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5 College Freshman

Academics: The English program is fairly easy for typical Freshmen. I'm enrolled in the honors program and it's a little more demanding. We're expected to blog twice a week and we're given much more freedom with our writing. In exchange for that freedom we're expected to do a better job than the rest of our peers and to always hand in everything on time.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The University Park campus places extreme value on academic excellence. Here you work with famous and skilled faculty and are often a part of new research. You're given every opportunity to succeed.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is of very high quality, but spots fill up fast. You typically have to rent an apartment a year in advance of when you'll need it.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Computer labs are open 24/7, but if you're not a Mac person then you'll definitely need to bring a PC laptop. PC labs exist but are usually full of older models.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is stressful, but in my opinion totally worth the experience. I'm getting experience with excellent world-renowned professors and the faculty are always willing to help.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys here are fairly attractive but are mostly interested in parties.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nice selection but a little pricey and lines are long

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is warm but fairly rainy and windy

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking here is available, but at a high cost.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus is strict on things affecting the livelyhood of its students. Academic honesty is taken seriously, but class attendance is a more lenient thing.

4 College Junior

Local Area: The town is mainly comprised of college students and alumnus. The atmosphere is, however, very spirited and exciting.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is never a time that I have felt in danger. Local police seems to be doing a decent job at not being overbearing.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The college is ever-changing and has amazing facilities and resources to offer.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Every day I am here I think about how enjoyable and enlivening my experience is. I would love to continue to study here for years to come.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are a decent mix of dining options, but many are typical college food places. There are few, however, that are healthier alternatives to the typical college scene.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is about standard from other colleges. Most people who need aid can get it.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are a wide array of personalities on campus but most are collegiate, athletic and moderately intelligent.

4 College Junior

Parking: There are many parking lots to accommodate the student population and are reasonably priced per year.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: All students show a very high level of school spirit as you can see campus buzzing on gamedays.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Enforcement is readily available and are there to protect students against drugs, alcohol abuse/use.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Because of the large student population, it is hard to not find a group to fit in to.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Good parking, typical average/below average quality places.

4 College Junior

Weather: It is pretty cold in the winter months but overall the weather is very temperate and seasonable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is average. There's not much variety among the food choices especially for vegetarians or kosher eaters.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather at Penn State is very unpredictable so many people dress for all types of weather. Being a commuter I sometimes run into problems while driving to class during bad weather conditions.

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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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