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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food outside of campus is okay. They have several popular chain restaurants such as Taco Bell and Panera which are good. The prices are much cheaper than if it were in New York City.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The police restrict alcohol in dorms and drugs in dorms very well.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a bit of financial aid, however, I was a still disappointed with how little I received considering my background and income. I have seen other students who are more economically stable than I am receive higher financial aid than me.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene in PennState is one of the best. They have parties for every type of person.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The pollock dinning hall is one of the best because of the variety and the taste of the food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are close to class and are clean. I have my own space and my roommate has hers. The bathrooms are cleaned everyday and the hallways are always clean. The atmosphere on campus is friendly and inviting.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some of the commons are very good. Some not so much. Overall good system that is a pretty overpriced.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Especially freshman year it is amazing to meet so many new people. The social atmosphere here is uncontested.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics and athletic buildings are awesome

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have experience with AW&Sons and it was awful, but the other companies are better

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food off campus is great

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Some RA's take their job too seriosuly

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Freshman year for guys sucks (unless you're in a frat). The party scene steps up in the later years once you move off campus though.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some food places are great, some are sub par. There are plenty of places to go on campus

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East halls are in no way the best, but the people and cleaning crew awake everything worth it.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had multiple problems with filing for FAFSA, but I got all the aid I needed.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are a huge part of campus life; students can always be found at sporting events. The only bad thing is that they charge students so much to go to games and to obtain a gym membership when all other schools offer this for free.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I know that there's a lot of off campus housing available to students, but I have not lived off campus yet. I'm planning to move off campus next summer, but the area I will need housing in (so that it's convenient for the classes and time required for my major) doesn't have a large variety of options.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I enjoy the off campus options for the most part. I'm not a fan of all the fast food that's around, but that's because I can't eat it. I know my vegetarian friends have a hard time finding off campus food options sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't normally have to deal with the authority on campus. I follow the rules and strictness doesn't effect me.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have a hard time finding the financial aid I need. I lucked out and because my dad is in the military, I got to use some of his GI Bill, but I will have almost no financial support once my sister starts school next year.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: How good the food is fluctuates depending on the day and who's making it. But once you figure out which dining halls make the best of each food, you can find good food pretty easily.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the Special Living Option for Arts and Architecture students, so I have a bit of a nicer experience in the dorms. I enjoy having to only share with 3 other people is very nice. I hate how irresponsible my roommates are about locking the door though, it feels like a constant uphill battle.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is a football town, football is a huge deal around here!

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus, I don't know much about off campus housing

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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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