people to stay away from the frats or at least ask some upperclassmen about whether or not they have had any bad experiences at a frat you are planning on going to.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Just apply for as many scholarships as you can. This is not a cheap school by any means; it doesn't matter if you are in-state out of state, or international. It costs a lot, but it is totally worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: East food is probably the worst. Very boring. Pollock has the best atmosphere and Redifer has the largest variety. The HUB has the best stuff period, but since it is all Panda Express/Jamba Juice/Starbucks you don't get a discount so a cup of coffee or a smoothie is potentially the same price as your dinner. It's easy to get super bored of the food but I would suggest that you don't eat at the same place every day. Even if you live in East you should eat in other places like Pollock or West. It keeps you from getting bored.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although East Halls are not as conveniently located as the other dorms, the on-campus living at Penn State is still pretty great. The buildings are all spread out, there is always something to do, and people are generally nice. If you have the option to go into somewhere other than East Halls I would say go for it. The other dorms are much closer to classes and it's nice to not be surrounded by freshmen 24/7.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very big on campus. Since kids under 21 can't get into bars, frats/sororities run the social scene. Greeks are seen as a negative by non-greeks but most of them base their opinions on generalizations and rumors. Housing is based in the south dorms, where each sorority gets a designated floor in the renovated dorms.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of Penn State culture. Varsity football and hockey season tickets regularly sell out in minutes for students. Tailgates for football games are a must and the stands are almost always packed 107k strong. Varsity athletes are treated with the best facilities and attire.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is so worth it! The added freedom and living with your closest friends is so worth the tiny increase of price compared to living on campus another year. Although the process is complicated and spots go quickly, if you are on top of things and plan early enough, things will work out in your favor.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is the best. There is basically everything you could think of. There's chains and even little restaurants you haven't even heard of before. From favorites like McDonalds and Taco Bell, to salad places like Fiddlehead, italian places like Rotellis, Primanti Bros, and multiple chinese, thai, and japanese restaurants to choose from.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have found a place to live off campus next year very easily. My apartment is called Beaver Hill Apartments and it is a little expensive but in a very great location. The apartment is right in between the frats and campus. It also is right next to public transportation stop.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options off campus. Their hours of availability are perfect for the average student as well. I can always find a place to stop and eat or to relax and study when needed. The costs can be expensive depending on where you go, but the value is usually fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The campus police takes care of the necessary topics. They are very strict when it comes to drugs and alcohol. They do not allow students to drink alcohol on campus either. However, most RA's are very lenient about it. As long as you are not too obvious or loud about it they will not bother you.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Honestly, how strict the administration is depends on if you get caught. This mostly depends on how strict your RA is. Usually most of them are pretty lenient and will let you off with a warning, but usually they have to write you up for drugs/alcohol.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The party scene at Penn State is the best around. There is plenty of options for people to choose from. Whether you are in the mood to rage at a frat or to relax and drink at the bar, there is always an option for you. I believe the party scene actually has a positive impact on students because it allows them to get their stress out from school work. It also gets them ready for the real world by allowing them to interact with other students of all types.

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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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