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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There were a few things that I did not like about Penn State and I think this is a great school for some kids but its not very diverse

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They work very hard to make sure we have a job after college

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are a ton of PSU alerts due to sexual assault on campus

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in Holmes Hall (north) and it was the best dorm experience i could have asked for

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports is the basis of Penn State

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a few things about my school that dont sit well with me

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have never been in Greek life, but what I see is that they mostly party.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school does revolve around football, whether they win or loose. I feel like it could do more to support the other sports, such as Women's Volleyball.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is a great school to learn and become exposed to a LOT of different countries and cultures. Everyone is encouraged to succeed and also try new hobbies and life styles!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Penn State. They offer a variety of different courses, the class styles vary from hands-on to simple lectures. Class sizes vary and the big school can seem like a small school with the smaller classes. Athletics provides a great culture for the school. Students are actively involved with extracurricular activities and are always doing something important for the community, nation or world.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is all about networking. They will help you find connections to help you build your own future. The career services center can provide you information on how to apply for jobs, make a resume, and find the jobs that are right for you. Job fairs occur multiple times throughout the year.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Considering events in the past, Penn State has made it a top priority to ensure safety and protection to its students. Police are easily accessible and there are services in which a university police/guard will walk you home when you feel unsafe.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The quality varies depending on which area you live in. Overall, it is a really nice system with nice facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I know Greek Life at Penn State is capable of doing amazing things. However, many of the members are snobby and conceited.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are huge at Penn State. The Football team is obviously the most popular of the Varsity sports, however, many others are just as successful or even more successful. We have an amazing Wrestling Team, Volleyball Team, Gymnastics Team, Rugby Team, etc. The list goes on. The athletics program has provided a unique part of the culture for Penn State.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: As someone who does not enjoy partying, it's pretty bad. However, it's pretty easy to avoid the party scene, you just have to find the right people.

3 College Freshman

Academics: There are many great professors, however, there are also many not-so-great professors. It's kind of a crap-shoot, unless you use ratemyprofessor.com or something.

The workload is heavy. I spend twice as much time, if not more time studying outside of class than in class.

The registration process is hell. There's so much stress, because you may have a good schedule planned before hand, but then you may have to change everything based on those that register before you.

And if you're trying to change your classes before the start of the semester or during the first week, good luck. Lion Path is also the WORST website I have ever had to work with in my entire life.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I've meet and been exposed to a variety of people of different races, political beliefs, and sexual orientations. I'm probably exposed to almost every type of race/ethnicity each day.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've rarely heard of people getting busted here for using drugs or alcohol, and you can see the effects of drunken or high escapades around campus during the weekend.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has been an awesome experience so far and im excited to see the future

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety is great. there are police everywhere and people

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State has lots of opportunities for internships and courses. There is always something to do and a lot of people from different places. The teachers are great and the students are mostly friendly and outgoing.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is known for their alumni and networking. You can get any job with a degree from here

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have been commuting to school for the past two years, but I will be living in an apartment next semester. the process of signing a lease was easy.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greeks think very highly of themselves and act like they are above everyone. But people seem to like them and the events they hold, especially when food or dancing is involved.

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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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