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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm still getting used to it, and sometimes I feel that there isn't enough besides partying to do on weekends, but I can already tell that it's merely a matter to making the effort to find more to do. Classes are not easy, but that's how college is. It's easy to lose focus here, but professors and advisors seem more than willing to help as long as you put forth the effort to make appointments and talk to them. Succeeding here at PSU is entirely possible given all the amazing resources we have, and it really is a great place to spend the best four years of your life.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: PSU has the largest living alumni network in the world. Jobs shouldn't be an issue for anyone if you attend the numerous networking events and job fairs we have.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It depends what kind of housing you get, but I will say that given how bad some of the housing can be (ie Pollock and East for freshmen isn't too nice but South is amazing and so is North), many many many students opt for off campus housing the second year already. Getting housing isn't impossible, but it's a struggle even as a sophomore, and in my opinion, I shouldn't have to worry about it in only my second year.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is HUGE at Penn State. As someone not involved, I'm not too qualified to talk about how it works, but I can say that it's the main way people party as underclassmen. For guys, getting involved is definitely advantageous.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State football is all you need to know. There's nothing quite like a Penn State football game.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is somewhere to be if you can make the most of it. It's easy to get lost in such a big school where you're left on your own to figure things out, but if you take advantage of everything and explore all your options, you can have a great time.

4 College Senior

Academics: There are some professors that teach the class in such a way where you as the student pretty much have to teach yourself the material on your own time. Of course, there are other professors that are so amazing that if I could take every class with them, I would.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I do not have any personal experience with it but from what I see it is something to be worry about.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I never lived in East so that is an automatic improvement. The dorm locations that I staying in were very clean as long as we kept it up.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There is a large greek-life culture and it is quite obvious. People in greek life are more obnoxious to each other than people not in greek life.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I give it great on account of how others feel, not me.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It is a good school and I enjoyed my time there in the long run but it was not the best thing ever.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Even at 3 in the morning, you can feel comfortable walking across campus. Seriously, the most dangerous thing you may see if a crazy squirrel. Aside from the rodents, the campus police are out all the time patrolling and the campus is well lit.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the professors I have had have accommodated me with everything I have asked of them. Of course the classes aren't going to be the easiest - this is college - but they are usually interesting. Depending on the class size, you will have a different experience in each class. As you progress, you will be able to pick your schedule according to your interests and major which makes the courses more interesting and easy for you to thrive.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Many companies and employers come directly to Penn State because they know that this school generates trustworthy and amazing future employees. The alumni really do a great job at coming back to the school and help out the students in the future. Many students are basically guaranteed a job right after graduating.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Where you live can truly affect your lifestyle at Penn State. If you are not a freshman, living in East would probably be a nightmare but most first year students love this environment because its an easy way to make friends with people in the same boat as you. Otherwise, living in South or in a renovated building is the best way to go. South is close to everything you really need like the HUB and Dining Commons as well as the downtown area. Housing is easy and can be done online.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life at Penn State is a avery large aspect of the school. It is easy for any student to find the right place for them. Because greek life is very prominent on campus, many people think that you must join an organization to get the best experience, but that isn't true. It is very easy to get into social events for any student. Being a part of the greek life does have its advantages though: sorority housing can be found on renovated floors on campus and fraternities do have their own houses very close to campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football is obviously one of the biggest components of the school athletics, but the rest of the sports get large attention. The student section at every game remains on their feet to cheer on their team. The school spirit is a large reason for the great community this school has to offer. Aside from big athletic teams, there are many club sports and gym opportunities ready for the student body.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm so thankful to be able to attend such a renowned and well respected university. Beside from the academics, it holds a special community that would only be understood if you were a part of it. Penn State truly has a place for everyone and pushes for each student to find that.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assaults are an issue

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For the most part my professors have been wonderful at their jobs

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of a penn state degree is highly emphasized in all classes.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East is hell for people who want to study

3 College Freshman

Athletics: PSU football is historically a great program, and will undoubtedly become a championship contender again in the years to come

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School is overall a great experience. First semester was remiscent of high school work so the transition was easy.

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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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