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  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    56 out of 57 people found this review useful. 1 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone really. Even a small town boy like me who hates large crowds has found his place in good ole State. Numerous clubs, activities, and top of the line classes in any field make this a college accessible by anyone. Even the small town boy can fit in because the town is small enough while still accommodating the big city party kid. You will have a few lecture classes so if you completely are against lecture halls then stay clear of PSU but once you make it through some of the base level classes the sizes shrink. I refuse to say that anyone can't find their place. Happy Valley welcomes everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized. Learn your buildings. And try to schedule yourself so you ensure you can still have some time for fun. As long as you stay focused college isn't to bad. Make sure you discuss financial aid with your parents, your counselors, with your college advisers, and even with the office of financial aid. This is a money intense university and you will need the help.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is top notch, the experience is even better. Still the price tag is very steep. The only thing that holds back this school from absolute greatness is the steep price tag. Not to mention with government cuts the ticket is going to continue to rise because of new construction plans. Still with the proper financial aid and scholarships PSU is still the only choice for me. LETS GO STATE!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    Let's just say last year I was able to see A Day to Remember, EVE 6, and Comedian Daniel Tosh all for free. The college provides for safe fun events while the town still is large enough for those who want to go out and drink or party at a club to do so without much of an effort. Come on, PSU is one of the top party schools. Don't worry a little self control will keep you from wasting your college experience on parties.

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State is a first class University. Professors are both well informed and intriguing. Even the biggest lecture classes can seem like an engaging one on one meeting. The class listings also are very various and allow for much customization in the college experience. Ine general professors and advisers seem to genuinely care about my progress. The only con I find is that since the school is so large many of the courses fill up quickly so stay on your toes.

  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 out of 34 people found this review useful. 2 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Determined, Responsible, Organized, Liberal, Involved, Outgoing, Social, Fun-loving, Intelligent, Party-goers

    Tips for prospective students

    Yes, Penn State is well known for its drinking and for its Greek life. But don't let that be the be-all, end-all of your college career. DON'T immediately get lost in the partying scene of Penn State - while its okay to party and have fun, learn how to do it in moderation so that you don't end up screwing up your G.P.A. (and in turn, screwing yourself over) in your first year - you'll still be paying for it two years later and its a lot easier to do than you'd think. DO go to the involvement fairs. In Alumni hall in the HUB running for a week straight at the beginning of the semesters there are booths and booths of clubs and activities across the Penn State community, with different groups every day. If a group even mildly interests you, put your name on the list serv. You can always take it off later if you choose. DO get a planner or some method of keeping track of when all projects and deadlines are due. They have a nasty way of creeping up on you. DON'T take the buses unless you have to. Long walks across campus will help you NOT gain the Freshman 15. DON'T make a habit of always skipping class. Sure its okay to miss one here or there, but by telling yourself that its okay to constantly miss class, you'll screw yourself over in the class and develop a habit that may be harder to break in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Penn State is very expensive. You will never find anyone who goes here denying that fact. However, with the level of Education that we receive, the facilities, the social life, the athletic department and that the reputation of our school world wide, I find it more than worth it. Not only do you receive a fantastic education with plenty of extracurriculars and opportunities for success, but you also are attending a school with the world's largest alumni association, and where the name of your school on a resume will hold a lot of weight. However, there is no denying that sometimes you have to question just WHY Penn State is so expensive. Its a double edged sword, but I find it worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE Penn State. I honestly can't imagine myself anywhere else, and I wish that college lasted for more than four years! The whole summer, I wanted nothing more than to get back to school. Classes are flexible, the friends are great, there's a club, activity, group, event or party for everything and everyone so being social and being bored are never problems you have to worry about. It really is fantastic and I couldn't imagine spending the next three years of my life anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    High school classes never provided the challenge that I felt that I needed academically, but when I got to Penn State I found that. Teachers no longer treated us as children and did their best to stimulate learning and provoke genuine thoughts and discussion. I never had to work harder for grades, but on the same token, I chose really challenging course work and I also learned a lot more that way. I highly reccomend Penn State for those who want to go to college and seriously EARN their degree, learning along the way.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! There are all kinds of people from all over the country that come to PSU. It is diverse and there is a place for everyone. If you are shy, loud, outgoing, or conservative, everyone adjusts and makes friends that last forever. PSU is full of spirit and pride. We are proud of our school. WE ARE... penn state!!

    Tips for prospective students

    DO not waste your time. The worst thing you can do is not take advantage of all the opportunities schools can offer. Networking, getting involved, joining clubs, getting to know your teachers can only benefit you. DO learn how to budget your time. You need to be able to balance school work with having fun. This is probably one of the hardest things to do when you enter college. Its not like high school, teachers will not be lenient, and if you miss an exam you will get a 0. Stay on top of your work, and study in advance for test. Exams cover so much more material than they did in high school. DO know your limit. When you go out, know when you need to stop, and when its time to go home. Always go out with friends and stay with someone you know. There are buses that run till around 2 - 2:30 at night, and are the easiest ways to get back to dorms. You can have a good time, just be safe about it. DO go to your teacher and ask for help if you do not understand something. Don't let yourself get behind because if you do it is so much harder to catch up. Having to drop a class because your afraid of failing sucks! DO take online classes with your friends. Some are easy general education classes that do not require as much work/time because you do not have to go sit in a classroom. Also taking them with people you know helps, you can ask each other questions. DO stay on top of dates. It might sound stupid, but if you forget to do something, chances are your going to have problems. Housing and classes go quick. If you do not schedule when you are suppose to the class will fill and you will miss your chance to get it. There are deadlines for everything. Planners help a lot with keeping things organized.

    Bang for the buck

    A downside is the cost of PSU. It is one of the most expensive state schools I have seen, especially if you are like me and pay out of state tuition. But like I said this school is amazing and I would not want to go anywhere else. The campus is beautiful, the technology and facilities are always well kept and clean. Help and tutoring is always available, and the campus is always safe. If you have a problem paying for school, there are many scholarships you can apply for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I can not imagine going to any other school. Penn State is huge, but at the same time can feel so small. With over 40,000 students, each day varies. One day you can run into 50 people you know and the next not even one. Another benefit to such a large school is the extra curricular activities. There is a club or organization for EVERYTHING. Even if you didn't make the PSU teams, they have IM teams, or club teams for just about any sport you can think of and for males or females. There are clubs for any subjects such as the business or math, religious clubs, clubs supporting the environment, and if there is not a club that suits you, you can even start one. Greek life is also a huge part of Penn State. If you were considering joining a sorority or fraternity, this is the place to do it. There are over 20 sororities and many more fraternities. During rush, you are bound to find a place, somewhere to fit in, which helps adjusting to college life much easier.

    Am learning a lot

    No matter what class you take, your bound to pick up some information. Whether it is just a general education class or a class to enter your major, you will learn something. One of the benefits of going to such a large school is the diversity in the classes you can take. I guarantee anything you are interested in, Penn State has. From ballroom dancing to hip hop classes, to learning about ice cream and trees, from science to hotels, Penn State has everything you can imagine, and you can have fun doing it.

  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, A hardworking individual, Loves Cold Weather, Someone who wants to go away to school, and Loves to demonstrate school pride

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be lazy with the school work you will fall behind!! Always set up meetings with your professors especially when there is a big test or paper coming up (prepare your questions days before the meeting so they can help you). Don't be afraid to meet new people. Try out something new when you attend here like a club or an organization.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a great place to be! PSU is like a second home to me. There are wonderful professors that are always willing to help you even on their days off. People are friendly and this is a place where you will meet fast reliable friends that you'll be friends with for years to come.

  • 12/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love big schools, always meeting new people, lots of walking, intense school spirit, football mania and don't mind the chilly PA winters...this school is definitely for you. If you're not sure, come visit for a weekend or even a day. I guarantee that just one day will change your mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on the website and seriously check out all the different things Penn State offers. Division sports teams, club teams, intramural sports of every kind, dance teams, theater, THON, student government, greek life, yearbook, radio, news reporting, choir...the list goes on and on. Take a tour of the campus or better yet come stay with someone who already goes here. I was torn between Maryland, Delaware and Penn State until I finally came and stayed for a weekend. By the end of the first day I knew that Penn State was the only place for me. Also - the summer before I came I participated in the ORION wilderness orientation trip. It was an intense experience but it honestly made my transition to college so much easier. I came into my first semester with 10+ friends already. I definitely recommend it to everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an in-state student so I don't have to pay as much as out-of-state kids that I know, but they have said to me the same thing I feel. Penn State is worth the extra money. It's a top notch university but it's got a little bit of everything else too. Penn State is extremely well rounded and has something for everyone. If you're not into the whole football scene, the drama department is amazing, the amount of THON groups you can join is innumerable and the number other activities you can join is seriously in the 700s. Penn State is never a dull place to be and if you ever get bored, you must be trying really hard.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutley love Penn State Main Campus. The atomosphere, the people, the scenery, the buildings, the school pride, the football games...there is not a single thing I dislike. If I could stay here forever I would. Some people say you can get lost in huge schools but I disagree. The bigger the school, the more people, the more opportunities to meet new faces and have different experiences. Every day and every new activity is an exciting adventure. You never know who you'll run into or what you'll be doing next.

    Am learning a lot

    Many of my classes are challenging, but the professors here (for the most part) are phenomenal. I've been in school since I was five, and I can honestly say in my first semester here alone, I've had probably three of my all time top teachers. They really care about their students and helping them understand the subject and not just memorize information for tests. They are understanding and just great people. It's a wonderful learning experience and makes it so much easier and enjoyable.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who love choices People who love school pride People who love being a part of something incredible

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow your dream. I know it sounds cheesy, but Penn State is an amazing place. You can master practically any skill under the sun, so take advantage of it.

    Bang for the buck

    It's the most expensive Big Ten school for out-of-state students, but it's arguably one of the best.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for all kinds of people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always think twice before doing something. Never fall into peer pressure. Be your self that's the best thing you can do, because you will find friends and maybe even a good boyfriend if you are really true to yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is an expensive school, but they help pay for your tuition. And besides the main campus, Penn State has other branch campuses as well that are much cheaper then the main campus. But you do get all you pay for. You get entertainment, trips, activities for certain weathers and everyday things to do around campus. There are study groups and clubs it is worth it. The offer loans and grants as well as scholarships you just have to look for them.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love my first semester at Penn State. There is so much to do on and off campus. This year was the first time I went laser tagging and it was with a whole bunch of new friends I met this year in school. I also met my current boyfriend here and in September it will have been a year. You have more freedom and more space. Friends are not hard to find and clubs are not hard to join. I'm in 8 different clubs and also the women's volleyball team captain this year. There are times where you do miss being home but that's what the phone is here for, to call the people you miss and cherish the most. It is a wonderful school and you can even talk to your own personal advisor about how to deal with things on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many ways to succeed at Penn State. The professors are always helpful, so forget about the rumors that say the Professors only care about the money. There are so many ways to reach out for help like the CAA, which is the tutoring center and it is free so why not get all the help you can if you're having problems in a certain subject. You also learn how to make a home away from home. So, its not all about book smarts at Penn State you learn how to live in a diverse area and its a wonderful experience. You learn how to handle situations you didn't know how to handle before like talking to the Professor about an assignment you did not understand too much about. And I;m still learning everyday I'm at school.

  • 01/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is a great school for almost any major; the Colleges of Ag, Engineering, and Communications seem to stick out in my mind as being some of the top in the country. Penn State- University Park is great for those who came from larger high schools because they will adjust faster, but for me, who came from a much smaller high school, it was a great transition into learning to be independent and less afraid of public settings. If you love the idea of school spirit, you will definitely find that here when everywhere you go people are wearing the Penn State colors and logo. Altough it is a big campus, it is still located in a more country setting surrounded by mountains that will make anyone fall in love with the area.

    Tips for prospective students

    In the past, Penn State received the title of Number One Party School. For students worried about coming here because of that, I was once in your shoes. The important thing to do is find a group of friends that you can trust and that you can have fun doing other things with, like eating pizza and watching a movie at 1 A.M.! I would also recommend visiting Penn State during an open house session, Spend a Summer Day, or just stop by the campus anytime to see if you really like the campus and the surrounding areas. You don't want to miserable the next four years of your life if this isn't for you, and for some it's not. Don't be scared about the campus being home to over 40,000 other students either; most students when walking to class try to keep to themselves and you will also adapt to becoming more independent.

    Bang for the buck

    It always seems like colleges are just money hungry and want to take it all. There are always chances for loans, grants, and scholarships. Just remember that Penn State provides so many resources...job fairs, resume workshops, Late Night activities on the weekend, just to name a few. These are useful to everyone on campus and they need to be paid for somehow, and the buildings around campus need to be kept in good shape and clean to make it the beautiful campus that it is.

    Am enjoying being here

    The possibilities are endless at Penn State! Students have access to many unique places on campus: the HUB, where some take a break between classes, have lunch, or visit the Penn State Bookstore; the Pasquerilla Center, where you will find almost any religious group; Rec Hall, fitness center and home court to the National Champion's Women's Volleyball team; Eisenhower Auditorium and The State Theatre, each bringing in top entertainment acts from all over the world; Berkey Creamery, the reason we are Ice Cream U; the Bryce Jordan Center, home of our basketball teams and all things entertainment; and who doesn't love being part of the Number One Student Section in the country with our beloved Nittany Lions in Beaver Stadium!

    Am learning a lot

    With over 23.000 faculty here at Penn State, the students are definitely learning from the best researchers and professors while also being given individual attention. Don't let the large class sizes scare you; those actually turned out to be my favorite! Those professors especially want to make sure everyone is engaged in the lecture.

  • 10/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is certainly well worth the money. It is a great public university where one can get a great education and enjoy the process at the same time. The university has a wide variety of majors ranging from civil engineering to anthropology. It has so many that some of them are unknown to the average person. In fact, Penn State offers over 160 majors. Besides academics, Penn State excels in sports too. It is a part of the Big Ten football division where the football team is highly respected across the country. Its home football games are quite the event here as well. They are one of the top things on the to-do list when attending Penn State. Penn State also has many points of interest. It has the Beaver Stadium which is one of the largest stadiums in the world. It also has the Bryce Jordan Center also known as the BJC where basketball and volleyball games are held. One other tourist attraction is the famous Berkey Creamery which is the largest creamery in the nation. Since Penn State is such a large campus, it has thousands of students walking around campus everyday. Because of this, the campus is diverse which means that there are many student organizations from across the world. This is a great way to experience different cultures without actually traveling to a country.

    Am enjoying being here

    A wonderful thing about being at Penn State is that you will rarely find someone who is not enjoying their stay here. Ever since the first day I was here I have really liked it because of the energy that is felt by everyone. I was happily received on campus since the first days and the university has put tremendous effort into making us (first year students) feel like we are right at home. There were welcoming celebrations that were for everyone and this really helped us get a sense that we are all part of a great community. And even today, there are so many activities and clubs available so that you can become part of smaller communities if the campus is too large for you. There are things from being part of the flying club, to being part of a committee for THON, the largest student run philanthropy in the world. Weekends are also wonderful here because there are events such as late night movies at social centers, making the Penn State experience extremely enjoyable and unlike any other one. There are many reasons for why Penn State University is called Happy Valley and theses are just a small fraction of the ones you will see if you come here.

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State University is a college with a wide variety of academic opportunities and all of high quality. The teachers know what they are talking about and they know how to teach what they know to the students. You are also taught a great variety of subjects and since you have to take various general education courses, you become a well rounded student. Even if you are, for example, an engineering student, you still have to take a natural sciences class or a sociology class, so there is a lot of learning going on. And because it is all so efficiently taught, you do not easily forget what you learn. I have been here for only seven weeks and I feel that I have learned more material and in more subjects than I did in an entire semester of high school.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want the total college experience (intense finals, crazy party scene, intense football games, crazy amounts of fun), then Penn State is for you. Even if you aren't somebody who isn't into Greek life or sports, there are so many different clubs, stores, and places that can cater to any interests. It's really what you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for admission and the FAFSA. Be ready to shout out PENN STATE with all your might. East is where most freshmen end up and it's the least desirable dorms even though some love the freshmen experience there. West has the best food. Walking is faster than taking the bus if you aren't lazy. Be prepared to compromise with your roommate(s).

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive even while paying in-state tuition; however, there are so many resources and free activities available to anyone who seeks them out. It really is all about getting involved and taking advantage of what your money gets you at Penn State. Free movie showings are offered every weekend at the HUB, you can check out very expensive objects such as laptops or cameras for free, weekly concerts are shown for free, and much more. It's all about being out and about and enjoying the university.

    Am enjoying being here

    Despite the bipolar weather, I love campus. Living in the North suites (one of the nicer dorms), I am nearby all of my classes and everything really is in within walking distance. Each season carries its own distinct pleasure whether it be enjoying the colors of spring and fall or bundling up and enjoying company during the winter. The CATA buses are very convenient when wanting to travel further than campus and even for on campus; the bus stops are right where you would want them to be. Being a Big Ten school, the football games are a must if you want to feel the best that the school has to offer with all its pride and enthusiasm.

    Am learning a lot

    Your Gen Eds are a hit or miss but your teachers will generally know their stuff, some more than others. Overall, my classes taught me what they were supposed to and I genuinely enjoyed learning the courses I had chosen. You're the one responsible, however. If you don't attend your classes, you will suffer the direct and indirect consequences. In addition to the formal education, you have the college experience at the tips of your fingers and each day you venture downtown or anywhere for the matter, you interact with others and learn how to adapt into a young adult.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There are some schools who have smart people. There are other schools who have party people. Penn state is not just a party school or a highly intelligent school. Penn state is a school for smart people who like to party. This is why we are not ivy league.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Make sure you really want to be at PSU, because honestly you either love it or you hate it, and many people love it and won't get in because YOU wanted to get in and then end up hating it. So visit first. -Have a lot of extracurriculars because PSU has alot of extracurriculars. It will prepare you for the balancing act of school, sleep, social life and extras -Be eternally thankful for the sleep you have now. Take advantage of it. Because you won't have it for long

    Bang for the buck

    We all know that staying at PSU is actually really expensive. Not Harvard expensive, but getting there. Some people may not have the money to pay for it, but there are alot of things you can do to keep the cost down. Live in supplemental housing instead of double rooms, have a smaller meal plan, don't spend so much money on things you do not need. For example, buying clothes while at school. Most of the stores are really expensive and nine times out of ten, you will be able to find the same thing at the mall at home for wayyyyy cheaper. Also get loans, grants, and scholarships. As many as you can to lighten the load, because at the end of the day it is soooo worth it. :)

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Penn State. I actually never want to leave. The people are so nice, you feel like you are in the twilight zone. It's so easy to make friends and keep them the entire time you are there. There are many things to do if you are not lazy haha. The parties are amazing, but its better not to let your life revolve around them.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning environment is so amazing at Penn State. There is literally something for everyone. A class for any type of interest. The professors show you things you never even thought about or heard about. The lessons are so in depth and there are many small versions of normally huge classes you can take if you feel you learn better in a smaller teaching environment. It is weird at times because a lot of people study so much. You can't help but want to join in!

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I hope you like a huge school. The first couple weeks you will be lucky to see someone you recognize. If you like football, you will love Penn State. The games are amazing. If you want to wear shorts in the middle of October however, Penn State isn't for you. I think I wore shorts through September and that was all. My first semester, it didn't rain 3 Thursdays the whole time (it would be wise to invest in an umbrella and a pair of rain boots). Make sure you don't mind walking to class in the wind and snow either. I slipped and fell right on my butt on my way back from class. I couldn't help but look at the 2 guys that saw my moment of gracefulness and laugh at myself. For the record if it happens to you, you aren’t alone! Just laugh at yourself for a second and hope someone comes over to help to you up!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved! There are so many different clubs and activities that if you get bored, it is your own fault. The crazier you are at football games the better! Make sure to go to at least one football game in your college career. It is amazing to see 100,000 people screaming about the same thing. If you are into philanthropy, your THON committee will be your second family. I still can't believe how much we change the kids' lives. It is remarkable! Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and be yourself. That is the only way you will make friends that you will keep in touch with throughout your life.

    Bang for the buck

    No one will deny that it is expensive. But the experiences you get make it worth it. I only applied to Penn State. If you get a couple scholarships, it really helps. Book prices really get you. Compare the prices online with the prices in the bookstore. Most of the time they are cheaper online, but keep in mind the price of shipping and the time it will take for you to get the book. Some of the things you pay for seem unfair... you have to pay for upkeep of the dining commons as well as a meal plan. An additional fee is also needed if you want to go to the gym. The gym membership isn't that expensive-- it is maybe $55 for a semester. If you don't want to go to the gym there are other ways to stay in shape. You can go for a run and go a different way every day of the week! You could also join a club sport or an IM sport. If you are having fun, and learning what you need for your future, Penn State will help you get a job... so it will be worth it. But if you aren't having fun, it isn't worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Whether you are the drinking type or not, for some reason people love calling Penn State one of the top party schools. I'm not a partier- at all and I still love PSU. There are so many things to do for fun. You can see free movies in the HUB. Last semester there was Eclipse, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Easy A, and Despicable Me just to name a few. You can go ice-skating and there is also laser tag and bowling. You will make so many new friends. Most likely a bunch of them will party, and if you don't they won't care. They will do their thing while you do yours...it's not a big deal.

    Am learning a lot

    Whatever you are interested in, there is a class for it! At Penn State, I'm not just learning, I'm learning about topics I actually care about. When you take classes you care about, it doesn't seem like work and it’s fun. The work you put in corresponds to the understanding you get out of the class. Some professors are definitely better than others, but I feel as though no matter where you go that would happen. Don't worry about class size. I was worried about taking classes in huge lecture halls, but I liked my lecture classes better than my smaller classes. A word to the wise- make at least one friend in each class... if you miss a class, you need someone to fill you in on what you missed.

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love having a great time, have a ton of school spirit, and are dedicated to your academics and furthering your education this is undoubtedly the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. I know it sounds cliche, but you are now a small fish in a big pond here. It is easy to get lost in the shuffle, but it is just as easy to get your name out there and be the person you want to be.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is one of the most expensive public schools in the country, but worth every penny. Not many schools have the networking, career, or intern options you will have here. You will be able to secure a job with a Penn State degree and pay off any loans in several years.

    Am enjoying being here

    One reason I chose Penn State is because of the unrivaled school spirit that Penn State Nittany Lions possess. We are proud to be Penn Staters. Whether you are walking through the HUB (student building) or at the student section at a football game you can tell everyone is proud to be here. There are thousands of clubs and activities to get involved with, but if none of them suit you, you can make your own club! Penn State has one of the largest Greek life systems in the country.

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State is one of the most prestigious public universities in the world. It is world renowned for its engineering and business school, but if you want to choose another major there are hundreds of other viable, respectable options. Penn State was recently named the number one school that employers at. With millions alumni worldwide, the networking opportunities are endless here.

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. BE YOURSELF AND DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Don't just pick a school because all your friends are going to the same school. Sure, it's nice to have someone there that you know, but in the end you want to be at a school that you actually enjoy and want to be at. 2. Get involved! Do things you've never done before or something you don't think you would ever do. Explore everything that college has to offer. Plus, it's a great way to make friends!

    Bang for the buck

    I truly believe that you are getting your money's worth at PSU. Although tuition rates are rising, you're still getting a fabulous education AND there are so many employers out there who are Penn State alumni who will offer you a job over someone who didn't go to Penn State. (It's actually a fact that if a PSU grad and a non-PSU grad are competing for a job, the PSU grad will get the job!)

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE being at Penn State. It is such a fun school. There is always something to do either on or off campus. Between the football games and the free food, you can't go wrong being a student here. Like I said, there is always something to do and being at Penn State is perfect.

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State really knows how to help everyone learn and utilize their skills to their fullest potential. I've learned so much being a student at Penn State and I really like the student to faculty ratio offered here. The professors are so helpful and are always willing to help out any of their students!

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    pretty safe for the most part, like anywhere else, be smart about where you walk, what time it is, and who you are with.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely present if you want it and can be easily found. If your not looking for it, then you wont even know its there. The campus is big enough to find what you want and avoid what you don't want.

    Clubs and Activities

    anything you like you can find there and if you don't find it for some reason you can start a club up.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love being active, being surrounded by a lot of people, don't mind being in a larger classroom environment then this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not really, everyone attends the football games and it is a lot of fun to even just sit out with your friends and tailgate if you don't have tickets. Just be smart and don't cause trouble.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it was a little too pricey to be honest.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of activities to do. No matter what you are into, they have a club for it, and if not you can easily start one up.

    Food and Dining

    lots of different dining halls, can always find what you want

    Dorm Life

    its there if you want it and apartment life if you would prefer that instead.

    Academic Rigor

    very tough in certain courses, gym classes obviously act as a nice break.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study hard and get to know your professors well. They will help you and even offer letters of recommendation when they become more familiar with you.

    In three sentences

    Penn State was a large beautiful school. It offered many different fields for students to choose to major in. There were many activities to do, organizations to join, and people to meet.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Strong in spirit, ready to have fun, well-rounded students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy. The school is intimidating, but it is welcoming.

    Am enjoying being here

    PSU gets a rap for being a party school, but that's not my scene. I was really afraid of being forced into becoming a loner and of being lost in the crowd, but I found a good, solid group pretty easily. The town of State College is awesome, downtown is so cool and accessible.

    Am learning a lot

    It is very easy to learn because there are classes in EVERYTHING imaginable.

  • 10/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Penn State has something to offer for everyone. I would definitely say education, meteorology, engineering, agriculture and geoscientific majors are at a major advantage because Penn State is well known for each of these fields. They have somewhere around 180 majors though, so there's definitely going to be the major that an individual wants.

    Tips for prospective students

    As Penn State is known as a party school, I expect many students to come here expecting to party all the time. This school is way more than that, however. Coming here with that mentality will only cause you to fail and potentially get in trouble. I know some people who have been written up and had incidents with police over alcohol related activities already. You have to keep your head in the books so you get good grades and excel in classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State has so much to offer I feel like I'm getting a good bit for my money. The two things I have problems with are the cost of the meal plan and the fact that access to weight lifting facilities costs additional money. The meal plan has a base cost of $1250 and additional costs for how much food you want to eat. The base cost goes towards 'facilities' and not the food itself. Any of the on-campus dining commons allow you to use the meal points to buy food at 65% off, but if you just stick with the default 3rd level meal plan, the costs end up being the same as if you didn't have a meal plan and just paid the full price every meal.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many things to do here. I haven't been bored at all. I would have to go way out of my way to have nothing to do. There are a good amount of free activities here for students, such as the movie theater in town, special guest speakers and comedians, IM buildings for physical activity, and many other things!

    Am learning a lot

    In all of my classes, I have been learning a decent amount of information. Now that I've been in an English class for about half a semester, finding words to write papers is easier. In my Human Geography class, I've learned a good bit of information that has changed my perspective of the world. I'm more analytical of it now. My Calculus I class is alright, but sometimes I feel like my professor doesn't go over things well enough for me to understand them properly. My other classes are going well, and I enjoy them.

  • 03/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who love school spirit, love to get involved, love college sports (especially football), love a big university atmosphere, and love to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be ready for a big college experience when you attend this campus of the Penn State network. Although there may be a few times where you could feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of students here, this school is what you make of it. If you focus in on what your tasks are for the day, such as classes, club involvements, etc., this large campus will feel many times smaller to you than what it really is. Purchase season tickets to the football games and go to each one. They are an experience of their own, especially for big, primetime games against rival schools. Try and get involved with THON; there is no other time (except for maybe football games in the student section) where you will feel more proud to be a Penn Stater. Finally, just find your niche and try to have as much fun as possible, the college year goes by quicker than you could ever imagine.

    Bang for the buck

    I gave a rating of four stars for this category because of Penn State's academic prestige. The reason it is not five stars is because of the tuition rate, especially for an out of state student like myself. Through all my love for and great times I've had at this school, the buck part of this saying is definitely a bit high. For Penn State, the bang is definitely there, the question remains as to whether or not the buck is.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am definitely enjoying being at Penn State, and you get the sense from the students and people around you that most everyone else does as well. During my college visits back in high school, there was no other school that showed as much school spirit and pride than Penn State, and that really contributes to how much I love this school. At no other schools were there people wearing the school's apparel everywhere you looked! There are hundreds of clubs and countless events and things to do around campus too, so if you're bored here, you're definitely doing something wrong. I love PSU!

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State is one of the top universities in the country in academics. My background from a vocational technical high school prepared me well enough for the challenging nature of the courses here. Professors are willing to help you and are very open with you, but unlike high school, one needs to take the initiative to get the help from professors should one need it. They will not go out of their way to help you if you do not ask them for it. The quality of the material is high, the methods in which it is taught are great, and it is definitely challenging, yet not impossible. Some courses cover material learned in high school, but then go deeper into detail and enable you to gain a greater understanding on a topic or method. Overall, Penn State is a quality university with top-notch academics.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 396

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    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus! You might think that being in the middle of nowhere a bad thing, but the campus is large enough that you won't believe that you're in the middle of nowhere.

    Bang for the buck

    Entirely...it's expensive, but it is totally worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've never said this to my family yet, but I feel completely at home here. I have fantastic room/suitemates, and I am meeting so many people who share the same interests as I do. I was worried that I made the wrong choice in going here, but I know, with my whole heart,, that I have indeed made the right choice.

    Am learning a lot

    ALL of my classes are wonderful! I am a double major in Violin Performance and Psychology. I'm taking 8 classes this semester, but it doesn't feel like work, and my professors really do know their stuff.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is not great for one type, but is great for all. It’s a big school with many majors, yet you can find your own small community within it. It’s in a beautiful rural area, yet it is a city itself. It can be quiet at times, and extremely loud at others. It is a school that can be personalized by every student, where the school provides many aspects, but we pick which ones to use.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important advice is to stay focused! College life can and will be fun, but don’t let it be too distracting. Make sure to have fun, but don’t let it pull down your grades. If you want the full college experience, going out on the weekends is going to happen, but in order to maintain this “college experience” you have to remember one thing: You must stay in college. So please, keep up your grades and do your best.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is known for being one of the most expensive state schools, but it is also known for being one of the best. Yes, the tuition is a little pricey, but is worth every penny. For one, the professors are outstanding. You can hear the enthusiasm when they speak, and the information you will learn is like no other. The resources the school provides is another reason why this school is a step (or two) above the rest. The library is filled with endless floors of books enough for someone to become lost, but don’t worry too much; the librarians are there to guide you and take you directly to what you need. Lastly, something this school has that no other university comes close to having is the networking. When it comes to finding jobs, not only will a Penn State degree look prestigious and impressive, but it is very likely that your future employer has a Penn State degree as well. One out of every 127 degrees out there came from Penn State, so lets just say we already have an advantage.

    Am enjoying being here

    Narrowing down which college I would attend was a tough process last year, but after attending one semester at Penn State, I can't imagine being anywhere else. This school and community is a home away from home where your floor mates become your best friends, study partners, and family. The classes, professors, and resources are great, while the social aspect is more than I could have ever imagined. Though I have only been here one semester, I have seen school spirit like no other, and the Lion’s pride I feel is something I know will never fade.

    Am learning a lot

    Whether you are sitting in a small, intimate class or a giant lecture hall, the professors at Penn State not only know what they are talking about, but are passionate about the topics they are discussing. Teachers with such passion are the best kind because they truly care about this aspect of your education, and genuinely like doing what they do. As long as you take the time to listen, you will learn intriguing information that will stay with you, even when the class is long gone.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is very important. if it's the middle of the night and you're afraid or nervous to walk back to your dorm, you can call campus police and they'll escort you. there's emergency towers around on sidewalks too.

    Greek Life

    greek life can be a big deal for many people. it is definitely apart of penn state though. every greek does community service and is very much involved with thon. if you're looking to find another family away from home, greek is definitely great for that.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many types of clubs and activities it's seriously hard to count and name them all. there are different types of dance teams, fencing teams, sports team, poetry/writing clubs, religious clubs and organizations, music, gaming teams, zombies vs humans (classic), thon committee, dances, collegiate future farmers of america, and many other agriculture clubs, and so many more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if there are tour groups, many students will yell we are... and the tour groups will respond with penn state!!

    What to do for fun

    there are so many clubs and organizations on campus it's not even funny. if you're into weightlifting, there's gyms all around campus and even a weightlifting team. football games are always fun and even other sports games too; basketball, baseball, volleyball, etc. college ave is pretty popular among everyone. stores galore are on college ave and many restaurants too. you don't have to look very far to find fun, if you find a bulletin board at the hub or on campus, or even on an email, then all you have to do is read them.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great. there is always some place to eat on campus whether it be at one of the common's or at the hub. if you have a craving for burrito's, there's a burrito place inside the hub, or sushi craving, we have a sushi bar. there's even a burger king, chick-fil-a, starbucks, sbarro, panda express, soup and salad bar, and a hoagie/sub shop.

    Dorm Life

    it's an experience just like on any other campus. you have resident assistance (ra) who will be there if you have questions. many students form a great friendship with their ra's. living on campus gives you the benefit of going back and forth to your dorm instead of those who live off campus who have to sometime drive or take the bus to go to their apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    college is challenging; it's not easy. you have to remember that you are going to college for a reason, and that reason is to get an education so you can be successful in life. some people are able to cram the night before and get an a on the test the next day. some have to study a week or 2 in advance to get that a. everyone is different and you have to put the time and effort into success. penn state is very well known institution and academics are important. if someone goes to penn state just to party and have a good time, then a. they're wasting money, b. they're wasting their time, and c. students will look down upon them, because many many penn state students care about their grades and being successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you have a question, ask for help. even if it's finding a building, ask a student walking. they will tell you where it is. college is a scary word and the first day it can be pretty scary. just know that it's normal to feel that way. it will pass. get involved in organizations, teams, clubs, fundraisers, anything! this is a great way to get out there and make friends and meet new people from around the world. don't procrastinate; if you get it done early, then you won't have to worry about it. in lecture halls, sit in the middle or towards the front. some professors will recognize you and know you by name(sometimes). you want a professor to know you by name. this means networking, and networking in college is very important. this will allow for internships and work study to arise.

    In three sentences

    i am a very proud penn state student. penn state is an institution that wants you to succeed. people here all this talk about college's don't care if you succeed or not, they just want your money. that may be true but as long as you apply yourself and ask for help when needed, then penn state educators will do everything they possibly can to help you with school work, internships, tutoring, note-taking, work study, and so much more. the student body is one of a kind. never have i ever seen students come together the way penn state did in support of thon or any other charitable organization like breast cancer awareness, etc. penn state is one big family, and i wouldn't have chosen anywhere else to go.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    i never feel scared or afraid, even when going back to my dorm at night. they offer bus services for free around campus and downtown. the buses run until 2 am through the week and until 4 am on weekends.

    Greek Life

    i pledged my first semester to a national service sorority, omega phi alpha at penn state. it has been the greatest decision i have made their thus far and it helped me find my place. their are so many options for students wishing to be a part of greek life at penn state: service sororities and fraternities, panhellenic council, ifc council, national panhellenic council, and even fraternities for certain ethnicity's and majors.

    Clubs and Activities

    endless opportunities. if you can dream it, it's there. that is the only way to describe the activities available to students. with the 40,000 students on campus, there is bound to be something to do for everyone. volunteer opportunities, im and recreational sports, dance companies and clubs, and much more. there are clubs for almost every major as well as many organizations that fund-raise for thon, the university's largest philanthropy.

    What to do for fun

    aside from greek life and the frat scene, there is much more to do. different restaurants and ice cream places downtown, free concerts for students, comedians, guest speakers, and a free movie in the hub every thursday-sunday night. there is a local mall just ten minutes outside campus as well as several movie theaters. there are many bars for students of age, and a new nightclub coming this spring for students age 18 and older called levels. there is a sporting event for a different team almost every night. football season tickets are a must! football season is a lot of fun. there are also several shops downtown for some light shopping.

    Food and Dining

    there are five dining halls located around campus, each offering a variety of different foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. there are places to eat in the hub which is located in a central location on campus. the hub offers fast-food places like sbarro, panda express, chick fil a, and burger king, as well as sandwich places and salad bars. it can get expensive eating in the hub-so beware. their are also two coffee places in the hub. there are convenience stores located in each dining hall. penn state also offers a website called lion menus, which features dozens of restaurants-pizza parlors, sandwich places, chinese, italian, and dessert places that you can order food right to your dorm or apartment. you can pay with cash, a credit card, or lion cash. downtown features over fifty restaurants and bars including chili's, subway, coldstone, dp dough, wings over, and other restaurants traditional to penn state. lets just say there are more than enough options when it comes to dining. most restaurants take lion cash.

    Dorm Life

    because their are so many students who attend penn state, the dorms are rather small. i don't have any complaints though. the bathrooms are cleaned daily, each floor has several different trashcans that follow an exclusive recycling program, and the rooms each have enough room (in my opinion) for all of the essentials. their is heat in the winter because it gets really cold, just not air conditioning in the summer. i didn't find that to be a problem because it starts to get cool in september, and you can just open the windows to get fresh air. each ra has floor bonding activities planned every once and awhile, so there fun things to do. each dorm complex has its own dining hall and study area, and each building has a floor designated with rooms for studying. there are also vending machines on the first floor of every building.

    Academic Rigor

    penn state is named one of the country's public ivy universities. the academic rigor at penn state definitely reflects that. the professors are all highly acclaimed and the work load depends on how many credits you are taking that semester, as well as your major. as a science major, my classes are very challenging as i compete against thousands of others for entrance to my major in the next two years. professors teach in ways that challenge the students. no class can be labeled as easy, and the challenge is something that you want to look for as an undergraduate because it means that you are getting a quality education and that you are really getting the most out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want a campus-y school, you're in the right place. some people may first feel overwhelmed by the large size of the university, but within two weeks you will be comfortable with your schedule and the locations of the most important buildings. my best advice for students finding their niche? get involved. there is so much to do and so much to be involved in if you just look. also, thon is the most amazing organization i've ever had the chance to be involved with, and a lot of freshmen hesitate to get involved right away in the fall, so be on the lookout for ways to get involved with it! most importantly- do not get caught up on the social scene. you have to learn to time manage from the get-go or you will have trouble staying on top of your grades. you just need to keep the end in mind, and you should do just fine. this means that you should remember that you are at penn state to get a great education, so your classes and schoolwork should remain your first priority. college is the step before your career, and that is something that needs to be taken very seriously.

    In three sentences

    i couldn't be more content with my choice of university for undergraduate education. penn state has so much to offer for students like me who don't put a limit to their dreams: highly-ranked academics, endless extra-curricular activities, greek life, study abroad options, and more. the campus is named one of the safest in the country, and the atmosphere is so serene that i never want to leave.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    Penn State makes sure everyone feels safe at all times, with auxiliary police constantly patrolling the campus and RAs on duty at night.

    Greek Life

    With over 89 fraternities and sororities, Penn State has one of the largest Greek Life communities in America. Even better, various organizations include those of Academic Achievement, Service and Philanthropy, Leadership, Brotherhood & Sisterhood, Social, and Alumni Involvement. At least go to some of the rush events every organization holds in the beginning of the semester. I joined a business fraternity, and can say it has been one of the best decisions of my life. You will become best friends with everyone else, and the memories and impacts you have will last well after college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State was recently ranked #1 by the Princeton review for Intramural Sports. There are sports of any kind, both team and individually based, for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want to be less serious with an IM sport or more serious and try out for a club team, once again the possibilities are endless. I highly recommend going to the involvement and activity fair during the first week of school to explore anything that might interest you!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone will find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Getting your picture at the lion shrine is a tradition that must happen at LEAST once while you're here. -If you're a football fanatic, participating in Paternoville at least once in your college time is also a MUST.

    Bang for the buck

    -While it might not be the healthiest, the late night dollar menu for McDonalds comes in handy all too often. It's also the reason the fast food restaurant will be one of the busiest places every weekend at 2 AM. - Attend certain sports events that are FREE to students, like women's basketball, women's volleyball, and soccer games!

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! There's never a boring moment on campus, with all kinds of clubs, activities, organizations, and sports for just about anyone! Penn State also brings in a few guest speakers from time to time, and they can range anywhere from legendary high school football coach Herman Boone to fast food phenom Morgan Spurlock. In terms of music, Penn State's location between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia also means that there will be a good concert or two every month (i.e. Drake, Lil Wayne, Elton John, the Goo Goo Dolls...just about everyone makes an appearance), so make sure to save up! Penn State also has free concerts every once in a while, and the most notable is the Movin On spring concert which featured Lupe Fiasco last year and will feature Ludacris this year. You should never find yourself bored at any point on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dining halls will serve up food that basically resembles the slightest upgrade over your high school cafeteria (like East), but most provide enough options that you'll never get sick of where to eat on campus. Every area on campus (East/North/South/West/Pollock) has at least their own cafeteria/commons area in addition to a select few other spots to grab food. In addition, each area has a convenience store to stock up on snacks and room supplies. Out of all the possible places to eat, I can say most students prefer either the newly renovated Pollock dining commons for its contemporary feel, Redifer for its various selections, West dining commons for their fresh baked cookies, or the HUB for its convenience factor in the middle of campus. You can't really go wrong no matter where you eat, just make sure to check your meal points periodically and budget accordingly!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are rather small, especially in East and Pollock Halls. For first year students, definitely try to live in East as it will be part of your freshmen experience. Yes the rooms are tiny, but being with thousands of other freshmen in the same area will really help you to make new friends and find new interests right off the bat- especially if you're a bit shy and nervous at first. After your first year in East, if you're thinking of staying on campus, you have four options left: North, West, South, or Pollock. North is reserved mainly for special living options and single room suites; Pollock is basically East but in a different location; West has the largest rooms out of the four and is located closer to the library and in a more serene setting; and South is a good mix of rooms that are both decent in size and convenient in location. I was lucky enough to live in South this year (in Atherton Hall), and it gives the perks of living in the dorms while also being in the center of campus. Even though housing contracts are based off a lottery system, most people would agree that among South halls, McElwain, Simmons, and Atherton are the best preferences to list.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics have a very wide range in terms of difficulty, content, and the professor that is teaching the class. Because of the university size, the major and minor possibilities are all but endless- there really is something here for EVERYONE to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) APPLY EARLY! The earlier you apply, the better chance you have of being accepted. Furthermore, if accepted, your date to schedule classes, take a tour of the campus, etc. will be based on how early you apply. Don't make the mistake of waiting until later and then having all of the good classes and time slots be filled for your first semester! 2) Make sure to visit RateMyProfessor.org so you can read up on Penn State professors before scheduling a class with them. Helpful students will often post comments and likes/dislikes about the class you're looking into. 3) Get involved! Nearly everyone will tell you this, but it rings too true. The more involved you are on campus, the more you're able to reach out and get to know a wide variety of people. It will also naturally increase your networking and communication skills for the better! 4) If you don't know what major you want to pursue right away, there's nothing wrong with that! I was in DUS for the first two years and it allowed me the proper time to feel out a vast number of possible career paths. 5) Make time to go to professors' office hours. Sometimes, classrooms are too big to ask certain questions. Teachers also love when students make it a point to go the extra step and seek help if they need it. Because Penn State is such a large university, getting that one-on-one time with a professor can go a long way to getting a good grade and understanding any difficult material. 6) Football is a BIG DEAL and so are getting football tickets. They're not the cheapest in the world (a bit over $200 for season tickets to home games) but make sure you're waiting online a few minutes before they go on sale and you know exactly what to do. The process is one of the most stressful things you'll do at Penn State, other than maybe scheduling classes in the same manner at midnight of the day you're allowed, as season tickets literally will sell out in 5 minutes. Have a backup plan, and definitely don't miss out on these!

    In three sentences

    An outstanding university that provides limitless opportunities for superb education, involvement in various clubs and organizations, and the all-important ability to network among peers and colleagues. Penn State goes above and beyond to properly interject a rich, cultural atmosphere while also staying true to the natural Pennsylvanian surroundings, and in doing so creates an enjoyable state for learning. Not only is this the perfect university to promote both independent growth and team-working capabilities, but also it is a place one can truly call home for some of the best years of his or her life.

  • 01/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 396

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    Am learning a lot

    Penn State really takes advantage of its size and resources. Professors are both well prepared and willing to help students. While some classes are harder than others, a student who keeps up with the work will find a challenge to be the most rewarding. The knowledge you gain in some of the courses offered here can transcend throughout the rest of your college career and ever further. The atmosphere and people on campus are very conducive to learning and getting involved in extracurricular activities. Everywhere you go you are presented with an opportunity to get involved with something you may be interested in. This both gives you a chance to gain hands-on experience and further pursue your interests.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for many different students. If you're interested in engineering, PSU has an excellent program. Also, if you like to be surrounded by thousands and thousands of people, this place is just right. It's huge! There are lots of things to do, and you can definitely have fun here. The work, however, is challenging; so be able to mix fun with work. If you can do that, you'll love Penn State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared! The classes are tough, but certainly manageable. Just be sure to manage your time well, study as much as needed, and always look for help if you need it. There are tutors everywhere here, and the professors are always willing to help. Just stay on top of things. Also, have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is definitely expensive, especially for an out-of-state student like me. The education is great here - one of the best in the country, but the fact that it comes with a high price tag still remains constant. If you're willing to dish out a lot of money, then the education is definitely worth it. You'll learn a lot, and benefit tremendously. If you want to save some cash, however, you might want to look somewhere else. PSU isn't cheap.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere here is amazing. I can hardly describe how great this campus is. The scenery is beautiful, the school pride is tremendous, and there are so many things to do at PSU. There are clubs for nearly everything, activities on and off campus, club and intramural sporting teams, EVERYTHING! You definitely won't get bored here, but be sure to stay on top of your studies!

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State is definitely a top notch institution. The professors aren't only wise and scholarly, but they're fun to listen to as well. There is a great mix of lecture hall-type classes, as well as small-sized classes that makes the learning experience great! If you're looking for a great, challenging education Penn State is the way to go.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student looking for a college that has a good academic reputation and also has a lot of activities and opportunities outside of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get into good study habits now, otherwise you might get overwhelmed. There are tons of academic opportunities. If your first choice doesn't work out, you can always try something else.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a lot of money (Especially for out of state students), but it's well worth it. You get a great education with some of the best people in the business. Definately worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus and surrounding area is beautiful. There's always something to do on and off campus. There are tons of extracurricular activities to participate in, and there's always someone you can go to if you need help in a course or advice.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here really know their stuff. If you show up to class, there's an excellent chance that you'll learn everything you need to know.

  • 11/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Should be an outgoing person - able to make friends quickly. This is a huge plus. This is not the campus to stay in your dorm room.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive for out of state.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school spirit is amazing here - the football, the student sections at Beaver Stadium, the amount of things to do, it is a perfect campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Terrific PGA-PGM program. Professors are fantastic.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is perfect for your students who are well-rounded and your students who wish to advance faster than other students in other schools. There are many research opportunities for many different majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend any students coming to Penn State to get involved. It is really easy to start getting involved at Penn State. Once you’re involved you will make many new friends and connections that you wouldn't be able to make anywhere else. Also you should take the time to get together all of the available tutoring places on campus for each of your classes. Knowing when tutoring is offered will really help you manage you time. Lastly, GET FOOTBALL TICKETS. Perhaps one of the most exciting times at Penn State is at its football games. At these games students become unified unlike any other school.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out-of-state student, which means that my tuition is exceedingly higher. Even though my tuition is much higher than in-state students, Penn State is still a great school for its cost. For one price Penn State provides a university with tradition, high standards of education, research opportunities, and school unity that are hard to find anywhere else.

    Am enjoying being here

    Outside of an amazing education Penn State has offered ways for me to meet new people like myself and get involved in the community. One way I was able to meet new people was to live in a SLO (special living option) called the HEAL House. HEAL stands for Healthy Education and Living. This living option has a lot of people who enjoy living a healthy lifestyle, which is eating healthy and exercising regularly. We have grown into a family and it makes it incredibly easier to live a healthy lifestyle when all of your friends are doing the same thing you are. Penn State is also active in THON. THON is an organization which raises money for pediatric cancer. I am part of the HEAL House THON committee which raises money for THON. It is really enjoyable to participate in this organization. One of the great things we do go on canning trips. These trips have us travel to different states trying to raise money for pediatric cancer. We bond and have a great time together. We often find days to just go sightseeing. At our last canning trip we raised almost $3000. This has been an excellent start to my college career at Penn State.

    Am learning a lot

    Pennsylvania State University is a fantastic and top-notch university. I have been here for one semester so far and I am confident that choosing Penn State was the best decision I have made thus far. Penn State provides an outstanding education. The professors really go out of their way in order to provide help. They all provide office hours other than the times that they have listed. If you need help all you must do is simply email that teacher and request that you meet with them for extra help. All of my professors that I asked were more than happy to oblige. Each and every professor is an expert in their subject and it shows in the lecture when they do not have to worry about how to teach the subject, but instead how to make it fun and appealing for its students. One example is in my CHEM 110 class. In this class my professor understood that this subject was not always the most appealing. So he would give live demonstration of what chemistry can do. One demonstration he gave was the explosion of hydrogen gas by filling a balloon with gas and the igniting it. It definitely woke me up from my nap and kept me engaged in the class. In addition to professors there are Teaching Assistants and the Penn State Learning Center. These two sources provide excellent opportunities to get free tutoring and extra help studying. This saved me the week of finals. Outside of this education I have already been able to begin research for my major of Electrical Engineering. I was able to get a head start compared to other students at different school because freshman usually don't start research their first semester, let alone their first semester.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for students who have a lot of motivation. The walk to class can sometimes be pretty far and it might be tempting for some students to stay in bed instead of making the effort. It's also great for students who want to make a large amount of friends and have a great sense of school pride.

    Tips for prospective students

    While Penn State may seem huge, you'll get used to it after a few weeks so don't be scared! Get involved from the very beginning because everyone is looking for friends at the start of the school year. If you wait a little longer to come out of your shell, it might be harder to make friends because everyone has already established friendships. Go to classes! You're paying for them, might as well get the most out of them. You'll be glad you did.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is considered a public ivy and the Wall Street Journal rated it the number one school in the nation for job recruiting. At Penn State, you get a world class education for an affordable price. Classes are taught by top ranked professors and according to people I know that have graduated, they felt extremely well prepared by their Penn State education after graduation. Another benefit of attending Penn State is the wide network of Penn State alumni that you can identify with. This is really helpful for finding jobs and internships.

    Am enjoying being here

    State College is a great place to live, for the school year and any other time. Once the school year ends, I find myself not wanting to leave. I'm only halfway done with my college career and I've already made friends that I know I will keep forever. There is tons to do on and off the Penn State campus as well.

    Am learning a lot

    Attending Penn State is really changing the way that I view the world. Not only do I learn about the relevant subject matter in my respective classes, but I also have the opportunity to speak to those who are extremely knowledgeable in their fields. Some of these professors have become mentors to me and given me helpful pointers on how to successfully develop my own career once I end my time at Penn State.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 30 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Partiers, studiers, athletes

    Tips for prospective students

    From what I was told, study from day 1, and don't buy your books immediately. Sometimes, professors don't even use them.

    Bang for the buck

    Will likely be worth it, but being one of the most expensive public schools in the country doesn't help. Thus, 4 stars.

    Will enjoy being here

    I spent two nights at the school and fell in love immediately. Whether it was the thousands of students pouring out of the Bryce Jordan Center after the Dane Cook Stand Up show, or the constant We are....PENN STATE chants echoing throughout the campus, to the massive structure known as Beaver Stadium, I knew this place was right for me.

    Will learn a lot

    The two students I stayed with said that they learned so much in the short time they were there. They said they like all of their professors and courses.

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 396

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    Tips for prospective students

    Truth be told, applying to the Penn State flagship campus is quite a challenging experience. I recommended starting at a satellite campus first and then transferring to UP. At UP freshman will face hardships adjusting to a huge college environment.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State University Park, is one of the most expensive colleges in America, but it is worth the money. Through alumni-ship, and reputation of a big name, your future is definitely secure for a good job. That is why Wall Street Journal ranks PSU as #1 in corporate recruitment.

    Am enjoying being here

    Penn Sate is such a huge campus with new people. You will find everyone of every race or ethnicity, that you will feel at home, no matter who you are. Everyone here takes great pride in their in their alma mater, that you don't feel insecure or left out.

    Am learning a lot

    If you want to get a quality education, Penn State is the the to be. No wonder Penn State is nationally ranked, acclaimed as the Big Ten, and is considered a Public Ivy. As a biology major at Penn State, I had the in-depth experience on getting the most out of my education.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    This type of University is great for students whom are ready to be very independent and are not afraid to start as a nobody and make something of themselves. At the same time, the student needs to be outgoing enough to become involved in the many opportunities offered at PSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any prospective students, for lack of better terminology, have all of your ducks in a line before coming into school. Make sure you have an academic plan set up for at least your first two years, as classes are difficult to find if you don't have everything planned out. Also, be aware of the cost of tuition, and have a plan for how to supply for yourself throughout your time at PSU.

    Bang for the buck

    The expense is burning a whole in my pocket. Other than the high tuition for out of staters, the education and experience are amazing.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being at PSU is quite the experience. I love the campus life, there is always something going on and something for everyone. Whether it be a Tuesday night or a Saturday night, Penn State is alive from morning til late night.

    Am learning a lot

    Being at such a large university I was aware that my class size would be large, but I was unaware of how difficult it would be to learn in a lecture setting. The smaller class sizes help me to learn, as well as the one on one time with TAs in their office hours.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 33 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe.

    Bang for the buck

    College just should NOT cost so much period! That said, even with the recent scandal Penn State has a supreme reputation and holds a lot of weight when it comes to getting hired.

    What to do for fun

    Where do I start as to what to do for fun! There are so many choices so If you can't find something you like you're not looking! Sports, fitness, art, Fraternities and Sororities, dance, fishing, caving, political, volunteering and everything in between is available!

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent and there are many choices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life sucks, BUT, it is a necessary evil the first year and actually does serve a purpose of learning how to live with others.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect to work hard if you want to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect to work hard and play wisely!

    In three sentences

    Penn State is active and vibrant, something is always going on. Penn State is an intelligent and thinking school. Penn State in State College is it's own little bubble and feels like a family.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    The actual campus of Penn State feels pretty safe during the majority of the time however it is always smart to travel with someone at night. The downtown portion of Penn State can get a little unsafe especially on weekends but is still fun as long as you are safe and travel with a friend.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular on campus however you can definitely still make a large group of friends and have a good time without joining in on the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge selection of clubs and activities to become part of on campus ranging from student publications to one of the many THON committees. THON is a very dominant theme on campus and almost everyone becomes involved in one way or another.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is a great place for students who are looking to get involved and become part of a large network that will help them advance in their career. You should come to Penn State if you feel comfortable meeting new people because there are a lot of them here. You need to be willing to reach out to your professors and advisors because they will not do it for you. However if you do, the majority of them are very helpful and will do all they can to make sure you are set.

    What to do for fun

    There is definitely a party atmosphere to Penn State but there are many other things you could do as well. You can go to Hub late night on the weekends where they offer concerts, movies, games, dancing, and crafts every weekend. There is an ice-skating rink on campus that also makes for a fun evening. You can take a bus to the movie theater or to a bowling alley and spend the night there. There is always a way to make a night fun at Penn State.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food both on and off campus. Pollock dining commons is generally considered the best and is a buffet style place. There are many other dining commons that all offer their own options. In addition there is also HUB dining where you can go to get things like Panda Express, Sbarro, and Burger King. Of course, you can always just walk downtown and get any of the large variety of food that is there as well.

    Dorm Life

    Although there are definitely some dorms that are much nicer than others, overall the dorms are manageable. The housing staff is amazing and do their best to keep the dorms clean and comfortable. Make sure you fill out your housing contract as early as possible though to avoid getting one of the less appealing dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes at Penn State are designed to be challenging and force you to think critically about the subject at hand. If you constantly go to class, study, and keep up with the course work then you can definitely succeed. The professors are all very experienced in their field and offer unique information that will allow you to excel in your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the many clubs available on campus. It can be hard to meet new people in lecture halls, so clubs give you an opportunity to make new friends. Make sure to never travel alone at night because just like everywhere else, there are some security issues on campus as far as robberies and assault go. Always look up your professors on ratemyteachers.com before you take a class with them so you don't have to suffer through a bad class. Go to the career fairs offered on campus because they will greatly help you in finding jobs and internships.

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University has an amazing network of students and faculty. Once you are part of the family, it helps to feel more secure about landing a job after college. There are endless opportunities to take advantage of and all the tools of a successful future are available to you.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are safety phones located all over campus and not far from one another. There are campus cops always walking around, and every residence hall swipe access.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over three hundred clubs and organizations, and THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. There are so many things to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is the biggest student run philanthropy in world. It raises money for kids with pediatric cancer. I did THON, and it is an unbelievable experience. The bonds you make, and the things you see are simply amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is one of the most expensive public universities in the state, but they are ranked number by recruiters. Penn State gives its students so many opportunities for their future and while still at the university.

    What to do for fun

    The night life at Penn State is one of the finest in the nation. If you are not into that the University provides non-alcoholic fun as well. They hold events every weekend and it is something different every time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but it is the amount and different types of food to choose from that makes it five stars. There are also dining halls and places to eat no matter where you are.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in the dorms as a sophomore and I love it. As long as you talk to others, they will talk back. It is clean and the housing staff is very nice and efficient.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an engineer and many of my class deal with things I have never seen. It really depends on you major and interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in East Halls your first year, you will make the most friends being surrounding by others your age.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an amazing school and environment. The football atmosphere is one of a kind and so is the students' spirit.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 36 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is something that this school takes very seriously. Evey week, we get posters filled with saftey tips, numbers, and even some workshops. The campus offers escort services to walk you home if you don't feel safe late at night. Emergency telephones are situated in various locations around campus but are seldom used because of the sense of security you get living here.

    Clubs and Activities

    THON (the 46 hour dance marathon for pediatric cancer) is one of the best things to get involved with. It is a year round effort to help kids with cancer forget about the doctor visits and medical treatments for one weekend. Through individual orgs, you have the opportunity to meet new people, participate in life changing activities, and make an impact on a child's life. In my opinion, it is by far one of the best things that I have ever been involved with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you know anyone who has ever been to Penn State, it's implied that you must take a picture at the Lion Shrine. A photo with our mascot, the Nittnay Lion, is something everyone seems to participate in. Football games are one of the greatest traditions here along with the great Joe Paterno, whose legacy will live on forever. The JoePa statue is another popular photo opportunity near Bever Stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    Low gym fees, free equipment rentals, and free on campus buses are just a few reasons why you won't need to touch your bank account. The university has done a great job by making everything affordable for college students.

    What to do for fun

    The whole Party School image isn't as prominant as you'd imagine. Yes, of course, it's a college town and there are parties, but there is a ridiculous amount of other oportunities! Every weekend, the Student Programming Association (SPA) hosts what we call Late Night at the HUB. From games, to crafts, to movies, and even free musical performances and speakers there is always something fun going on. We also have a large amount of student run organizations.

    Food and Dining

    University Park's campus has a great amount of options. With your meal points, you can use any of the dining commons on campus and even use what we call LionCash at select restaurants in downtown State College. From salads, to sushi, even steak dinners! The food quality is great and very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is surprisingly not bad at all. If you choose to live in East Halls with the majority of the other freshmen here, you'll have a great experience. You get to meet and hang out with people who are in the same boat as you - making new friends, taking similar classes, and just getting adjusted to college life in general. With roommate agreements, quiet hours, and a great maintenance staff, the dorms are an overall great opportunity. Co-ed floors, special living options, and many other amenities are offered so look into your options at eliving.psu.edu

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is definitely a step up from high school, but you'll hear that from any college student. The amount of resources and help offered through the University is incredible. Free tutors, reviews, and office hours will become your best friends. Instructors make all of the work reasonable and are always available when you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a career path! Even if your not completely sure, make some sort of decision initially. Going in Undecided has its perks, but I find it easier to use great high school grades to get into a specific college rather than your first and second semester GPA.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great college town. With an incredible amount of opportunities, it's impossible not to get involved. I had no idea that college could be this manageable.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, since many security guards are in the campus. All of them are far away from those dangerous cities, like Philadelphia, Reading, Pittsburg, etc.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is quite wonderful. Greek people can organize their club to meet.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are diverse clubs to cater the diverse population of the students. The activities are very good as well, we play footballs, swim, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Since the campus are away from the cities, we can have a completely different experiences from other universities located in the city. In our life, it is good to have different experiences, which can open our eyes to the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some beautiful ponds in the campuses, which makes our campuses a lot nicer! People will enjoy the environment here?

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is completely fair!!!!!!! Everybody is able to afford it

    What to do for fun

    The football match is EXTREMELY wonderful at Penn State, since it has the fourth largest coliseum of the world, located in the main campus. All students can feel free to participate the football match, which makes our college atmosphere excellent1?????

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is very good! The foodstore offers variety foods to students, which caters to the diverse populations of the students! Most students were satisfied with it!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very good at Penn State U. It is because every campus is surrounded by farmlands, which makes it extremely quite and comfortable for learning. We would have a traditional college life with advanced resources provided by campus!

    Academic Rigor

    As one of the most prestigious school of the country, and even of the world, it has a very strict policy to guarantee the progress and quality of their students. The flagship campus, University Park, extremely demands their student to do well and contribute the knowledge obtained to their local communities.

    Tips for prospective students

    The prospective students should prepare well in their high school or college that is currently attending, because the coursework at Penn State is going to be very challenging. We, as students of Penn State, should get well prepared before going there!

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University offers one of the most respected and excellent programs and educations in the world, with only a standard public school's tuition, letting people from a low income family can afford it as well.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 38 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No matter the time at night or day you feel safe on campus. It is extremely safe to walk around at all hours with no fear of anything happening.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a major part of Penn State but not required to have fun while attending Penn State. There are many more things to do then just get involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a THON committee or club sports. Penn State offers numerous clubs for people looking for a specific activity to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating home football games, State Patty's Day, THON, Mifflin Streak.

    Bang for the buck

    Places like Canyon, DP Dough, McDonalds are always a good choice if you don't want to spend too much.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to a frat party, apartment party, or join a club to do activities on nights. I recommend joining a club for THON, sport or greek life. The key is getting involved.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but after a while you are going to become bored of the food and crave different foods. If you do not mind the walking to other commons then the food will be good because of all the variety on campus. Downtown offers many places to eat but that is not covered by the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    East Halls dorms are small but the atmosphere is unforgettable. You have friends that are a couple doors down in the same situation as you so you go through freshman year with the same experiences. The walking through east halls each day will be remembered because you meet so many new people and faces and each one of you are freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor depends on your major. For every major a good amount of work will be required but it is not unbearable by any means. The education you get will be worth it in the end with a Penn State degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come take a visit and experience everything that Penn State has to offer. If you make the decision to come to Penn State you will not be disappointed, there is always something for everyone here.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere of Penn State University is like no other place that I have experienced. All students come together for great causes, such as THON, and act as a big giant community even though you do not know everyone on campus. The education and experiences of Penn State will shape your character for the rest of your life.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 39 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    Probably the safest place on earth. I've walked home alone at 4 am and no ever bothered me. I've even walked through the woods as a shortcut to get home and I'm still alive. Though I wouldn't recommend doing what I did, it's a really safe campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a bunch of frats and sororities. I don't know much about them because I'm not into the greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything just look up the Student clubs page if you can't find one start one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Thon! It's a 48 hour dance marathon to raise money for cancer you will know about it if you go. There is a tunnel that connect the science buildings. Its a great short cut in really cold winters.

    Bang for the buck

    The dollar theater.

    What to do for fun

    Well as we all know you can always find a party at Penn State, but if that's not your thing. There is a ski resort off campus a bowling and pool hall, movie theaters, a not so great mall, the HUB always has something to do in the weekends, a lazer tag place, play a sport or watch a sporting event, or just hangout with your friends or eat at a great restaurant. Also if you're outdoorsy there are a lot of great hiking places and canoeing as well as kayaking and fishing. Or join a club, there's one for anything.

    Food and Dining

    West Halls are the best to eat at. The food overall is pretty good and if you want to eat healthy you have a lot of options. Also there are some really great restaurants downtown, if you have the money to spend.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are good like Eastview Terrace and some halls in West and South Dorms, ofc they cost more though. But the freshman dorms are pretty small and the bathrooms are pretty bad.

    Academic Rigor

    As a science major I've had some pretty tough classes. So you have to find a way to study that is best for you. Don't fall behind and do your homework. Also always do as many practice exams and make sure you understand them. They are the closest thing to the real exam. And there is always tutoring if you need it and do ask your professors for help, you'll be surprised how nice they are, especially if they see you in lecture regularly.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have any problems look for help because people are always willing to assist you. If You meet one person who turns you away don't get disheartened. Get organized. That way you can have fun and also get your studies done and always lean to prioritize the important things and that sometimes you will have to let someone down so you can study. But also enjoy your time because it is a wonderful experience.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great school academically and overs so many majors so you'll definitely find your passion. There is a great sense of community and anyone can find a group to belong to.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 40 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    I feel that the campus is very safe. There are several emergency telephones at stations around the campus that are designated by a blue light. In an emergency, a student would only need to press the red button to immediately contact the University Police, further details can be found here: http://www.police.psu.edu/emergencyphones/ Also, students only have card access to the building in which they are living, preventing nonresidents from entering unless someone grants them access. I have seen a few individuals on campus that have made me uncomfortable, but I have never seen anyone being harassed or bothered. The safest bet for anyone is to walk with a buddy late at night or on the far sides of the campus. There are also several days allocated to fire drills to ensure practiced safety in case of a fire. Also, the two times my suitemates accidentally set off the fire alarm in our room, the University Police showed up fairly quickly, approximately five minutes. I'm sure the response time would be about the same if you were to call them for an emergency in your building.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved with Greek life, however I know several successful and happy individuals that are involved. Penn State Sororities live in reserved areas in South and Pollock dorms; Fraternities are located off-campus. During the Fall Activities Fair in the Hub, a day is allocated to Greek living. If you have questions or would like to talk to representatives then I suggest attending that day of the Fair and exploring different options.

    Clubs and Activities

    I previously mentioned that there are over 900 registered clubs and organizations to choose from. If you are interested, then here is a website with the list: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/studentorgs/orgdirectory/ If you are particularly interested in an organization you can either contact the president listed, or wait until the Activities Fair to sign up and talk to representatives. Be aware that some clubs may have fees to pay for travel expenses or supplies.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, Penn State is great for everyone that enjoys challenging themselves as well as meeting a lot of new people. The large campus provides entertainment for every type of person that is willing to put themselves out there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several big traditions on the campus. For those students who are really into football, Paternoville takes place the week before every home football game. This tradition will still be held despite Joe Paterno's passing in remembrance, recognition, and appreciation. State Patty's Day is weekend of chaos. The tradition was created so that students could still celebrate for a weekend if Saint Patrick's Day ever fell on the week of Spring Break. Many students from other schools join in on the festivities that weekend.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State has great academics, sports programs, research and networking opportunities, and is very diverse. The University takes care of their students and promotes a friendly and safe learning environment. Although the school is a bit pricey for those students having to pay out-of-state tuition, many scholarships become available after freshman year, even more so after students are accepted into their majors.

    What to do for fun

    The better question would be what can't you do for fun. There are over 900 clubs and organizations on the Penn State campus. Whatever your hobby, there is a group of people that enjoy it also. There are two activity fairs-one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester-so that students can sign up to be involved in various organizations. If you like to stay fit, there are several fitness areas around campus: Rec Hall, the White Building, the Loft, the Natatorium, the Ice Rink, many tennis courts, and many fields to throw around frisbees, play soccer, etc.

    Food and Dining

    So many students come to college with the preconception that the food will be horrible. At Penn State, this is not the case. If students are complaining about the food, then it is because they don't feel like walking to a place that is serving something that they like. Between the five Commons areas that offer different foods, the Hub, and the restaurants in State College, there is every type of food imaginable (including options for those with all different types of food allergies). There are cafeterias(all you can eat), grills, delis, and cafes with food of every ethnic origin. If you aren't happy with those options, then you can always buy groceries and make your own meals with the various kitchens available for students to reserve.

    Dorm Life

    There are several rooming options on campus. For dorms in particular, there are five main housing areas: East, South, Pollock, West, and North. For those students looking for the classic Penn State freshman experience, East Halls are the Freshman Dorms; they are furthest from the center of the campus, but closest to Beaver Stadium. South and Pollock are directly beside each other, with Pollock being closer to the center of campus. In my opinion, both South and Pollock Commons host the best dining areas on campus with the widest variety. West Halls primarily house students interested in engineering, while North hosts suite-style living (two rooms connected with a bathroom, each room containing two people) rather than the standard dorm style (two people per room with a common bathroom). North is also air-conditioned but slightly more pricey than the other dorm options. There is at least one upperclassman RA (Resident Assistant) assigned to every floor of every dorm that is available if students have questions or need help. There are also many special living options available throughout the dorms. When selecting where you would like to live, you will need list location, roommate, and special living option in order of preference/importance.

    Academic Rigor

    University academics pose challenges for students outside of the normal question, Are the classes hard? Well, yes, college courses are meant to stretch the brain, but I have noticed that many students struggle due to the differences in high school and college atmospheres. At Penn State, underclassmen will be placed in large lecture halls as opposed to smaller, individualized high school classrooms. Many professors will not recognize their students outside of class. A very small percentage of student grades are dependent on homework; most grades are heavily determined via testing scores. Unlike high school, students will not be pressured by teachers and concerned adults if they are failing: students are the only ones in charge of their education. Many students will experience weed-out classes, in which the university limits the amount of students planning to enter a major by expecting a certain percentage of students to fail the course. But don't let me scare you, those individuals that stay ahead in coursework, attend available study opportunities, and utilize professor and TA office hours will excel. Help is always available for those who want it.

    Tips for prospective students

    As recommended for any university, visit the campus first. Liking the location and the environment is important for students transitioning to living on their own, and in the case of Penn State, the campus is very big. Unfortunately, the large number of students results in large class sizes; lecture halls ranging from 300 (Forum) to 700 (100 Thomas) people. Students should be prepared to push themselves. Nearly everything imaginable is available on the campus, students just have to search and explore rather than expect opportunities to appear in front of them.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University has over 900 clubs to choose from, allowing anyone to find a group of people with similar interests. Not only that, but the academic ratings are superior, offering a large variety of courses and majors. Penn State provides a positive learning environment on a diverse campus, expanding horizons while promoting research and development.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe here in state college. We live in a rural area -- Penn State is the only place out there in the middle of PA and so it's sort of like a huge little town community. You'd have to experience it to understand. But safety has never been a concern. In fact, to drive the point home, I once forgot my bag with my wallet, id, and laptop on a table in the HUB for about 6 hours (bad day), and I came back to find it completely untouched. Generally, good people in students and faculty do the majority of patrolling.

    Greek Life

    It's present, but mostly off campus. I'm not really invovled so I can't speak much about it. I will offer that it's not all a drinking-fest orgy (although they do exist), and that frats like Triangle are actually focused on Engineering and Academia.

    Clubs and Activities

    THON, or Dance MaraTHON is a year-long fundraiser for pediatric cancer. 3/4 times a year we go out canning as a University, so some 20k+ strong heads out in a 300 mile radius with cans in hand asking for donations. Then in february, we have a 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. BEST. THING. EVER. Tons of other clubs too. I also participate in Engineers w/o Borders, Student Red Cross, and the Habitat chapter here in State College.

    Great for these types of students

    Truly, ALL. No one could be discriminated against, unless you're one who enjoys being prejudiced against other people. If you're willing to get to know people who come from COMPLETELY different backgrounds, you'll have the time of your life no matter who you are. That's what's so great about Penn State. We're so big, there's something here for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lion Shrine, class gift of 1960... something :D. It's the lion everyone knows and the classic iconic photo from PSU. Mifflin Streak -- the weekend before finals, we go streaking to blow off stress. Yes, it's as awesome as it sounds.

    Bang for the buck

    In-State, YES. Penn State is a wonderful university. I keep wanting to go back, and cannot wait for summer to end. Most people don't quite feel the same in HS... ;p Out-of-state... well, it sure is expensive, but I AM an out of state student and I'm paying it out of pocket. Why? Because I love the school. I love the kids, the faculty, the campus, the attitude, the pride. When choosing a school, that's really what it comes down to -- if you hate where you're going, it doesn't really matter how much you pay, you'll never get the same oomph you would have at somewhere you did love. And there's always financial aid -- not those silly unsub/sub loans, but real scholarship monies to get from organizations worldwide. Start with those your parents belong to, branch out to the university, your community, your major, etc. And don't let up. I'm still applying in my Junior year.

    What to do for fun

    Go out and get involved! Year round, we have something like 700+ organizations doing things they enjoy, whether it be club sports, outdoorsy adventure, community service, gaming, or improv to name a few. There's always something being put on by a theatre crew, or some local (and occasionally bigtime) artist playing nighty in the HUB or in town. But more than anything, find a few friends to just sit down and talk to from time to time. Finding friends might be intimidating in such a big school -- jump on it earlier and you won't regret it.

    Food and Dining

    Food is DELICIOUS. Honestly. I had no idea the food was going to be so good, or that there would be such diversity and such good choices. With four major dining halls, including a brand new Pollock (2011), the standard dining plan provides more than enough to keep your taste buds satisfied. And if you ever have a craving for something else, the State College strip right alongside the University let's you stop by Irving's or the Green Bowl.

    Dorm Life

    The locale you choose really changes the atmosphere of your dorm. In East, you find lots of young freshmen with fewer inhibitions -- easy to find friends, but a bit rowdy. Pollock & South have more toned down inhabitants of mid-classmen and sororities. West is by far the most prestigious with the old classic dormoritories (more room!) and most of the upper classmen. Suites, Triples, Doubles, Singles, and 16-man rooms are availible. Really what you make it.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. If you're pursuing a STEM field, Penn State is extremely competitive with programs in the top 25, especially for graduate school. But across the board, we offer programs in nearly every major (and minor) imaginable -- with 40k+ students at Main & 100+ abroad, we have to offer damn near everything. I also want to mention that athletically, Penn State has been #1 in academic rigor among NCAA participants. In other words, our football players are also engineers -- Can LSU, Ohio, or 'Bama claim the same?

    Tips for prospective students

    Do as much research as possible, but above all keep and open mind and a good attitude going in. The campus will hit you fast and furiously and you kind of just have to roll with the flow until you find your footing. Once you join a few clubs, get the routine down in classes, and find a bit of a PSU family, you should be good to go.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a large research-driven state school in the heartland of Central PA. We have a vast diversity of academic (engineering, law, buisness), athletic (football, volleyball, wrestling), and philanthropic (THON, Red Cross, Habitat) organizations that complement a true transition from adolescence into adulthood. What sells the university above all, however, is the community of easy-going, enthusiastic and altogether jubilant inhabitants of Happy Valley.

  • 02/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    PSU has an incredible business school among many other prestigious courses. I think an important thing is to make sure that you can be independent and have the personality to try and stand out because if you simply lay in the background, then you will as a result just become part of the dreaded number.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a senior of the class of 2011. I'm about to go to PSU in the fall and I'm super pumped to go. If you are thinking about going to Penn State I would recommend visiting the college, especially when classes are in session, because it's a good way to get a feel for the campus and what it will be like when u get there. Also, it is SUPER IMPORTANT that you meet an admissions counselor and someone in the department you are looking at. It helps in making good connections and they can also help you out for different scholarships...It helped me get a full ride!!

    Bang for the buck

    It is at a good price for the prestige of the University. For all of the expenses (tuition, room and board, meal plan, and miscellaneous stuff like eating out and transportation) the total bill comes at about 34,000 to 37,000.

    Am enjoying being here

    Big Ten athletics and Happy Valley, who wouldn't enjoy being at Penn State.

    Am learning a lot

    Just because it's a fun school does not mean that it will be easy. Penn State is one of the top fifty colleges in the nation and along with that carries some prestige.

  • 02/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that don't necessarily need that one-on-one time with their teachers (although there are plenty of times that you can visit your professor and get them to know you by name). Students that enjoy meeting new people in every class and every social situation (there will be a lot!). Students that really want to find what they are passionate about (I had no idea either, but with 150+ majors that Penn State offers, it is hard not to find one that is right for you).

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, ask questions to whomever you can, and really figure out what type of school you would like to go to. I knew I wanted a big university with a lot of options for majors and big sports programs, but that is not for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Coming from an out-of-state student, Penn State can get pricey (just ask my parents), but that price comes with a high-level education, nice dorms, and actually really good food.

    Am enjoying being here

    Penn State has arguably the best social life of any college campus. There are about 50 fraternities and 25 sororities, along with thousands of student clubs, organizations, and teams to become a part of. And who could forget Penn State football? There is nothing else like it, nor will there ever be. 110,000 people all cheering for those Nittany Lions is an experience I'll never forget. There is no way that you cannot enjoy the college town of University Park.

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State is one of the top researching universities in the country. Every year that I have been here, they have been adding new research labs and classrooms. Whether you're studying Engineering or Music Theater, Business or Kinesiology, at Penn State you will get the quality education you need and deserve.

  • 03/08/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There is something for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the variety that the University offers with regard to arts, sports, social clubs, service clubs and academics, not to mention ice cream from the Creamery.

    Did learn a lot

    I had the opportunity to study and get dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Liberal Arts in 6 years. One gave me a wqonderful basis for a well-paying career and the other provide mental variety in areas geography, literature, etc.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are any fun-loving intelligent young person with a hard sense of work and play, this school suits you nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early, Very early.

    Bang for the buck

    Instate is a bargain for prices these days.

    Will enjoy being here

    There is constantly something going on there. My sister is always making me want to come down and attend anything from Lil Wayne concerts to Obama speeches.

    Will learn a lot

    There are world class teachers at this school that have great spirit. My sister says they are all nice, talented, and equally quirky.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for students who enjoy being around a large amount of people. and a variety of races and ethnicities. It is also beneficial for students who like to interact and get involved with different activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is best to stay focused, productive and avoid distractions of what can't benefit you.

    Bang for the buck

    Strive for the best, stay focused, and reach your goals!

    Will enjoy being here

    There are so many attractions, activities and clubs students can join and enjoy!

    Will learn a lot

    There are a wide variety of majors and minors students can study. Of course, private tutoring, group tutoring and guidance is available to everyone.

  • 05/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    The school isn't as pricey as some others I've looked at. This is a positive because it competes well academically with other schools.

    Will enjoy being here

    I loved the environment on my tour of the campus last year. Despite the largeness of the school, it was not overwhelming and seemed like a great place to meet new people.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm not attending, but based off of the curriculum Penn State is a very high achieving school academic-wise.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I would be hard pressed to find a type of student that this university wouldn't be great for

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State is a great college but has its fair share of distractions. Don't let the party school mentality get to you. I can't tell you how many freshman I've seen do poorly because they couldn't balance work with play. But if you feel you can handle it, get ready for an awesome college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    For my major, it's one of the most cost effective schools. Penn State has an exceptional engineering program; not many schools are better, and a majority of the ones that are, are more expensive. Not only is the tuition reasonable, the cost of living is very reasonable as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is not a better college in this country. Every student loves being here and there aren't any cliques like in high school. Every Penn Stater is equal and it really makes for an awesome college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    As an Aerospace Engineering major, I can not even begin to describe how much I have learned since coming here. The professors are world class and give you all the attention you need; they really make every effort to assist you in your studies. When I talk to friends who attend other colleges, they are literally blown away with how much further along I am in my studies.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    eager students who are ready to learn and have fun

    Tips for prospective students

    prepare to have the time of your life

    Bang for the buck

    for me it is

    Will enjoy being here

    i can already tell i will enjoy being at this school

    Will learn a lot

    from what i have read i should be learning a lot

  • 06/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're pretty independent and like to be involved in lots of activities, you'll love Penn State. It's a big campus with lots of stuff going on so you won't always be able to do everything with friends. You have to be able to take on some challenges alone but at the same time be very willing to work together. There are so many opportunities here, you should be willing to take as many as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Go to lots of club meetings and especially the involvement fair at the beginning of the year. Even if you feel like one club isn't the fit for you at first, keep going because as people feel more comfortable you might find it's actually perfect for you! -When you move in, take your schedule and walk around to find your buildings. Don't assume they'll be easy to find because nobody wants to be that person that's late on the first day because they got lost. -Don't buy your books ahead of time! Some professors don't even use the ones listed online and even if they do, chances are you can find them cheaper downtown.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition money is reasonable when you consider how many classes and activities the school offers for you. One thing that is a bit pricey is the meal plans for on-campus students. They make you pay a base cost of over $1000 and then you add the actual dining dollars onto that. This is because everything you buy with meal points is at an extremely reduced price, but I would rather know and pay the real cost than feel like I'm being ripped off by paying thousands of real dollars for only 400 meal points.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the culture of the town and students and I also love all the clubs. Being able to walk and/or ride a bus everywhere is awesome. There are so many cool places to go downtown and everything you need is very close. The magnitude of clubs is also really great, it's so easy to find your niche after attending meetings and activities for the first few weeks to see what you like. After you find a club you like you can have a core group of friends to hang out with all the time and experience new things with!

    Am learning a lot

    All of the professors I've had have been excellent teachers and extremely knowledgeable about their subjects. I've enjoyed taking my general education requirements as I get to take a lot of classes I never thought I would be in. Having so many different majors and departments is great because there are lots of fun and random classes for you to take and learn about different subjects.

  • 06/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to feel as if they are a part of something, who love a sense of community and connection. There is a ton of stuff to do at and around Penn State, which is wonderful for the weekends, but the curriculum is challenging and focus on your studies is important. You should never forget that the fun can pull you in and before you realize you are behind in your classes. If you like the challenge of the curriculum and can find the balance between work and play, you will have the time of your life at this campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you first arrive, the sheer immensity of the campus can be alarming. There are cars honking and fighting over parking spaces that are closest to the dorms, it is chaotic and crazy and makes you want to crawl into a ball in the back seat and have mom or dad drive you all the way home. But just breathe. Leave your door open as you unpack and make conversation with your neighbors, who are just as freaked out as you. Friend will make the difference between loving and hating this school. If you are going to go, do it right, because this should experience should never be one that you look back on with regret.

    Bang for the buck

    Now, no matter how wonderful Penn State is, it cannot be argued that it is a cheap institution to attend, especially if like me, you are an out of state student. I have been warned by countless people that I will be paying off student loans until I am 40 years old, and they are probably right. But I know that that is a process I can handle and that with the strength Penn State has instilled in me I will work relentlessly to pay off those loans until the last penny is paid, and I will do it all with a smile on my face. Because it is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've never been to a school like Penn State, the connection that exists between the students who rally together to fight for what they believe and what they love, is unreal. A simple football game unites 40,000 (at main campus alone) students who cheer, cringe, cry, and yell with pride in their hearts. And it all happens on one of the most beautiful campuses you can imagine, with snowy winters and blazing summers that make you want to be outside all of the time. I don't think I would have been this happy at any other school in the world.

    Am learning a lot

    I've known since I was in middle school that I wanted to be a teacher, something that Penn State is preparing me for that more than I could ever have hoped for. There are truly wonderful teachers who care about the success of their students. Though the classes may be large they always make time to sit aside with students and help them through any part of the course work they find difficult. It is challenging, but the challenge is what pushes you beyond what you think you're capable of and into the realm of impossibilities. I've learned more in this past year than I'd ever thought I would; information I know will be useful when I take the final steps in becoming a teacher.

  • 06/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is a great place for students who are competitive and outgoing. Students have plenty of opportunities to excel and network in any major, thanks to the size of the school and the number of successful alumni.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Buy a down coat. Trust me. It will be worth it. 2) Don't miss classes. 3) Make time to work out, and try to eat healthy most of the time. 4) Get involved on campus, and you will enjoy yourself much more.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is very expensive, especially for out-of-state students. The most important thing in terms of getting your money's worth from Penn State is whether or not you can get a job in your chosen field. Penn State was ranked #1 in the Wall Street Journal last year for universities whose students get good jobs right out of school, so hopefully that will continue to be the case in the coming years.

    Am enjoying being here

    I think that one reason why Penn State is known for excellence is because the students have created a culture of hard work and school pride. This is one of the great advantages of the school - rubbing shoulders with other students who are passionate about their interests. The weather isn't great however; it's positively frigid in the winter, and it rains frequently in the fall and the spring. As a general rule, students at Penn State work hard, but they also enjoy themselves on weekends, which can be fun, as long as it stays responsible.

    Am learning a lot

    When you begin taking classes that pertain to your major, you will find that the professors are usually knowledgeable and helpful. Even general education classes are challenging, and most students take them seriously. You can expect to learn a great deal, but it is important to distinguish the difference between learning and getting top-notch grades. The standards at Penn State are high, so it is important to recognize that you are there to learn, not necessarily to graduate with a 4.0. Strive to learn as much as you can, and the good grades will follow.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't do too much! Its easy to get overwhelmed by all of the activities. Take it slow at first so you you still have time for classes and sleeping.

    Bang for the buck

    Best school for a great price.

    Will enjoy being here

    Awesome. Everything for everyone. If you're bored you're doing it wrong.

    Will learn a lot

    Wonderful teachers that, despite some of the myths, are easily accessible. They're not going to reach out to you. Take initiative and you can have a close relationship with a lecture-hall professor.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who may want to ease into a large college by going to a small satellite campus of Penn State for their general education credits. Also students who love a great football game and a lot of school spirit. WE ARE....PENN STATE!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply to the campus you want, there are over 20 Penn State campus's. Also make sure you see the requirements for your major and which campus' have your major.

    Bang for the buck

    There is so much to do around University Park. With 40,000 people, there is always something to do. Since University Park (State College) has it's own area code, it's basically a college city! With your Penn State ID card, you can recieve discounts from resurants, the bookstore, and other areas.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutly love attending Penn State University. Coming from Illinois, I thought it would be hard for me to deal with being so far from home. I was wrong! Making friends was easy, especially with going to the home football games. I'm proud to say Penn State is my new home. I don't want to leave.

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State has amazing faculty that know what they are doing. Many are passionate about the subject they are teaching, so class is actually enjoyable.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A student who is organized and responsible is Penn State material. Without this you will struggle. Social butterflies will love this campus. With 45,000 students on campus, you better be willing to deal with people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Let's be serious. Penn State University is very well known for it's partying and it's huge Greek system. Don't let this defer you from the college though. It is still a great campus that offers many opportunities that no other university can. However, if you do choose to party during your college career, don't go overboard. Many first year students screw up their GPA first semester, and it comes back to bite them either through a constant worry of academic probation for the rest of your career, or through a swift kick out of the university. DON'T let that be you. It's ok to party, but remember why you are going to college. It sure isn't to throw your life away.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it is a state funded school that costs more than other state universities, but that doesn't mean you won't get your money's worth. Penn State is currently ranked first for employment after school by fortune 500 companies. While this doesn't guarantee you a job after graduation, it does give you a major edge in the job market.

    Am enjoying being here

    Penn State is like no other university out there. As soon as you begin your journey here, you can't help but feel like part of something huge. I knew nothing about colleges when I started my college search. This includes the Big Ten universities and their sports teams. Even without this knowledge I immediately fell in love with the campus and it's inhabitants. The campus is full of life and I can say that during my first year here it went above and beyond my expectations. There is never a single night where there isn't a big event going on somewhere on campus, and the friends you meet there are definitely ones that can last you a lifetime. I myself wish I had more than 3 years left on this campus. Beware though, you may fall subject to homesickness during the summer. The campus is so great that I miss it a lot when I'm away.

    Am learning a lot

    This top notch university doesn't mess around. I was never challenged in high-school, was always 3 steps ahead of everyone, and in turn became lazy. I didn't realize how lazy I was until I started my freshman year at Penn State. The school certainly stepped up to my expectations, and forced me to change my study habits. I've compared my learning experience with others from state and private universities, and Penn State University ranks extremely high on both their quality of teachers and the amount of material learned. All of the teachers are willing to help you achieve your goals, and the free student tutors make it easy to keep up with the material.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Great campus atmosphere, everyone is family. The Creamery is awesome too :3

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Its a great place for anyone who wants to learn yet enjoy there time at school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start off right!! Go in your first year and do your best! Don't slack off and then plan to catch up later. Also learn the different buildings and I would suggest walking your path to each class before the first day of classes so you know where to go and can get there without any difficulties. Last but of course not least be aware that time managements skills are a must and start working on them.

    Bang for the buck

    I find it to be a bit pricey. It is said that it is one of the most expensive public universities in the country. However it is worth the price and if I could go back in time I would make the same choice.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy being at Penn State. The people are nice and there are so many clubs that as long as you try you will find something that you can belong to. I enjoy the campus. It is very scenic around campus and peaceful and then when you head down town you have a little bit of the city life.

    Am learning a lot

    I originally started out at the berks campus which had very small class sizes. This really aided in my ability to learn and interact with the professor. After a year at berks I moved up to University Park. The class sizes are much larger. I find that it is a little more difficult to learn and sometimes more difficult to interact with professors but over all I feel like I learn a lot when I go to class. I appreciate the many different styles of teaching the professors have and I feel like the diversity in teaching styles will help me more in life.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Think big at a smaller campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is a small campus in the Penn State franchaise, but you are made to feel as if you are part of the main campus at University Park.

    Am learning a lot

    I just complete my freshman year at Penn State Mont Alto. I have had a great time learning the whole college experience.

  • 07/10/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    From the research that I've done this school looks amazing. There are so many clubs and activities to get involved in. I'm sure I'll love going there this fall!

    Will learn a lot

    This school has world class professors and I can't wait to learn from them.

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Speaking for myself I'm a single mother and Penn State makes it easy to work with my schedule. I have a mixed family and whenever I stop by with my kids everyone is more than open. as long as your here to learn Penn State is great for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a positive attitude and don't be afraid to ask questions everyone is so helpful here.

    Bang for the buck

    I looked into many schools and Penn State was amoung my top choices when it came down to affordability Penn State took top of my list making my decision in choosing it very easy. why pay a fortune for the same college experiance you can pay half for.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus was great and the studends even better. I prefer to ask students any questions as opposed to just asking faculty and everyone was more thaan helpful explaining all the things to do and all the extras Penn State has to offer.

    Will learn a lot

    There are so many available courses to choose from depending on your interests. With a great student teacher ratio and teachers that care learning is at its peak.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 396

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    Tips for prospective students

    With so much going on on campus all the time it's hard to focus on your schoolwork but, it is important to set aside time each day to study. It makes it easier to balance school and fun at the same time.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition can be pretty expensive here but it is completely worth it for the quality of education you will be receiving.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm so glad I made the decision to come to Penn State. The town is great, there's plenty of shopping/ places to eat. Also, the parties here are so much fun. You can always find something to do on any given weekend.

    Am learning a lot

    Penn State is a top rated university with a countless amount of research opportunities. The experience you can gain here will help you stand out from other applicants in future job/grad school applications. The professors are willing to help you with any questions you have on their lectures too.

  • 08/03/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Higher-income families or students who received a lot of aid. Other than that, it is a great atmosphere with very friendly people and a very diverse student population.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a lot of aid. Loans are not fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Great experience, but very expensive.

    Did enjoy being here

    They call it Happy Valley for a reason. Loved the atmosphere

    Did learn a lot

    Professors are all very professional and are very approachable if you have a question.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone

    Tips for prospective students

    I do not attend Penn State, but I am most definitely applying here this fall!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state and out-of-state funding is less expensive than most colleges that offer what Penn State does.

    Will enjoy being here

    The atmosphere is extremely welcoming and the people make you feel like you're at home. Every student has an overwhelming sense of school pride.

    Will learn a lot

    Penn State offers so many majors, that's almost impossible not to find what you're looking for. The colleges and staff are very friendly and offer a lot of information.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 64 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who can balance getting their work done and having a good time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the fun things to do on campus. Also, do not be afraid to make friends! My floormates from my Freshman year are still some of my closest friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out-of-state student, I pay almost three times as much as Pennsylvania residents do to attend Penn State.

    Am enjoying being here

    Penn State is called Happy Valley for a reason. The campus is beautiful, and you can feel the school spirit. You will definitely feel proud to be a Penn Stater.

    Am learning a lot

    You officially enter your major in your junior year. I wish I had learned more in my first two years.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and open to try new things

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep a planner or calendar to help remember deadlines, get involved in a club, and stay focused. Also, bring rain boots.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is pretty expensive (the costliest state university in the country), but I've heard that the value of the education provided there is well worth it.

  • 08/25/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 66 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved my time at Penn State. The sense of pride you get while at Penn State is unmatched! There is always something to do on or off campus. I highly recommend getting involved with different clubs. No matter what your interested in you will find it.

  • 08/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Well if your anything like me you are friendly, outgoing, caring, love knowledge, and dedicated to making a great future for yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can't really save much because I'm a prospective student and I'm looking for help with this myself

    Bang for the buck

    While i do think that Penn State is kind of pricey, I believe that its well worth the money. Penn State is a well known school with amazing academics so I think its worth every penny in the long run.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have loved Penn State since i toured the campus with my gram when I was 5. There is so much to do and see there. So many people to get to know from all types of different backgrounds. I would never get bored. With all of the different clubs and activities how could you?

    Will learn a lot

    Although i am worried about getting distracted at such a big school. Little schools just dont do it for me. I love having such a wide variety of classes to pick from.

  • 09/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good price for a better place

    Will enjoy being here

    Place has very good Dorm rooms

    Will learn a lot

    PSU is one of the best colleges in the US in my opinion. It shows everything needed to learn the best plus more!!!

  • 09/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    This is a great school. My aunt went there and loved it, and I'm researching the institution. However, the website is difficult to navigate, and actually contacting someone from the admissions office regarding a question is practically impossible.

  • 10/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    it is expensive.

    Will enjoy being here

    the campus seems like it is extremely well laid out, and it is very beautiful.

    Will learn a lot

    The learning environment seems excellent.

  • 10/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 71 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love being surrounded by large amounts of people in a big setting then you will enjoy this school. Coming from a small town in Jersey where no one even recognizes the town name adapting to Penn State was extremely easy. The people here are really open, friendly, lovable and make you feel a part of the community.

    Tips for prospective students

    The only major suggestions I have for upcoming freshman is learn good study habits and come here with an open mind. Acquiring good study habits ahead of time will make your time here that much easier and if you know what you are majoring in or have no clue what to study come here with an open mind because there are so many opportunities and classes that may capture your attention. I know when I originally came here I was a Pre-Med major, but after taking a communications course I enjoyed it so much I switched my major to communications. So come here with an open mind and that will make your experience that much more enjoyable. Also, I would suggest trying to apply for any scholarship you can because every little bit of money helps.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, Penn State is pretty expensive but getting a degree from here will get you so many opportunities out of college. Having a Penn State degree you are more likely to find a job right out of college compared to other colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the environment because I feel right at home. It rarely ever feels like a big school, I feel like I am a part of a community. Only being here for a year I have already made so many friends and found clubs that relate to my interests. Being here has been a great experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Here in UPark the teachers really challenge you. They expect you to know certain information and if you don't it forces you to go and look up the information. You acquire so much information and learn a lot throughout the years

  • 11/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 72 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Highly motivated, diverse interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty high for a state-affiliated school, but they take care of you through all of the programs and networks that can provide (if you seek it out!)

    Am enjoying being here

    Always something going on.

    Am learning a lot

    Awesome array of classes to choose from.

  • 11/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 73 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    all types of students

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a large campus, this is it. We are in a rural area but it is like a city here on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition is steep and financial aid was poor.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. This is the only school I applied to.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a freshman at Penn State University Park. I am a member of the womens soccer team. I love it here! Our soccer team is like a family. There is always something going on here. The students are friendly. I am in ag sciences. My professors are friendly and helpful.

  • 11/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 74 of 396

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    Bang for the buck

    This school will give you a top notch education, however the price tag for tuition is extremely high, especially for out of state students.

  • 12/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 75 of 396

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    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school. It has so much to offer. If you want it or like doing it then Penn State has it for you

  • 12/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    Penn Sate is a great school and I am glad I got in. I am definately considering this as one of my top schools.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 77 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to be at a big, spacious campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should try to do their first two years at one of the Penn State branch campuses. They're smaller, have smaller campuses, and the tuition is a lot cheaper. After the first two years you will have a feel for college life and can move up to the bigger, main-campus at University Park and take all of your major- related classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State doesn't cost as nearly as much as other private schools. Dorming on campus is really expensive, but with a few scholarships its well worth the price!

    Am enjoying being here

    Penn State has a huge campus, so there is plenty of room, but I find that not all college students at Penn State are devoted to their studies as I am. Also, being from a big city like Philadelphia, I noticed that there aren't a lot of things to do around town.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes at Penn State are very big, but I've made lots of friends! And there is lots of tutoring and study groups available for my major classes.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 78 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, social, responsible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and play hard. As long as you work hard now, you will play hard later.

    Bang for the buck

    Great bang, but a lot of buck. Not cheap for out of staters, hence why I am applying for this scholarship.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social aspect is amazing.

    Am learning a lot

    Education is incredible, learned from professors from all over the world.

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 79 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types of students, the campus is very diverse

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs and other organizations. Penn State has a lot of opportunities for students to meet other students and get involved in their school and community

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth the money with the connections penn state has you will be set after graduation with the alumuni programs

    Will enjoy being here

    There is so much to do and So many people to meet

    Will learn a lot

    The professors are very informative and Educated on their subjects. They are also very approachable.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 80 of 396

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    Great for these types of students

    Sociable, friendly, self-motivated, big sports fans, hard-workers, disciplined, party animals but also serious about schoolwork, diverse students, extraverts, and future leaders.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard to get your GPA and SATs up and APPLY EARLY. However, if you do apply late or for another reason you have to do summer session to be on the main campus, do not hesitate to do it. I did summer session and it was one of the best summers of my life, I got to learn my way around campus very quickly and without all the rush of fall semester, and got to meet some of my best friends. Try to find your books on amazon because the book stores on campus can be quite pricey. Have an umbrella ready for use at all tips because the weather is very unpredictable.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is the most expensive state school in the country. They give very little financial aid and scholarships. As a student with a 3.92 cumulative GPA, I have yet to receive any aid or scholarships. However, Penn State is a prestigious school and the networking and connections it provides can open up doors that no other school can. Also, most people who go to Penn State absolutely love it, and are very happy here. Therefore, I believe with the academics, future opportunities, and general happiness of the students, the cost is definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great social and academic aspects.

    Academic Rigor

    I am proud to say that about 98% of the professors at Penn State are phenomenal. They love what they teach, and therefore try to make it interesting but also understandable. Even subjects I was not really a fan of in high school I have enjoyed here at Penn State. However, one must put in the time and effort into studying and doing homework in order to learn and do well.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 81 of 396

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    Food and Dining

    Depending on where you eat you can get some decent meals with a meal plan. I recommend eating at the south dining commons or west. They provide you with the best variety.

    Dorm Life

    Living in East Halls as a freshman is bitter sweet. The dorms are absolutley terrible and you are secluded from the rest of campus. However, this is a great place to meet and adapt to new people going through the same adjustments.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is a tough work load, definitely no easy 'A's. You can easily get away with not going to class because professors don't typically take attendance. This can be a bad thing if you skip though because it is very easy to fall behind, trust me.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 82 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    Of course things happen because they always do, but there are blue light emergency phones every 100 feet or so and the campus is constantly being patrolled by campus police (their station is on campus) and state college police. I feel very safe walking around here.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities on campus, but since I don't know much about them, I can't really rate this category accurately. However, I have not heard anything bad about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every. Club. Imaginable.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is perfect for anybody.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lion shrine is a great photo spot, Old Main is the main gathering place for groups of people, and there is also a nuclear power plant at the edge of the campus that sometimes gives out tours, but not many people know about it.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has everything. Enough said.

    What to do for fun

    There is every type of club imaginable here, and if you can't find one you like, you can create your own with a group of your friends. There is also a bowling alley in the area and a movie theater on campus, as well as various sports fields, courts, pools, and gyms. The school hosts concerts, parties, and plays. There is definitely something here for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    I have to be on a gluten free diet and not only do the chefs accommodate me, but there is a separate gluten free menu in all their commons' areas, but the food is delicious as well. There are also many accommodating restaurants in the State College area with delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms, bathrooms, stairs, and hallways are all kept as clean as possible in a college dorm. People also respect the quiet hours, most of the time anyway.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of classes aren't too hard, but it is important to go to as many classes as you are able and remember to study because many of the exams are much more intense than the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is okay if you don't know what you want to major in yet. With all the classes here, you will probably wind up changing your mind anyway!

    In three sentences

    This school is amazing and they are very accommodating in regards to food allergies, especially in regards to gluten free dietary needs. They have every club and class you can imagine. They even hold events sponsored by the student organizations to make sure everybody becomes involved.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 83 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    while penn state's main campus is very large, streets and sidewalks are well-lit and escorts are always available with a simple phone call.

    Greek Life

    i am currently not involved in greek life but there are many sororities and fraternities close to campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many diverse clubs and activities from intramural sports, to non-denominational clubs to arts, service and major related clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    penn state is a university for those students who enjoy a larger school and all the diversity, yet still located in a small town setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    penn state football season with it's pep rallies and students camp out a few days before games for tickets.

    Bang for the buck

    it is a great school for networking it also has state-of-the-art research facilities.

    What to do for fun

    penn state football, enjoying the outdoors, many clubs and organizations to join.

    Food and Dining

    a wide variety of food can be found on campus and in the downtown area of state college. it is reasonably priced and student discounts are available with a student id.

    Dorm Life

    i am currently living at home for my first year and commuting to campus. i have friends in the dorms and they seem to like it.

    Academic Rigor

    penn state's academic setting, courses offered, and professors can be as rigorous as you want to make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    develop good study habits during your first semester but also become involved in campus organizations/clubs.

    In three sentences

    penn state is well-known for it's engineering program. a large number of businesses recruit from penn state. penn state graduates are more likely to find a job.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 84 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we are ensured safety everyday/

    Greek Life

    i havent really explored it yet..

    Clubs and Activities

    blue and white society. thon. different dance teams. theater\ clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    there are honors programs. all different types of sport choices. this university has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the school is basically a typical town. we come up with our own traditions but there really is not anything unusual about them.

    Bang for the buck

    this school is a bang period.

    What to do for fun

    whatever you choose to do for fun with your friends is what you choose fun is what you make it out to be.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great and so is the staff. there are several different types of foods to choose from and i think that they have different food choices for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is fun everyone is family and it is like living in your own community separate from what you are used to at home.

    Academic Rigor

    academics are always important stay up in your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    take your courses seriously. time management is very important. try to have fun and still focus

    In three sentences

    this is my home. i am proudly enjoying my educational expereince here. we are penn state!

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 85 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    penn state berks is a very safe campus. almost too safe.

    Greek Life

    i do not involve myself with greek life. i have been to a couple of their parties and enjoyed myself very much!

    Clubs and Activities

    i joined just about every club, which is why im always busy. being involved in campus life is the best thing to do from day one! i know just about everyone on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    penn state berks campus is great for people who just want to study, because there is no night life or fun activities in the area.

    Bang for the buck

    penn state university is an over priced college and adminstration cares nothing about the students. all they want is the check! they can be rude and obnoxious! i can't want to graduate, because i feel sorry for my single-parent mother!

    What to do for fun

    i became a member of just about every club on campus, mainly because wyomissing is a very rural area, and there is not much to do. if we want to have fun, we have to drive two hours to the main campus, which is located in state college.

    Food and Dining

    i am at penn state berks which is located in wyomissing, pa which is right outside of reading. the food is awful! i have never had to eat so much unhealthy foods in my life. i transfer to the state college next semester and i cant wait because the food at the main campus is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    i love dorm life, but i do find that it can be very noisy at times. when i have to study, i go to the library and spend most of my hours there! don't get caught drinking on campus, or you will be arrested. there is a no tolerance rule. otherwise, dorm life is great if you are matched with the room mate of your choice.

    Academic Rigor

    penn state's academic rigor is high. it's sort of like attending an ivy league college. many of my peers drink a great deal due to all the stress. i on the other hand exercise and call home when the pressure starts to set in.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend a college which fits your budget. once you find that school, work as hard as you can and do not get caught up in all the social acitivities. there are way too many! most students fall into this trap and end up being enrolled for 5 plus years. beware!

    In three sentences

    penn state has a great academic, reputation regardless of what you major in. even so, the politics and administration will make you want to run the other way. the amount of money my single-parent has to pay for my eduation is absolutely ludicruous!

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 86 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    commuters everybody !

    What to do for fun

    intramural sports are fantastic!

    Academic Rigor

    well balanced lab time with lecture highly motivated professors with challenging demand but achievable excellence

    Tips for prospective students

    professors challenge and prepare you for your profession great value in comparison to other colleges of equal rank

    In three sentences

    documented academic excellence state of art biology/ chemistry dept high post graduate placement

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 87 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    this campus offers so many safety features, from the id required entry to dorms, alarms on exterior dorm doors, emergency blue light posts (on which you can simply hit a button and speak with someone at the police station on campus if there is an emergency), to my favorite, the escort service. the escort service is a 24-7 service that you can call and they will send a rover to meet you wherever you are on campus and up to one mile off campus and they will walk (or drive if you're going far) you to your destination. i love this because on nights that i work, there usually is nobody to walk with me besides the rover and the buses have already stopped running for the night.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for every interest, from cooking to knitting to fencing, the list goes on and on. but, on the off chance that there is not a club that features one of your interests, you are encouraged to start it. there is also a fair every year for students to see which clubs they may be interested in. there are also so many activities, especially on the weekends, that it is very hard to say that you're bored while you're here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    thon is penn state's greatest event in my opinion. every year, students involved in thon collect donations and then hold a 46 hour dance off where the dancers have sponsors that donate for each hour they dance. all of these donations go to helping find a cure for pediatric cancer and to families who are battling pediatric cancer. state patty's day is also a huge event in state college, although it is also a time to make sure you are looking out for yourself. there will be a lot of people under the influence of one or many substances, most likely though, alcohol. this is a time of great fun, though, and definitely worth enjoying.

    Bang for the buck

    although penn state is the most expensive state college in pennsylvania, you are getting a great education and the name to go with it. penn state alum are very likely to hire other penn state alum, and even those who did not graduate from here usually gravitate towards those of us who will/did graduate from here (unless of course they are ohio state or pitt grads).

    What to do for fun

    there is endless fun here. there are parks, pools, tennis courts, baseball fields, volleyball courts, movie showings, concerts, comedians, restaurants, bars, places to hike and ski, countless clubs, fraternities and sororities, and many friends to make. if there is something you enjoy doing, you can very likely do it here and it is even more likely that you can find a club that does it all the time.

    Food and Dining

    there are so many dining options on campus, from quick, made-to-order meals to the dining commons where you can just hang out for a while. the food is obviously not your momma's cooking (and maybe that's a good thing) but it is not always very healthy and there is always creamery ice cream which is very hard to resist. these factors make it very easy to gain the freshman fifteen (and then some).

    Dorm Life

    dorm life depends on which dorm you live in and how your roommate is. i was very fortunate because 1) i'm very close to the bathroom, 2) i'm on a floor with a laundry room, and 3) my roommate and i get along very well. unfortunately, we are on a sorority floor and neither of us are in the sorority so it can be difficult to get work done when they are getting ready to go out.

    Academic Rigor

    most professors will push you to do your best. because i went to a branch campus before transferring to state college, i have never been in a class with more than 100 students and all of my professors have known my name. get to know your professors, ask them questions, and do not be afraid to visit them during office hours. you and/or your parents are paying them a lot of money to teach you so squeeze as much information out of them as you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are considering penn state, congratulations! this school is full of amazing people, students and professors alike. i have had so many positive experiences here. the number one tip i can give you: if you are living with a roommate, whether it's in the dorms or in an apartment, try to be friends! you are living together and if you cannot get along, your life is going to be difficult. also, yes it is important to study, but it is also equally important to have good safe, legal fun. do not think you will get away with everything you do, because it can and likely will catch up with you.

    In three sentences

    going to this school has had such a positive impact on my life. not only have i learned a lot academically, but i have learned a lot of life lessons and have made a lot of friends. this school is definitely a life changing place.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 88 of 396

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    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe. i am always comfortable to walk outside late because their are always cops all over and there are emergency phones all over if you do feel unsafe.

    Food and Dining

    the food is something that i could live without. the food is good sometimes but i tend to get very bored with the food selection because it is the same food everyday. but it is pretty good though, you just get sick of it after while.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is as any other college around the country. the rooms are not as big has a normal room would be but it is livable. i enjoy the times i have with my roommates. because you and your roommates are in the same position, you become to appreciate each other since you both are in the same place of being a freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    penn state demands a lot out of their students. i would not lie and say that penn state is easy because it is not and they challenge us to the highest potential. academics are a huge here and should be taken very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would definitely say don't make yourself a number. make yourself a known to professors and different advisers around campus and your stay here at penn state will be amazing.

    In three sentences

    i would rate penn state as a 9 because it is one of the best schools in america. we are number one when it comes to students getting recruited for different companies. the atmosphere is amazing here and i wouldn't trade it for the world.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 89 of 396

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    an unusual tradition is when your a senior in the spring semester, some people will go to cafe 210 west everyday for the semester and get something and then if they are successful, they will get their name on the wall inside that will be there for as long as the cafe is.

    Bang for the buck

    best bang for your buck are the $5 fishbowls are bar bleu.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many things to do. there are always great shows and concerts like cirque du soliel and lil wayne at the bryce jordan center on the weekends, as well as basketball games (which are free for students!!). the foot ball games in the fall are a full day of fun! and during the week, there are always so many things going on on campus that you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    the food is great! the dining commons offers alot of different varieties, even if you are a vegetarian! and the hub has alot of great places to eat as well if you are on the go between classes. and the new addition of starbucks is always a plus.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 90 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security is visible. dorms are id access only, as well as the fitness centers and common areas. it is well lit and transportation is provided.

    Greek Life

    i can't speak to this as i have not pledged.

    Clubs and Activities

    as a freshman, i've been experiencing outdoor club and soccer. both great for relaxation and stress relief.

    Great for these types of students

    great for self-starters, social, and academically serious.,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    thon. a tradition in fundraising for so many years, it has a life of its own with record setting funds raised for a fantastic cause.

    Bang for the buck

    for a reasonably priced state school, you can't beat the top notch professors, program offerings, advisers, online classes, tutoring, and the networking.

    What to do for fun

    campus life is varied and extensive from intramural sports to clubs, fraternities and sororities, billiard lounges, movies, theater experiences, community service projects and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    i'm not a picky eater with no dietary limitations so i haven't had a problem getting my money's worth from my chosen meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    as a freshman, i heard horror story that the rooms were crazy small and it's noisy all the time. i have not found this to be the case. i share a room that has ample storage and fine beds. the noise level is surprisingly low during the week, as everyone is studying, and moderate on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    i've been challenged in the maths and sciences, but have been able to navigate with online tutorials and lots of self-study.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be shy about using all the online resources penn state makes available for campus, dorm and academic life.

    In three sentences

    a great school for the sciences. be ready for a large campus experience. lots of knowledgeable professors and teacher's assistants to learn from and tap their previous experiences.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 91 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are emergency help boxes scattered across campus, and there's a number that you can call if you feel unsafe walking home alone at night for someone to come escort you. you have to have a penn state id to get into your residence hall, and that id only works to get into the residence hall you actually live in, so you're safe in your dorms, too.

    Greek Life

    penn state has a fantastic greek system which, beyond hosting socials and sporting their letters on campus, actually contribute to psu events. the frats and sororities on campus can be social, professional, academic, or philanthropic, and almost all of them dedicate a few weekends a semester to raising money for thon to help kids with cancer. so yes, they're here for a good time and are great for making friends, but they're actually doing something, too.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's the quidditch club and the engineering association for the brainier of the bunch. there's club sports for anything you can imagine. there are frats and sororities for the social people, there's thon and relay for life for the philanthropic people. there's the enviromental club, the numerous a cappella groups, the big blue band, the football team, the dance teams, and so much more to occupy any student of penn state's diverse population.

    Great for these types of students

    honestly, psu can appeal to anyone. it's seen as football-focused, but really there's something for the brainy kids, the musical kids, the jocks, the preppy social partiers, the multicultural, the techy, the artistic, and whoever else might find themselves in happy valley. i've never met someone who couldn't find a way to get involved in something they love on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    of course, you have to get a picture your first day freshman year and your graduation day senior year at the infamous lion shrine, to document your growth as a penn stater. it's tradition to go get psu's famous grilled stickies at the diner on college avenue at least once during your time here. old main is the iconic clock tower that marks the middle of our campus, and laying on old main lawn in the sunshine after finals is a must.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition costs are rising, just like at every other college. psu is a relatively expensive public university, but that's because it's so well-known, you're almost paying to be included in the alumni club. knowing people who also went to penn state helps you to get jobs and internships, and to get information before a lot of other college kids simply because you're going to a university with the largest alumni association in the country!

    What to do for fun

    frats obviously offer one sect of entertainment with their parties (the theme parties are the best). then there's activities sponsored by the residence halls, like tie-dying or ice skating or stuff like that, that offers an alternative to partying for fun. there are always games going on, comedians and music artists coming to visit, fun things like dayglow and thon in the bjc, and so much more to keep you perpetually entertained.

    Food and Dining

    the food in the dining commons is amaaaaazing! there are five on campus, and each offer a different settings with individual atmospheres; your favorite will depend on your food preferences. off campus, there are a zillion places that accept lioncash for food, including but not limited to canyon pizza, kiwi yogurt, and wingsover, all of which are delicious options you must try during your stay here!

    Dorm Life

    they're steadily renovating all of the dorms on campus, and until they do, they rooms are a little outdated, but they do offer all the amenities that you need. the residence halls do a lot of community building exercises so it's easy to make friends in your building, especially in freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors here are excellent, and all have fantastic credentials, though their teaching styles vary widely from person to person. there's always a decent amount of homework on your plate, but it's manageable if you stay on top of it, and penn state learning tutors are here to help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring rainboots and umbrellas, because you never know when it's going to rain in happy valley, and when it does you don't want to be the only soggy kid in class. rent your books, don't buy them, because you won't get as much money back as you spent. go to the involvement fairs at the beginning of the semester- the more organizations you become a part of, the more friends you'll make, and the more you'll love psu!

    In three sentences

    beautiful campus with hundreds of ways to get involved in any way you could possibly want to, from sororities and fraternities to philanthropies to musical endeavors to club sports and so much more. though there are 40,000 students on campus, it has that small-town homey feel, and is the perfect college setting. it's not just a football town!

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 92 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    alcohol and smoking free campus. there are specific smoking areas where the students and staff can smoke.

    Clubs and Activities

    thon raises money for children with pediatric cancer and this year earned over 10.8 million dollars.

    What to do for fun

    there are always on-campus activities going on throughout the week. you can also get together with friends and go out to eat, movies, and shopping at the mall. there is also bowling and ice skating off campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good. a very big upgrade from the food you would normally obtain in high school. there is a larger variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    the people can be very nice but like everywhere there are a few loud and obnoxious people. the staff in the dorms are very friendly but some peers may not be. it usually is not a problem because you can choose who you want to associate with.

    Academic Rigor

    classes can be very hard. with proper time management and study techniques it becomes a lot easier to deal with difficult classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    penn state requires hard working, dedicated students. students that stay focused, tend to have an easier time adjusting to the academic part of college life.

    In three sentences

    the university lives up to it's reputation. penn state has a very clean and friendly campus. the staff is amazing and always willing to work with you.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 93 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    our campus is in a small community and it is extremely safe. we have an officer who is always on campus during school hours. if there is any disturbance in the area we are notified by email and text messages about the situation and when it is resolved we are notified as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    i am a part of the occupational therapy club. we do activities where we get to work with the life skill children at the local high school. it is a great way to promote the profession as well as have fun and help the community.

    Great for these types of students

    penn state dubois is a great school for adult learners and student who don't feel comfortable at a large school. you get the same education you would get going to main campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every semester they have a video game day that is a blast for the whole community. during the fall semester they have a haunted house for halloween that benefits thon.

    Dorm Life

    i am not in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    never be afraid to ask questions. get involved because there are so many opportunities for fun and education.

    In three sentences

    penn state is the best of the three schools i have attended. they have helped me every time i needed help. i would recommend penn state to anyone.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 94 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very secure

    Greek Life

    big part here.

    Clubs and Activities

    any and everything you can think of

    Great for these types of students

    any major

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    state pattys

    Bang for the buck

    for sure

    What to do for fun

    frats/sorieties, tons of sport to academic clubs, and a the football games

    Food and Dining

    excellent

    Dorm Life

    not the best but all depends on your roommate

    Academic Rigor

    very challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    we are!

    In three sentences

    the best school ever. good balance with the social aspects and the very competitive classes. a very excellent experience all together so far.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 95 of 396

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    In three sentences

    i love the energy the penn state students have for their school. they have incredible ablities when working together as a team. they love to show school spirit at football games.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 96 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe! there is a police station on campus and the blue lights if you should need anything at any point. but overall is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    there are many sororities and fraternities to choose from

    Clubs and Activities

    any thing you can think of there is a club for.. you like nerf football?? there's a club for that!! anything you can think of!

    Great for these types of students

    anyone who is going to take advantage of all opportunities that come with being a penn state student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    thon is an amazing opportunity and a great experience

    Bang for the buck

    there is a walmart very close by that has good deals for college students

    What to do for fun

    there are many activities on the weekends, and concerts and stuff all the time

    Food and Dining

    there are so many options on campus to eat so you can explore all the options and be able to pick your favorite

    Dorm Life

    i live off campus and one thing that is important is to be close enough to walk to classes or somewhere that comes with a bus pass.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are a little different from my last school but not too hard to get used to. just make sure you put the time and effort into each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    come and visit the campus before hand and take a tour!

    In three sentences

    penn state is a great experience. it has a very family/friendly environment. there are so many great opportunities to take advantage of here at penn state!

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 97 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for anything you can think of, and if you think of something new you would like to start, it isn't hard to do at all!

    Bang for the buck

    i truely am a broke college student, but it will be worth it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    there is a lot to do, explore the shops downtown, hit up one of the movie theatres, visit the nittany mall, attend a sporting event. your college experience is what you make it, so do whatever sounds appealing to you!

    Food and Dining

    they have plenty of options, if you are hungry for it, you can probably find it somewhere on campus!

    Dorm Life

    i had a special living option, so i had housing a little nicer than typical freshman housing, but i had a really positive experience

    Academic Rigor

    your academic achievement is soley based on your effort. put in the time, and results will come.

    Tips for prospective students

    there are plenty of people here to help you, you just need to ask. the classes are harder than anything you will take in high school, so don't be embarassed if you get lost or confused. most professors are willing to help you if you show you are willing to learn.

    In three sentences

    penn state is a great university. that being said, your college experience is what you make it. you will not automatically have an excellent experience, you have to make it excellent.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 98 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe. never had a problem.

    Greek Life

    i joined a service fraternity. both genders- great opportunity to serve and to make friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    a million- i play intramurals, joined a choir, and a service frat.

    Great for these types of students

    you can find your niche, here. it is possible to make a large university small and intimate by joining an interest group or getting to know your professors in your major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    football weekends, arts festival, thon- amazing charity. for the kids!

    Bang for the buck

    out of state- too expensive, but i love it.

    What to do for fun

    clubs, concerts, intramurals, football! arts festival and on and on and on.

    Food and Dining

    excellent. my parents always want to eat on campus when they visit!

    Dorm Life

    great. opportunities for developing interests and friendships are numerous.

    Academic Rigor

    i am sure it varies from major to major.

    Tips for prospective students

    join as many activities as you can manage. the opportunities are endless, and you will form friendships for life, you will expand your experiences. do not be afraid to use any support that you need. this can only enhance your abilities and your experiences.

    In three sentences

    i would not want to be anywhere else. as a student with significant learning disabilities, i find the faculty supportive and helpful. you can find a place at theis college.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 99 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there's a text alert that you can be subscribed to for any safety warning updates.

    Bang for the buck

    a lot is included place to stay, food, countless of free events, but you have to pay for a gym membership.

    What to do for fun

    everything. pool, free movies, and dance parties in the hub. there is also countless restaurants in state college and bowling, and plenty more.

    Food and Dining

    all i can say is west halls dinning commons has the best cookies in all the land!

    Dorm Life

    if you are a freshmen make sure to live in east halls, that's where most of the freshman live. everyone is new so everybody is trying to meet everybody. the other halls not so much so make your first year count!

    Academic Rigor

    penn state isn't know for just football. it has one of the best engineering department in the nation. beware of those 'weed out' courses!

    Tips for prospective students

    students that are interested in this university prepare to be challenged. make connections and do not procrastinate and success will follow.

    In three sentences

    the university is challenging, rewarding, and attending it is one of the best decisions i've made in my scholastic career. it has such a friendly atmosphere and the strongest school pride that i have ever experienced. my time here is one that i would not change for the world.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 100 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we have our own on campus police force; real police officers, not just rent-a-cops. i have never felt in danger.

    Greek Life

    greek life is big but not necessary. if you are interested there is definitely a chapter just for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 900 clubs. literally anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    students who want to enjoy their college experience and have a good time, but aren't afraid to put a lot of work into it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a garden maintained and operated by botony students on campus. it is huge and contains some of the coolest plants i have ever seen.

    Bang for the buck

    you can't beat the tuition of a state school. living costs are not too bad if you budget wisely.

    What to do for fun

    penn state has something for everyone to do for fun. there are over 900 student organizations. the fall is exciting with a football game every week and thon brightens the spring. the party scene is huge, but there is always an alternative too.

    Food and Dining

    the food is what you would expect from a large cafeteria service. it is for the most part pretty good and always affordable.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are always kept clean and the ras do a great job maintaining order in the buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are difficult, but you will take something significant away from each one.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you like to have fun but also get your work done, penn state is the place for you.

    In three sentences

    penn state is the perfect college town. it has everything you would look for in a typical college experience. the blend of academics and social life create an environment perfect for all college students.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 101 of 396

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    join clibs and attend on campus activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    join clubs and become active on campus.

    In three sentences

    its s small campus. they people are welcoming and nice. you can become close with the professors.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 102 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    countless clubs. always activities planned-it's all up to you to become involved.

    Great for these types of students

    all students!!!

    Bang for the buck

    penn state is expensive- but you get a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    i have joined several clubs. i have become very involved with thon.

    Food and Dining

    naturally the food isn't as good a home cooking, but i enjoy it very much and there is such a variety.

    Dorm Life

    i have met so many friends my first year. this was the best decision i have ever made. i would recommend penn state to everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    i think penn state is very challenging, but if you are determined to do well you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    look at several colleges before you decide. look at large and small to compare what would suit you best. you have to feel comfortable and enjoy your 4 years at college.

    In three sentences

    i would rate penn state as one of the best colleges. you will get a quality education. you have so many degrees to choose from.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 103 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is top notch! I am an 18 year old female and I am never afraid for my safety. I feel that we all look out for each other and respect the fact that we are all in this together.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a little much I feel but considering that there are so many clubs and activities to keep you occupied I guess it balances it self out.

    What to do for fun

    At Penn State there is always something to do. If you ever utter the words I am bored, then I would have to say that you are not venturing out of room.

    Food and Dining

    Over all there is a wide variety of food and the dining areas are always well kept. After awhile though you do start to miss your mom's cooking. As there is a wide variety of food, it is always the same variety.

    Dorm Life

    I have to say that I am not a big fan of the dorm life. I am not use to be people just coming and going as they feel throughout my room. I like my privacy and having to share showers and bathrooms with total strangers took a lot to get use to.

    Academic Rigor

    My first semester was a challenge but I soon settled in during my second semester after I went with my heart and changed my major to something I had a passion for. The academic challenge is absolutely there and for those that feel they are not challenged in high school you most definetly feel it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    To make sure you prepare yourself for the difficult level of the classes you will potentially take.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful setting with an all around wonderful experience. I love the buildings for which the classrooms are in and I especially love the challenge I face with each one of my classes.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 104 of 396

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is so many things to do for fun that are aimed at your interests. At Penn State there is a club or sport for anything, literally ANYTHING! Pep rallies, any sporting events, THON are all great community fun events, but there are so much more things to do personally with your friends. Bowling, laser tag, ice skating and sports games outside are only a few! I would mention more if I had a bigger text limit, you just can't name them all!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, nothing like home cooked meals by mom but just fine for a college student budget and a college student stomach.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small and you share a bathroom with twenty girls or more but there is still a lot of good times that you'll remember for the duration of your college years.

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely harder than high school as it should be. Larger classes are hard to get used to at first but in a short time I got the hang of these college classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away! Getting involved in a club, work or THON organization is the best way to make friends and establish your belonging here at Penn State.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an university with an amazing amount of school pride and sense of community. Even with large numbers, it is still easy to stand out and become an effective leader. Penn State is not just about football, but about graduating respectable, smart assets to society with a lot of pride for their school.

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 105 of 396

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Penn State is a respectable school with tough academics and immense tradition. The community is big and supportive. The tradition here is powerful, and people love it here.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 106 of 396

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    In three sentences

    Have the best business school.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 107 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus is very safe. We have buses that take us around the campus. We also have polls that have an emergency button on them. We also have a lot of security around 24/7.

    Greek Life

    If you are not involved in sports, the Greek life is where it's at. It's a great way to make friends and to become involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have many clubs. Anything you want to do, their usually is a club for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit the Joe Paterno Statue. Of course, go to a football game if you have a chance too. Something not to be proud of but our school created State Patty's Day.

    What to do for fun

    I suggest you join multiple clubs. Get in a THON group. THON is such an amazing experience that you will not want to miss out on!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Penn State is really good. Make your you eat in moderation, so you do not get your freshman 15 pounds. Pollack dinning commons is the place to go!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life really isn't that bad. Make sure you get along with your roommate, this will make your year so much easier. Another tip, make friends with the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State challenges their students academically. It's not easy, you are going to have to study. In the end, all the hard work is going to pay off!

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest thing to know is how to manage your time. If you can get this down, you will be successful! Make sure you study too!

    In three sentences

    Penn State University rates very high with their employment rates. Penn State prepares the students for the real world. They challenge us in the classroom and out of the classroom, I really appreciate this!

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 108 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to list.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little bit on the expensive side.

    What to do for fun

    If you're into the frat scene, there's hundreds of frats lined up on frat row that are always having raves and parties. If you're more into quieter apartment parties where you can actually hear each other talk, you have to get to know some sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have apartments. As far as movies and bowling and things like that, buses are available but inconvenient with groups of people so it's not something most freshman do. If you have a car, everything becomes much easier.

    Food and Dining

    Not much to say about the food on campus... It's not the best but it gets the job done. The downtown area which is walking distance from the dorms has a lot of awesome places to eat but as a freshman, you're more likely to just stay on campus because it's cheaper.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms themselves aren't the greatest but the atmosphere couldn't be better. Everyone leaves their doors open year round so you really bond with the people on your floor. They're also the closest residence to Beaver Stadium so on game day you if you didn't get tickets, you can actually here the noise very clearly.

    Academic Rigor

    If you slept through high school like I did, coming here will be a real wake up call. Natural intelligence won't take you far here, you have to put in the work and the sooner you figure that out the better.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're into a more intimate environment with fewer students (more similar to high school), this isn't the school for you. Chances of you seeing the same people in multiple classes are slim to none until you start to section off into your major junior and senior year.

    In three sentences

    Before coming to Penn State, I had applied to this school only as a safety but I knew I didn't want to come here. By the end of my first semester, I couldn't be happier that I ended up here anyway. Everything from the football games to the challenging courses to the diversity on campus is perfect for those that like the idea of a big school.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent

    Greek Life

    I am not sure what this means?

    Clubs and Activities

    PSU has over 150 different clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    All students...PSU is very culturally diverse

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not begun my semester yet..so I am not sure of everything yet...

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent.

    What to do for fun

    Everything...swim, shop, ice skate, jog, tan, eat, bikeride...on and on...

    Food and Dining

    Endless places for food...it is a wonderful dining experience with a small-town feel.

    Dorm Life

    I am not dorming yet. I have seen the dorms and they are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    5 star

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus..it is a dream come true.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is an excellent school. The campus is extremely conducive to learning. This school has everything that is needed to pursue my career as a medical doctor.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In addition to the local police, the campus has its own police force. There are emergency phones stationed all across the campus. There's even a student auxiliary force of student officers who roam different parts of the campus to make sure that everything is in working order.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally affiliated with any Greek organization but I know plenty of people who are. Just like everything else at Penn State, there are tons of groups to join, whether they're social or geared for a specific group of people. The pledging process is not an easy one, but it's a great opportunity to be a part of a group and make friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs at Penn State. There are intramural sports, a theme park engineers club, an anime club, a club for republicans, a club for democrats, a model trains club, and even a club for people that take bike rides every Thursday. All you have to do is look for it and chances are that it's already there, waiting for you to join. And even if it isn't, it's very easy to make one.

    Great for these types of students

    If you were very involved in high school then you'll love it here. There are causes to fight for and organizations to lead or be a part of. Like I said, there's always something going on and if you're the type of person that likes to get things started then you have many opportunities here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Penn State is full of cool little nooks and crannies that are great for studying in, or just hanging out. Some spots people only know about because they have a class in a building near by. If you make friends with a broad range of people then you'll be sure to notice a lot of neat places.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's be honest, college is expensive. Being an out of stater, I have to shell out some extra money. While Penn State is on the pricey side, it can be well worth is depending on how you spend your time. With Penn State, people tend to take one tour around campus and fall in love. But it's not for everyone. While I did pass up for scholarships from other schools to go to the school I love, I'm enjoying every minute of it. Plus Penn State has a great reputation in industries in many different fields.

    What to do for fun

    What don't you do for fun? There's football season to start the year off, and even if you aren't a sports fan, the football games are a load of fun. There are concerts and other events at the Bryce Jordan Center regularly. Downtown is a short walk away from campus. Each residence hall and even the whole quad will often host their own events. There are buses that run to the mall every fifteen minutes. Different clubs host their own events and fundraisers. There's always something going on! Penn State is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think party school. While it is present, it's not the only thing that people do. I personally am not a partier and I could not have had more fun during my first year.

    Food and Dining

    There are loads of dining options on campus. Each residence quad has its own dining hall as well as a convenience store and perhaps a few other places to eat like a deli or cafe. You don't always get mom's home cooking, but there's no shortage of places to eat or a variety of foods to choose from. The Berkey Creamery is the place to go for ice cream and breakfast on the go. However, if you're using Meal Points, you can get all you can eat plus ice cream in any dining commons for the same price of a cone or cup at the creamery, so watch how you spend your money! The Meal Points system is very easy and convenient and you can always add or take away points as needed.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies depending on which quad you live in. All freshman are required to live on campus and if you don't apply for special housing, then you are placed in East Halls. Yes, you have to share a tiny room with another person, but that's the way it is almost everywhere. The bathrooms are cleaned on a daily basis. There are laundry rooms on every other floor but you have to have good timing if you want to get a machine. As far as storage space goes, each hall is different, but long term storage is available in the basement of each building. It's up to you to figure out what to do with your stuff and how to get comfortable. The covered walkways in East are nice on rainy or snowy days.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State's academics are serious. The majority of students tend to be enrolled as engineers of a type of science major. Even as an art student taking gen ed credits, nothing comes easily. You have to step up your game and do the work and actually study (imagine that) if you aren't used to that. If you already have decent study habits and work ethic then you should be fine. Each course, even the low level ones, demands a lot of work be done, regardless of what other classes you're taking, so be prepared to spend a lot of time at the library of in a study lounge.

    Tips for prospective students

    While Penn State does offer lots of services for students, be sure that you've got your stuff together. If you're struggling in a class, you have to take the initiative. In a five hundred person lecture class, the professor is not going to notice whether or not you're absorbing the material. However, no matter how many students a professor has to deal with, they are always willing to make time for you, but you have to initiate. There's always someone willing to help you, but you have to be able to identify any problems and know where to turn on your own. Don't be fooled by the partying stereotype. Not everyone parties or drinks at Penn State, myself being one of them. If you want to keep your grades up and give your parents a reason for paying for such a fabulous school, don't waste your time by drinking as soon as you get there and every day thereafter.

    In three sentences

    If you have overwhelming amounts of school pride, then Penn State is the place for you. No matter what you're interested in, be it sports, music, or hobby related clubs, there's a place for everyone here. It will definitely feel like a home away from home.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never once felt unsafe at Penn State. There is well lit areas all around at night and people are always in abundance. Campus police are always around and there are call boxes if problems do occur.

    Greek Life

    Is a wonderful thing at Penn State. There are many to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is more clubs than you can shake a stick at. There are individual major specific clubs all the way to racket ball and Thespian club. Much to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working fun loving and those who want to be involved in a larger community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mifflin Streak happens during the close of spring semester. Check it out!

    Bang for the buck

    With a Penn State degree you'll be set up for success. Many companies and large corporations are always swinging by to try and find students. If you can convince them you're the best, it will surely set your life up. I think this is what separates Penn State from a lot of other schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many places you can go. Try the IM or white building and see all the intramural sports you can participate in, most are free. If sports aren't your thing, go downtown and shop or grab a bite to eat at one of the many places on college avenue.

    Food and Dining

    Go to Pollock dining commons they have the best food of all of them. Other places like the Mix and West wing are great too when you just want to grab a little something.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is great. You'll surely meet a lot of people just like you on either your floor or building. Don't be afraid to say hello.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is an academically challenging school. However, it is not as bad as one may think, you just need to seek help when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I'd advise is to plan out your work schedule and don't procrastinate. Work can pile up fast. Don't be afraid to apply yourself and get involved, if you work hard and get involved things will seem a lot easier and you'll make some great relationships.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is awesome! There is so much opportunity for every student that is enrolled. All the professors are great and will always be there to lend a hand, even the ones who run huge lectures.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. If at any point you feel unsafe while on the campus, there are blue light stations posted all over the place where you push a button and someone will come to escort you to wherever you happen to be going.

    Greek Life

    I have a few friends who got into the Greek life at Penn State, and they couldn't be happier. While I'm not into it myself, I strongly encourage anyone who is interested to try it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities to fill just about any interests one might have. And even if there isn't, you can start one. I am a part of the Penn State Pokemon Society and I love every minute of it.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving and hard working students will find their place at Penn State. Also, students who prefer a bigger campus will find it more to their liking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Outside of the Willard building towards the west end of campus, there will usually be a man outside known as the Willard Preacher. He just stands out there all day and preaches to students on their way to and from class. Sometimes he'll get into a few arguments, in which case a crowd will form to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    I won't lie, Penn State is painfully expensive. But It's so easy to make the most of your time there that you don't even think about the high costs very often.

    What to do for fun

    The energy at the football games is incredibly intense. Other than that, they show free movies every weekend in the HUB that were recently in theaters. Also, we get a lot of performances by celebrities. Right off of campus is downtown State College, which has tons of shops and whatnot for students looking to get off campus for a little while.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great. There are five dining commons on campus, and there is dining in the HUB, which is the student center on campus. In the hub we have Starbucks, Burger King, Chick-Fil-A, Sbarro, Panda Express, and a hoagie shop. All of the food on campus can be bought with Meal Points, which are paid for at the beginning of each semester.

    Dorm Life

    There are tons of dorms on campus. Although they aren't perfect, they aren't horrible either. The only problem is that they can get extremely hot very quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is tough. But as long as you stay on top of it and stay focused, it isn't too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Despite anything people might say, Penn State really is a phenomenal university. The students all love the university, and any prospective students probably will as well.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great school. The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is inviting. I am very happy with my choice to attend this school.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Penn State has the largest Greek life in the nation. However, Penn State is not go greek or go home. There are plenty of ways to have a social life with out going Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 clubs and organizations.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do at Penn State for fun. During the Fall Semester you can look forward to the Nittany Lion football games. Even if do like football you should go to at least one game because the football games include so much more than just the game itself. On the the weekends you expect the best night life ever: frat parties, apartment parties, bars.

    Food and Dining

    It is pretty good for college food. There ar plenty of options. The best dining commons is Pollock.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are not the best dorms on campus but they are good. As a Freshman live in East. Almost all the first year students live there so it is a great way to meet people.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get to know your intructors 2. Get involved (best way to make friends) 3. Time management is key

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an amazing university. It will give you the full college experience. It has the prestige, great academics, it is beautiful, the students are nice, and there is always something to do.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've gone home at 2:00AM and nothing has happened. You'll be given the campus police number, make sure yo always have it on you!

    Greek Life

    To join it is hard. After your in, I've heard you make long life bonds!

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 400 clubs! What more can I say? You can even make your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing Shy, because you'll loose it. Trust me, it happened to me. I'm so much more confident. We have an amazing Engineering program!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go to games (specially football), go to some parties even movie nights. You'll always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food could be better. It is all about what you like. When you start attending just go to all the dining commons and find out which of their food you prefer. I personally love South's Dining.

    Dorm Life

    Wherever you live, you'll love. You will always find cool and nice people around you. Dorms are clean and the janitors are very friendly if you have a problem.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on how used you are to studying. It was a bit hard for me at the beginning for I wasn't used to studying but after you get the hang of it, the most important thing to do is to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and keep your GPA up Freshman year. Make sure you take advantage of all the helps offered at PSU; do your research I promise resources are everywhere. Balance everything. Keep an agenda, and you'll be fine.

    In three sentences

    Great opportunities in the career fairs; networks at Penn State are unbelievable. So many clubs you can join, at least one will feel like home! Academics can get hard, but trust me professors will help and they are shaping you for an amazing future.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great and there is a lot of security. The security team are always willing to assist students. If there is a problem they can quickly respond.

    Greek Life

    I am not involve with Greek life but I have friends that are involved and they have plenty of fun. One thing that I like about Greek life they are involve with fundraisers such as THON that raise money for kids with cancer. They also do other fundraisers to help the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State have at least 1,000 or more clubs. I am involve with Pep band and the debate team. I am also involve with a bible club. There is a club that fit every student.

    Great for these types of students

    I have seen a variety of students on Penn State campus and they all get along. I must say Penn State environment fosters diversity and you will see all kinds of students. We learn how to respect each other and accept different cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is home coming which is unbelievable and students put on a nice show. There is also football blue and white weekend which everybody goes to and its a lot of fun. There is also Thon when students get involve to raise money for kids who have cancer.

    Bang for the buck

    I liked going to the theatre seeing different performers when they came to town. I also liked going bowling and seeing plays at the theatre with my friends.

    What to do for fun

    Of course you can go to the football games, volleyball games and basketball games etc. The games are always exciting and you have tons of fun. You can also hang out downtown with your friends or go to the mall. You can see movies and play pool or just enjoy the wonderful air at Penn State.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Penn State is great. You have a great menu option to chose from. You can order fatty foods pizza or go for a healthier meals. You can easy use up all of your food points.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great at Penn State and you get to meet many great students. You will find the things each of you have in common and learn to respect each others culture.

    Academic Rigor

    There courses at Penn State are very demanding and requires you to put 100% in. If you want to succeed you must apply yourself. There are many resources avaialble if you need extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State is a fun school and there are many parties but you must make sure you do your work. If you don't keep up with your studies you can easily fall between the cracks. If you are not doing well in a subject you can ask your professor or get help from Penn State Learning.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a number one school and provides an excellent education. They have the best professors in the world and they help students succeed. Penn state fosters excellence and you can tell by the number of well developed and educated students who succeed.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think campus is a very safe place to be. I've walked back and forth to the library and my dorm at 12am, 1am, 2am, and I haven't felt scared or like my life is in danger or anything like that. It's a big campus there are always students walking about. However if for any reason you feel scared or threatened then there is an escort service that you can call, and they'll give you a ride back to where you want to go. Overall, I think campus security and state college police does a pretty good job of keeping the place safe.

    Greek Life

    I am a part of Greek life and I absolutely love it. Greek life is a big part of campus, but if you're not into that, then there are still a lot of students who are not apart of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe there are over 800 different clubs and organizations. There are so many different things you can get involved in. One of my favorite activity was THON. It's a huge 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping, dance marathon with thousands of students,THON kids (children who are fighting cancer), and their families. It's truly one of the most incredible thing I have ever experienced before in my life.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is really great for all kinds of people, especially students who like big campuses, small towns, school spirit and large classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lion Shrine is probably one of the most popular places on campus. There is a tradition of taking a picture with the lion your freshman year and your senior year.

    Bang for the buck

    It is really expensive, especially being an out of stater, but you do get what you pay for. It is an amazing school with a top notch education, and top rated professors who are almost always willing to help. There are so many different opportunities that will help you further your career. The tuition that rises every year is a downside, but your education is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Nightlife is a huge part of campus. There are bars downtown, and there are 18 and over bars too. There are usually frat parties most weekends. However, if you're not into the party scene, the hub normally has late night movies and other activities. There are also movie theaters, ice rink, and skiing is not that far away. There are organizations and clubs for almost anything that you can think of. There are just so many things that you can get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    East dining hall has the worst food. I've eaten at the dining hall maybe twice, and I really don't like it. The best place to eat in East is at Roxy's. The burgers are pretty good, and it's a good place to get breakfast. There is also the Big O, which sells everything from salads to pizza, chicken nuggets and fries. I think West dining has the best food, and the best cookies, but South dining is also good place to eat too. Insomnia Cookies has amazing cookies that you can order too. I've never eaten at North dining so I don't know about that one. You do get tired of eating campus food pretty quickly, as it is the same food over and over. If that happens then there are also some good places you can order food from, such as Wings Over. It has the best wings and cajun fries for less than $20. Lionsmenu.com has a whole list of places. There are also convenient stores on campus that you can get snacks and microwaveable food. The HUB, which is in the middle of campus, is a very convenient place to eat and has different places, such as Burger King and Starbucks. The best ice cream that you will ever taste in your life is at the Berkey Creamery on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. It's not great, but it's also not horrible. I lived in Pinchot, which is in East Halls, my freshman year. East Halls is where the majority of freshmen live. The elevators are the most interesting place to meet people. I ended up with a random roommate, but she turned out to be a really great person, and the people on my floor were really awesome too. The dorms are small but that's expected. It has a bed, desk with a chair and a microfridge ( microwave and fridge). Pinchot is coed by floor, and there is one bathroom for girls and one bathroom for boys on each floor. Each floor also have a little recycling set up, so that's good too, and laundry is usually on every other floor. Housing keeps the floors and bathrooms on each floor pretty clean.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are really challenging, especially the general education classes. They always say that it's a way of separating students who are actually serious about being in a particular major. I had to change study habits several times until I found one that worked for me, but as long as you study hard and take your classes seriously you'll do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stepping onto campus for the first time can be intimidating as it is a big campus. I would recommend doing one of the summer programs that they have for freshmen. I did Urban Service Experience (USE), and it was one of the best decisions that I made. It made being a freshman on such a big campus less scary, and the friends that I met there are people that I am still friends with today. Join lots of clubs, sports and whatever catches your interest and you'll make lots of friends along the way.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere on campus is amazing, everyone has so much school spirit, and there is just this unity about being a Penn Stater. It is known for being a party school, and students do have fun, but it isn't the whole picture of Penn State. Students are serious about their classes too.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Penn State has over 500 clubs and organizations. The main thing that students are a part of is THON. THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. This year we raised 10.6 million dollars to help fight pediatric cancer. I definitely recommend becoming involved with THON, it is an extremely rewarding experience.

    Food and Dining

    Here there are four dining halls and the food is fairly decent. Sometimes there are better things on the menu than other times but for the most part it is not too bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely part of the college experience. I love meeting people and living in the dorms makes it extremely easy to meet new people all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a Bioengineering major so for me it is definitely a lot of work. It all depends on your major, but I would say it is by no means easy for me. I still love it though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to take plenty of notes. Although you may not want to study, in the end it will definitely pay off. It sure has for me.

    In three sentences

    The best choice I ever made was to attend Penn State University. I love everything about the school; the pride, the education, the people and then entire school itself. We are... Penn State!

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. I often walk home late at night from downtown or from classes and never once have I gotten nervous. There are always people out and about so you're never alone, and campus police are always close by as well. Of course it's always smart to walk with another person or a group of people but it's really not necessary.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great at PSU if that's something you're interested in. There are lots of fraternities and sororities to choose from and you can always find out everything you need to know from upperclassmen who know what they're talking about. They do a lot of charity work and play a big role in Penn State's huge charity event, THON, midway through the school year.

    Clubs and Activities

    Enough cannot be said about clubs and activities at Penn State. You're bound to find something at the multiple involvement fairs, and it is so easy join. I wanted to travel somewhere this year, so I went to the fair and looked at all the clubs that traveled out of the country. I found the Global Water Brigades club, made lots of friends very quickly, and went to Honduras over spring break!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is something that no other school can say that they offer. It's a 48 hour dance marathon in the second semester that raises millions of dollars for pediatric cancer. All throughout the year most clubs and organizations go on canning trips to raise money for the big event, and boy is it big. It is without a doubt the most incredible thing I have ever experienced and it is the biggest event of the year, every year.

    What to do for fun

    Penn State tends to be known for its partying, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. If that's what you're into, then you'll have a blast going out with all your friends. If that's not what you're into, that's okay too because PSU always offers late night movies and activities. Football is an enormous part of PSU culture and the games are always a blast throughout the fall. If you're into school spirit, there is always a sporting event going on to cheer on the nittany lions.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is incredible. Anything your heart desires is at most a 5 minute bus ride and at least a 2 minute walk. There are food options all over campus so no matter where you are, you can either get something in between classes or chow down on a full meal. The meal plans are great so you should be able to eat as much as you want and never get sick of it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great at Penn State. It's easy to make friends right away and most doors are always open for people to come in and say hi. There are quiet hours of course for those who need their sleep but people still have plenty of fun. A good amount of your friends in your first year will probably live just a few doors down.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want to challenge yourself, it is very easy to do so at Penn State. There are many difficult classes that will require hours upon hours of studying, although this is true at most respectable universities. However, there are also plenty of easy yet interesting classes to balance it all out in the end so you can still enjoy your time here. It all depends on your interests and intended major. For an engineering major like myself, the course load is pretty demanding, but it's manageable if you put in the time and get help where you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are so many clubs and activities covering all interests, and if by the slim chance your interest cannot be found at the multiple involvement fairs, you can start your own club and meet lots of new people with the same interests as you! If you get involved, you will love everything about PSU

    In three sentences

    If you want to feel immediately welcomed into a thriving youthful community, you can't ask for much more than Penn State. People are often daunted by the sheer number of students that attend, but they shouldn't be. There's something here for everyone, and as soon as you get involved, you're a Penn Stater for life.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For the number of people in the State College region the crime rate is very low. There is an occasional incident, but if you are being safe you won't have an issue.

    Greek Life

    Penn State has a large greek community

    Clubs and Activities

    So so many, Snowboarding club, Belly dancing club, Humans Vs. Zombies, THON, Homecoming etc

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers. Without strong work ethic, it would be hard to succeed at Penn State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Willard Preacher, The Mifflin Streak, State Patty's day, THON

    Bang for the buck

    Though the last year has been rough, it has really shown how strong Penn State is. The family atmosphere makes it so much easier to be away from home.

    What to do for fun

    Penn State has so many clubs/activities/sports. Anyone can find somewhere that they fit in.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining commons on campus with a variety of foods. I personally work at one of the dining commons and it is a great place to work.

    Dorm Life

    Though some of the dorms may be old, It is so much fun. The housing people work hard and are friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Entering my freshman year as an engineering major, I was faced with many difficult courses. The coursework at Penn State is challenging but not unbearable. I have learned so much already in one year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Penn State to see if you feel like it is a good fit with you. Talk to other students.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a wonderful university, I would never go anywhere else. The campus is beautiful. The classes are challenging.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights here and there that look very shady, and some aren't always lit but i promise you they all work, campus police stroll all over through out most of the night. It's nearly impossible to run into trouble on this campus

    Greek Life

    I haven't had the chance to really participate in the Greek life, but i would recommend those interested or even those you aren't sure yet should definitely get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join and everyone is so accepting that you usually just fit right in from the start.

    Great for these types of students

    For those that love to party Penn State has many concerts with amazing groups from Kevin heart or Jeff Dunham to the Trans Siberian Orchestra to even Drake and many other big hit people. If you the type that loves to read in peace and quiet then there are many places around campus that are perfect for you. There are wide ranges of events and places to go for all types of people. You can never be board here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A real hot post in the east area is actually behind the Intermural Building where a huge field lies between it and the softball field. But my personal favorite spot is next to the Business Building where you will find a row of benches and the best view on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    you actually have a lot of work available, and most places are willing to work with your schedule, though not all can do so.

    What to do for fun

    My friends and i go to as many sports events as possible, the volley ball teams (men and women) are the best.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually pretty good but the hours are kind of weird and may not fit into your schedule all that well. There is usually a good amount of choices for you to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great, but if you get a crazy roommate like i did then prepare yourself for a memorable year, of course you can always talk to someone to change rooms if you want. I had a 4 person room with our own bathroom, which you have to clean yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State has it's rules and they are very strict when it comes to abiding by them, but its a mater of your health and safety.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go to your professors and let them know you need help or don't quite understand. Also make sure you leave plenty of time to walk to your classes because the buses fill up fast.

    In three sentences

    This is the best college you can go to! The professors are amazing and approachable, so don't be afraid. It's a big campus with a lot of walking, but its good for keeping the freshmen 15 weight gain away!

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Superior. Working as an Auxiliary Police Officer to enforce the law on campus, I get first-hand experience in protecting other students and ensuring the safety of Penn State, University Park. Police and student security monitor the campus all day and most definitely all night by walking, driving, and through camera surveillance. Access to resident halls is granted through personal identification cards so that the public may not enter buildings that are off limits.

    Greek Life

    If that's your thing, go for it. I hear it's pretty awesome. And we house 90+ fraternities/sororities, so there are plenty of choices.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many! Go the club fair in the HUB at the beginning of each semester, but especially in the Fall. Check out the Songwriter's Club!

    Great for these types of students

    Want to make a lot of money working part-time as a Penn State student? Join the Auxiliary Police and make a starting base of $9.30 an hour. You pick your hours, your schedule doesn't change for the semester, and if you work overnight, you get the $1 premium, so $10.30 base pay! That's what I currently do to offset the cost of owning a car and paying for school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Like ghosts? Check out some of the ghost-lore of Penn State. Guard the Lion Shrine before homecoming. Go eat a sticky at the diner downtown! Check out one of the most exciting downtown open mics at the Upper Room on Calder Way!

    Bang for the buck

    You can't put a price on education. Penn State's tuition increase by a little over $1000 for this upcoming 2012-2013 academic year, but values and lessons learned inside and outside of the classroom at Penn State can be and will be used throughout your adult life.

    What to do for fun

    If you are into weekend fun downtown, i.e. fraternity house events, Penn State is home to over 90+ fraternities and sororities. BUT, this only makes up a small fraction of all the things you can do for fun on this amazing campus. You can go jogging, play tennis, squash, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, ice skating (year-round), see concerts at the State Theater (downtown), dine in more places than I can list, play music with friends, learn an instrument, go swimming, join an intramural sport team, join any one of 300+ clubs, create your own club! To name a few!

    Food and Dining

    I've been to several colleges/universities over these past three years visiting friends and family, and Penn State still has the best tasting food nearly wherever you go on campus. From fancy coffees and teas, to Mexican, Asian/Oriental, Italian, and American/Deli cuisine. You will leave any of our campus eateries full and satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on where you live. East Halls is in need of renovation, as it has been over 50 years since the last series of renovations, i.e. when these buildings were first constructed. Most of the halls are in need of renovation, but project dates are being set for the next decade or so to renovate most on-campus housing. On a side note, the worse the condition of your dorm, the better your experience in true 'college/campus housing'.

    Academic Rigor

    College classes are not easy. That being said, they're much easier if you meet all of your deadlines and don't wait until the last second. If you do all of your work and put some decent thought into all of it, you will do well in college!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus routes within the first week. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Making friends is almost too easy. Attend every class/lecture. Always sit in the front of the classroom. Talk to teachers before/after class and get to know them - this will really come in hand if you need help with class material or grades.

    In three sentences

    Penn State boasts a beautiful campus year-round as it is well-maintained throughout the academic school year. Our teachers are some of the best academics out there through their passion for instruction and tireless research efforts. The university may be large in size and student population, but friends and fun go hand in hand with the fast-paced lifestyle of a Penn Stater.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University Police and Public Safety serves the many needs of the University and the community. Our offices are located in the Eisenhower Parking Deck between Shortlidge and Bigler Roads. The police are extremely involved in campus life ensuring a safe environment for everyone.

    Greek Life

    No comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of things to do for fun on campus as well as food campus. However, if you do not find a particular activity you can create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    All students can find themselves at our University!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is like a world of its own, with so many ways to save money while enjoying yourself, why turn down the opportunity of a life time!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun on campus as well as food campus. However, if you do not find a particular activity you can create your own.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat on campus as well as off campus. The best part is some of the local restaurants are open late. The site lionsmenu.com allow you the option of ordering food which will be delivered anywhere on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, coming in as a freshmen you build amazing relationships with your floor mates and learn so much about a group of people that you may have not been subjected to in High School.

    Academic Rigor

    Life at Penn State is extremely warm and attractive to perspective or incoming students. This is largely due to the overwhelming amount of school spirit and pride not only from the students but the surrounding community. However, do not allow this to fool you, the professors taking the task of teaching and preparing the students for life in the real world. Therefore, academic excellence is top priority on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind ready to learn, not only about yourselves but about people and life beyond college.

    In three sentences

    There is rarely a dull moment on the Pennsylvania State University University Park campus, also known as Happy Valley. With more than 800 clubs and organizations, there are broad opportunities to get involved in campus life.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Penn State is very good. There is always police driving around at all times to make sure that students are safe. If there is a fight or accident that has occurred they are there in literally less than a minute and they take strict action and consider all sides to make sure the right actions have been taken.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One location that is always sacred on the Penn State campus is the statue of Joe Paterno that is placed outside one of the main buildings. That specific location is where everyone goes to honor the late Joe Paterno and even when he was still alive to always know that he is always fighting for students to complete their education and strive to be the best they can be.

    Bang for the buck

    At Penn State there is of course work study for all students who need it which is great. There are also outdoor jobs and other on campus jobs that Penn State has to at least give students an opportunity to make some money during the school. The one thing that is great about this is that they are not all full-time jobs, they also have part-time jobs as well letting applicants know that yes they do have to study and keep their grades up in school.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of activities to do at Penn State from football, softball, basketball games etc. to concerts and other live performances from students. There is never a boring moment at Penn State ever except during finals week when everyone needs to study. There is also THON, where Penn State students from all campuses fight to raise money for kids with cancer.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Penn State is AWESOME. They have a huge variety of restaurants and dining places to choose from. There is a McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Chipotle, Thai Food restaurants so that you have the option of choosing whether to eat healthy or not. It;s not all fast food and junk food things to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty sweet because Penn State gives you the option of having your own room, sharing a room or living off campus. But it's always first come first served to give everyone an equal opportunity to get a space reserved. There is always nice people around to make you feel welcomed and at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is very good at making sure they challenge students to do their best so that we are really prepared for the real world. They never make things easy and they make you work hard for your grade. They are very strict about curving grades because they want students to prove to them and themselves that they deserve the best grade possible for every course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students is make sure you don't get carried away by all the activities and parties that occur on campus and also stay focused on your school work from start to finish.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is a great school that is well known for its football team and academic activities. It's filled with a great diversity of individuals along with very great staff. Penn Sate University has great people that love and make sure you succeed after college.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe. We have full time officers who walk the campus to ensure the safety of every student. We also have a escort service for students if they are out late and want someone to walk with them. I feel very safe on campus. I never feel scared walking by myself at night. I'm not saying that it is okay to walk by yourself but I never feel that my life is in danger. Of course there have been incidents but never any reoccurring situations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely visit the lion shrine. You have to take your picture your freshman year and your senior year to see the change that you went through. We also have a very well known chant: WE ARE... PENN STATE!! At the sporting events, we yell out a lot of chants and songs to keep the crowd pumped! We have a bunch of school pride!

    What to do for fun

    Well I do a lot for fun! I am apart a fun organization that does so much! We have socials and different events that keeps me busy! I also like to party which most college students like to do. I also like to go to the movies and the mall that are a bus ride from the school. The movies is quite cheap compared to where I live. There is so much that you could do to keep you busy and definitely not bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. There are days where the food isn't the best but it is eatable. They have so many different food places that you can eat from so you never get bored. You may have to travel to get the food if the place you want is not in your residence quad but its worth it. Also if you don't want to eat campus food, they have plenty off campus eateries that deliver to your dorm. So you never have to worry about running out of food options.

    Dorm Life

    Now freshman dorms are not the best in the world if you are living in East. East is where most of the freshmans live but a lot are spread out in different areas as well. I lucked out with a quad that had our own bathroom and it was in East. But you have to make the best. It is not horrible but it is not going to be the same size as your room at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is not an easy school. You have to work hard for your grades. Don't think that you will be able to breeze through school. But the rigor prepares you for real life and I appreciate all the hard times that I endure with academics because it is preparing me for my ending goal of getting an excellent job.

    Tips for prospective students

    I definitely would say to get involved with an organization. There are so many organizations on campus. Be involved in THON! It is a fun opportunity for people to help someone who is sick. This makes their day! Go to sporting events other than football. Football is a must but also go to the basketball games, soccer games, and all the other sporting events. And although Penn State offers you a lot it will not find you, you have to find it yourself. So be proactive and enjoy your time at Happy Valley!

    In three sentences

    I would give Penn State a 10. I believe that Penn State has given so many opportunities to further myself in what I want to do in life. They have everything a person would want in a school: academics, opportunities, and fun!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If something is fun to you, someone else at Penn State likes it too! go find them and do it together. No matter what you are into, there are a ton of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great so try to eat and dine as much as you can!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing and incredibly fun, but do not forget about school work. Balance the two.

    Academic Rigor

    As you get into your respective major, the academic rigor increases tenfold. So buckle down and always give it your best work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be flexible, and go in with an open mind. Its okay if you do not have a major in mind because you will definitely find one here.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great school. It offers a multitude of areas of study, as well as a great college environment. Its staff and my fellow students are the best around.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a good amount of nightclubs to go to downtown. Its just that either a hit are a miss some nighst because the guy to girl ratio sucks. It seems to be way more guys then girls. I would suggest going to apartment parties or the bars if your of age. Either way you'll find something to do and you have a great time with friends and the new people you'll meet.

    Food and Dining

    It depends on where you go. I feel like pollock has the best food it's one of the newer dinning areas. It clean bright and cool seating. South is ok they have some pretty good choices some days. Pollock seems like they have more to choose from overall the dinning halls are pretty sweet.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live it could be great. I lived in Eastview and I loved it. They are singles so you will get bored with yourself pretty fast. Some days I wish I had a roommate. It's like your living on your own which I liked its really quiet, but it gives you the time you need to study and get things done. If you live in EVT you need to take the time to meet the people in your building so that you enjoy your time there.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are alot of work. You really need to set time aside to study or get help if needed even study groups work. The professors are pretty nice if you need help all you need to do is ask..I suggest getting to class a few minutes early and reviewing your notes along with have a set time you study everyday. This keeps everything fresh in your head.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell all prospective students that they need to be focus when they come to PSU. There are so many distractions because there is something going on all the time. It's really overwhelming at first, but if you set time aside to study you'll be fine. You'll love it here.

    In three sentences

    PSU is a great university to be apart of and go to. You meet so many great people and you built long-tern friendships. Don't matter what happens the PRIDE of the PSU community is always strong.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus feels very safe. There are security officers that check all the on-campus doors, and there are safe spots all over campus!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. Fraternities have houses off-campus, and sororities have special dorm rooms on-campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs at Penn State. There's something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Of course, you don't need to bleed blue and white before you arrive on your first day. But by the end of your first semester, you'll be more in love with this school than ever!! Every spot on campus is special, especially places like the Lion Shrine, Beaver Stadium and the HUB student center!

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State does cost more than other state schools. And the out-of-state price is high. But this school is totally worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton to do for fun. Penn State has a very fruitful social life, even if you aren't involved with Greek life. There is always something going on during the school year, and there are clubs and groups for everything!

    Food and Dining

    There are a bunch of different food options on campus and off campus. From Mexican and Chinese, to American and Italian, there is always something to keep you interested. And Penn State has there own ice cream, too!

    Dorm Life

    These are your typical dorm rooms. But the fun thing about your first year is living on campus. If you're lucky enough to land a spot in East Halls, you'll be with all the other freshman!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Penn State are challenging, but there are so many resources available to students. Between academic advisers and teaching assistants, there is always help if you need it. Also, there are so many class options, so each semester is always interesting!

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would recommend that you take the time to do an on-campus tour. If you've never visited here, all you know is that this school is located in the middle of Pennsylvania. But when you're on campus, walking around downtown, or visiting the monuments, it really makes the experience!!

    In three sentences

    What's not to love? Penn State University Park is the prettiest campus I've ever visited, not to mention it has the best technology labs, an amazing library, and great on-campus and off-campus living options. This school has it all!

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can't go anywhere at night without seeing a Penn State Blue Light system.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is humongous!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you name it, Penn State has a club for it. And if not, you and some of your friends can certainly make it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Canyon pizza is a local favorite which stays open until 4 a.m. for $1.00 slices of pizza on Beaver Ave. As well as going to lionmenus.com to use your Lion Cash for Wings Over Happy Valley until 4 a.m. Or just walk down to McDonald's, where sometimes our Basketball Head Coach is handing out free Big Macs at 3 a.m.

    What to do for fun

    There are more than enough things to do in State College. After classes and homework, there are thousands of ways to relax and have fun. Penn State is know famously for our on-campus creamery, the Berkey Creamery, which is great for a night-walk around campus with ice-cream and friends. There are always world-reknown authors, scientists, comedians, etc that come weeknights to speak to students. And you can even earn extra credit in your classes for attending! Our Art department has maintained and curated a wonderful art museum on campus, the Palmer Museum, that is open for Students and anyone else who's curious. The Drama department always has various plays and shows at the Eisenhower Auditorium and if you have more of a sports side, you can't go wrong. There is always an event, free for students! Watch our National Champions Women's Volleyball play or a Men's Wrestling match. Not to mention Basketball, Football, Tennis, Track, and all of the other Varsity sports on campus. I think it's safe to say, there's plenty going on at University Park.

    Food and Dining

    There is no getting bored of food at Penn State. There are always hundreds of different choices on and off campus to eat. If anything is a problem, it's to decide where to go! Buffet style food at dining halls and even at Chick-fil-A in the Hub make the lines fast and easy to choose what you want and then move on to the next thing.

    Dorm Life

    I would never have the great relationships with friends that I have today with dorm life. The maintenance staff is more than proficient at what they do and some of the kindest people I've ever met. Dorm life is a must at Penn State. Your RA is always scheduling stuff for you to do from Yoga, to self-defense classes, to free water ice and cookies for everyone on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Particular classes are sometimes difficult to get but if you stay on top of schedule dates and prepare beforehand then you should have no trouble. Classes, on the other hand, are indeed tough. There is no room for slacking but professors are always willing to offer extra credit, study groups, and personal reviews of past exams and papers with you. The courage to ask for help eliminates the potential of academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State is not as big as it seems. The campus is very easy to navigate, the classes are not all over 500 students (like everyone seems to believe), I rarely have teaching assistants or graduate students teaching my classes, and I have had a student to teacher relationship with every single one of my professors. The school isn't as big as people make it out to be.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is my home. The students, my teammates and coaches, the professors, and the alumni are my family. I am fully committed to excellence because of this university; for the glory, we are.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. Even at 2am walking alone. I'm not saying its perfect but it's pretty close.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at Penn State. There are over 60 fraternities and over 30 sororities. Everyone I know involved loves it, but you don't need to be. I have never had a problem getting involved and staying busy and I am not in a fraternity. There is also fraternities for community service, certain schools like engineering and business. The fraternity houses are generally gorgeous and they throw a lot of parties. The worst part is that the sororities are stuck in dorms.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 950 organizations at Penn State. I am in about 5 and overwhelmed with activities. THON is the biggest activity at Penn State. It is the biggest student run philanthropy in the world. Last year we raised 10.2 million dollars for pediatric cancer. We are very involved with the families who have kids with cancer. Almost every group on campus does something for THON, whether they raise money or represent a family. It is a huge unified event at Penn State. No other school can compare. The 48 hour dance marathon in February changed my life forever.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can fit in at Penn State. You don't have to be a football fanatic, nor an engineering nerd. There is everything in between. Zombies vs. Humans is a very popular group at Penn State. There is every nationality I can think of on campus. As long as you take the initiative to get involved, there is something for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Creamery has its famous ice cream. It is really good. I love going to the arboretum. Its my favorite place ever. There are traditions galore. Including an 'unofficial' streak the Sunday before finals, yelling 'We are' to tour groups, and climbing Mount Nittany at least once. Just to name a few.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is expensive. But its worth it. The school offers anything you could need. The experience will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you could possibly want. Except go to a city. There is shopping downtown, hiking, biking, camping, skating, partying, movies, football, any sport you can think of, concerts, special events. There is everything you could possibly want. Traveling is difficult.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright. It seems great at first because there is so much variety. But after about two months, you'll be done with it. Well, good news is that you may not gain the freshman 15!

    Dorm Life

    My freshman year in the dorms was the best time of my life. I made friends that I'll keep forever. Everyone is open and friendly. You will end up doing the oddest, most childish things.... such as running around the halls in a nerf gun vs. water gun fight. It's a lot of fun. Don't schedule hard classes if you are living in the dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is very difficult. My classes kill me. But there are many majors that don't require as much work or studying. Penn State is the number 1 recruitment school so you will find a job no matter what major you are in.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't have to know what you want to do when you come here. There are a million opportunities and you will find your niche. Be outgoing and get to know as many people as you can to get the best of your experience. It goes by fast so enjoy it while you can.

    In three sentences

    I love Penn State. The spirit, the opportunities, the events, academics, and social life make this school what it is. It is what you want it to be.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus security and always people around checking up on each other. We all look out for each other and make sure we all are accounted for and maintain safety measures.

    Greek Life

    There are many different sororities to be involved in. Some of these depend on GPA however you are guaranteed to find one to your liking.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many athletic activities. There are academic clubs and activities and also programs to keep it green and even take care of children and give back to our community.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great fit for any type of student. There are international students here and students born and raised here who attend. There is a spiritual center that accommodates any religious need you could possibly have.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Penn State is known for having the statues of Joe Pa who is associated with the famous Penn State football team.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the top 15 ranked private schools. It is a great place to get a solid education along with having time to have fun. The professors are all down to earth and will take time out of their day for any student who needs some extra help. It is located in Big Valley which is a beautiful place with a great view every season of the year, its surrounded by mountains and gorgeous scenes of nature.

    What to do for fun

    State College offers many places for entertainment. There are bars and pool tables and game zones. A big sport is football and tailgating is a lot of fun to do. There are also lots of arts festivals and craft vendors and many seasonal festivities as well.

    Food and Dining

    There is a main food and dining hall. There are many discounted eateries around town. There are also nicer restaurants that offer sit down meals and offer students jobs.

    Dorm Life

    There are some parties but you can chooses a quit spot or a more active dorm setting. There are plenty of libraries and buildings available if dorm life gets too loud for students to go to and take a break. Everyone is very friendly including the non-college residents.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are all enthusiastic and make time for the students. The faculty work as a team and are always willing to help each other and the students. The president helps to promote high GPA's and encourages students to work hard by offering academic success scholarships.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you own a computer. Read all the assigned materials and do not get behind. Attend all classes.

    In three sentences

    I have had excellent help with the registration process. The professors are very helpful and make time for the students. Upon the registration process they automatically enroll you in their in-house scholarships.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Penn State Brandywine is a very safe campus both during the day and in the evening.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State Brandywine is especially good for those students who want to be close to home and not live on campus. The class size is small so it is more personal.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely save a great deal of money if you live at home and commute to school. The education is good and if you can do the 2 and 2 program you still can get the college experience the last 2 years.

    What to do for fun

    There are intramurals on campus as well as other functions that were offered to students. They are yours for the taking.

    Food and Dining

    At Penn State Brandywine there was no dining hall because of it being a commuter campus. We had a cafe where you could get sandwiches, drinks and snacks and I would say it was about average and give it a 3 out 5 stars.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give Penn State Brandywine 5 stars. I am a Food Science major and all the science courses have been challenging. You will need to spend a lot of time studying as the professors and students will tell you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing is to be sure the school is a good fit. Do not let anyone talk you in to a particular school or major. Work hard!

    In three sentences

    My education at Penn State has been a good one. I am just transferring from a satellite campus of Penn State up to University Park . The administration has been helpful and very supportive.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an escort service you can call if it's late and your worried and the police patrol around often.

    Greek Life

    I dont personally engage in greek life but a lot of my friends do and they like it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many clubs definately something for everyone! And if they don't have something you want you can start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for every type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You need to take a picture with the lion shrine, the berkey creamery is amazing, and old main is a very popular tourist spot.

    Bang for the buck

    Like I said i'm out of state so this is very expensive for me and I'm loaning pretty much the whole thing, but this is my dream school so for right now no regrets (:

    What to do for fun

    There aren't too many things, but you can pay 1.50 to go to the mall, Walmart,target,etc. So it's not too bad and there's a lot of on-campus activities and concerts so it's a blast.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good here, except for easy really, which is where most of the freshman live so take advantage of the other dining commons their a lot better.

    Dorm Life

    My overall experience has been difficult only because i lived with my RA and you need to be moved out into another room after and they wanted me to move to and entirely different building after getting settled in the one i was in! After fighting with housing I got to stay in supplemental and i love my one roommate but my other one is a little weird. Housing is very difficult to deal with which is why I gave a three.

    Academic Rigor

    Being that only the best students get accepted here the competition is pretty tough. Depending on what classes you take , what you've taken in high school, and how much work you put in is how your gonna do. What you put in is what you get out.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's an amazing school and place to be but it is very expensive. I have to pretty much loan the whole thing and i'm out of state, but thats the only complaint I have so far.

    In three sentences

    I've wanted to come her since I was twelve, and it has always been my dream school. I love absolutely everything here and it's above and beyond my expectations.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Life is great! The Staff, Professors, and students care. Diversity is working at PSU.

    Greek Life

    My dad is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity- Delta Theta -Penn State Chapter

    Great for these types of students

    The Creamery- Ice Cream The HUB

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Nittany Lions Football Stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    Look me up on facebook - James S. Mines

    What to do for fun

    Listen to music-Jazz, Classical - I play my Saxophone, Guitar, and Key board.

    Food and Dining

    Make sure mom and dad or your aunt or uncle, or your grand parents send you Care Packages You will need them for late study nights:).

    Dorm Life

    Love your neighbor and love God.

    Academic Rigor

    Develop good study and work habits.

    Tips for prospective students

    1- Go to the College Freshmen Orientations; they are very helpful. 2- Make sure that you have money for your books as you will need the books for your classes. 3- Know your way around technology, i.e., computers, software, etc.

    In three sentences

    I am receiving a quality education. I am a Liberal Arts' Major and I have been given an opportunity to work part-time as a student. I am a Nittany Lion and I am Penn State Proud!

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police along with State College police work very hard at protecting the students and community. There are many phone numbers to call in any situation- even an escorting service!

    Greek Life

    Although I am not involved in greek life, it is very big on campus. The organizations do a lot and are very active among the student body.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has almost 1,000 different clubs along with many sports. Sports can be club sports or intramurals, it is not limited to the D 1 teams. And if there is not a club you want to join, fear not, students can create their own clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for students who want to learn and be involved. There are so many opportunites and the university practically caters to those who want to be active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lion shrine is a great place for pictures and very well known on campus. There is a big fish tank in the HUB that is an unusual spot but very well known by students and is often a big meeting spot. The Creamery is also a traditional ice cream spot...delicious!

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is very expensive but with scholarships and careful money budgeting the degree can be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Penn State offers so many extra curricular activites that students have to learn to say no in order to get work done. One can join clubs or sports and meet new people in so many different ways.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining definitely depends on where you go: most dining commons and food options available on campus are great places to eat. Also, there are so many opportunites downtown if students tire of on campus food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms can be loud and distracting but great friends can be made in the living areas. Also, there are so many great, quiet spots to study on campus that if one is distracted, the student can always study elsewhere. The housing services and cleaning ladies are also fantastic and truly care about the students they are serving.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but once time management is learned students can balance their lives and classes and succeed. The professors are available for assistance and many tutoring programs are ready to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    A Penn State degree is a very difficult degree to obtain but contains a lot of value. If you are willing to work hard, Penn State is a great option.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is a large school but feels like a family. The professors are world renowned researchers and I have found that they also actually care about their students. There are so many opportunities and help available for students if the students only look and seek it out.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. The HUB in particular always has activities ranging from crafts to movies for students to take part in at any hour.

    Food and Dining

    The food here does not taste like college food. The cuisine is nothing less than your mother's home cooking. With a variety of dishes and the healthy options, I am always excited to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm's here vary drastically. I live in a very small dorm that is decently renovated, while some of my friends live in gorgeous suites. The community surrounding the dorms is great though.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum here is very challenging, but I would say this is only true for certain majors. i am an animal science major, therefore I have to take all of the challenging math and science courses, such as calculus and chemistry. It is very hard, but rewarding because I know I'm learning so much.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip i have for prospective students is to take a decent, but not overbearing, course load your first semester. Getting adjusted is half the battle; you don't need unnecessary stress from too many hard courses.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is the home away from home I always dreamed of. The campus is gorgeous, the people are friendly, and the teachers are phenomenal. The curriculum is challenging, therefore I know I will be prepared for the future career.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 136 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never seen somebody get hurt downtown on a Saturday night or heard of any crimes.

    Greek Life

    I'm helping found a frat this semester and I am loving it. Everybody is really friendly and fun to hang out with in the local Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 900+ student clubs and organizations you are sure to find something that you'll like. If not, you can probably find somebody who shares an interest with you and make your own club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a local sandwich called Are U Hungry? that has anything imaginable on a sub. With your choosing of chicken strips, mozzarella sticks, fried mac and cheese balls, steak, ham, bacon, and french fries you can always make the perfect sandwich.

    Bang for the buck

    Anything you can think of is possible at this university. Even after getting to go on more than a dozen tours of different universities, I have not seen one that has as much to offer as Penn State.

    What to do for fun

    With over 900+ student clubs and organizations you are sure to find something that you'll like. If not, you can probably find somebody who shares an interest with you and make your own club.

    Food and Dining

    Buffets which are different at all five dining commons every day. You will never eat the same thing if you don't want too.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently residing in North Halls which is probably the best place to room on campus. It is quite and very close to the business building which is a plus for me.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not too hard but with all of the activities you will be in, it will be very hard finding time to study and complete homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many things as you possibly can. If you don't take full advantage of every opportunity presented, you may miss out on something big.

    In three sentences

    Very energetic, friendly atmosphere. Beautiful campus and surrounded by nature Great networking opportunities

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 137 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of University recognized clubs alone, not to mention IM's, bands, etc...

    Great for these types of students

    Any and All! There is a place for everyone here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know about unusual, but there is a huge sense of tradition and pride as far as belonging to the Penn State family (which is most easily seen on football gamedays)

    Bang for the buck

    While the University is very expensive, the quality coming from a State University is unmatched and is well worth the sacrifice.

    What to do for fun

    Movie Theatres, bowling alley, etc...; Myriad Intramural/club sports teams; hundreds of University recognized clubs; Greek Life; PSU Football

    Food and Dining

    Excellent variety within dining halls. Much of what is offered is produced by Penn State

    Dorm Life

    Many Special living options (even for freshman) on campus, as well as plenty of traditional dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Certainly not too low. The University does an excellent job preparing students for real world careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus, you will likely find at least one aspect of Penn State to be totally different than how you imagined it, and it will likely be a change for the better.

    In three sentences

    Penn State offers an incredibly diverse and exceptional education experiences, despite its relatively rural surroundings. Acclaimed in many fields on an International level, Penn State offers one of the best educations offered from a public state school.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is on par. There is a great police force. They have updates that they send out to students via text and email about potential threats or things to look out for. The cops post flyers around the dorms about anything unusual going on. There is an awesome program where if you are out walking the campus alone at night and you feel unsafe you can call in and a cop will walk you home. Penn State is one of the safest places I've ever been.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are very involved with THON amongst a variety of other causes. I am not personally in the Greek system, but I have friends who are and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sooooooo many clubs and activities. Literally if you cannot find a club to be a part of, you can even make your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to list, but one of my favorite has to be THON. THON is a 46 hour dance marathon that raises money for pediatric cancer. It is high energy, inspirational, and it brings a smile to the faces of the students helping and the faces of the families that bring their children out to tell their stories.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student it is more expensive, but I cannot imagine putting money on an education anywhere else. Penn State not only gives you the tools to succeed in your academic career, but in your life career as well. There are so many alumni out there and businesses look at a Penn State education with the highest regard.

    What to do for fun

    What don't I do for fun? Penn State has lots of activities to get involved with: clubs, performances, and sports. Once you get to know people you also make your own fun, whether it's a midnight trip dressed in costumes to Canyon Pizza with your friends or a spur the moment scavenger hunt around campus. There's never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    This is a tough one. The food on campus has its ups and downs sometimes, but they offer so many options. There are 5 different dining commons, most colleges have one giant cafeteria. PLUS, there are a lot of good places to eat right downtown.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in a dorm all three years of my academic career. I LOVE IT! You meet the coolest and most diverse group of people, and the people closest to you distance wise are usually your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your program and the courses you're required to take, but overall the time you put into your work should showcase well thought out decisions and professionalism.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and do not be afraid to talk to people. Everyone on campus is accepting.

    In three sentences

    I cannot fathom a university that offers as many opportunities as Penn State, not only in educational fields, but in networking fields and social fields as well. I have learned a lot about maintaining who I am as a person and have figured out that in order to get what you want in life, you must work hard. Going to Penn State was one of the BEST if not the BEST choice of my life thus far.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 139 of 396

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    What to do for fun

    Penn State has numerous clubs which students can join. Also, the university has movie night, which are a great way for hanging out with friends and meeting new people.

    Food and Dining

    Penn State offers a variety of foods to its students, such as sushi, Chinese food, sandwiches, and much more. Also, there a few Starbucks around the campus which is very convenient for students and faculty.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm, so I do not have much knowledge of what it is like. However, I have seen the student residence buildings from the outside and they are very beautiful. Many would expect residence buildings to be dirty, but Penn State is not like that. All the buildings at the campus are very well-kept not only by the maintenance teams, but the students as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of an university is different in every major. I am currently an engineering student and classes are very difficult, but it is definitely worth while. By taking hard classes, students are better prepared for the future from the knowledge they have gained.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be proud to be a part of Penn State. From personal experience, I know that many freshmen worry about making new friends. That is not a problem in Penn State because everybody is very friendly and welcoming.

    In three sentences

    Pennsylvania State University is an outstanding university with amazing staff and friendly students. University Park, the campus which I currently attend, is very beautiful and well-kept. It is a great environment where the students can enjoy learning and have fun while doing it.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot. Communicate with Professors.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great school! Going to school on line has allowed me to work on a golf course as well as continuing my education in that area of study. They have a very will put together online program.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 141 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    THON, THON, THON FTK!

    Great for these types of students

    anyone really. determined, outgoing, fun, dreamers, you name it, youll fit in here. if you like to stay in study theres schreyers. if you like to go out, the night life is great. from frat parties, to apartment parties to clubs and bars downtown, youll always have something to do. no matter where in the country or world you come from, no matter what kind of person you are, there is always going to be something for you here, without a doubt.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    depending on where you come from, you may or may not have squirrels. but the squirrels are definitely a big part of campus. dont be weirded out if you see people feeding them on the grass, or them going right up to people. there are so many traditions and locations on campus, its so natural to me that i cant even pick any to be unusual

    Bang for the buck

    as expensive as it is.. its totally worth it. youre paying for the universities name on your degree. graduating from penn state is something ive dreamed of. theres so much to do here, the hard work is beyond worth it in the long run. itll help you find jobs after your graduate too with the large alumni base.

    What to do for fun

    for fun... i do what everyone else does. go to sporting events, football in fall is a HUGE deal. its something you should take part of. hangout with friends, go to parties. as long as you surround yourself with good people, youll have a great time.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different dining halls. Youll never go hungry. There are so many different options here when it comes to food. you have the dining halls, friends apartments to everything downtown and around in State College. Theres the standard typical night food places, r u hungry, wings over, canyon pizza/collegepizza, insomnia cookies, green bowl ect. anything you have a taste for, youll fine it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome, theres so many places to live on campus you cant go wrong. Youll make friends with people on your floor and in your building. most likely, keep them through the years. awesome it is until you get an apartment...

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are fairly difficult. Making sure you allow for adequate study time and preparing for tests is a must. Your grades are proportionate to the time you set aside to prepare and study for tests/speeches/projects. It may seem like alot of work, but its worth it. Youre working towards getting a degree from one of the best state schools in the country. earn it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your head on straight, its easy to lose sight of what you want. Keep your goals in mind. Actually study, dont pretend to, youll regret it in the end. Make friends, join clubs. THON. OH and who could forget football. if you dont like it before coming to school, odds are that will change. just be yourself, have fun. college is a cocktail of working hard and playing harder.

    In three sentences

    Definitely the place for me, its like one giant family. Theres no place happier than Happy Valley. I wouldnt trade it for anything.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, even at night. If you ever need any help they give us the number to call the police at orientation. Also, if you want to be escorted to your room during the night, the police will drive you to your destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and there are clubs fairs during the beginning of each semester so there is a good chance that you will be able to find something that you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student is welcome and there are so many other people to meet from different backgrounds and interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Seems a little pricy when you're out of state, but the school does offer a lot of scholarships. The school also has a lot of networking opportunities so when you graduate, there is a very good chance of finding a well paying job.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many intramural sports that you can join and if sports aren't your thing, try clubs such as the Thespians, and THON clubs, or even educational clubs such as the engineering club EPICS.

    Food and Dining

    Food at the residence halls is relatively good. I believe that the food at Pollock and West halls serves the best food. When you visit, you should definitely try it!

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are ample and the residence halls are tidied up every day. All residence halls are relatively clean. There is a lot of space for clothing in the drawers and the closets.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are rigorous if you are taking a science related or math related course. Your level of understanding will depend on class lectures, textbook readings and homework problems. Not every class requires textbooks and not every class that says you need a textbook actually requires you to use the textbook.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are very organized with your time here. If you can, join a program like MEPO, Science U, or ORION because you'll establish great connections and relationships with students that are your age and students that are older that have experience and can help you out. Classes go on point based systems so if you are used to all your test scores being averaged and then adding participation point to improve your grade, make sure you don't make those same assumptions when you take your classes here. Make sure to especially pay attention to the syllabus and how much each portion of work that you do counts towards your grade in the science and math courses. You're allowed to have fun, but be able to control yourself. There is a lot to do each night, especially with Late Night at the HUB where there are games, DDR machines, arts&crafts, and cheap food from Burger King and Sbarros every weekend. They also show very recent movies at the auditorium even before they come out on DVD. There are also a lot of cultural events once a month and they're very entertaining. There are 5 dining halls on campus and they each have a unique atmosphere, make sure to get around to all 5 and choose which you like the best :) Downtown there are a lot of restaurants and stores that you could go to and some of them accept LionCash, where you can pay for things using your ID card. LionCash is separate from the meal points that you get on campus, but you need that LionCash to pay for your laundry.

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University is one of the most emotionally and intellectually rewarding universities in the country. As Penn Staters, we have so much pride in our school and we are strong enough to face any challenge, not alone, but as a family.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 143 of 396

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    What to do for fun

    There's hundreds of activities going on every day, whether it be a club, a class, or even just a bunch of friends getting together. The possibilities are limitless as long as you go out and find them.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to go to eat every night that you may find it hard to eat the same thing twice in a row.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you live and what friends you make in your building. It's up to you to make a great experience for yourself, and the option is always there.

    Academic Rigor

    Every field has a class at every level of education. No matter what knowledge you have, you'll be able to pick it right back up from where you left off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for anything and everything, because you'll find it here.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a very large school. It has lots of activities and opportunities in every field. Perfect for people who want a wide range of options to choose from.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although there are horrible incidents every once in a while, the campus is a calm place and I have never felt like I was in any danger at Ll.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities at Penn State. There are only a few fraternity houses on campus, most are in town. Sororities usually dorm together on one or two floors of a building, or in apartments together. Rushing is an interesting experiences.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and organizations for students to join, everyone can find a place where they fit in. There are free events throughout the year, like concerts and crafts.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for hard working, social students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The HUB is open 24 hours each day, so students are ALWAYS there. The library is always full as well, there is even a lounging area where students nap.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very high, but this school is amazing. If you're involved in student life and don't just study in your room all day, you can definitely get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    Exercising outside or visiting one of the gyms is enjoyable. There are recreational halls in each common building! There is also a game hall in the HUB. Every Friday there's Late Night, which consists of a movie, inexpensive food, and free crafts. Downtown is right off of campus, so if you want to get away for a bit, it's effortless. And of course there are so many clubs that you can join!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is wonderful. There are several dining commons all over campus, as well as small cafes and several food service places in the main campus building (HUB).

    Dorm Life

    Most people are kind and courteous. Weekends can be hectic... Only freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing, so be prepared to search for a place to live if you're denied housing as an upperclassman!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes seem easy, but exams sneak up on you! Find a friend or classmate to study with, or find a study group.

    Tips for prospective students

    RESEARCH before coming here; know what you want to get out of your time here.

    In three sentences

    There are hundreds of clubs and student organizations. The campus is beautiful. Everyone has strong school spirit.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 145 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although some and very minimal occasions occur that deal with students, there are always auxilary officers and the police driving around campus or walking around campus. It is a very safe environment and if your smart and never have the It won't happen to me mentality, you will always be safe. There are kiosks all over campus too that alert police immediately if something were to occur. Also, thousands of fellow students will be walking with you so there are many witnesses and people surrounding you while you are walking by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    You must get involved with THON while you are here. THON is a no sitting no standing 46 hour dance marathon in efforts to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. It is a year long effort and THON is a 46 hour event. You will be moved and inspired while getting involved with THON and will make so many friends through it. It's one of those indescribably events that sets Penn State apart from many schools.

    Bang for the buck

    I love being at this school. I found my second family here and penn state and state college is like my second home now. It's a small town, but with a big heart. You will never feel bored or alone because there are always many people around and many things to see and do. The education you receive is absolutely incredible and really prepares you for the real world. Also, Penn State is known and recognized for job placement and really prepares students to get recruited for a job right out of college!

    What to do for fun

    The nightlife downtown is great. There is always a party going on somewhere. Your first year, you will head down to frat row or various apartment parties. You will meet lots of new people and will always have fun especially on holidays like artsfest, state patty's day, halloween, christmas time, and more. For nondrinkers, the hub always has much entertainment like movies, games, and social activities on the weekends. There are also full facility gyms where you can play all sports and a tennis and raquetball court. There are countless things to do in state college. You just have to look for them.

    Food and Dining

    There is food everywhere on campus! The hub will be the most expensive. The commons has a buffet style breakfast lunch and dinner with many varieties from sandwiches, pizza, salads, entrees, meat, pastas, etc. Also, there are many MTO burger, paninis, pizzas, sub, stir fry grills.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, dorm life will not be so glamorous only because the dorm rooms are very small. However, I remember the amount of fun I had freshman year living in east halls. It's the memories you will make living in the dorms that make you look back later on and want to go back. The commons are easily accessible and very good.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes, depending on your major, vary in difficulty levels. However, that does not mean all of the classes here are easy or hard. There will be classes where you must attend and work very hard in. There are others where you will see less stressful. I feel that all of the classes I've taken really have applied to real-life situations and have prepared me in my field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be assertive and open to new things and new people. Work hard and appreciate your classes. Find your best friends and make lasting memories because you will love it here. Go to football games, get involved with THON, and find the things that makes you happy. You create your own college experience. It's up to you to make it great!

    In three sentences

    Penn State has a small town environment. You can find your own family here. It is a great university with many majors to explore and so many different extracurricular activities to get involved in.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for virtually anything here a Penn State it is almost impossible for a student not to find a club that shares the same interest as them and there are many people willing to join the club so that even if you feel like you will be the only one there, I can assure you that you will not be alone.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Penn State is great. It does not matter where you go to eat, all of the food at Penn State is good.

    Dorm Life

    Although some dorms at Penn State are small there are many that you can find that are nice a large for yourself or a roommate of your choosing.

    Academic Rigor

    Although the classes here at Penn State are very rigorous they are manageable and will still leave you with time to have fun and explore other things.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is an amazing university from the education it gives you to the atmosphere that you are surrounded by everyday. Penn State is an ideal university for students like like to get out of their comfort zone and explore the opportunities that are around them. Penn State does not only teach to be a great employe but it teaches you many life lessons along the way as well.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On weekends, it is mostly drink and party. The night life is pretty popular among most of the student body. However, there are other things you can do if you are not into that.

    Food and Dining

    All of the dining halls are pretty good except for the one in east. however, there are other food options there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms life is pretty good. Even living in east halls is not too bad. All of the dorms are pretty spacious except for east halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the rigor can be difficult to smooth sailing. However do not expect to have a well paying job if you choose one of the easier majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research what you want to major in and definitely plan a visit during the semester when you see all of the students so you can get a feel for the campus.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university where you can find all kinds of people. You are bound to find people with whom you are compatible. The academics and athletics are great as well.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always there. We have telephone polls around campus where you can call a police officer to escort you back to your dorm or walk with you if you do not want to walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big around campus. There are multiple sororities and fraternities around campus. If you want to join, make sure you join the one that would be the right fit for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have more than 200 clubs around campus I think. So there are a lot of clubs that you can choose from. If they do not have the club that you are looking for, then you can make your own and try to get people to join it.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for everyone because our campus is very diverse and you can always look to hang out with different people anywhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't think we have any unusual traditions, but some of the traditions that we have are Be Apart from the start, and the We Are... chant.

    Bang for the buck

    Going is Penn State is very well worth the money because you make connections with multiple people and once you graduate you are apart of the largest alumni association in the country.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun at Penn State. Some of the things I do are going to the mall, going to the concerts that are held free for the students, and hang out with friends around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dining commons are better than the others. I guess when you are looking, you might want to choose what you are in the mood for the day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty fun. I met some of the many friends that I still have today. It was a great way to learn about other cultures and the different types of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are pretty easy and some classes are hard, it all depends on the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students are that always go to class because you never know if you are going to miss something interesting. Living on campus is the best way to get to know more people and become closer. Also, try to go to as much events as possible with friends because it will help you become more involved by looking at some of the things that Penn State has to provide.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a large campus with many opportunities that can bring many students. There is a lot of tradition when it comes to events, such as sports. In addition, we have a lot of pride within our school.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You should never feel unsafe walking on Penn State's campus. Security is always driving around and on call if you need them.

    Greek Life

    I was not personally part of greek life, but there is so much to offer here at Penn State. Many fraternities and sororities are available and they participate in fundraisers, campus activities and much more.

    Clubs and Activities

    What to say about clubs and activities.. If you have a club in mind, chances are it's already being offered at Penn State. There are clubs and activities for every type of person. The HUB, which is located in the center of campus, is home to almost all club offices. If you have an questions, just ask!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for ALL types of students. Penn State is great for many reasons, one of them being the amount of diversity students bring to the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This isn't necessarily unusual, but if you weren't already aware, Penn State runs the biggest student run philanthropy in THE WORLD. It is THON, which is a 46 hour dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer. Students who participate in the THON organization or club, can all year and fundraise to build up to the goal, which is always to out-raise the previous year's amount.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is most definitely and Bang for the Buck. Every penny spent, whether it be on tuition, football season tickets, etcetera is absolutely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There a many things to do for fun in State College. College avenue, which is a minute walk from campus, has a ton of shops, eateries, and more. There are gyms on and off campus, if you're in to staying in shape, and so much more. There's never a dull moment at Penn State!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining speaks for itself; it's a must-try! Plan a visit, earn a free meal and experience the deliciousness for yourself! There are multiple dining halls on campus as well as restaurants and shops downtown.

    Dorm Life

    No one likes to share a room, am I right? However, the dorm life isn't as bad as it may sound. You might meet your best friend, or maybe just a few new ones. There are resident hall activities, bathrooms on every floor, and each side to a floor, and it's over all a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor demanding, yet flexible. Advisors and professors know that being a college student isn't easy! That's why everyone has office hours, and most will even schedule meeting times on their own schedule if their hours don't match with your availability. There are student learning centers, with tutors for almost every subject. If you need help, you will certainly get it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore majors and options, there is so much to offer for every person. Make friends; Penn State is a big school and the experience will be more rewarding with good times and great friends.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a great place to meet not only friends, but resources then Penn State is the school for you. There are so many opportunities waiting for you, here in State College, PA. The experience and the education is worth every penny!

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Feel safe and system provided by campus police if leaving the library at 2:00 am and walking to my dorm. Have not got any problems thus far and some of my male friends have adopted me as their little sister and are there for me if i called them or feel uncomfortable.

    Greek Life

    Personally have not join any so far but if interested there is so many no difficulty finding one if that is what you desire.

    Clubs and Activities

    Please there is so many clubs and activities that is even hard to pick just one or two but make sure to make time to try something new or out of your comfort zone.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone basically even if you think your grades or SAT scores are not high enough try you never know because they look for well rounded people like myself. One time I am glad i listened to my mother.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    it is hard not to follow traditions like at football games. You just get caught up in the spirit and the moment. It is a great feeling of belonging.

    Bang for the buck

    You can achieve and be all you would like to be. My only suggestion would be that sometimes entering as an undecided is better than if you are death set on a major and finding out is not your calling or is not what you expected at all. Try different classes before declaring a major. The counselors are great!!!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do if you are willing to meet new people. Learn about new places, culture and food. There is gym, pool, hiking, clubs, friends, party and believe it or not just sleeping or doing nothing at all sometimes is so much fun.

    Food and Dining

    At the beginning it tastes great, then fine, good and get used it as time passes by. As long as I do not have to cook but then very concerned with too many fast food and bad choices. The cost it is also a consideration. Meal plan has to last for a full semester. I had $9 left to my name and had two more weeks to go before ransacking my mother's pantry. Home cook meals never tasted so gooooood!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm room is never like being at home, no matter how much I tried to decorate it plus sharing space takes time and cooperation with a total stranger. It gets better once you meet someone and agree to room together. Bring a lot of Frebrese and ur own maid if u refuse to pick after yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    At the beginning is totally culture shock from High School. Learn to balance all the reading, class work, work and social life. Some classes felt like a breeze while others no matter how long I study unable to achieve decent grade. Do not take 17 credits on your first semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to attend the main campus, I am far but not too far from my family. Ability to make own decisions, meet so many friends and determine my own boundaries when it comes to parting, studying or cleaning my room.

    In three sentences

    It is the best choice I had made thus far. Regardless of the scandal, the students, staff, friends and academics make it all worthwhile. PSU will survive and be stronger than ever. Blue and white run deep in this campus and blood.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never once felt unsafe walking on this campus, whether it be nighttime or daytime. The campus police are always driving around, and at night the campus security are making sure dorm doors are working, etc. People here are so friendly.

    Greek Life

    Not for everyone, but for those who want to, there's a large list of social sororities and fraternities, as well as service and academic focused organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you're interested in, I guarantee there is a club for it. You have to get involved at a school this huge. The opportunities are limitless.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone. Foreign students, students from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Miami, anywhere. You will meet many different types of people at this college, and all of them are accepted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games, of course, are tons of fun. You have to take a picture freshman year at the Lion Shrine, and then one when you graduate. The Creamery has great ice cream and milkshakes (and salads, too).

    Bang for the buck

    This is the best place on earth to spend the next 4 years of your life! You become a part of the Penn State family and it's the best feeling in the world.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown has lots of cool stores for shopping, and there's always something going on somewhere on campus. There's plenty of concerts, athletic events, and clubs to get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty delicious. You can get what you want to eat at pretty much any time of the day since there are so many choices. The HUB has some great fast food places, too.

    Dorm Life

    East halls, where most freshmen live, is so fun. The rooms are small, but manageable and you'll look back and miss the times when all of your friends lived within a 5 minute walk of your dorm. Other dorms are nice and more conveniently located, and there's options, with different prices, for upperclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough and you really need to put in the time outside of class in order to get good grades. There's plenty of extra resources like free tutoring and office hours, but make sure you go to all your classes, even if they aren't mandatory.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't schedule 8:00 ams everyday for your fall semester and try not to overestimate yourself. You're obviously smart, but there's more to college than just academics and the first semester is all about learning how to be independent and manage your time. As much as everyone says it, it's so worth it to get great GPA's in the beginning.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an exciting place. Work hard play harder is the pretty much the motto here. You get back what you give.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    PSU is top-notch when it comes to safety. Dormitories and on-campus housing requires a student ID for access and is monitored by safety authorities for any abnormalities. Campus is studded with Blue Light emergency calling centers all along its major streets, clustered near the dorms, and along walkways. One touch makes a 911 or campus safety center call, alerting campus and local authorities to danger. Campus police are an invaluable tool and can be called upon for anything upon everything, from public safety concerns to providing a simple and free escort service on lonely walks across campus to one's dorm or vehicle. On-campus dwellers are taught the basics of fire safety, rape and assault prevention, and no-tolerance discrimination policies by everyone from RAs in the dorms to posters lining the walls of food courts, dorm halls, and classroom buildings. Safety is key at PSU!

    Greek Life

    Penn State Greek Life is composed of almost 90 fraternities and sororities made up of various ethnically-enriched backgrounds and individual talents. The basic principle of membership are Academic Achievement, Service and Philanthropy, Leadership, Brotherhood & Sisterhood, Social, and Alumni Involvement. With the creation of the IFC-Panhellenic Dance Marathon - a.k.a. THON - in 1973, and involvement with such ever since its induction, PSU Greeks are known for giving back to their community. Greek life is also active within community drives, IM sports, and local efforts such as recycling drives.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 900 clubs and activities on campus, you are guaranteed to find something to do and love. Worldwide, we are known for THON, the 46-hour dance marathon that raises money for pediatric cancer awareness and research. This is something you must see for yourself in order to understand its true beauty and spirit. In terms of traditional clubs, there is everything from Vegetarian Club to My Name Is Bob (and Friends) Club to the Pokemon Society. If there happens to be no club that you are interested in, all you need is a faculty sponsor and you can create your own -- how cool!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are hard-working, driven, and proud to be where they are. For extraverted students, there are countless pep rallies and cries for PSU spirit all across campus, whether this is in the form of the annual PSU vs. Michigan/OSU Blood Drive, dorm hall tournaments, Free Hugs students standing around the library with signs, etc. For those who are more into R&R, the library is over a city block long and contains more books than any other local library -- you'd be amazed at what you can find there! Labs and research centers all across campus are always looking for people to participate in their studies, and you can be rewarded with credit-hours of study, monetary compensation, or vouchers that are good for things like food or recreational activities on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure to participate in Nittanyville at least once during your tenure here. This is the famous football campout on the ground in front of Beaver Stadium just before the biggest home game of the year. Students of all ages join together to celebrate with spirit of Happy Valley -- you're guaranteed to make a friend (or five!). The HUB-Robeson Center (a.k.a. the student union building, more accurately known as simply the Hub) hosts free activities on weekend nights for students including DIY/BYO crafts, movie showings, dance shows, etc, and students can usually bring one guest, so if you have friends visiting this is some perfect free fun. Make sure to snap a picture with the Nittany Lion Statue and its newly redecorated surroundings (at the corner of Burrowes Street and Curtain Road, for those who prefer directions), as well as pick up some cookies from dinnertime at West Halls. You will not regret it!

    Bang for the buck

    Sign up for local coupons on sites like ValPak and Groupon and you can save big at local restaurants. Many apartment complexes hand out coupon booklets when you move in, or you can find them in boxes in the HUB and dining halls. Check out www.orderup.com for delivery/take-out -- everyone I know uses this site to get the most out of deals on everything from asian fusion cuisine to pizza and more. In terms of saving money on clothes, check out the awesome thrift shops in town. Plato's Closet is packed with designer brands for much less than designer prices, and everyone loves a good trip to Goodwill. Also, there are discount stores within ten minutes of campus, such as Ross Dress for Less and T.J. Maxx. They're all within 5-10 minutes of each other, so why not hit all in the same day?

    What to do for fun

    Check out the variety of stores that College & Beaver have to offer. Metro Underground is right next to Taco Bell. Kiwi is one of the best places to go for froyo. Webster's Cafe (and Irving's!) is pure bliss. Check out Cafe & Zeno's if you're 21. Go to Tattoo Mark's for all of your body mod needs -- the guys there are awesome at what they do. The Nittany Mall is a short M-route bus ride away and decently sized.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty solid campus food. Very pricey without a meal plan, but hey, that's what on-campus friends or commuter plans are for! A fair amount of options for international foods are offered throughout the campus. Make sure to check out the nachos in East, the cookies in West, the first floor cafe in South, and the buffet in North.

    Dorm Life

    The easiest way to break it down is as follows: East Halls = the most kids (almost all freshman) crammed into the smallest, cheapest area with pretty tasty food and lots of areas for socializing. West Halls = upgraded version of East Halls with a beautiful design and better location. North Halls = where you pay a lot more for private suites and live in a very quiet, very calm neighborhood near College Heights. South Halls = party halls, very close to downtown, where the sororities and such are. Pollock Halls = mixture of South & East. On-campus apartments and suites are also near Pollock in a development called Eastview Terrace. More pricey but also more private. Choose wisely!

    Academic Rigor

    I've met some of the most hard-working, honest, bright, and downright incredible profs here. They are understanding and approachable. Liberal arts profs rock :) Go to office hours and always *always* always make friends with the teaching assistants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go to your classes -- all of them -- no matter whether attendance is mandatory or not. Bring a nice mix of clothes because the weather changes on the drop of a dime. You can never have enough blue & white clothing, umbrellas, or quarters in State College. Also, check out the local cafes downtown, like Webster's and Saint's.

    In three sentences

    Large, loud, proud, and bustling college with a lot to offer in student interaction, extracurriculars, networking, and living solutions. Classroom sizes range from several hundred in one lecture hall to a dozen in a discussion-style room. School spirit and love for the locals is through the roof here!

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You have plenty of shops and places to eat. Places to hike and ride your bike.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't too bad. It's always hot and the chefs do a great job at keeping up with the flow of the crowd.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice and you get to meet many people who live there. It's a friendly and welcoming environment.

    Academic Rigor

    It is great. There are a lot of opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come early and check out the campus. Get the feel for the area. Make lots of friends (the good kind). Don't party it affects your grades and can be detrimental to your education.

    In three sentences

    There is a lot of opportunities to grow in your education. Provide the best academic advisers to keep you on track. They provide many opportunities to get involved with the degree you want.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is well patrolled and there is always someone official within a few minutes. However it doesn't feel at all like a police state. Very few crimes occur and if there is a risk the administration is very good at getting alerts out fast.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 900 clubs and extracurricular activities. Need I say more? We have clubs for fencing, soccer, Pokemon, Doctor Who, people named Bob (although according to PSU's discrimination policy they can't deny admission to anyone not named Bob), a clown nose club, any sport imaginable, a rocketry club (that is currently working on sending a rocket to the moon I believe), and even more.

    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much anybody. If you're a quiet person who keeps to themself, it might not be ideal but it certainly can work. It is especially good for those that like having massive groups of friends and always having something fun to do with others.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best. It's a state school, so it's cheap. It's a big school, so it has incredible resources, such as the newest equipment and buildings, the latest greatest technology, and enough administration to run a small country.

    What to do for fun

    There are always parties in town and at people's apartments. On campus the administration usually has something going on, although sometimes the activities are of limited interest to some people. It's rare that there isn't anything to do though.

    Food and Dining

    Penn State Dining is much better than average. They do their best to present diverse foods and they usually taste quite good. There is a wide variety from buffet style dining halls to a la carte sandwich shops, burger joints, and pizza places.

    Dorm Life

    Penn State is a dry campus. But that doesn't mean dorm life is totally dull. The rooms are rudimentary but perfectly functional and the administration does a good job of ensuring there is always something to do on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    A Penn State education is what you make it. Classes are generally easy to pass but difficult to excel in, as it should be. You can graduate without taking any difficult classes, or you can pack your schedule with every difficult class offered. If you want a challenge, make it happen. If you want to coast, make it happen

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school when there are students around, it is very large and depending on the person that can be good or bad. Campus has two personalities, one when students are around and the other when they aren't. It is important to be cognizant of the fact that we have over 44,000 students at University Park.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is an excellent school with a myriad of opportunities. Since the school is very large, there are opportunities for everything and everyone. At Penn State your education is really what you make it; most people can graduate from Penn State but to truly take advantage of the resources available you must put forth a strong effort.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many, MANY clubs are on campus for multiple focuses. Also, fraternities, sororities, and other organizations and events. Parties are easy to find.

    Food and Dining

    Both economically sound cafeterias and variable restaurants are available.

    Dorm Life

    Avoid East Halls and you're golden. It's notoriously disruptive.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard. The professors are helpful but they aren't going to spoon-feed you A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and utilize the campus's facilities and options as much as possible. Do you best not to be overwhelmed by the social scene.

    In three sentences

    Penn State's main campus is a wonderfully large learning area with many great varieties of courses to chose from usable to nearly any major imaginable. The professors are diverse and helpful and offer sufficient information in their field of expertise. The University itself also offers many opportunities for career experiences.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There are so many top of the line athletic facilities for active lifestyles.

    Bang for the buck

    This is an amazing school where you will get a great education.

    What to do for fun

    Getting involved with clubs are an excellent way to spend your free time. there are also always great sporting events to check out!

    Food and Dining

    The food is way better here than i had expected. There are so many choices of places to eat, you never get bored. There are also lots of healthy choices and choices for people who have a special diet.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small but they are clean and all oof the people are very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard and you should be pushed but as long as you stay focused it isn't so hard to do very well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are over 900 clubs and organizations so there is definitely one for you. Getting involved in something that interests you is also a great way to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Pennsylvania State University is an amazing place for students from all backgrounds with all interests. Although it is very large, it is easy to find your niche. There is an absurd amount of school pride that brings everyone together like one big family.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining on campus gives you a lot of options, depending what you want. Besides the obvious dining halls, there are a multitude of other dining restaurants you can go to for a meal. These include campus run places then also mainstream places like burger king or chic-fil-a. Then, if you get bored of eating on campus, with just a short walk downtown you can eat at any of the establishments there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life on campus differs depending where you live. If you are a freshman and live in the freshman dorms expect to be a lot more social with your neighbors and make friends easier. Once, you get to the sophomore, junior, senior-mixed dorms social interaction with your neighbors declines by a long shot.

    Academic Rigor

    Although Penn state is known as a party school, don't take that term to heart. Most of the students here are very hard-working and have high academic rigor. None of the courses are really designed to be easy so expect to work for your A's....especially if you are majoring in the sciences!

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is overall a great school to attend. It is wonderful if you are looking for a large school with a beautiful campus, and a multitude of cultures. We also are top ranked when it comes to college recruiters!

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    State College and University Park Police do an amazing job keeping the campus safe, it is extremely well lit, and unless its between the hours of 4-6 am, there is always people out and about and a police presence.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at Penn State, but because the school is so big, it does not dominate the scene, everything at Penn State is sort of its own thing, nothing overwhelms Penn State like football.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said above, there is literally something to do for everyone here, more clubs then people know of. Just go to the HUB (Student Union) during the first week and there are booths with most of the clubs there advertising what they are and what they do.

    Great for these types of students

    This School is great for any kind of students, with the school being so big, there is literally something to do for everyone, whether you want to join the business fraternity or the human vs. zombies club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition is the Mifflin Streak during spring final week. Everyone takes a study break and legally streak down mifflin road.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State tuition is nothing to scoff over but everything in state college is reasonable and even could be considered cheap.

    Food and Dining

    Other than east, the dinning commons are top of the line and all have recently been remodeled. There are tons of choice to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Almost all the freshmen live in the East Dorms. Which consists of many buildings and about 6000 freshmen all within close range, it is a great experience and where you will meet all your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer, and currently am finishing out the general engineering courses, and they are made to test you and push you to the limit.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to make sure to find someone, as in a faculty member, that will help you maneuver and adjust to coming to Penn State.

    In three sentences

    This University is unlike any other in the country. The shear size alone would intimidate anyone, but because of the amazing staff and personel it feels just as small as any private college. Penn State is one of the best public school in the country with countless majors and resources to help you find what you love to do.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police, teachers, and students waiting to be called if safety is ever an issue. There is always a patrol of police cars both on and off campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very involved. If you are involved in a sorority or a fraternity, you will not be very involved in anything else.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs geared to so many different people, it would be impossible to find one that doesn't fit your personality or interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Amazing for all students. The 24 hour library is great for those students who are focused on their work. The students looking for high tech equipment can find the best and most updated at Penn State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year around the end of Spring semester finals, there is an event called the Mifflin streak. Any senior looking for 'luck' when they graduate will run down this street naked.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be very pricey easily if you are not aware of how much you are spending. If you take care and make sure you don't eat out every night then you should be fine.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different activities ranging from night life downtown to staying safe with Late Night in the HUB.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options here. I loved how nice the food was at Pollock but how uncrowded it was at Redifer. I would try and avoid East dinning commons if at all possible.

    Dorm Life

    Although dorms are naturally small, the atmosphere is wonderful. I have made my life long friends in the dorms and I currently still live with some of them and next to the rest of them. We are all close and will remain that way.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what you take, some majors are more rigorous then others. But even the 'easy' majors require work and attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because the campus is so large, it is harder to find friends without being social. So I would suggest joining clubs, leaving your door open when you are in the room, and talking to people around you before and after class.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere and the teachers. There are so many opportunities here. The only downside are the size of lectures but those can be chosen or not.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many events on the campus including various concerts, some charging and some are free. There is also an even in the HUB student building called HUB late night where you can see a movie in the auditorium, do arts and crafts, eat at Burger King or grab a pizza, and many other activities like board games or a comedy show. Downtown State College is a great place to go for entertainment with various clubs and bars (for the 21 and over of course). There are also many shopping areas and a couple bowling alleys.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide selection of foods for students to chose from so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus the meal plans allow for a more cheaper dining experience.

    Dorm Life

    I actually enjoyed my time in the dorms on campus. It especially helps for new students because you get to build relationships with your room mate and floor mates. This allows you to get to know people more easily and quickly. They also assign residence assistants to help students living in the dorm with their transition to the college life. You can go to these people with any problems that you may face during your time and they are very helpful. The rooms are quite comfortable and you'll get used to sharing a room and a bathroom. There are no co-ed dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is pretty challenging academically but do not be scared of this. There are many resources on campus to help students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should stay focused. Create an overall goal during your freshman year and find out all of the information and steps to reach this goal. And just keep your motivation on doing the best that you can in your academics. It may seem difficult at times but all of the hard work that you put in will pay off in the long run. Challenge yourself and you will see positive results. Do not stray from your goals even for a little while because it is hard to get back on track. But with a supportive community like Penn State you will have all the help you need. It is also recommended to get involved with activities so you can make the most out of your experience.

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University is a very rewarding institution to attend. There is a very supportive community that allows you to continue to grow and learn. It is a challenging yet accepting place where your knowledge and skills are put to the test to better your opportunities.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as you aren't stupid and doing things that will clearly but yourself at risk or in danger, the safety is fine. The most common crime is bike theft, so if you bring a bike, bring a lock.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is amazing at Penn State. We have one of the largest Greek systems in the nation with over 50 fraternities and sororities. The Greeks started THON and it has grown to raise 10s of millions of dollars annually for pediatric cancer. Besides THON, Greek life is involved in a lot of campus activities like Homecoming, and a lot of community service events as well. Plus, they know how to throw amazing parties on the weekends. I went Greek, and would recommend it to everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for everyone at Penn State. Whether it is the larger things like THON, or the more obscure clubs like Humans vs. Zombies, you will find your niche.

    Great for these types of students

    Those people who love to party, but still want to do something with their life after their 4 years of college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is the Mifflin Streak, which happens before finals week every Spring semester. People run naked down Mifflin Road to blow off some steam before finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is all-around amazing. You can get a good degree and a good job right out of college, while still having an amazing time and raging your face off with your friends on the weekends.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun at Penn State. Greek life is a huge part of Penn State, and the fraternities are always having social events. If going Greek isn't for you, there is plenty of other things to do. IM sports, THON, and lots of other clubs are just a few things.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Penn State is good, if not limited in variety. Thankfully, if you ever get sick of campus food, there are many local eateries downtown that will deliver delicious, tasty food to the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    You are guarenteed to meet someone on your floor or in your residence hall who shares the same interests as you. Penn State is such a huge diverse campus, everyone makes a ton of friends fast. Plus, some dorms have co-ed floors!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but nothing you can't handle if you put the time and effort into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your work done BEFORE you go out. Also, go to all of your classes. It is a lot easier to fall behind in college than in high school, and no one is going to slow down and wait for you to catch up. Develop a good work ethic early, and stick with it.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an excellent school for an all-around college experience. The academics are world-renowned, there are clubs and activities for everyone, and the social scene is excellent. There is no better place to have fun and get a good, quality education.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on this campus. They security is always very helpful and I have never encountered a problem.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life provides a great party scene and the Greeks are respected on campus. Although I am not involved in Greek life on campus, I appreciate the social aspect they provide for students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to count at this school. If you have an interest, odds are other people share that interest here and there is most likely a club for it. Many people are involved in intramural sports and you can meet great people this way.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally, I get in state tuition, so the price is definitely fair for what I get. I love everything about this campus and I would pay even more if I had to.

    What to do for fun

    You can always find a party to go to on any given Thursday through Saturday. If that isn't your style, they set up activities to do all around campus and they even have free concerts. I saw Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, and MGMT for free this past year.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of dining options on campus and most of it is actually pretty good. West Halls and Pollock Commons have the best food and the most options.

    Dorm Life

    There are a ton of on-campus living options and that is honestly where you meet most of your friends. the dorms may be noisy and out of control sometimes, but that's where you have the most fun.

    Academic Rigor

    I was never challenged in school before college, but Penn State sure tested me. You do have to study hard, but there is a lot of free help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early because its a rolling admission. I guarantee that you will find something that you love here. There are so many cool and FREE things that the University sets up, so you are bound to find something you love.

    In three sentences

    I love this school already and I've only been here a year. It is my favorite place to be in the world and there is always something to do. There are so many great people and great opportunities.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is improving, although I can say it is pretty safe, it is also a pretty big campus and you never know what might happen so I would advise to never walk alone at night, but I would advise that at any campus. Penn State has also installed emergency call stations around campus which can be used in the case of an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life accommodates to the needs of all students who enjoy the social aspects. Over 40 fraternities, over 20 sororities, and both business and social fraternity houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs at PSU that I wouldn't have enough room to type. I've heard rumors that PSU has a club for anything, we even have a quidditch team!

    Great for these types of students

    For students who enjoy the social aspects of college, there are more than 40 fraternities at PSU to rush. Also those you do not enjoy the social aspects, on the weekends, the school provides free events on campus. Sometimes the event is a movie or a concert, or playing pool.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone on campus ends up at Canyon Pizza for 1$ slices of pizza on the weekends.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an expensive school, but it definitely pays off. PSU is a nationally renown school, known for its high academics.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to hangout with my friends, lift weights and play intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    Campus has so many places to eat you might lose track. You can also wander off campus to the downtown streets of State College where you will find numerous restaurants and delis.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, especially if you live in East Halls during your freshman year. Everyone's looking to meet new friends, and some of the ones you meet here will become your life long pals. Some dorm areas are better than others, but for me it was the people in the dorms who made it great, rather than the conditions of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are surely tough, but they are nothing a little hard work and perseverance can't accomplish. My tips are to go to class, keep up with the professor's reading assignments, and study more than just the night before an exam. These tips will help you out phenomenally.

    Tips for prospective students

    Researching majors is very important, DO NOT go into school blindly without any knowledge of some potential majors you might be interested in. Stay on top of your studies and go to class!

    In three sentences

    Penn state is a great school with lots of opportunities to connect with other students. The classes can get big but the teachers help every student as best as they can. ANd big school size means lots of potential friends to meet.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs to join, and there is always the opportunity to make one of your own if you all the others dont interest you, although most can usually find one or two things they enjoy! THON is huge. I joined THON my freshman year (its impossible not to, every club is basically involved in THON one way or another).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    State Patty's Day is the best tradition on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is like home to me. It is as wonderful as they say it is, although the prices are OUTRAGEOUS. Absolutely outrageous. They could stand to lower them just a little.

    What to do for fun

    PSU football games are VERY important to go to, they are the biggest student social event during football season. Buy season tickets, and tailgate with some friends. Best way to have fun. Meeting people in the dorms was also a biggie. You need a new group of friends to hang out with in college!! Choose wisely though, I didn't pick the right group and it's a little difficult to make friends later on, but NOT impossible. I joined a bunch of clubs - that's the best way to meet people. These ways, and going out on the weekends are surefire fun ways to enjoy your time at Penn State.

    Food and Dining

    Pollock dining hall was the best buffet, Redifer had the best individual choices, and Waring Commons had the best cookies by far. Pollock was always crowded because of it's level of taste - some more seating should be available because a lot of times (at the common eating times) there would be no seating available, and we would all have to wander the dining halls until a seat became available.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't enjoy not having a choice where I lived; I ended up living in the international dorms freshmen year (Pollock) and my roommate was a real slob and barely spoke english. In the end, she almost was never in the room, and at that point, my dorm life really improved. The housing itself wasn't bad, it was more of the pairing of the roommates that I think could be improved. People should have a choice whether they want to live in the international dorms. I hated them.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State surely keeps me on my toes academically! I have a 3.95 overall GPA, but only because I work to keep it that way. I have learned a balance. Studying is tough; each class you take demands a high level of effort and intelligence. I had to work hard to keep my GPA up. Some teachers definitely try to really kick your butt with school while some just give you the grade. I'm still not sure which I prefer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size of the student body and the campus scare you; it is big but entirely comfortable. There are so many clubs to join because of this. Don't be scared to go out and join a couple of them! Or if none suit you, don't be too timid to create your own that interests you. However, don't lose sight of what you are attending PSU for, because partying too much will severely damage your grades. You have to GO to class if you want to earn the grade you desire. Also know where all the good haunts are, that way you can join in when you want, and avoid when everything is overpopulated. Pollock has the best food - BEWARE. You will gain a lot of weight eating here if you dont work to keep it off! One last tip, be super involved. Join THON, go to all the home football games, go to other sports games, and join clubs. Your college years are only as good as you make them.

    In three sentences

    Penn State, at a school of its massive size, is ten times more homey than you could ever think a big school would be. You can choose to be by yourself or you can go out and meet a new Penn State Student everyday (literally, probably!); you also never know just what PSU alumni you will meet - there are so many. Penn State is home and will forever be that way.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Endless possibilities... Climb Mount Nittany, shopping, various state parks with hiking, biking, and fishing available, wineries, cafes, bars, restaurants, wildlife rehabilitation centers, various parks for sports, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The Pennsylvania has many options when it comes to food. This University offers its very own cafe (The Creamery) where all of the products are made by sources from the university such as milk for cheese and ice cream. The restaurants down town vary from expensive, classy establishments to quiet, reasonable dinning.

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear the dorm life at The Pennsylvania State University is very accommodating. With dorms being supervised by older students, the dorms are a very safe place to be. Round the clock security is on call and the campus is well lit at night with buses running at all hours.

    Academic Rigor

    The University is challenging yet has many accommodations for students who do not receive the best grades. This University will challenge you as much as you allow it too.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student I would recommend that you inquire about clubs and events as soon as you begin school. Getting involved, I found, is the best way to make connections with professors and begin establishing yourself as a part of the University.

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University is an institute for endless possibilities. This University offers very professional professors whom are willing to help all students achieve their dreams. Penn State offers amazing externships, internships, and job opportunities to students of all majors and academic achievements.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can pretty much walk on campus at 3am on any given night and still see several other people around. There's also those emergency button things I think but no one actually uses them.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at Penn State. I may be biased because I'm in it, but it's definitely the best in the country.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to party and drink but still do well in school, PSU is the school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mifflin Streak is pretty funny...

    Bang for the buck

    It is the most expensive PA state school, but the other PA state schools aren't very good, so in comparison it isn't bad if you're paying in-state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown, frats, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food is actually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fine, small and not air conditioned, but it's cold most of the time anyway.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes will likely be somewhat on the easier side in my opinion. Most exams are multiple choice unless you're a liberal arts major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved, it'll make the huge school feel smaller.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school if you don't mind being pretty far from civilization. The academics are good, but class sizes are huge. There's a great selection of clubs and activities to get involved in to find your place.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition we have is Nittanyville, where students camp outside the stadium before football games. This allows them privileges that regular season ticket holders don't have access to. For example: better seats.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities Penn State has every week and weekend. Here are a few: Late Night, Sports Games, Concerts, Clubs/Organizations, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Visit Penn State (tours, panels) - Attend Spend A Fall Day or Achiever's Weekend (overnight experiences for prospective students) - Speak to students who are majoring in a field you are interested in studying - Try to network a little with students & alumni before you make your decision to come to Penn State

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an amazing school with many things to offer in terms of academics and activities. The school provides tons of career and internship opportunities for its students and offers a variety of organizations people can join. Overall, it is like a family inside and outside of the school because Penn Staters are all over the country.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is one of a kind! Campus Police are around patrolling 24/7 making sure nothing wrong goes down and keeping students in check. We also have emergency poles located all over campus with a button that can be pressed for emendate help.

    Greek Life

    No affiliated in greek life, but from the shows that I have attended it seems to be very fun and welcoming. I know a few friends who are greek and they tell me once you become greek its like you've become part of a new loving family.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has hundreds of organizations/clubs for everyone in every kind of major. If not your major I am positively sure you will in fact find a club that has one of your top interests. Penn State welcomes new coming students with open arms so making friends with students and faculty should not be one bit of a problem. Penn State even host events such as concerts and festivals for its students so there is always something to do each and every day.

    Great for these types of students

    EVERY KIND OF STUDENT!!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Miflin Streek (Seniors Only) State Pattys Weekend Arts Fest (Summer Time) innovation park (Comm Students)

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition cost is a bit high, especially if you live out of state like myself. I wish the coast could be lower, but we all know how that works. Regardless though you are certainly getting your moneys worth when it comes to Penn State University.

    What to do for fun

    Library, The Hub to eat or maybe chill with a few friends downtown. I love playing sports at the rec center or maybe just working out lifting weights. I also love to host on the radio innovation park

    Food and Dining

    So many different options of food.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but my freshman year I lived on campus. Dorm life is simply great in my opinion. You get to meet new faces and interact with others from all over. Dorm life is something I encourage everyone attending college to experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is one of the top universities in the country. Receiving a degree from a high class university such as Penn State provides others with the thought that you are about business. The academic rigor here is top notch. Professors always make sure their students are on board with the work and always provide extra help. They always make time for their students after class and explain just how the student can better themselves and their work.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can say for prospective students, join organizations. Penn State has hundreds of organizations/clubs for everyone in every kind of major. If not your major I am positively sure you will in fact find a club that has one of your top interests. Penn State welcomes new coming students with open arms so making friends with students and faculty should not be one bit of a problem.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is the most diverse university you will every attend. The community is involved 100% and we represent Penn State proudly. We are a high class academic university that educates our students to make them our next future leaders.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is extremely well enforced and managed. The campus is well lit and has emergency kiosks equipped with phones directly connected to police almost on every street. Also, many buildings are kept well lit through out the night. Campus police are constantly walking across campus and checking up on each building and dormitory. Penn State also offers an escort service for students walking home late at night from classroom buildings or the library.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a very large presence at Penn State. In addition to having a very large role in co-hosting the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, fraternities and sororities hold events and activities all year long. Also, our downtown residential area is famous for the frat houses, and you will be able to experience the famous Penn State social/party scene. One thing is sure: Penn State Greek Life knows how to have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Currently Penn State has 953 officially registered student organizations. These include academic/professional, musical, honor societies, fraternities/sororities, multicultural, media/publications, philanthropic, political, religious, residence hall interest, service, special interest, sport, student governance, and university affiliated organizations. You will be sure to be able to find a group that matches your interests!

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for all types of students. For those who desire a college career solely for academic purposes, Penn State's research facilities and resourceful faculty offer the best environment. For those who desire a socially extensive college career, Penn State's various student organizations and diverse campus life offer that as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is Penn State's annual philanthropic event. It stands for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, and while it is a year-long effort, the actual two-day, no-sitting dance marathon occurs in February. Throughout the year, the entire Penn State community gets in involved in activities, including a 5K and a family carnival, to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. This is an awesome tradition that every Penn State student will remember when he/she looks back on their college years.

    Bang for the buck

    While living on campus, Penn State's various dining establishments offer foods at a reduced price for those with dining dollars. This plan is awesome! Your dining dollar goes a long way. Also, Penn State's downtown offers many local stores and even hosts a farmer's market in the spring/summer where you can get local produce for cheap!

    What to do for fun

    Penn State's campus and downtown offer lots of activities to do for fun. Penn State has multiple on and off campus theaters that offers musicals, plays, and concerts for a reduced student price. Some are even offered for free! The various ethnic groups and university departments also host events throughout the year. Other activities include Intramural Sports Leagues, Greek Life, and Student Organizations. Penn State is famous for THON, the world's largest student run philanthropic event, and most of our students have fun being involved in THON all year long.

    Food and Dining

    Penn State dining is extremely well-resourced and diverse. The campus has five dining halls spread across campus in addition to various cafes located all over campus as well. Each dining hall is unique. All five dining halls offer all-you-can-eat buffet dining. West has a daily offering of different pizzas/pastas, Mexican, and vegetarian cuisine, in addition to daily chef's specials and main entrees. South's Redifer Hall offers a food court like experience. Students are able to pay a la carte for various foods from 7 different eating establishments under one roof along with a standard all you can eat dining buffet. All of the dining halls offer various special days with different themes or culturally diverse main items.

    Dorm Life

    Penn State offers a variety of dormitory areas that accommodate students with different preferences. The largest dorm area is called East, and it is an area allocated for freshmen. This area is teeming with social activity hosted by residential assistants in order to integrate and encourage the new freshmen class. You will never be lonely here! Right below East is Pollock. Pollock buildings' have similar structures to that of East. Pollock showcases a more diverse dining experience and also caters to the sororities who occupy several floors in certain Pollock buildings. Next to Pollock is South. South is home to the Honors College residents and also has Redifer Dining Commons, a trendier, user-friendly dining experience. West and North Halls offer a quieter living experience. The rooms are larger and better equipped with amenities such as air conditioning and carpeted floors. North offers larger suites with single rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, this depends on your major, your course selection, and your will to learn. Penn State offers many excellent educators and masters of their fields of study. Many professors, especially those who teach 400-level courses, will challenge students and demand a rigorous work load. Those students who pursue academic excellence will not fail to find professors who are willing to expand their horizons and stretch their understanding of a particular subject. However, if the student is not willing to learn and searches for easy courses, due to the diversity of the faculty, there are also professors who let the course slide by without many challenges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many student organizations as you can your freshmen year. Don't limit yourself to just one social or academic group. You have the next three years to associate yourself with a particular group of people. Discover all the different groups so that you can utilize all the resources, both technical and human, that Penn State offers. Also, get good grades your freshmen year! Establish a stable GPA, and the other years of college will be a breeze.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a university that can boast a large student body, a large faculty, and a large pool of minds. From the academics to student campus life, the university provides all the resources a young adult needs to pursue her passion. Diversity is Penn State's best characteristic, and whether you're interested in a vibrant social life or a quiet library library life, you'll find resources for every type of interest.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency post where with the press of a button you can have campus police get to you in less than 2 minutes. These are all over campus.

    Greek Life

    With the largest greek life system in the country, Penn State has over 50 fraternities and 30 sororities to choose from. If you're looking to join Greek life, this school is for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 800 clubs, it's hard not to find one that suits you at PSU. Not to mention we have the largest student-run philanthropy in the world: THON.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're into academics but also like to have a good time with good friends, this is the school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Homecoming, we guard the Lion Shrine for a 24 hour period so that rival schools don't attempt to sabotage it.

    Bang for the buck

    Saturday Footballs in the fall, THON in the spring, Cata buses, East hall and the HUB says it all. I wouldn't choose any other university.

    What to do for fun

    Most freshman like to kill their curiosity about fraternity row during their first year but as a sophomore you're most likely to be at friend's apartments. After that, you'll be old enough to get into bars.

    Food and Dining

    Since the campus is almost like a small town, you have many more places to choose from to eat. And the food is actually delicious. From the burgers at Pollock to the cookies in West, campus food will not disappoint. However, there is a slew of restaurants to choose from downtown.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. The friends you make in your hall will probably be the friends you hang out with the most during your stay at PSU. Make it count!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at PSU are challenging but manageable. Make sure you are setting time apart for studying not just goofing off.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for incoming students would be to not get caught up in all the freedom that is offered as a college student. Remember what you're there for. Always keep up with your classes and try your best. It's easier to stay ahead than playing catch up. Also, get involved in whatever you love to do.

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University is one of the most amazing colleges in the world. Not only does it meet it's promise of academic excellence but it makes you feel like you're at a home away from home. It has many, many opportunities for students to get involved in nearly anything and everything.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are these blue lighted posted around campus that have phones if you feel uncomfortable or threatened. There are not an excessive amount of these around, but they are there. I've never felt unsafe, however. If you're walking around at night I'd maybe just suggest taking the more crowded and lighted paths (versus backways). There is an escort service that you can call (sober, drunk, anything - you won't get in trouble) and a security guard will accompany you on your way home.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of clubs at Penn State is actually mind-boggling. Instead of writing a summary and not doing it justice, just go to this website. http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/studentorgs/orgdirectory/

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition is the Mifflin Streak. Mainly graduating seniors take part of this I've heard, but anyone is welcome to join. Basically, people streak and run down Mifflin Road the Sunday before the spring semester finals.

    What to do for fun

    I liked the numerous free events that Student Programming Association (SPA) offers. For instance, Bo Burnham came to Penn State for free. You just had to get in line at the Hub a little early. You could also go out to eat or go shopping downtown. The Bryce Jordan Center often has shows you can buy tickets for (Tiesto, Jeff Dunham, Bon Jovi, to name a few). There are also many sporting events that you can attend, from football to gymnastics to basketball.

    Food and Dining

    The freshman commons of course do not have as good as food as the dominantly upperclassmen dorms. The dining halls are nice because they are all buffet styled. However, I usually preferred places such as Roxy's or Fresh Express, where you pay for exactly what you order. If you had more time or it was nice out and wanted to travel to other dining halls, such as West or Pollock, it was usually worth it.

    Dorm Life

    There's a reason many students call their dorm friends their family. You feel as if you are all in one giant house, which is awesome. The dorms at Penn State are nice and actually much bigger than I had imagined. The closets are rather large and the desk is perfect. There are drawers and a lot of surface space. Additionally, at least two mirrors and two bulletin boards are included in each normal sized room. You don't even need to bring a microwave or refrigerator - both are already in the room for you. It was a little hot during the warm months but it was never too cold in the winter.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are no joke. Even though Penn State is often labeled as a Party School, the classes are still hard and you must study AT LEAST as hard/long as you socialize. Going to professors' office hours always help, as well as going to the many other free and helpful study aids such as review sessions and weekly guided study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be overwhelmed with the size of campus. The truest statement I heard when researching colleges was You can't make a small college big, but you can make a big college small. By getting involved (like joining clubs), you are able to create several smaller and more personal social circles. Even though there are 40,000+ people on campus, I still end up running into several people I know while walking to class.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a very well-rounded school filled with supportive professors, academically-challenging courses, school pride, and a great atmosphere. Although some may say that University Park is in the middle of nowhere, both the campus and the town of State College offer many things to do. It is a place you'll make your best friends and lifelong connections.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an auxiliary police program which offers escorts back to dorms. It is really safe on campus anyway, but if you do need a walk home, it is offered for free.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very much alive here on campus, but it is not the only life. There are a ton of people who aren't in any clubs etc on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over like 900 clubs and organizations, you are sure to find what you need.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. This school is too big to not find anything or anyone who you can connect with and make a friend for life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is a big thing on campus in which the university students dance for funds to go to children with cancer, for 48 hours. It is a big to-do and really nice to be a part of.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a pretty steep buck, but what college isn't? When you compare Penn State price with many other school, Penn State comes out cheaper. It's like getting an Ivy League education on sale. You really don't want to pay for it at all, but if it's a must you must get the Penn State version.

    What to do for fun

    This is not a dry campus. For athletes, there are club sports and IM sports. If you don't play any particular sport the gym offers a ton of adventure type outdoors exploring such as hiking, camping, canoeing etc for all levels of expertise. Penn State is know for its parties and other social functions and gathering for those who are not outdoor inclined.

    Food and Dining

    East commons is notorious for its less than every other dining commons quality food. Other than that it's great and provides variety!

    Dorm Life

    The RAs are wonderful! My only complaint was that, as in any dorm, it got loud on the weekends because there is no quiet time enforced.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no class that you can just get by in, attendance is mandatory in order to pass any class.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to go see your counselor as soon and often as possible. They have little nuggets of information you would otherwise not be aware of.

    In three sentences

    Not only do the professors at the school really love their particular field, but they can teach the information in an interesting manner. The campus grounds are beautiful, and everyone is just all around helpful all the time. Even though the classes are difficult, they are worth attending because of the school atmosphere presented.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I have a family history with the school and love it every time I go. It has a great atmosphere with an amazing campus.

  • 05/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For an in-state resident of Pennsylvania this school has a very strong bang for the buck. You can receive an exceptional education for under 25,000 dollars a year and also have a huge pool of networks once you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do for fun. There are clubs all over campus that participate in various events. Along with clubs and organizations, there are also countless IM sports that have tournaments and games on several weekends throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    There are hundreds of options for food and dining on campus. Whether you would like asian food, a sub or an all you can eat buffet of everything you can usually find it within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not the nicest of places to live; however, they are well maintained and so much easier than living off campus. Most RA's are very friendly and genuinely concerned with how you are doing as a student, which makes it very hospitable and a good place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of my classes are very difficult, but doable. There are many resources all over campus that help students get ahead in their classes and really excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, make sure to get involved as early as possible. I know many people say this all the time, but it really will make your college experience amazing. Also, work on procrastinating. Many people have this bad habit and, although it is hard to break, if you slowly work on this assignment by assignment it can really make a difference in your academic success.

    In three sentences

    I think Pennsylvania State University is one of the best college institutions out there. It combines strong academics with a passion for athletics is a way that is unsurmountable. The many programs and various events bring every student together in a unique way making everyone feel inspired to succeed.

  • 10/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an intended PR, Advertising or Marketing major, definitely check out PRSSA!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tutition is well worth the experience!

    Am enjoying being here

    So much fun, all the time!

    Am learning a lot

    The PSU College of Comm is fantastic! I am learning so much about Public Relations from class and other student activities. I am so glad that I decided to attend.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    motivated

    Tips for prospective students

    Study every day

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The options available when it comes to extracurricular activities and clubs are endless. They foster a very friendly environment and make an effort to plan socials in order to get to know new members every year. So your interests often lead you to make great friendships.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple dining facilities on campus, as well as many convenience stores filled with snacks and burger joints. The main student center also has the mainstream fast-food places like Chik-fil-a, Panda Express, Starbucks, Sbarros, etc. Basically you can find whatever you're in the mood for!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small anywhere you go, but Penn State has created a great family atmosphere among its freshman dorms. After freshman year it's very common to move into an apartment in town, which also has its advantages.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends a lot on your classes and class load you choice to take on. It can be as hard as you want to make it. Be prepared for large classes seating over 300 people and to take initiative to contact a professor if you're struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're completely undecided about a major, I highly recommend Penn State. You are placed in the Division of Undergraduate studies which places you in classes that interest you while still completing all the requirements for any major you could wish to go into. They also have a class for everything so you may discover an interest you weren't even aware of!

    In three sentences

    There's something for everyone! No matter your personality or interests, Penn State professors, current students, sports teams, and clubs and organizations welcome you with open arms. The resources and academic opportunities are endless.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    be wary, penn state is a very numbers oriented school. i was well above the 75% of sat scores and gpa, as well as attending a private high school, yet i was denied. it is best to apply early (rolling admissions) and not before the november deadline. also, they only take a certain percentage of kids from one certain high school, prefer in staters, and also put legacies well above a more qualified student. i thought this would be an easy school to be admitted to, but it really is technical.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    join a club, participate in thon, climb mount nitany, so many things to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    so many different options and your not just limited to the cafeteria, but cafeteria food is cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    great, met a lot of great people who i will probably be friends with for the rest of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    challenging, i deffinatly have to apply myself and study inorder to get good grades. but i learn a lot which is why i chose penn state.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay focused on your goals.

    In three sentences

    i absolutly love this school and everything it stands for. i am proud to be apart of the penn state community.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Because Penn State is such a big school, they have a lot to offer outside of classes. There are lots of clubs and organizations to join, and even the most bizarre or obscure activities are sure to have some followers.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is such a diverse school. No matter who you are, you will definitely find people with similar backgrounds and interests as you. It's really a great school for anyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State really isn't too terribly expensive for a public school. I also love what you get for the minimal activities fee that you pay. There are plenty of gyms and athletic facilities, great counseling and medical services, and a wide variety of trips available for free or at a small cost. This is especially true if you attend a satellite campus for your first couple years.

    Food and Dining

    Some people complain, but honestly I absolutely love Penn State's dining halls. I really think people are only turned off by the fact that it's coming from a cafeteria. But all in all, delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    I've had some very quiet uneventful dorm experiences, as well as semesters where I've lived on a loud crazy party floor. You shouldn't have too many problems as long as you're courteous to your floor mates and don't make too much noise. I've always had positive experiences with my RA's. Penn State does a good job at preparing RA's for the job. They're always willing to help and quick to solve problems between roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, and some are hard. I feel like it's pretty straight forward. It just depends what you're good at and what you enjoy. Chances are your major classes will be the most time consuming, but also the most fulfilling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fall for the party atmosphere in the beginning. Stick your nose to the grindstone and get the work done as soon as you start your classes. This will make it so much easier four years down the road when you only have two more classes to graduate and your party animal classmates are going to be here an extra semester or two. Also take advantage of the many resources that the school has to offer. Professors don't just teach. They also make great contacts and references for those internships you'll be looking at down the road.

    In three sentences

    The best thing about Penn State is how diverse the student population is. It's easy to meet new people and to be exposed to a wide range of cultures and traditions. There are plenty of opportunities to talk to people from all over the country and all over the world.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships as the tuition can be very costly.

    In three sentences

    Penn State World Campus is by far a great education. The online classes are hard but fair. I feel like I am truly getting a good education from miles away from the school.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe during the week. I feel completely comfortable walking home after midnight.

    Greek Life

    Big part of campus life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has many involvement fairs where anyone can go and check out the clubs and organizations. It is very easy to get involved in something. I recommend that you do instead of sitting back and watching/listening to everyone having all the fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you see a tour group, someone HAS to yell WE ARE....

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do. PSU has many activities planned all during the week. There are new movies playing all weekend long in the HUB. There are concerts and comedians. There are sports and games you can watch and cheer on. You can explore and shop downtown.

    Food and Dining

    East Common=not so good compared to the other commons. West=the best!

    Dorm Life

    WONDERFUL<3. This is what I'll miss the most out of my entire freshmen year. My whole co-ed floor became my family!

    Academic Rigor

    Keep up with your classes and spend the needed time to study and comprehend the material. Try to be organized and write down when all your homework is due and your exam times. It helps!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit Penn State! The atmosphere is like no other school. Also, go to a football game. I guarantee you will want to come here!

    In three sentences

    My experience at PSU has been great so far. PSU has offered me everything I was looking for in a University. I love everything about it and I am proud to be apart of the Penn State community.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent people that also know how to let loose and have fun.

    What to do for fun

    HUB latenight has free movies, laser tag, games, crafts, concerts, and other events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and groups early to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has the best of everything. I feel like I am getting a well rounded education and having a great time in the process. The campus is also very nice.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There's a place for everyone at Penn State and finding a niche isn't hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Thon isn't really unusual. What is thon? you might ask. It's the largest run student philanthropy that raises money for the four diamond foundation and finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Fund raising takes place all year around and ends with a 46 hour dance marathon and the final total is revealed at the end.

    What to do for fun

    It's college so of course there's frat parties that go on and apartment parties. Late night at the HUB is always an alternative for partying. There's movies that are shown and activities to do, and usually a free concert. Concerts that you have to pay for are shown at the Bryce Jordan Center. This past year we had Drake, Mac Miller, and Day Glow to name a few headliners.

    Food and Dining

    There's so many places to eat in the residence halls. What ever you like you can find it. My two favorites are Pollock and West. The HUB also had restaurants like Burger King and Chick fil a.

    Dorm Life

    There are five residence halls: North, South, East, West and Pollock. If you're a freshman, chances are you'll be living in East. I loved living in East because I made friends easily because we were all freshman and had more in common. The rooms are comfortable and you don't need to bring a fridge or microwave since they have them in the rooms already.

    Academic Rigor

    There will be a few classes that you'll have to take that'll be challenging. But professors are always there to help if you ask them, and there's also the Penn State Learning Center.

    In three sentences

    It will be your home away from home. There's a great sense of community among the students. WE ARE PENN STATE!

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    It might not be luxurious, but you will not regret the many memories you will make living in the dorms. It's like a big sleep over.

    Tips for prospective students

    With the greatness of Penn State, you may find yourself intrigued by the social perspective at Penn State. Although, it is important to live the college experience, just remember what you are there for. Make sure you prioritize and make choices for today with tomorrow in mind.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has prestigious programs that are extremely beneficial in preparing students for the the real world. It is an enormous family that not only works on enhancing students academic ability but improving communities, racism, and other helpful projects. I am extremely happy with my decision in attending Penn State.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe even at night.

    Greek Life

    Amazing get involved, I'm so glad I did and I think you will too if you join

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of clubs but THON is a really big event that many people are engaged in.

    What to do for fun

    The school is the city, theres always something going on whether its a concert or a movie or football or other sports as well as greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't Be intimidated by its size, its a great school academically and is very fun.

    In three sentences

    Great School, Fun to attend and learn at.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall on and off campus is pretty safe. There isn't a lot of issue here at Penn State however, issues do arise especially at any large college or university. Crime and incidents do occur but everyone needs to be alert and have their eyes open especially at night and on large football games because of outsiders. Police officers and other officials encourage students and people who are going out at night to always have a friend with them so that incidents are less likely to happen because most of incidents occur to people who are alone. So be aware of your surroundings and always have a friend or someone you can trust with you if you are going out at night. You are now growing up and fading away from your parents or guardian so students have to learn sometime. This is a way of growing up and opening your eyes and mind.

    Greek Life

    I have a little bit of knowledge on this subject but I am assuming its about fraternities and sororities. As I mention before, there are all types of fraternities and sororities for all types of people and background. You will be able to find it out here.

    Clubs and Activities

    For clubs and activities there are a lot of them. There are a lot of clubs and activities such as Fraternities and Sororities, Honor Society, International/Multicultural, Media/Publication, Music/Performing Arts, Philanthropic, Political, Religious/Spiritual and much more. One very known activity is Thon. Thon is the largest-student-run philanthropy in the world. Thon is design to raise money to cure cancer for children. It is a very great cause and good activity to get into.

    Great for these types of students

    Depending on the type of person you are there is something out here for everyone whether you are an out going person or not. Faculty and staff always encourage students to find something other than academic to stay physically and socially active. If you like the out doors you will always find something to do such as hike at Mount Nittany, sports, out door games etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At Penn State, there it is a tradition to chant out We Are Penn State at football games and activities that happen at the Bryce Jordan Center which is a multi-purpose arena for concerts, basketball games, and other events especially Thon which will be later explained in the next few sections.

    Bang for the buck

    You can do a lot out here at Penn State for the amount of money you have to spend. Especially when all students have to pay a student fee which is part of the tuition. You can purchase a lot of stuff for cheap if you do some extra research on whatever you are trying to find.

    What to do for fun

    There are several things that students can do out here at Penn State for fun. For starters, there are plenty of bars and clubs here at Penn State that will fit your needs if you are looking to get away from academic work. If you are under 21 years of age or don't like the bar/club scenes there are still plenty of activities you can do such as Late night offered by Penn State. Basically, in a nutshell, late night are activities that a person or groups of people can do that doesn't involve alcohol such as playing indoor sports, movies, games, and other fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    There is an abundant amount of restaurants, dining establishments and other food courts off and on campus. You can choose from a variety of foods from all different types of cultures lusines but its in my opinion there is more European dishes out here but you should find foods close to resemble your culture if you miss it.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have much knowledge in this field because I always lived off campus since I arrived at Penn State. However, I knew a few friends who lived on campus in dorms. There are some dorms that you will be rooming with one or multiple students in the same room or you may have your own room but share a dining area, bathroom, kitchen, etc. It all depends on how you like your living arrangements.

    Academic Rigor

    When you come here to Penn State University Park you will learn something in some way, shape or form. There is a high academic standard at Penn State. You will learn a lot out here if you pay attention and remember to go to class because you can not learn anything if you are not in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students, I would say to get involved in someway at Penn State because academics isn't everything. There are hundreds of ways to get involved such as being in a fraternity/sorority, clubs/ organizations etc. There is something for everyone out here at Penn State University Park. You just need to find it because its out there, but don't get discourage if you find it difficult finding what you want. Faculty and staff members will be more than happy to help you out.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Penn State University from 1 out of 10, 1 being the worst and 10 being the best and 8. The professors are out there to help you get to your ultimate career goal no matter what the obstacles are. In addition, the learning environment is extremely encourage because they make sure that you know your stuff before you leave out to the real world.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Penn State has safety call buttons on nearly every corner of campus, and pathways are all very well lit for night time travels. There are few crimes committed on campus thanks to the dedicated University Park police system that works to protect every student.

    Greek Life

    Penn State has a very rich Greek community, which is composed of over 50 fraternities and 20 sororities. Though not for everyone, Greek Life represents a group of students who want to go beyond the typical call of duty for students and give back in the true spirit of what it means to be a Gentleman and Woman.

    Clubs and Activities

    With nearly 40,000 students, there is a club or activity for nearly anything that you can think of at Penn State. Sports, theatre, arts, language clubs, philanthropies, anything and everything that a student could be interested in is represented at Penn State.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for students who love to have fun and get the most out of life. There is so much more beyond the classes and books for PSU students to take a part of. It is also great for students who take their education seriously and want to maximize their learning experience through study abroad and other similar programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Penn State is full of traditions and cool places to visit. Whether it be visiting the lion shrine for your picture, or seeing the JoePa statue by the stadium, there's a wide variety of traditions for you to partake in during your time. One tradition that many students find entertaining is the annual Mifflin Streak, in which the Sunday before Spring finals, students streak down Mifflin Road to let off steam.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State can be a bit pricey, especially for out of state students, but for the experience that you get and everything that you can do beyond the classroom make the expense worth every penny. Coming to Penn State will not be a decision you regret any time soon.

    What to do for fun

    State College is a cute little town with so many things to do. Check out the stores and go shopping, get a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, see a free play or check out a musical performed by fellow students, there's always something to do, and it's usually pretty cheap.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different places to eat no matter what you are craving. Both on campus and the available eateries downtown provide solid food that will satisfy your taste buds regardless of your cravings.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms, small and hot and cramped, but they are one of the best experiences that you will encounter in your first year. Never will you have the chance to meet so many different people all going though the same experiences that you are. Dorms are what you make of them, but they can be a whole lot of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone at Penn State is smart, so it will in no way be a cake walk, but with dedication and a bit of work, there's nothing stopping you from being academically successful! But in case you do struggle, there's also a wide variety of ways to get help and get back on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved: Nothing enriches your experience outside the classroom by finding an activity that you love and bonding with people who share the same interest. You get great new friends and get to do something that you enjoy. Don't be afraid of the library or office hours: it's never wrong to ask for help, because first and foremost, you're there to learn.

    In three sentences

    A great school that despite its size, has a very small school feel to it. Rich in everything from academics to athletics and the arts, there's something for everyone to achieve. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to return the We Are chant with Penn State!

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Great safety with police are available when you need then.

    Greek Life

    If you decide to attend Penn State try to be apart of the Greek Club.

    Clubs and Activities

    Blue&White and Greek Club also Student government

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to major in Medical field and Business major as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Blue and White is the big thing for Penn state students and it's a tradition to dress up in Blue & White for Football weekend game in April.

    Bang for the buck

    I think Penn State is worth the money. I believe people who graduate get the best job opportunity.

    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends to a Basketball game or you guys can have a game night and make a team to play volleyball.

    Food and Dining

    Great food selections and can have family come and visit you to go out.

    Dorm Life

    I like the dorm for first year but not for higher up students in college.

    Academic Rigor

    I love the Penn State grading system

    Tips for prospective students

    I honestly can say this campus have great opportunity for students to grow and learn valuable skills.

    In three sentences

    I believe this Campus is a five star even though people may judge the school on what happen the pass year. I'm looking forward to attending this school in the fall this year.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am attending the World Online Campus so I do not live on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am attending the World Online Campus so I do not live on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am attending the World Online Campus so I do not live on campus; however, they do offer many online clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Pennsylvania State University Online World Campus is great for students that have jobs, full- time responsibilities, children, or other responsibilities that limit their flexibility. This campus allows you to complete your work when you are available!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am attending the World Online Campus so I do not live on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    You get exceptionally great bang for the buck!!

    What to do for fun

    I am attending the World Online Campus so I do not live on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I am attending the World Online Campus so I do not live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am attending the World Online Campus so I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of Pennsylvania State University World Campus is about average as compared to other colleges. They expect the best out of you!

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend Pennsylvania State University Online World Campus for all prospective students. It's extremely easy to navigate and very accessible. The work load is moderate to average in comparison with other colleges. You get just as much interaction with students as with other colleges and it's a great learning environmen so I highly recommend it. A suggestion from me would be to have constant communication with your professors either through email, chats, or telephone calls. Since the World Campus is so broad, it's easy to loose communication with professors, but if you simply send an email or give them a call, they always respond quickly and communicate with you very effectively.

    In three sentences

    Pennsylvania State University provides a great education. It is affordable. The Pennsylvania State University Online World Campus is very easily accessible.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    a variety of clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hazleton campus is not too farm from NYC, Convenient transportation.

    What to do for fun

    pool time, clubs, malls

    Food and Dining

    Diverse food ordering form outside from time to time

    Dorm Life

    Need to know yor surroundings Good friends Make rules between you and your roomate

    Academic Rigor

    High Standards

    Tips for prospective students

    2+2 Program is good for freshmans Small campus, small classes Rental book less expensives than used or new ones Organize your time for hw, study, social time

    In three sentences

    It's a school with high standards The biggest network A good 2+2 program

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    They are so many sororities and fraternities. If it is something you want to do, pick the one that fits you best and it will be worth it.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are so many clubs and activities. If you know what you like, you won't be disappointed.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a college student is very expensive. From the books to the food provided, it cost a lot.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities every single day. If you join the right student organizations for you, you will have a really good time in college.

    Food and Dining

    Penn State does offer a variety of eating areas, unhealthy and healthy restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I always wanted my own apartment so I was never a fan of dorms. But Penn State does offer variety of dorms that fits everyone's need.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be very challenging. However, if you do something that you truly love, it will be much easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip that I can give is to be involved on campus. I think that being involved teaches you so much and enables you to get the full college experience.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has exceeded my expectations. The school has a great curriculum, various student organizations, and very helpful faculty members. It also helps that Penn State has been voted very highly by recruiters.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As a very short freshman girl even I always feel safe walking around Penn State. On most corners there are blue lights with phones you can use to call for a police escort if you do feel unsafe for any reason.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of Penn State for a lot of students. Penn State's greek associations are responsible for THON, the largest student run philanthropy in the world.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has just about every possible club and extracurricular. Plus with 40,000 students it's pretty easy to find someone to help you start a new club if you can't find one that suits you.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for anyone who wants to get involved in research, greek life, sports or who wants a very large alumni network.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State offers up a quality college experience academically and socially.

    What to do for fun

    There's constantly something to do in State College. There are parties most weekends, volunteer opportunities, free concerts, tons of free activities, free movies every weekend and of course there are hundreds of EC activities to get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of available options on campus and off. The on campus dining plans are a little bit of a rip off but all of the dining halls are buffet style so you can get your money's worth. The food isn't amazing quality but it's not so bad either.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the East dorms can seem like one big party at times, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. The dorms are fairly small but not too bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is going to be an academic challenge. It is a highly rated research institution. Difficulty varies by major but professors want you to take their classes seriously. There are many resources available to help everyone do well though. It's tough but if you want to do well, you will.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus before you come. Don't think that just because it is a party school that it wont be a great place for you to study. There are so many opportunities for all types of students that almost anyone can find their niche here easily.

    In three sentences

    Penn State Main Campus has a beautiful campus surrounded by picturesque mountains and an exciting college town. The academics are fantastic with amazing professors who truly care about their students. We are... Penn State!

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt safer than when I'm on PSU's campus. It's well lit, auxiliary police are constantly patrolling at night, and I've never felt endangered. There are occasional mishaps as there are anywhere so I suggest you be safe by always walking with people, not staying out unreasonably late, and making sure you can defend yourself somehow like being aware of your surroundings or carrying mace. These measures can go a long way.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big thing on campus. Joining is a big deal and I encourage it. There's many opportunities within greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's too many to list, but just know that there's a club on campus just for you. If there's not then you're welcome to start it.

    Great for these types of students

    PSU is great for students that are casual in their day to day yet are extremely goal oriented.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions at PSU are countless but to name a few: THON, Mifflin street streaking, eating stickies at the diner, taking pictures with the lion freshman and senior year, climbing Mt. Nittany, attending football games and tailgating, the list goes on lol.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State tuition is not a joke especially for those out of state. I don't regret coming here, but I've heard stories from out of state friends. My advice is that if you can go somewhere else cheaper than do it or make scholarship hunting your job. The Penn State name is a lot and you will pay for it. In the end many Penn Stater's are happy with their education, but not with the amount of loans that have to be paid. If your dead set on becoming a Penn Stater but really want to defer costs or simply can't afford main campus right now go to a branch and transfer when your ready.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do whether it be a frat or hanging out with your friends. At this point not many people are hosting parties like they used to or the parties may be really far from campus so I suggest going out with friends somewhere all of you can easily have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining choices in the commons are great but can get tiring after a while which is where the HUB and downtown come in. Yet although the HUB and downtown house some of the best food, they are expensive and will diminish your meal points quickly. The same goes for dining in the commons, it's resourceful but not cheap when you think about $5.00 maybe more every time you eat. Also, don't make grab and goes a habit because those little things at The Mix or The Good to Go add up as well. My advice is to buy snacks in bulk with cash from Walmart or Sam's Club or places like that.

    Dorm Life

    My experiences with dorm life are not the best and not the worst. I found that my roommates will always make or break the dorm for me. My first year was in a supplemental and I loved it. My second year was in a small regular dorm and I hated it in part of the two different roommates I had that year. My advice is to room with a BEST friend or by yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Again, the academics are no joke, but that's what makes Penn State so great. It's not easy getting in or out, but it will always be worth it. What we learn is not just major related, but worldly related. Your classes will always have something in common and will help you when you least expect it, that is if you put the time in.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips are to keep an open mind because nothing will happen unless you make it happen. Also, the course loads is no joke so if you come here brace yourself. Even with that being said, you'll learn to love and thrive in the work because well you have no choice and it becomes extremely enriching once you realize how beneficial it is.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is welcoming to every type of student. It has a lot of opportunities academically and socially so there's always somewhere to study or have fun. Once you come to Penn State you won't want to leave.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never heard of amy problems

    Greek Life

    Not involved. Went to lot's of parties at friends places

    Clubs and Activities

    I ran track. Was tired most ofthe time lol

    Great for these types of students

    Smart kids from the Northeast. Mostly the best kids from little burgs all over PA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Two years ago I went to a game at the largest college football stadium in the country to watch PSU beat up on Denard Robinson. WE ARe with 108,000. Ok Michigan did an expansion last year.

    Bang for the buck

    World class education. When I had my first article in the Journal of Monetary Economics the editor criticized my coauthor/ his friend that he went to public school U of Illinois and could not write. I think he thought I went to Wharton lol

    What to do for fun

    If you can't find fun in State College ??????

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard it pays off

    In three sentences

    Penn State changed my life. i grew up as a lower middle class kid in Brooklyn NY. They let me in gave me support and encouragement and lots of scholarships. I recieved my PhD there as well and was on the faculty at a major university in New England. I left there and found a company that I then sold for 8 firgures. i owe much of it to Penn State.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe.

    Greek Life

    60 plus Greek organizations are very active in campus life.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it, Penn State has it.

    Great for these types of students

    Independant, outgoing, focused.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Berkley Creamery has the best ice ceam on earth. Sticky buns at ye old college diner. Lion Statue and Joe Pa at Beaver Stadium. The Milfflin Streak. And THON, the largest college philanthropic event in the world.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is awesome; you join Nittany Nation with a huge network of powerful Alumni and a rich tradition of success with honor.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. Football, concerts, club run and school hosted events. Sports, urban gaming, and parties.

    Food and Dining

    Pollock dining has the cleanest dishes, I should know; I washed them. The food is good and the chocolate milk is great.

    Dorm Life

    Its a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering program is one of the top engineering programs in the nation. University park hosts outstanding research programs and opportunities. Be prepared to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for help if you need it; don't be afraid to try new things. Talk to people and get as involved as you can in things that interest you.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a beautiful campus to live on with a nice downtown. The school spirit and pride is unmatched and there are great opportunities to network and meet friends. The academics are challenging but the professors are always willing to help.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Regrettably Penn State is not necessarily the safest campus. Although there is plenty of security and emergency phones all over the campus, there are still regular incidences of assault. Many of these involve alcohol. Students who make smart decisions and avoid bad situations need not worry, but safety as a while cannot be called anything better than mediocre, because there are regular problems on campus. However, it should be noted that this is true of any university that's on the same scale as Penn State; there are thousands and thousands of students, and not all of them have the best intentions or make the right choices.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Penn State is best avoided.

    Clubs and Activities

    There probably over 100 clubs at Penn State. They offer all the traditional sports and clubs (like football, lacrosse, chess club, etc.), as well as other more unique clubs (like a Harry Potter Club and a pizza club). There are also many unique clubs (example: a vegetarian club). It's almost impossible *not* to find at least two or three activities or organisations worth joining, and the clubs are all very open and welcoming, making it easy to try new ones and vary one's experiences. I don't think anyone is disappointed by the activities on campus, and most people end up with at least a couple on their resume when they graduate.

    Great for these types of students

    State College is ideal for motivated, independent, type-A personalities. It affords the students a large degree of freedom both academically and socially. Because it caters to such a wide variety of students, the choices can seem overwhelming, but nearly all students find their niche eventually. I think students from cities would enjoy the feel of the town; even though State College is situated in central Pennsylvania, the town itself is lively and doesn't have the rural feel of the surrounding area. Because Penn State is so large and offers so much, I think students who are self-motivated are more likely to succeed; certainly, the more outgoing and adventurous one is, the more they'll get from their experience here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unfortunately most of Penn State's traditions are notorious ones. THON is one of the few tradition that looks good on a CV; students can raise money to help children. Football, of course, is one of the major appeals of Penn State; tailgating is common in fall, but one has to be careful because there is usually drinking and drivers can be erratic. State Patty's Day in the spring is a source of major controversy. Like all universities, Penn State's traditions are more about student life than academics, which is not to say they can't be enjoyed responsibility (just that it's rather difficult to do so).

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is a college and like all colleges is overpriced. Most student struggled, but it's no worse than other colleges. You get what you put in, and get a well-recognised name on your diploma. It's a better financial option than a private school and offers most of the same resources for a discounted price, but it's not cheap. The prestige of the name ensures that it will never be as cheap as a community college. My advice to students is to take advantage of all the resources they can, from the library to the swimming pool to the free lectures on campus. If one works at it, one can get a lot out, but if a student is passive, then they're essentially being ripped off.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are plenty of things to do. There are weekly art exhibits, famous speakers (my personal favourite: Bill Nye, followed closely by Jane Goddall), free plays (courtesy of No Refund Theatre), and dozens if not hundreds of clubs and organisations to join. A yearly activity fair introduces students to the clubs, and most events are well-advertised. THON in the spring is a big event. Off-campus, unfortunately, State College itself is lacking, and aside from bowling alleys, bars, and movie theatres, one has to find their own fun. If one has a car, however, there are many state parks surrounding Penn State, so camping, hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor pursuits are widely enjoyed by many students. There are also many hole-in-the-wall places which most people discover by their senior year, such as the Abba Java free student coffee house, or Webster's cafe and bookstore on Beaver Ave.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent. There are multiple places to eat and a wide variety of good. It's not like cafeteria food; many students who live off-campus still frequent the dining halls. There are vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and halal options regularly available, and the kitchens seem to make a genuine effort to listen and respond to student requests. One of the only drawbacks to on-campus dining is that the meal plans are ill-designed, and if one doesn't use all of the points on their meal plan, the points don't roll over to the next semester. (Essentially, this equates to paying money for something and then having the money expire.)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Penn State are essentially what one would expect. The facilities are well-maintained and common concerns like bedbugs aren't an issue. However, because they are densely populated, there is often late-night noise, which can be a problem for people with early morning classes. On the other hand, all of the dorms are located conveniently within walking distance to a lab, library, or student center, so despite the noise, one can always find a place to study. If one can get past the human element, the dorms are taken well care of and are always nicely decorated and welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are generally challenging, well-planned, and taught by a professor with real-life experience. They are not unreasonably hard and are usually up-to-date with modern theories, models, and factoids. Some of the general education requirements (like speech, or the freshman seminar) are lacking in any real-world value, but they provide a nice foil for major requirements and are enjoyable in their own right. These classes aside, most of the prescribed courses are well-planned and provide a good scope of the material, including a solid base and some practical information as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of your own limitations. If you procrastinate, or are poor at studying, you need to nip that problem in the bud immediately. Many students who were champions in high school do poorly in their first semester because they are unaware of the long-term planning and demands that make college unique. It's important to make long-term plans, because one test grade can make or break the grade for the entire class. Remember: you can easily study too little, but you can never study too much.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has been called a school that provides a private-school education for a public-school price. Like most universities, you get out of it what you put into it. That being said, it has excellent resources for students academically and socially, provided they are willing to seek those resources out.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have walked back to my dorm from LateNite at the HUB (our student union) alone at night. Always be aware of your surroundings, though.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have an interest, Penn State has a club. If not, you can make your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go on Lantern Tours at the end of October - it's a great, fun way to learn about Penn State's history (and you get free food!).

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student, I feel like I'm definitely getting my money's worth here.

    Food and Dining

    There seems to be an abundance of chicken, though...

    Dorm Life

    I'm a music major, and am planning to live at North Halls (suites), which are five minutes away from all my music classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus - even though we are basically in the middle of nowhere, you will be able to tell if you can see yourself studying here by visiting.

    In three sentences

    There is a strong sense of community here at Penn State University Park. The academics are top-notch, activities abound, and students excel. The opportunities are endless!

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Penn State offers so many activities there is the state theater which brings a lot of students and you can watch a lot of performances, there is beaver stadium which is the most amazing penn state experience it is where the football games are held and they are loads of fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to buy food on campus especially when your using your elion card. All of the residence halls have places to eat and there are many places off campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is pretty good. It is so much fun living in the dorms, you can make it feel homey with pictures and posters. There is space for clothes and shoes and overall a good time.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many challenging courses but there is a great tutoring programs. The teacher assistants are very helpful and also going to office hours of the professor

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get too overwhelmed with the size of the school, you will eventually find your way there are many ways get help. Take advantage of every fun activity on the campus be sure to get involved! and get yourself out there.

    In three sentences

    The most amazing school, with great opportunities and with many ways to have fun and get a great education.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Very helpful and with a personal touch. Very interested in helping each student.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    I found that studying a little bit each day instead of cramming helped me to achieve the best possible grades. The professors in the classes I have taken want you to learn and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk often with your adviser and make an academic plan that will work with your lifestyle. Ask questions and make sure you are your own advocate!

    In three sentences

    Penn State has been a wonderful place for me to attend college. The professors are all very helpful and seem to really care about the well being of their students.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency phones located all over campus, and officers patrol the area around the clock. I have never felt unsafe traveling through campus day or night.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is one of the most expensive public institutions. That being said, if you take enough interest in your experience there, it is definitely worth the cost. Taking advantage of all the opportunities the school offers, for both fun and personal advancement, can make Penn State a worthy investment.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the availability of parties every night, there are plenty of school-sponsored events. Free concerts, pre-release showings of movies, pool halls, intramural sports, and special interest clubs are a few examples of things to do when you get some free time.

    Food and Dining

    As a vegetarian, I thought I would have trouble eating on campus, however, the campus cafeterias are very open to other lifestyles, and are more than willing to work with you. I never left the dining halls hungry. Off-campus there are tons of restaurants and fast food alike. There's always something open, even for those all-night study sessions.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The quads are always filled with people sunbathing in the summer and having snowball fights in the winter. The people are very neighborly and there are tons of get-to-know-each-other events. Some of my best memories were made in and around the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging. The teachers move quickly, and expect you to keep up on your work. They often don't require class attendance, and treat the students like adults. You have to want to do the work. On the other hand, there are plenty of opportunities to get help with the work outside of class. Teachers have required office hours and often set up optional review sessions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything you can, while still spending enough quality time with your studies, of course. There are so many things most people have never encountered before, from traditional Japanese sword-fighting to ice cream science, it would be a waste to not try anything. And with Penn State's enormous alumni network, you never know who you might meet.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is much more than the party school everyone knows it to be. Sure, State Patty's is a good time, but there is a heavy emphasis on more important activities like sports, academics, social life, and personal improvement. Between the comprehensive downtown amenities, the numerous school clubs, and tons of free school-sponsored events, there's never a reason to sit at home being bored.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe walking alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Penn State has a huge greek life. Greek like was not for me but to each their own ! I had a lot of friends in greek life who loved it.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many clubs and activities to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE! You don't have to be a pastier which is what everybody things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mifflin Streak- First day of finals week there is a naked streak down one of the streets on campus to help lighten the spirits of horrible finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is very expensive, mostly out of state. However, I think it was worth it for me because of all the opportunities it provided for me.

    What to do for fun

    Club Field hockey, Habitat for humanity, studied abroad.

    Food and Dining

    Love the dining commons !

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was OKAY. The living conditions were a little rough but what can you expect from a freshman dorm? I met plenty of people that first year which helped me get assimilated.

    Academic Rigor

    Dependent upon the field of study. I was nutrition and had a pretty intense academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to pick a major/career path freshman year so you can plan out your degree audit and not be forced to stay extra semesters to complete it.

    In three sentences

    A great place to grow as an individual. Penn State offers endless possibilities from excellent networking events to the most unique clubs. There is something for everybody, this school is NOT just a party school.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I enjoy the social life at Penn State. On the weekends I like to attend concerts and sports games. This year I got to see Fabulous, Drake, Kevin Hart, and Ludacris.

    Food and Dining

    The Penn State food services offers great variety including fruits, pastas, and international dishes but like most college food you eventually get tired. Off campus you have fast food restaurants such as Chipotle, McDonalds, and Taco Bell.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good. Its no different than other college campuses. You have coed dorms with a male and female floor. On each floor is a community bathroom. Most freshman will live in East Commons which is great because its near Beaver Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect to be challenged at Penn State. Some classes are easier than others but the work itself is much more difficult. It requires more in depth thinking.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage students to visit the Penn State campus but understand they're many different campus at Penn State and you may stay at main one. Also students should get involved in student organizations and clubs. Being away from home for the first time can produce anxiety, so its good to join clubs to meet others.

    In three sentences

    A great public educational institution where you're challenged at the highest degree. Penn State has unbreakable school spirit and bond. Lastly a school that has stood the test of time and still kept its prestige.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They make sure it is well lit and there are campus police there to ensure your safety.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek life so I do not have any views upon it.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can dream it, you can be a part of it. There are plenty of clubs to join and activities to be a part of. It is a community of friends at PSU.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for a student who wants a challenege along with a degree from an internationally recognized university. A student who is interested in philanthropy would do well here as well since a major tenant of the university is to give back.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    NOt unusual but you must experience THON and the blue and white game if possible.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm paying out of state tuition and I do not feel the doubled price is validated in my experience. I am getting the same experience as other students but they pay a lot less.

    What to do for fun

    The many sports events allow you to always have something to do. ALso, lectures, galleries and the fitness facilities. You can never get bored here unless you just refuse to get out.

    Food and Dining

    Great places around here. Especially the ice cream!

    Dorm Life

    I have no view on this since I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This University does not believe in handing out degrees without effort being put into attaining it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask for help or guidance, they really care her at Penn State.

    In three sentences

    Overall, the experience is wonderful. The professors truly care about the development and success of their students. The advisors are always there to guide you through the process and help ensure that you attain your goals.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You live in Happy Valley, it is always fun with the friends you make.

    Food and Dining

    It's some of the best college dining I have seen.

    Dorm Life

    Small, but you only live in dorm for a year.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are well educated and push up to reach your potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    Feel free. Go out and meet new people. Studies are the most important so make sure you do not fall behind and keep your grades steady. Always, and I mean always ask for help. Everyone is there to help you succeed! It is what you make, so take a deep breath and dive in.

    In three sentences

    Pennsylvania is a well rounded college experience. As a freshman, you meet new people and can join in on the popular football games that the college town offers. But, what will make you fall in love with PSU is the education. Professor, assistants and students are dedicated to prove that Penn State is where to go to learn the career of your future.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The area surrounding the campus is one of the safest cities in PA.

    Greek Life

    I have not taken part in this.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have many activities and clubs. I take part in the ballroom dance clubs as well as the outdoors club.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State University Park is great for any person. There are so many things to do, I am sure that anyone can find their place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are no unusual traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    It makes financial sense to go to a branch campus for the first two years and then the last two years at university park.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless clubs and activities to take part in at University Park.

    Food and Dining

    They have many dining facilities that supply delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure that you room with a person you can trust.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State has many degrees which adequately prepare students for careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to a school that is affordable and provides you with academic opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has many opportunities and has a solid curriculum. Although, it suffered face from the recent Sandusky situation, it proves to the world that Penn State is more that just football. Penn State is about the people that are in the school; it's about the teachers and the students.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus Police always seem to be around at night, and there are hardly ever any crimes on campus.

    Greek Life

    I had heard that PSU was known for its party scene, and my experience proved those rumors to be correct. The number of parties to choose from is really overwhelming.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs always seem to welcome newcomers, and they really get your mind off of schoolwork.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is great for every type of student, from the quiet bookworm to the adventurous free spirit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One funny tradition is the Mifflin Streak, where graduating seniors will streak down Mifflin Road to celebrate their graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    My experience as a freshman during the 2011-2012 academic school year was amazing, and I couldn't imagine myself attending another school.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs to join and meet new people. You can attend the various sporting events, or just hang out downtown with your friends. When the weekend hits, parties are held all over downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food at PSU is always available, at is sold at a very cheap price with the campus meal plan. It's not the healthiest of food, but the convenience kind of balances that out.

    Dorm Life

    The students that you first meet in the dorms can really grow into your best friends. They help out in classes as well as hang out.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are no joke, especially since I am an engineering student. While they may be challenging, good study habits and making friends will always help out.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend joining clubs to see what fits your personality. There are so many to choose from, so it's best to narrow down your choices by visiting them and deciding which ones fit best into your schedule. I'd say to only stay committed to 2 clubs, but occasionally visit any others that won't interfere with school.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is truly amazing. It has definitely become a home away from home. Whenever I leave for breaks, I always think back on the times before the break as well as look forward to the future.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Penn State has always felt like a very safe place. All paths are well-lit, and security personnel is never difficult to track down.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's really something for everyone, from community service clubs to paranormal investigation societies.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for all students. If you're looking for a campus with less students, the 20+ branch campuses are perfect for you. At Penn State Main, you tend to feel like just another face in the crowd - but for many, there's no problem with that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    State Patty's Day, of course!

    Bang for the buck

    So affordable. Look for specials!!

    What to do for fun

    Be on the look out for specials at local restaurants. Combining a great deal with great company makes for a great night out.

    Food and Dining

    State College offers many great places to go out for a bite to eat or a drink. There are chain restaurants as well as locally owned establishments - in short, there is something for everyone!

    Academic Rigor

    College isn't easy - but if you put honest work into your education, you will see the results you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never put extra-curricular activities above your academic performance. At the end of the day, it's your GPA and grades that matter. That being said, don't be afraid to try a club! It's a great way to meet people with similar interests, and it will make your college experience much more enjoyable. Try at least one, and if you see that you still have a lot of free time, go for more!

    In three sentences

    Penn State offers academic opportunities to suit every interest. The professors truly care about the students, and they are always there to help. Extra-curricular activities round out the complete college experience.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great if you are a social person and enjoy meeting new people all the time. Also if you are active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to name, but there are tons.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of activities, football games (other sports events). Many students like to party. There are also lots of outdoor activities and clubs you can join.

    Food and Dining

    The food in dorms isnt the best, but its not bad either.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is fun freshmen year great way to meet people, however, moving away after a year is the norm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult but not if you put time into them and do the work required. Only when you fall behind is when it becomes much harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to classes. If you do workloads will become alot easier to manage leave more time for extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    Atmosphere is great. Teachers are helpful. Many student resources.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dinning commons at Penn State are the best. They have a wide variety of food choices and best of all the dinning common menus are online, therefore you can plan you breakfast, lunch, and dinner days ahead!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the residence halls can be tough if you are used to having your own room. It is definitely a life that you have to get used to, but in the process you meet many greet friends on the floor that you are assigned to.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at the university are tuff and will challenge you, but the professors are very helpful and understanding.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a very loving and diverse school that welcomes you with open arms. Attending Penn State has definitely given me the chance to get out of my comfort zone and meet many different people. I strongly recommend any graduating high student to attend this university.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who have great pride.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Creamery! It is the best ice cream in the world. I love going to football games, there's no better experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before anything else, go to classes! You lose points on your final grade for each class you miss. Join clubs and organizations as well, you won't make it through college if not. Also because employers look at how active you were in school!

    In three sentences

    Penn State is everything you could ask for in a school. I love how much pride and school spirit we have. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else,

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome week is amazing. Attend one and you will understand.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you put in. Put your all into Penn State and you will get it all back.

    What to do for fun

    Yes there are occasional parties. The greatest fun is what clubs accomplish and how you can contribute to making the campus a better place. There are events held everyday that anyone could love.

    Food and Dining

    The on campus meal plan allows you to get a lot of food. You are presented with a lot of variety throughout the entire day. The food is good and satisfying.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is friendly. The rooms are comfortable and the campus is quiet, There are a lot of on campus activities so attend them and have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    This school has the biggest alumni in the world. Being on top of your grades is major. To do so and graduate from Penn State will mean wonders in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a journey of a lifetime. Be open to all experiences and this includes talking to new people (teachers and students), going to conferences and especially joining clubs. Lastly, look to have fun with what you are pursuing because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    In three sentences

    Choosing Penn State, was by far the greatest decision I have ever made. After two years I must say that I do not regret it. I love my school and I would highly recommend it to all students.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs that its impossible not to find what you like to do. And if it really isnt there, start your own club.

    What to do for fun

    You can do anything you like. Whatever it is just find other people that like doing the same thing. Its easy to find people with similar interests.

    Food and Dining

    I dont eat out much but when I do it's delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Its tough bu i fyou dont fall behind you're fine. Just stay on top of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in something... anything. You'll make friends in no time if you get involved.

    In three sentences

    Theres always something going on and lots of activities to participate in. There are so many clubs its easy to get involved in something you like or to try something new. The people are great.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have people you can call to walk with you at night (campus police I think) and in general it is pretty safe. I'm a girl and I've never felt unsafe walking alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Pretty big when you're an underclassmen. Not necessary to be part of though. Does help with social life however.

    Clubs and Activities

    I think there is over 800 clubs. over 50 frats. Over 30 sororities. enough said.

    Great for these types of students

    There is every type of student here. I would say Artsy people feel the most out of place because they find sorority girls in their major and it seems to deter them from PSU and causing the hipster/artsy people to transfer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a grave on Old Main Lawn. There was a murder in the Stacks (part of library) back in the 70's and is apparently haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive for State school (even in-state). However, life is amazing in Happy Valley. It balances out. But if you don't think tuition is high then it would be 5-stars

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, THON, Football games, hang with friends, Intramural sports, hiking Mount Nittany

    Food and Dining

    The freshman eating options are pretty bland. Once you get to West and Pollock the options and quality go up

    Dorm Life

    Nothing will compare to the relationships you create in the dorms. However, they are pretty old and outdated. Also, they're located in the far upper corner of the campus so it can be a hike. Nonetheless, it will always be one of my fondest memories living in them. There are different undergrad residence areas: Pollock, West, South, East (for freshmen), North, East view Terrace, Nittany Apartments

    Academic Rigor

    I thought college would be an easy step from what I had in High School. After my first year I can definitely say that I worked 3 times harder in classes to get lower grades than I ever have. But a decent GPA is definitely doable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away! Immerse yourself in something you're interested in. There is a group for everyone. Especially get involved in THON. It is the most indescribable event. Yes, you will find your freshman year that it is a party school but at THON you realize that all of these people have gathered for the good of the kids. People are soberly crazy and high spirited. Can't find anything that big and exciting without people abusing substances at any other school.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus and great morale. I truly don't know anyone that loves their school as much as the 40,000 people on campus do. Yes, people view this pride to be cult-like, but you really need to experience it for yourself. People on the outside don't know what it is like to have such pride and school spirit.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a blue light system and State college is very safe

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many various activities and clubs offered. There is no excuse not to be involved on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone. If you were to take a snapshot of students you would see someone who fits every stereotype.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shouting WE ARE to the freshmen and tour groups

    Bang for the buck

    Even though Penn State is on the more expensive end of state schools, it provides so much to the students. Penn State has the largest alumni network in the world and the opportunities are endless.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything you can imagine. I went rock climbing one weekend, there's free movies all the time, free concerts, free food, sporting events, you name it and it happens on campus.

    Food and Dining

    PSU just redid a dining hall last summer and are redoing another one this summer. There are so many options.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in East, which is where all of the freshmen live because I was in honors housing, but the rooms across campus are average sized. Rooms are very warm year round.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in Schreyer, the honors college at Penn State, and I would say hands down the education I receive is comparable to that of Ivy league schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be bold. Try something new- like Fencing or Crew. There are over 800 clubs as PSU so get involved

    In three sentences

    Attending Penn State was the best decision I have ever made. There are so many opportunities and everyone wants you to succeed. From advising to talking about life professors, advisors, and deans are there along the way.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very secure. Campus security and police are always readily available.

    Greek Life

    It's huge (though I'm not involved).

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone with 500+ clubs and student organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. There is something for you here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place is the Arboretum, Penn State's acres upon acres of gardens. It's a great place to go relax, hike around, get some sun, play some frisbee, or take a jog.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not cheap, but I consider it worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Hike Mount Nittany; visit the lake at Whipple Dam, explore the attractions of Downtown; free movies in the HUB; ultimate frisbee games

    Food and Dining

    Excellent. Amazing variety; personable staff; options for all diets.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs always have something fun planned. The houses within each hall are very close-knit.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your program, it can be very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. It may be intimidating in a large lecture hall of 300 students, but make yourself known to the professor by asking questions, going to office hours, and attending class every day.

    In three sentences

    You have endless opportunities for research, study abroad, majors, and clubs for every interest imaginable. It has opened so many doors for me, and I've met some of the most amazing individuals imaginable. I couldn't see myself at any other undergraduate institution.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is definately worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Hangout with friends. Movies. Dining. Sports!

    Food and Dining

    Yummy!

    Dorm Life

    I've been told the dorms are spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply a month or so before the application deadline is up. There is so much that needs to be done before classes start.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great place to go. The Staff is very helpful. The online classes are easy to jump right into.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At a campus of 40,000 people, there are bound to be incidents. However, I have never felt unsafe at any point in time.

    Greek Life

    Though I am not involved, I know our Greek Life is huge and if you choose to get involved, you will definitely love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I mentioned before, it is impossible not to find a club that will interest you, since we have nearly 1,000 of them! Not to mention THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world! An amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience in and of itself. Do not miss it.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for ANYBODY!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you get your picture every year at the Lion Shrine! And never hesitate to shout WE ARE! at a passing tour group.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, we are a very expensive school, but I assure you it is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless possibilities! Hang out with friends, see a free movie in the HUB, hike Mount Nittany, go to the Arboretum, join a club, etc etc etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical of a college campus. Some places are alright, some places are better. However, the good thing about the food and dining is that there are so many places to choose from around campus, you are bound to find somewhere you like. Nacho Night at Roxy's is a must, Late Night in Redifer, and make sure you try a cookie from West! And of course, the Berkey Creamery is never too far away if you are craving ice cream or a milkshake! Even if you somehow are unable to find something you like on campus, there are tons of places just a block or two off campus to choose from as well.

    Dorm Life

    No, we do not have the nicest dorms around. However, enrolling in a Special Living Option will help to enhance your experience because you are being placed with people pursuing the same degree as you, and therefore will have the same interests as you. I did not apply for an SLO, but my original major was Education and was placed on an Education/ Liberal Arts floor, and I became very good friends with every person on that floor! It was such a rewarding experience to have friends to come home to after a long day of classes.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a reason it is tough to get into this campus! They are not kidding when they say college is tougher than high school. The courses will be challenging, but in a good way, and if you really set your mind to it, getting Dean's list will not be as difficult as you originally anticipated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It is so easy to find something that interests you whether it be a Greek organization or one of the nearly 1,000 clubs on campus! Not only does getting involved look good on a resume, but you meet so many people, which will only enhance your college experience.

    In three sentences

    Despite everything that has happened, I am in love with this university. The pride all us students have for this school is overwhelming in a totally good way. I could not see myself anywhere else.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe! EVER! Has a VERY low crime rate. The police are great!

    Greek Life

    Fraternities are big here but sororities aren't as huge. Definitely a lot of fun to join if you're looking for a large group of friends or a good way to get into parties early. The frats have their own house but sororities do not. They're a lot of fun though!

    Clubs and Activities

    THON is great and a good way to meet people. IM sports are a lot of fun if you're athletic.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a great education but also a fun time. It is a busy place and there are a lot of social events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Arts festival is always a fun time. The football games are a must. Dine at the Waffle House or the Corner Room if possible. Join THON to be part of the biggest student run philanthropy!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth every penny. Great opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events on campus. IM sports and sporting events. The football games are the best! There are tons of restaurants and fun shops.

    Food and Dining

    Better than most universities. There are a lot of options which is nice.

    Dorm Life

    Always a lot to do and so much fun!

    Academic Rigor

    It is difficult but it is not overwhelming. The degree you get is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    A high SAT, high GPA and good school activities are key to being accepted. Take a campus tour and spend a day or two on campus.

    In three sentences

    This is the best university. There is always so much to do and the academics are great. Everyone I have met is so friendly and all of the professors want to see you succeed!

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Always remember that learning and academic is first. But with that said it will be a lot of fun, and there are a lot of positive things available to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    Penn state is really a great school. It is a very diverse University which offers a lot of great opportunity to students. Fun and great educators.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Woodman's club is the best club ever. KISS MY AXE!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do. ITS PENN STATE !!!

    Food and Dining

    Food, where to start with this one. There are so many choices at Main campus Penn State. There is something for everyone to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. Keep your door open for the first couple of hours you are there and you will meet so many awesome people. I met future roomates and made some really great friends. Also be sure to attend the student activity events.

    Academic Rigor

    Any college curriculum is a challenge, just stay focused and you can achieve anything you want to achieve. I attend PSU Mont Alto campus. This campus is amazing because the student to professor ratio is perfect. Everyone is always there when you need them and it feels like a big happy family.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to a new and bright future. Go to at least one Penn State Football game while a student. Must take creamery ice cream home to the family.

    In three sentences

    So many opportunities can be achieved from Penn State. Recognized everywhere, and not for the recent news story's. WE ARE PENN STATE!

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety around campus is very good. All the sidewalks are light and there are campus phones throughout that are in direct line with security in case you do feel uncomfortable and want an escort. The campus also has its own emergency medical services and is located very closely to a hospital.

    Greek Life

    Penn State has the largest Greek Life in the country when looking at schools. There are many events that these groups are a part of and they all are big at promoting volunteering and networking.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has the largest number of clubs and organizations over any other school. There are so many activities from dance and theater to sports and the outdoors and even video games and professional groups. If you are interested in anything, chances are that there are at least three groups interested in the same thing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is an amazing opportunity to become involved with volunteering. It is the largest student ran philanthropist organization that is motivated to providing money to childhood cancer research. Over the year the students at Penn State have raised over $88 million for the cause.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is quite expensive when it comes to looking at other schools. As an out-of-state student, it is even more of a toll. But there are many places to get scholarships and grants from. Since the university has the largest alumni association it is also a plus that you will get hired quickly and paid well.

    What to do for fun

    Penn State has the largest number of clubs and organizations over any other school. It's true that it is a big school but once you find a group that works for you it will feel like any other school you can pick.

    Food and Dining

    The food has been getting better and there are commons that are always busy. On campus there are five dining commons and twice as many convenience stores. If you do get tired of campus meals, the college is located downtown where its easy to find restaurants that are perfect for students.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Penn State is incredible. There are so many groups that organize events and offer all kinds of free prizes and food. It not uncommon to pass by the quad and see a game of ultimate frisbee or students tanning listening to music.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is tough but I have enjoyed all of my classes. I am an engineer in the College of Earth and Mineral Science's and many of my classes cover a wide array of topics. Don't let the 5 star rigor turn you away because I know when I look for a job that it will be the first thing employers notice.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's always a good choice to visit the school you're thinking of. You might meet a professor in the department you're interested in and they'll help you with all your questions. It's also good to get involved right off the bat with the organizations in your college. You'll meet friends that can help with all your classes.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has offered many opportunities to to fulfill a wide list of objectives that I wanted to get done and I still have a year left. I have participated in research, studied abroad, been activate in many college and university clubs and organizations. There is even the chance for me to get a master's degree plus my bachelor's and two minors all in five years.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have the blue light system located everywhere on campus where if you ever feel unsafe walking home at night from class you may press the button and police will escort you back to your room safely.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 800 clubs and organizations you may join at Penn State from clubs pertaining to your major to cultural clubs and even gaming or sports related organizations.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities to get involved in around campus. Our student center provides late night weekend events such as arts and crafts as well as free movie showings as long as you bring your student ID.

    Food and Dining

    There are different dining commons locations depending on where you live on campus. Everything is buffet style and they offer a variety of different options for students to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm life experience. Everyone I met on my floor became my closest friends, especially my roommate. Each room comes with a micro fridge and there is plenty of closet space from floor to ceiling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and don't be afraid to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has been one of the best growing experiences of my life thus far. Attending this university has helped me connect to individuals from all different cultures and backgrounds. It also gives me the chance to join the clubs and organizations that best suit my personality.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police patrols the campus 24 hours a day, and the state police have a barracks down the road from the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club on campus for every person. There is a lot of diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    camping out for big football games, and one game out of the football season is known as the white out game. This is where everyone in the stadium wears all white, and this has been going on for several years

    What to do for fun

    go to the sporting events, play intramural and club sports. Or walk around campus and socialize with all the other students

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your first semester is your best one, because it is hard to raise your gpa

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a big university located in the country of Pennsylvania. The community that surrounds it is calm and quiet. To simply put it, Penn State is Happy Valley

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    While the education and experiences at Penn State are things you will cherish forever the tuition can get high. This is especially true for out of state students such as myself.

    What to do for fun

    The Hub provides late night activities every week for students which include movies, crafts, swimming and more. There is generally something going on on campus every week. Aside from campus downtown provides shopping, bars, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls on campus give you more variety than you could ever imagine. Aside from all you can eat variety buffets there are a variety of specialized dining options. Everything is available from made to order stir fry to whole pizza pies.

    Dorm Life

    While not all of the dorm are ideal, they do their best to make the living situations as comfortable as possible. The major issue to the shortage of dorms due to the increasing number of students.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State ensures that all aspects of a well-rounded education are provided. Aside from bookwork many classes take trips, work on projects and provide the chance to apply your knowledge to real life problems. Outside of class the variety of clubs and activities allow you the chance to get involved, share knowledge with others and make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't become overwhelmed by the size of campus and classes. You quickly learn the buildings and about hidden spaces where you could end up spending lots of time. The classes are large but as you get farther into your major they get smaller. Of course no matter the size the professors are always willing to help you with anything.

    In three sentences

    Penn State's students and staff are all connected through their pride of the university and it creates an atmosphere that everyone is one big family. Their commitment to education shows and classes are challenging without being overbearing. The hands on experiences provide through class, clubs and students events provides a well rounded experience.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club or activity here for everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of extra money if you want to use amenities that other schools include in tuition such as football tickets and the gym facilities.

    What to do for fun

    You can go out to restaurants, shopping, hookah lounges, and to tons of fun campus events on an night or day of the week!

    Food and Dining

    A la carte options are super cheap and good, but the HUB has actual chain stores like Starbucks and Burger King. Pollock Dining Commons is the best on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Great to meet people and cover basic amenities but most are outdated and definitely not suites, unless you shell out even more money.

    Academic Rigor

    This varies from 2 to 5 stars depending on your program and dedication level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to read the stall stories and talk to your RA. Try to get involved in a club or activity, since it's a great way to meet other people with common interests while having fun at the same time.

    In three sentences

    It is a very lively and large campus with a large variety of activities. Never a dull moment on campus here. Academics are highly valued as well as having an enjoyable college experience.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining halls are very good and there are many options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed in the dorm but the one I've seen are decent

    Academic Rigor

    The academic are challenging but if you put in the work you will succeed

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do for fun here. Whether it's going to all of the home football games, or just going to see a movie with a couple of friends. If you are in the mood to do something fun, then you will always be able to find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright here but there is definitely something for everyone so do not worry about Penn State not having something that you like. The Creamery definitely has the best ice-cream!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, dorm life can range from very fun and exciting all of the time, to fun and exciting only when you want it to be. There is still plenty of quiet time for you to get your work done.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are very intelligent and they are hard on their students. This allows for you to get the most out of your academic experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should apply early because the earlier you apply, the more likely it is that you will get in. Also, do not let the recent news about Penn State scare you away from applying or wanting to come to Penn State. Penn State is still a great school.

    In three sentences

    Pennsylvania State University is a great college to further your education and to improve your social skills. There is a great sense of pride in the community and Employers love to hire Penn State graduates. Penn State is a great choice for a college.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With the volume of police, the amount of light, number of bystanders at any one time, and campus security detail PSU is one of the safest schools I've ever been to.

    Greek Life

    Greek life. If you want to be Greek PSU is the perfect place for you. If you want to avoid the greek life, you're in luck; the campus and town are big enough for you to stay away from the frats with ease.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can imagine it, it's a club. If somehow there is no club for lion taming, you can make one.

    Great for these types of students

    Lovers of football of course.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to Canyon Pizza for a late night slice and great people watching. People take pictures at the Lion Shrine 24/7 (Literally). Late night bus rides usually entail singing...

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is priced for a college student and most places accept Lioncash.

    What to do for fun

    There's a variety of different types of stores that are all reasonably priced and unique. Late Night activities at the student center are worth a shot. The bars and restaurants are a good time. Chronic Town is a fantastic place to relax, listen to music, do some reading or writing, or meet fascinating people.

    Food and Dining

    State College has a fantastic assortment of restaurants, diners, bars, and cafes. It has a hookah bar that serves cereal and sells vinyl, there is a german bistro, any fast food you could want, an underground bookstore with a fantastic vegan menu, and many many more! The dorm food however is nothing to write home about. If you have a meal plan try to go to the buffet style places like rigatony's so you can eat full and balanced meals.

    Dorm Life

    Most RA's are nice and leave you about your business. Dorm life varies from area to area. North is cushy and quiet. - It is the only dorm with A/C - There is very little social interaction between suites and neighbors - It is out of the way and far from most buildings except for the Forum and Smeal - These dorms are four person suites with their own bathrooms East is for the freshmen - Least comfortable - Loud and social - Far from everything except the stadium - Common bathrooms used by the whole floor South and Pollock are for sophomores and some freshmen - It's social but not as loud as East - Perfect location on campus - They have great dining halls - Common bathrooms used by the whole floor West is mostly for sophomores and juniors - It's quiet but more social than North - In a good spot - Has good food - Common bathrooms used by the whole floor

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor here varies greatly. Most Gen Eds are fairly easy with moderate workloads. Depending on your major you may have very difficult classes designed to weed people out. (Business, Chemistry and Engineering). There are a lot of interesting classes for you to broaden your horizons with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your niche. There are thousands of people and hundreds of clubs. Whether you are a christian or an atheist, an objectivist or an anarchist, a chess player or a football player there's a club or group for you. You will meet friends with common interests and goals. Penn State is a big school set in a small town, you will meet new people everyday and run into friends quite often.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is loud, raucous, and intimidating at first, however It will grow on you once you get your school life and social life in balance. Some of the people are miserable to be around and some of the people them are the most incredible people you could know. There is a lot to do, and a lot to love; there is a reason they have one of the largest alumni associations in the country.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the best Campus safety units in the country without a doubt.

    Greek Life

    When I visit other schools I can only compare them to the standard that Penn State holds, and guess what? They all Fall in Comparison to how great the Greek Life at Penn State is set up.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many clubs to count... I cannot begin to talk about how many clubs and activities the University holds.

    Great for these types of students

    Work hard, play hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn state

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun. There is three gyms that are available, two recreational facilities that have basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a indoor track. The weekends are insane as the there a record number of frats that through the best parties in the country, and if the frat scene isn't of your taste there is apartment parties and get togethers by every group of people. It is impossible to run out of things to do at Penn State.

    Food and Dining

    Beware of east eateries! There is a plenty of options and the diversity of food available is impressive, but there simply isnt enough time make the trip to another commons for food. Most of the time you will end up eating at east of the Big Onion which will satisfy, but you can find yourself getting tired of the food.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are small, but all the freshman dorm at east halls and having all the freshman on the same part of the campus adds to a very exciting environment that cannot be re created anywhere else.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class challenged me, but I left knowing a lot more. Classes where very compelling and even some of the more boring subjects became interesting as the teachers put a lot of passion into what they taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready for a hard, but challenging semester. One that will expect you to reach way beyond you current limits academically. At the same time also prepare for the wildest and funnest experience of your life.

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University has been the only university that consistently has great reviews. Every student that has attended PSU at the Main Campus has nothing but reviews of how awesome an experience it was.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The only thing about Happy Valley/University Park is that it is accessible to locals and many alumni and families come through the town. But otherwise, we have our own law enforcers who know what they're doing in a college town.

    Greek Life

    PSU is big on the sororities and fraternities. And they don't discriminate.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone with any interest. If there isn't, just find four other people to help you launch that dungeon and dragons club.

    Great for these types of students

    Philanthropists, do-gooders, anyone in general - THON is a great organization to be a part of. Spend some time raising money for kids with cancer and then celebrate with an annual 46-hour dance marathon event in a stadium constantly packed with supporters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If someone shouts, we are... you must shout back, penn state!

    What to do for fun

    Check out some local bands at Indigo or go skiing on a nearby mountain. Attend one of the billion school events. Get into the blue and white spirit with a sports event or attend THON and cry and cheer with thousands of other student supporters.

    Food and Dining

    Happy Valley consists of various fast food chains and sit-down restaurants. You can literally get whatever you want, whatever you crave. But don't expect five-star dining. This is a student campus, after all.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty wonderful... forget the crazy things you hear about living in a crowded floor with twenty other people. Happy Valley consists of mainly decently sized apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    PSU has some pretty great professors and some great courses. Classes are tough enough to challenge you but not so tough that you don't get it.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is all about family, regardless of things that have recently happened. We are special, philanthropic, athletic, ridiculous, caring, passionate, wild, studious, and unrelenting. We are... Penn State.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt unsafe walking home at night, or any other time on campus. We have emergency telephones and a police station on campus so if something were to happen there is always a way to get in contact with someone who can help.

    Greek Life

    We have 26 sororities and 40+ fraternities. Greek life isn't the only thing on campus though. If you don't want to be in one than that's fine and you will still have as much fun as those people who are in them. However if you are interested in being in one that is great too.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find a club or activity you lie, you can always start one of your own! That is the beautiful thing about college, you can do almost anything your heart desires.

    Great for these types of students

    I truly believe that everyone can find their place at Penn State. Any type of student can thrive here!

    Bang for the buck

    Although Penn State is very expensive, I think it is worth every penny that I pay! The experiences and knowledge I have gained from being at Penn State are priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is always a good bet to find fun. There are lots of stores and restaurants to go to downtown, as well as most of the student apartments. Also the hub has a lot of fun things to do during the week and sometimes there are free concerts.

    Food and Dining

    There are five different dining halls on campus. East, Pollock, South, North, and West. In my opinion Pollock and South are the best because they have the most choices. However East leaves little to be desired, it is always hit or miss. When it is good, it is really good. But when it is bad, its pretty bad.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is so much fun! I met all of my best friends on my dorm floor freshmen year. Someone is always willing to go do something fun. But if you want to just stay in and study there is a study room for each building where you can find peace and quiet.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes can be fairly difficult. Penn State requires most majors to take calculus which for most students presents a challenge. However if you love what your majoring in than most of your other classes will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a balance. There is always something to do, so it is important to keep yourself balanced between friends, parties, and school work. It is really easy to fall behind on schoolwork because you get caught up in something else. Just remember why you are there in the first place, to get a great education!

    In three sentences

    Going to Penn State was the best decision of my life. I could never imagine myself going to any other college or university. Penn State has a little something for everyone, and there is always something fun to do on campus.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is ample amounts of ways to ensure your safety at Penn State, one of which are the police help buttons located all over campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has many fantastic clubs and organizations to be involved with.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is extremely expensive, but the education and connections that you will make here are worth every penny.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, surprisingly. Options for every type of eater are available all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great first year in my dorm, but that is not always the case. It depends on where you are placed to live your first year.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are top notch, and really push students to their limits.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors are here to teach, not to babysit. If you come here, you had best be ready to work your butt off in each of your courses, or you will not get a good grade. You need to be organized, and have some sort of idea as to what collegiate path you are wanting to take, or you will end up being here for quite a long time.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a fantastic school for those who are passionate about learning, who love to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and who are looking for a place that will provide them with the opportunities to succeed in their future. It is also a great school for those who love to party.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    I am attending the world campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a great school of academics. Highly regarded as one of the best universities.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The HUB has plenty of options to choose from!

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is well known for its academics, so study hard and work for your grades and you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are several clubs/organizations on campus that you can join - it looks good on your resume.

    In three sentences

    This is a wonderful school in terms of academics, prestige, and student life.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are some incidents, but I would say the campus is safer than most places. Just follow any safety rules you normally would, like not walking alone at night, and you'll be fine!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many clubs to choose from. There are also IM sports, bands to join, and many other activities.

    Great for these types of students

    With over 40,000 students, there are people of all types. There is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Come here and see!

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in state, tuition is very manageable. I, however, am out of state, and finding a way to pay is not a fun experience. It's worth it, though, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.

    What to do for fun

    Free concerts, Stand Up Comedy month, a great downtown, there is so much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Everyone loves West cookies!

    Dorm Life

    A good experience for freshman year, very convenient, but I like to be able to cook. Also, sharing a bathroom with a bunch of other people gets old. However, the quality of the dorms are generally good.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, some are difficult. In every class you will learn something, in most you will learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in East if you want to meet people, live elsewhere if you want quiet. Get a really early start on off-campus housing, as in the fall before you want to move in. Go to class! That is the best way not to fall behind.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is for honor and for the glory. I love my school, and I love my life in State College. We are a family, we are Penn State.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    its happy valley... use the buddy system to be super safe

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of the greek life so I can not speak on their type of fun **Note: if you cant pass the brown paper bag test you will not be let into any frat parties...

    Clubs and Activities

    they are great, but i never have time with school and work :(

    Great for these types of students

    all are welcome and can find a friend if they look hard enough.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    St. patty's day... drunk people on campus before 10am....

    Bang for the buck

    yes indeed.

    What to do for fun

    Party, see plays, exercise etc. **Note: I am not apart of the greek life so I can not speak on their type of fun

    Food and Dining

    I like it.

    Dorm Life

    ... Some people refuse to flush toilets while others complain about it... Which will you be?

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on how much of a challenge you want to give yourself. You pick your classes and major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Minority students: Look into the Student Support Services Program and the Multicultural Center for additional advising beyond your academic adviser.

    In three sentences

    Very great school. Minority students have a lot of resources, so seek them out. Don't be afraid to mingle with different types of people.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Whether it's 10 a.m. or 10 p.m., I always feel safe walking around campus, and if f