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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Trying to get aid as a middle-class student at a state school is tough. There isn't a ton of aid available to me.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've had friends that needed help from the campus police and they were unwilling to help them. The balconies on the apartments downtown are also really unsafe; someone falls from them nearly every weekend. Walking alone at night on campus isn't usually a big deal.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places, but they tend to be pricey for college students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are some pretty good places to hang out, there are three gyms on campus, a huge library.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's always something going on, from concerts to club activities.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: on campus transportation is great, but the cost to go off campus is a little high

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is a great school and I was really excited to go here. But I am considering transferring because the tuition is unnecessarily high.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone on campus is generally accepting of people from different backgrounds. Most international students tend to stick with others from their country, but no one outside of those groups bothers them or mistreats them.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Loads of classes with little representation in credits. Most music ed majors are taking anywhere from 8 to 14 classes, possibly even more, and 17 to 21 credits.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are loads of classes offered and the professors are usually great.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Everything is carbs. It is bland, low-grade food. It is difficult to eat healthily on this campus without emptying your bank account.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to a few apartments downtown and they're pretty bad. The farther from campus you get, the nicer they are.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: It's Penn State. Football is the most important thing here to a lot of kids.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As long as you submit your contract on time, you shouldn't have a problem with housing.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are Macs everywhere on this campus. But it often takes forever to sign in.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Every Friday and Saturday night, guaranteed 90% of the people you see walking downtown and even on campus are drunk.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Right of campus is the downtown area where there are a lot of shops and restaurants. They all support Penn State.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: You may receive financial aid, but it is never a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There really is something here for everyone. I had my reservations about going to such a huge, sports-oriented school, but I've met people and had experiences here that I never could have found anywhere else. I wouldn't trade my Penn State education for anything.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I walk alone all the time, but that's never bothered me. I feel safer on campus than I do at home.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Penn State is huge on drinking, that's no secret. If you want to drink, you're not gonna have a problem finding a way to do it. It's not quite universal, but it's pretty damn close.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: TONS of computer labs, but good luck finding one during finals week. When it comes to campus Internet, it's usually pretty good (and ResCom is really helpful), but I do wish that wireless was available in more dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In a school of 40,000 undergraduates, you're bound to find a lot of attractive people. Enough said.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Practically everything of interest is within walking distance -- and if not, it's just a short bus ride away. Bus fare is relatively cheap (on campus, it's free) and the stops are all over the place, which is convenient. (The crowds of drunks on Friday and Saturday evenings are hardly worth it, though.)

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student clubs and organizations exist for practically everything (Bigfoot club, anyone?), and there's no shortage of places to go to study or hang out with your friends. I've been on campus for two years now and I'm still discovering new things about the place (though I will say that the Arboretum has always been a particular favorite of mine).

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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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