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  • 11/13/2016

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

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    Campus Safety

    Walking around town even late at night I felt a sense of safety and security. Even in the skimpiest of clothing, girls around town didn't have to look over their shoulders once. Everyone on campus I met was very nice and accommodating. I loved this school

  • 07/06/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 429

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    Tips for prospective students

    penn state is the best thing that's ever happened to me. everything here is all you need for the path to success and the key to happiness. there's so many resources, networking opportunities, and many different organizations. you'll never not have anything to do. the environment is so awesome and academic help is always available!! i wouldnt rather be anywhere else!

  • 06/15/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is always something to do. you can go to pegula ice arena and go iceskating. you can go to the gym and join a class. the university often holds events throughout the year, like various concerts, color runs, etc. during the fall you can go to beaver stadium for a football game. you can go to bryce jordan center for a basketball game. you can wander around downtown and explore the unique shops and eateries located there.

    Food and Dining

    there are 4 different main dining halls on campus for students to choose from. in addition, there are several cafes and small eateries on campus where you can still use meal points or lioncash. food is very good and catered to everyone of different diets.

    Dorm Life

    housing staff usually keeps the dorms very clean for its residents. safety is of the utmost importance, so the dorms have monthly fire drills. the rooms are good size and the ra's usually do a good job at organizing events for residents to meet and get to know one another.

    Academic Rigor

    penn state continues to be one of the top universities in regards to its academics. the education is top notch, and there are several opportunities that are given through the university. you can be an emt for university health services, or you can join a research group, and much more. no matter what your academic goals are, penn state has the resources to make sure you get there.

    Tips for prospective students

    some tips i have for prospective students is to put yourself out there. in a big university like penn state, it can be easy to lose yourself in the crowd and to feel alone on this big campus. there are many people out there who are interested in the same things and have the same passions; you just need to look for them and put yourself out there. join clubs and approach people and be friendly. before you know it, you'll find your friend group at school and everything else will come easily.

    In three sentences

    penn state has everything for everyone regardless of your interests. there's so many clubs to join and people to meet. it has the best night life and there's always something to do.

  • 05/10/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 429

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    Campus Safety

    safety sits atop the list for penn state as a whole. we have auxiliary police who's only job every night is to walk men and woman home who dont feel safe. we have 911 towers all around campus and psu alerts will alert all students via email and/or text of anything out of the ordinary happening on campus. penn state has over 40,000 students so it wouldn't be fair to say no crimes happen at penn state, but i can assure you that you will never feel uncomfortable in happy valley!

    Greek Life

    i am debating on joining a business frat next semester due to my workload, but if theres one thing i recommend it is to get involved in greek life. this is where you will meet your friends for life and the social scene is incredible. greek life isn't how it is panned out to be in the movies or media. the psu frats are very fun to go to for parties and they are also very safe. the ifc (frat police) monitor the area nightly, not to bust kids for drinking, but to make sure nothing bad happens when kids leave the frats. the sororities dont have their own houses but many of my closest friends are in sororities and they're having the times of their lives. greek life is something to consider when coming to psu, if you are somewhat interested i say go for it, you dont want to regret anything in your college career.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs its ridiculous! anything you can imagine is a club at penn state, and even if its not you can create your own. everyday there are activities on campus, which can be easily found on a flyer in a dorm or commons building. take advantage of these free events as much as possible... they usually come with free food too!

    Great for these types of students

    all types of student. everyone finds their niche at penn state and i have never heard of someone feeling like they dont belong in the psu cult.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    penn state is full of traditions, starting with the tailgating. tailgating for football is a tradition unlikely any other, and like they say "we tailgate harder than your team plays" also while in the games after a touchdown we have a tradition to toss a girl near you in the air as many times as we have points, its an awesome site to see around the stadium. legendary food places like canyon pizza are a tradition for all college students, usually at 3 a.m., but still a great tradition. it would be silly to list every tradition penn state has to offer, i will let you guys wait to experience things like the mifflin streak, instead of explain these traditions to you... it just doesn't do justice typing it so come see for yourself! the hub is an awesome place to study on-campus. it is by far the most active place on-campus and it is one of the places that made me fall in love with penn state on my visit.

    Bang for the buck

    there is no doubt in my mind that i have made the right investment. all of my older friends who graduated from psu were offered multiple jobs before they graduated. our alumni base is the largest of any other school in the nation, and that is key when it comes to networking and getting a job. i am going into my junior year at psu and i have already landed internships through the school, and i am trying to line up an internship for next summer in la... if you put your mind to it you can literally go anywhere in the world through psu!

    What to do for fun

    what is there not to do here?! seriously, i feel like 4 years isn't enough time to tackle all the great things psu has to offer. for starters you should go to every single football game and tailgate for them. football saturdays are what penn state students dream for over the summer. you can also get into greek life, which has many benefits while in college and when you graduate. joining a club or sport is another option at penn state. you can literally create your own club too, just find about five members and a club advisor! everyday there seems to be some sporting event going on so you will always have something to do. the social life usually starts up on thursday nights, but if you're a true psu student you know we can go out any night. (if we are finished with schoolwork)

    Food and Dining

    penn states on-campus dining takes the cake. there are many options and no matter where you're located you will have multiple options to choose from. i recommend pollock dining hall if you want a big meal, get the cookies! if you're in a hurry places like the mix and the onion are perfect spots to go, as they are mini marts with delis/grills inside. just beware of the freshman 15 when eating all this tasty food! lets not forget the famous berkey creamery, i won't even try to describe the ice cream there because it won't do it justice. but its amazing!

    Dorm Life

    penn states dorms are different depending on where you are located, but they all are setup to allow you to meet new people. the people you meet on your floor will likely be apart of your college journey in some way. the freshman dorms are small on the inside compared to other universities but they are by no means uncomfortable. they weren't designed to be used to stay in all day, which if you're like me you wont be in your dorm much.

    Academic Rigor

    while college is full of fun, your work should always come first. it will depend on your major but penn state is no walk in the park. that being said if you stay on top of your work and study hard you will do just fine and the weekend will reward you!

    Tips for prospective students

    hey class of 2020! the main thing is to get involved early. whether that be in clubs, tackling your loans, or just meeting new people. getting involved in some way with penn state will make your overall experience so much better. so go play that club sport, or take that snowboarding course, because i guarantee you won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    the education and networking is the best around, you will be guaranteed your dream job through penn state. the atmosphere is second to none, and the students are progressive leaders. attend thon and every on-campus event you possibly can, including the famous football games!

  • 03/18/2016

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

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    What to do for fun

    Like i said above do THON and get involved with the many different activities.

    Food and Dining

    Where there is food, there is a way. Great food options!!!

    Dorm Life

    Had the opportunity to sleep in one of the dorms and they are cozy and well put together.

    Academic Rigor

    A+++++

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in THON!!! Try not to get lost because it is a pretty big campus.

    In three sentences

    PSU is such an amazing school. i have friends and family that have attended and they have all said it's the best place to be. I hope I do end up going there.

  • 02/16/2016

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 429

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    In three sentences

    The perfect combination of things you want out of a college, preeminent academics, renowned athletics program and a beautiful campus. PSU has it all.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 429

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very, very safe. You could walk alone in the middle of the night without any harassment or anything.

    Greek Life

    IT IS HAPPENIN'!

    Clubs and Activities

    You tell me what you like to do, there is a club for it. From Student Government to academic associations, from intramural sports clubs to student programming clubs, from squirrel lovers club to Quidditch club. You name it!

    Great for these types of students

    Internationals are welcome here!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    To you nature lovers, Arboretum here is wonderful! Go check it out yourselves.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes it is! Service here is very friendly and you get fair treatment for anything you could imagine. Facilities this school provides are at the very best condition. The gym, the bus, the classroom, the computer labs, the science labs, library.... basically everything!!!

    What to do for fun

    The HUB provides many activities you could do especially for Friday nights and weekends. You could also go to Downtown or join any club based on your interests. Believe me, when I say your interests, there are basically everything. You name it, and there are they.

    Food and Dining

    There are variety of food here you could find if you are seeking for gluten-free food, vegan diet or even halal for Muslims. Everything is catered and they are all fantastic!

    Dorm Life

    Dormitories here are very conducive and you get what you pay. Very clean and conducive for studying and socializing.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes here are tough but the lecturers are very helpful and would want to see you succeed. Fully utilize the office hours and you gonna be okay!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be honest and stay true to yourselves.

    In three sentences

    This is a school if you want to get your quality education and at the same time, find your own passion for life. This school is not only conducive environmentally especially for students, both locals and internationals, but also very supportive of your race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation. One more thing, State College is very safe even in the middle of the night if you want to walk home from library, no worries, more studies!

  • 12/11/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No concerns here - the campus feels safe especially with the volume of students attending.

    Great for these types of students

    You want a big school with 900 clubs and activities along with a town with shops and restaurants right next to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Fullington Bus Service is extremely convenient for a easy weekend trip home if you live along their route.

    What to do for fun

    Attend at least one football game to experience Happy Valley's school spirit and expansive tailgating. Hockey games also rock the student section. Join the gym to release stress and take care of yourselft. Join a club to challenge yourself with something you've never done before for well-balanced 1st year experience.

    Food and Dining

    No complaints here. The food is awesome! I was not expecting prime rib and proscuitto on the menu nor an expresso bar.

    Dorm Life

    Although most Frosh dorms are small and dated, they are well kept and convenient to dining halls. For those Frosh that want to stay on campus Sophomore year, the lottery housing contract process can be stressful, especially since it starts during 1st semester year end finals.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not high school! Time management, prioritization of workload and good organizational skills are key to success. Use the professors Office hours, tutors and programs for academic success that PSU offers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although you may be tempted to join Greek life during your first semester, get acclimated to college life first then join in the Spring. Demands of fraternities and sororities can potentially affect your initial academic success.

    In three sentences

    Penn State offer endless opportunities both academically and socially with extra-curricular activities, clubs and sports. Resident Assistants are go-to people ready to assist in providing direction. The campus is huge but compact and so easy to navigate.

  • 12/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Could have better lighting outside throughout campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do!

    Great for these types of students

    Idk what this means.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is super BIG on campus. There aren't really any big student philanthropies on the east coast besides THON. Definitely join it!

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarship opportunities are available, but you need to have the right connections to be made aware of them. Overall, a good investment: while it's a bit pricey, the opportunities that are available are endless.

    What to do for fun

    We're surrounded by farms, and are in a valley. How is that not fun? In order to have fun, join clubs and meet new people, especially upperclassmen.

    Food and Dining

    All dining commons are different in the quality of food. Pollock has the best. HUB student building has great dining options, just weird hours. Also, food places are downtown.

    Dorm Life

    It's a college dorm experience. Kind of gross, kind of fun. Just bring hand sanitizer and meds because you will get the Penn State Plague!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a Comm major, so the classes I took were mostly gen-eds. For the most part, they were easy, but find friends in the class to help you out!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join THON (either OPP or Dancer Relations) Join the First Year Involvement Committee for Homecoming (you'll meet many other freshman) If you have an idea of what you want to do as a career, look for a club that would fit that interest. Either you'll find out that you love it. Or that you hate it, which is ok because Penn State has a crazy number of majors to transfer to.

    In three sentences

    This is a great campus! I love being here. As soon as you can, get involved!

  • 12/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 429

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, even walking home from the library at midnight or later. People who get into bad situations usually were not being cautious and put themselves in danger. Be smart and you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options and most are flexible with your schedule as well. I am a member of the equestrian team and have met many great people through it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mind the seal in the HUB- Don't step on the seal downstairs. Also, don't sit on the lion at the Nittany Lion Shrine or you'll graduate a year late!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! So many! Go hiking! Arboretum! Gym! Nap! You won't be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food can get a little repetitive, but there's not much to be done about that when you're stuck here all year. The dining halls are great (West is best!) and have plenty of options to eat healthy. There are vegetarian options at each meal as well.

    Dorm Life

    Accept your contract as fast as possible! I had only one preference, to live in West, and I got it. My roommate is great (I got lucky with that) and the food in West is the best. As far as dorm living goes it's excellent, however it depends on where you live. I wanted to be as far away from East freshman halls as possible, but if you're looking for a rowdy, small, freshman dorm hall East is for you.

    Academic Rigor

    It is up to you to make the classes manageable. Sure, there are always going to be some classes more difficult and stressful than others, but if you handle your time and take advantage of the resources here you won't have a problem. The myth that high school teachers tell you about how all professors don't care about your success as long as they get paid is exactly that: a myth. Almost all professors care greatly and will work with your schedule to meet with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus to make sure you're ready for such a big college.

    In three sentences

    Options are plentiful. The food is exceptional. Modern equipment and resources lead to great connections and education.

  • 12/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 429

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    What to do for fun

    Here is the famous football court and have so many pub and scenery surrounding.

    Food and Dining

    All of food from world.

    Dorm Life

    Have cozy and spacious and bright, warm and comfortable.The facility is complete, the feeling of the family

    Academic Rigor

    Famous for life science.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember three things: Be POLITE. Be ACTIVE. Be BLITHE.

    In three sentences

    Cozy and comfortable college which you can enjoy your free time or hard-working time here.It's all about your choice that what you want to do and nobody will come to interfere you.They will respect your mind. Last but not least, here is the famous football court!

  • 11/21/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 429

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    Great for these types of students

    Im Tyasia Stokes and i am the type of student who likes to have fun while having a good education to.....and i feel that Penn State offers that. I see you are a hardworking school who tries to please the students to the best of your ability which is what i need, a school who can teach me responsibility and preparation.

    In three sentences

    I researched this school and saw alot of things they have that i want which is all ive ever asked for...And i feel like i can become very educqted at this school and achieve my goal of an official career.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that Penn state has an outstanding academic system is because they teach their students with so much ....you can be in the classroom or walking the streets of another country that you are learning about which is called abroad.

  • 11/13/2015

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

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 429

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    Food and Dining

    I would imagine the food to be good even though I've never been there myself but I have been on the virtual tour.

    Dorm Life

    Sweet

    Academic Rigor

    Upbeat

    In three sentences

    Penn state is very diverse with different campuses across the US. This makes it easier for anyone to find a branch that is closest to them. Penn state has so many different majors to choose from that you're bound to find what you plan to major in.

  • 08/26/2015

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

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 429

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Penn state has real cops, campus security, and students patrolling at all hours. If you ever feel uncomfortable, they offer escorts, that are rumored to come with umbrellas when it is raining. Many student on campus said they never felt unsafe. Also, Penn state is located in a nice town with a low crime rate.

    Greek Life

    Penn state does have greek life, and it seemed like a large one, although on the campus tour it wasn't much talked about.

    Clubs and Activities

    The list of clubs and activities was endless! You can even start your own if it isn't already offered.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type! Anyone can find their home at Penn state, they have so much to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is expensive, I think it seems like you're really paying for a true college experience. The education is great, and you will have a fun time getting it as well!

    What to do for fun

    Penn state seems to offer lots for every type of student. The list of clubs was endless, and they even encourage you to start your own if it's not already offered! They also offer various levels of select sports, like inter-murals. If actually playing sports isn't for you, then maybe watching will be! The student section was amazing and very impressive, and looked like a great thing to be a part of. Penn state also had three gyms, to keep in shape.

    Food and Dining

    At the hub, Penn state has various different places to grab food. Although I didn't have any myself, I can't imagine going wrong with coffee or chinese food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a bit cramped, but it's college, what can you expect! The dorms seemed safe, and some of the freshman dorms, if you're placed in one, are conveniently located together so you can make friends who are also new. Penn state also offers dorms by major.

    Academic Rigor

    For those needing a little push, Penn state offers a summer program to get ahead in credits. Penn state accommodates practically every learning level, including an honors college.

    In three sentences

    Stepping onto this campus felt different than any other college I've previously visited. Although it can appear large and overwhelming, the school is so welcoming that it seems like anyone can find their place here. There seems to be plenty of actives for everyone, and the school spirt is an amazing bonus!

  • 08/13/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 429

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    In the dining hall, there was pretty much every chain you could think of. Plus, the meal plan seemed simple and appropriate.

    Dorm Life

    I was a little disappointed with the rooms; however it was very evident it is full of life and energy. Many had their dorms open to talk and remain lively.

    Academic Rigor

    While attending a tour, I saw a few class rooms. Some of the classes are rather small making it a friendly environment to get to know the professors and succeed academically.

  • 07/24/2015

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

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Super good food here, I love it a ton.

    In three sentences

    Penn state is an huge school with a large student body. It is so welcoming and filled with life, I don't think I could get bored. They are very focused on making you feel at home even if you come from far away.

  • 06/25/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 429

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Best decision I made besides attending Penn State. Gets me involved in campus life, let me meet more people than I ever would alone.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY KIND

    Bang for the buck

    Learning so much and taking advantage of the resources so I get the most for my money.

    What to do for fun

    Sports events, THON, extracurricular activities, join a club, create a club, play IM sports.

    Food and Dining

    South has the best food and West has legendary cookies! There are so many dining options that there are literally choices for everyone and you won't get bored of the food.

    Dorm Life

    The best way to go is to live on campus. The food is great, you're close to more classes and events, and you get to live with your friends. This will be my third year living on campus by choice.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a challenging college. There is a lot of money that goes into research so the professors are very bright and well-studied, and that reflects in their teaching and class rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as much as you possibly can. There are so many different kinds of people here that no one should ever feel like they can't be themselves. Take advantage of the opportunities and resources in terms of academics and extracurricular activities. Put yourself out there and do something once a day that scares you, because it will probably work out for the best. Go see a show or watch a band play or listen to a speaker that you usually wouldn't go see because you will meet other people and become a better person because of it.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is the most amazing school, and you can feel the energy and love the students have for the school as soon as you step on campus. Living on a big campus has increased my involvement and has allowed me to take advantage of all the opportunities a large school has to offer, especially in academics. There is no other place like Happy Valley.

  • 02/25/2015

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

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    In three sentences

    Penn State has so much to offer. The social aspect is amazing and they seem to have activities for everyone. Not to forget all of the majors offered across the campuses.

  • 01/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and require time, dedication and critical thinking skills.

    In three sentences

    I attend Penn State World Campus and have been taking classes part time since 2011. I work full time and I am pursing my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing Degree. Penn State World Campus is 100% online and it makes it very convenient no matter where I am to continue furthering my education. All of the classes I have taken to date have been well organized and composed. World Campus is a great option for those who cannot attend classes in person.

  • 01/15/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 429

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do here and you will never be at a loss trying to find something to do. Ever weekend, numerous activities, such as crafts and movies are held at the student activity center. This is always a good time to make new friends! In addition there are many things to do outside of campus as well. You can hike Mount Nittany for the first time and see the beautiful sunrise on top of that mountain or you can go bowling with your friends. Here at Penn State, there is nothing you can't do for fun, only stuff you haven't done before.

    Food and Dining

    With five main dining halls and numerous small food joints to choose from, there is always something here at Penn State University Park that will satisfy your palate. Whether it be a whole pan of cheesy pizza or soft, warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies, we have it all here! In addition, Penn State Food Services make all kinds of foods from around the world, so you will never have to feel homesick for fine home-cooked meals. They truly try to make Penn State your new home!!

    Dorm Life

    Many of the students here at Penn State reside in dorms. Besides being a place to live, Penn State tries to make the dorms your new homes. They are very safe and quite comfortable. In addition, the dorms are a great place to make new friends, starting with your roommate(s); and you will meet all sorts of people from all around the world. Talk about being well-rounded!!

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to the smaller Penn State campus and listening to other students from there, I can say that the courses here at the main campus is much more rigorous. However, this doesn't mean that the courses are not manageable. If you dedicate your time to efficiently study, you will most likely succeed even in the toughest courses here at Penn State University Park. After a while you will notice that the classes are actually really fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    With a big campus like University Park, it might be quite intimidating for new students, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you make it feel like your second home from home, the big campus will become your new home!! After a few weeks, you will notice that this big campus is really a small community, a small world. Everyone here are so welcoming to new students as they make a huge transition in their lives, and we would like to make that transition smoother for you.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a leading, reputable institution of higher learning in the world; so therefore undoubtedly, the students are taught by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts of their fields. The foundation of the curriculum here at Penn State is very solid and innovative; and the professors have only one goal in mind and that is to help their students succeed. That's why I would like to say that you can never go wrong with an education from Penn State.... WE ARE... PENN STATE!!

  • 01/12/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 429

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    psu alerts notify us via text and email if something bad happens on campus.

    Greek Life

    frats are easy to get in because there are so many. sororities are more competitive. going to frat parties every weekend is more of a freshman thing to do unless you're actually in greek life. as students get older, they start going to more apartment parties where they are surrounded by their group of friends and club members.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's a club for anything you can think of! (yes, even for you bronies out there.) thon groups have socials and go canning all first semester. if you're interested in debate or foreign affairs, join model un(a.k.a. psiada = penn state international affairs and debate association)! we're a quirky bunch.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are motivated to work hard, play hard students who don't mind being surrounded by those who like to drink, even in hard majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you have to get a picture at the lion shrine before you graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    penn state is a wonderful school that provides an amazing experience for most, but is also one of the most (and sometimes the most) expensive public schools in the united states. if you're not made of money and are looking to not go too deep into debt, i'd advise looking somewhere else or going to community college at least for awhile. be sure to use penn state's course transfer tool to make sure which of those classes will transfer. it's available online.

    What to do for fun

    it's penn state, a party school, what do you think? haha but really there's so much more to do than that. each floor will have meetings that will give you the opportunity to know your dormmates. you can skate at the pegula ice rink, go to football games, play intramural or club sports, go to your club's socials, go shopping downtown, ect.

    Food and Dining

    there's a japanese cook in pollock that i adore. south buffet can be bland but they always mix it up. of course there is fast food on campus, but mostly stick to your meal plan and stay away from starbucks (and eating at the hub too much) if you don't want to drain your money.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life can be hell or a luxurious cake walk. i got stuck in a 6 girl supplemental my freshman year because i applied for housing late. live in east your first year. it may be gross and the elevators may smell like puke on weekends but it's worth it because floors are more open and really want to make freshman feel welcome their first year. you'll meet people. i lived in south(mcelwain) great location, and of course it's nicer, but no one really got to know each other. i'm in the just built stephen dorm this semester, right by downtown in south, and they are wonderfulllll. whatever you do, apply as early as you can. don't wait until may 1st and get stuck being a suppie! you'll have no privacy.

    Academic Rigor

    i take chemistry, calculus and other classes that require many hours of studying in order to get a decent grade. this is nothing like high school. find study buddies.

    Tips for prospective students

    be outgoing and active! college is different from high school and it is perfectly fine to approach people and introduce yourself. go to the widely-publicized involvement fair once school starts and join clubs. meet people, make friends, and develop a support system of people you can trust (and study with). these are skills important throughout college and life.

    In three sentences

    penn state is a great place for anyone looking for a school that's well-known, has great internship opportunities(which are important when applying to graduate school), and a strong sense of camaraderie. though the big campus can be overwhelming at first, by the end of their careers, most students don't want to leave and remain true to their alma mater for life.

  • 12/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Penn State has blue buttons that are around campus which allow students to press them and have a campus police officer come immediately. While there are some sexual assaults throughout the year (we are notified via a text alert system) I generally feel very safe on campus. Also, there is a phone number that you can call which will send someone to your location to walk you home if you don't feel safe walking alone.

    Greek Life

    Less than 25% of Penn Staters are involved with Greek Life although it sure feels like a lot more than that are. Most of the Frat Houses are off the southern end of campus, and each Sorority has a floor in a building in South Halls. Depending on which side of the spectrum your opinion towards Greek Life lies, you are sure to find something that suits your fancy.

    Clubs and Activities

    Because campus is so large, there are clubs for literally every interest imaginable. And, if there isn't a club pertaining to your interest, find a faculty member� and create it. From dance teams to service fraternities to Student Nurses Association to the cooking club, there is sure to be something that sparks your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious but likes to have fun. Understand that there is a lot of work involved with being a successful Penn Stater, but that doesn't mean that you are forbidden to have some fun!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Old Main. The infamous beaut sits towards the south west portion of campus. It's clock tower can be heard all the way in the freshmen dorms--in the opposite side of campus. From the THON family carnival to the riots held this year, Old Main has seen plenty during it's day. The Berkey Creamery is THE BOMB.COM. They serve it in the dinning halls, so there is no excuse to go to Penn State and not had at least a lick. The Lion Shrine is always guarded during Homecoming week by some of the ROTC students. Also, during homecoming week, you will hear your fair share of questions and conversations about Penn State's old colors and old mascot, so be sure to do your research!

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State nickel and dimes us for silly things like ice skate rentals and some of the bus fares, but other than that the academics, dorms, and food are pretty comparable for the price we're forking up.

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL GAMES ARE SO MUCH FUN! There are also a handful of concerts and celebs that are brought in for a fun Friday night. Penn State is kind of it's own little town, so whether you find it fun to people watch (especially in the morning after parties� the walk of shame is just so funny) or rather be on the other side and go to the parties, there are plenty of things to do on and right around campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options for food on campus and some right down town, but none of it is quite like grandma's famous Thanksgiving. It is understandable though because Penn State has a lot of mouths to feed. In East Dinning Commons, they are talking about renovating everything, so that looks promising!

    Dorm Life

    There are 5 dorm complexes on campus. East--the freshmen dorms, South--predominately sorority girls, North--suite style, West--lots of sports kids, and Pollock--kinda a mix of everything. Overall, each dorm has it's highs and lows just like any other college. Where ever you end up living, you're sure to have a blast with the people on your floor and in your dorm complex as a whole.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard. Easy A's don't just fall from the sky. You will have to work hard, you will have to study, and you will get stressed out. But, welcome to college...

    Tips for prospective students

    PACK RAIN BOOTS! And snow boots� and sneakers� and just make sure you're ready for any kind of weather and lots of walking through it. Once you get to your classroom, dorm, or otherwise end location, you can sit back and relax because the insides of buildings are nice. However, once you get up to go back outside, be prepared for everything.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is a great place for someone who wants to branch out but still feel the support of a community. PSU is in the middle of nowhere, so it is easy to feel like a family with other Penn Staters, and the feeling of family is a great one. From the football games to the creamery ice cream, and everything in between, Penn State is a delight.

  • 12/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Very prevalent

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, like football games, party, meet a lot of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shadow cutouts near North.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive for out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    Shopping downtown, watch movies, go on a late night walk.

    Food and Dining

    Food is alright, not the worst, but could be better.

    Dorm Life

    Good RA's that make sure everyone is comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Some easy classes and some hard classes, all depending on your major and interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study everyday and try to not cram right before exams. Keep lectures close to your dorms because the weather can get pretty bad.

    In three sentences

    It is a large campus with a large student body. There's a lot to do with friends downtown and there's never a dull moment. Classes can be tough, but nothing no one can handle

  • 12/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is like its own family within the Penn State family. It's among the largest and the best in the country.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a reason that everyone who goes to Penn State says, Penn State is the best school on earth. Not only will you earn a degree from one of the most highly-regarded schools in the world, but you'll also be provided with thousands of other opportunities to branch out beyond academics. Moreover, the facilities, libraries, and housing are all excellent for what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything! If you are looking for something to do, I guarantee Penn State offers it. The social life in Happy Valley is second to none. The diverse mix of students and various activities both on-campus and downtown will make for exciting weekends and memories. We offer almost 1,000 clubs and student organizations for students to get involved in. There is a club for just about any type of activity you can think of. Wanna golf? Join Club Golf. Wanna play quidditch? Join Club Quidditch. Wanna get involved in your major? Join (insert major name here) association. The list is endless! If you're looking to get involved in the community and give back, Penn State is the place for you. We Are home to the largest student-run philanthropy in the worldâ??THON. We also offer a ton of other volunteer opportunities around State College. Downtown State College is quaint, fun, and the best 4-year home any college student could ask for. College Ave and Beaver Ave are littered with boutiques, shops, restaurants, and many more local businesses that promise a fun outing any day or night of the week. And lastly, our sports teams are awesome. Our sports teams are absolutely dominant. Check out a football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, fencing, tennis, or baseball game to show off your Penn State pride! We Are, in fact, home to about half a dozen NCAA championship teams. I cannot think of a better feeling than cheering my heart out and showing my Penn State pride at a football or basketball game. There is never a dull moment at PSU.

    Food and Dining

    Simply put, our dining halls are awesome. From sushi to pizza, and everything in between, our campus dining offers a variety of tastes. Not to mention, there is a plethora of restaurants and cafes downtown for you to indulge in!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are constantly being renovated, so the accommodations are good. The locations are all good, too. You'll never have to walk more than 15 minutes to class. You'll meet some of your best friends in the dorms as well. It's really fun living on your own with people your age!

    Academic Rigor

    They challenge you in the classroom so that you can excel in the workforce. If you put in the time and effort though, good grades will come!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to work hard but also make the best memories of your life. Penn State has so much to offer academically, socially, and philanthropically. Hit the books! The professors are very smart, and they will challenge you. Be sure that you understand the time commitment necessary to get the grade, and be willing to put in the work. It will all pay off when you're checking your grades online over break! Get to know the campus! Penn State has been around for almost 200 years, so there is a ton of history in every brick of every building on campus. I felt so much more connected to my school after I got to know the story behind it. Get to know the student body! We Are one of the biggest schools on earth, and you will soon find yourself enamored with your Penn State family. PSU is very diverse, so get out there and make some life-long friends to share your Penn State experience with! Have fun! Penn State is the best school on earth. There is so much to explore on campus and downtown, so many interesting people to meet, and so much to learn! Make the best of your 4 short years in Happy Valley.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has opened the door to my future, and I am excited about what lies ahead of me. Yes, it is a big school, but the professors make an effort to get to know you on a personal level so that they can better facilitate the learning process. What I've learned in the classroom has translated seamlessly to the workforce (through my internship experience); I feel that I will enter the real world better prepared than a lot of my peers thanks to Penn State. We Are...!

  • 12/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to football games. Hangout at the HUB (free movies, board games, etc.)

    Food and Dining

    Many food places on campus. Various food options.

    Dorm Life

    It is convenient to live on campus having most of your classes just a couple feet away from you. RAs can be helpful, use them!!!

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is considered a public ivy for a reason. It is a top school in many Engineering, Business, Sciences, and other majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Network with as much people as possible. Use the tutoring centers available for free on campus. Join orgs/clubs that are related to your majors.

    In three sentences

    Classes can be pretty big. Education is world class talk with some of the world's brightest in their respected profession/career. Networking is a huge plus with this school specially since we have the world's largest Alumni Association with I believe over 500,000 members.

  • 12/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lion Shrine is the one place that comes to mind. So many people visit the lion everyday to get a selfie with the Nittany Lion himself! Another strange place on campus is in front of the Willard Building, where everyday the willard preacher, wearing his famous red sweatshirts, stands outside, in sunshine, rain, or snow, to preach to the passerby.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in and around the college. Living off campus me and my housemates have explored the surrounding area for local attractions. I think my favorite spot so far has been the State Theater, where one can go and watch a range of films from the Independent scene to Hollywood Classics. There are a number of local restaurants and café to relax and enjoy the company of a good friend or to sit back and study. On weekends is when the town really comes to life and you can see all walks of life running from club to club enjoying the night. All in all I think during the day State College is quaint and quit place to enjoy all local shops, restaurants and even its own theater.

    Food and Dining

    From what I have had at the HUB, which is the main student gathering area, it has been good. It offers a variety of food options from Panda Express to a Salad bar that just about everything you can imagine.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really comment on dorm life at Penn State being a transfer student and living in off-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other college you have to put in the work. None of my classes have been easy A courses. All the teachers here take their job seriously. I feel that you get what you pay for , in these professors. As a film student I love having experienced teachers that will tell you all the ins and outs of filmmaking. I especially enjoy watching their work and hearing their personal stories about filmmaking or working on set.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Penn State offers so many clubs and extra curricular activities. Even though it might seem like a college situated in the middle of Pennsylvania it's a cool town, you just have to go out and enjoy it.

  • 12/02/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always available 24/7 weather your on your phone, tablet or computer or even walking it's there for you.

    Greek Life

    The Penn State fraternity and sorority community is one of the largest communities in North America and consists of a diverse group of men and women within 89 fraternities and sororities. Building lifelong friendships through collaborative and meaningful relationships is also a key component to the fraternal experience at Penn State.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 1,200 clubs and organizations, there is something for everyone, including: musical groups and performing arts organizations student government organizations academic and professional interest clubs philanthropic and service-oriented clubs multicultural and international organizations fraternities and sororities, both social and academic special-interest groups athletics at all levels, including clubs, intramurals, club sports, and varsity athletics (NCAA Division I and III and USCAA athletics) and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    Exceptional academics are what we�re all about. At Penn State, it is a great college for all types of student's, you�ll get a solid educational foundation that helps you prepare for a successful career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Penn State�s athletic symbol, chosen by the student body in 1906, is the mountain lion, which once roamed central Pennsylvania. Penn State�s Nittany Lion shrine was dedicated on Oct. 24, 1942, during Homecoming Weekend. Penn State�s student-athletes are instantly identified by their blue and white uniforms. Penn State students have donned white clothes, paint � anything white � to show their solidarity and support for the Nittany Lions. Forming a mass of bouncing and infectious enthusiasm. Team captain Suhey, pointing at all his teammates, said �We�re Penn State and we play together or we don�t play.� The band music played at every home game goes back almost 100 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State offers a solid academic foundation for a successful career. Penn State offers a lively work environment with diverse opportunities. Penn State is a global leader in higher education as ranked by those who monitor academe externally.

    What to do for fun

    Their is plenty to do for fun while on and off campus, Shopping, Fitness Programs, Intramural Sports, IT Services, Student Clubs & Organizations, Events, and Employment options.

    Food and Dining

    University Park is a big place, and with more than 35 places to eat, It can be hard sometimes to know what you really want because they offer so much.

    Dorm Life

    I like Penn State campus dorm life. Because it offers a lot of good things for newbies and information and tips but i don't like is that they sometimes have bed bugs.

    Academic Rigor

    Their grade average school yearly is decent enough to make me want to attend but their athletic history is poor and me, I love sports and the winning teams.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Work hard because anything is possible. - All the hard work will pay off in the end so never give up. - Dreams may seem far away, so stop dreaming and go live them. - Don't give up on your goals, make smaller ones that will help achieve the great ones. - Don't allow anything to get in your way, of what you want to do. - Good, Better, Best, never let it rest; Until that good is better, and that better is best.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a college that offers and allow the flexibility to be phenomenal. Penn State offers the best online course options for my major to attend. Penn State has a higher rating of choices to choose from and i love their ratings.

  • 11/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    -Football, football, football. Penn State lives and breathes football so season tickets are a must. They go on sale in June and are a great investment! If you can't make it to a game you are able to sell your ticket and can even get double its face value -Other sporting events like wrestling,volleyball, hockey and so on. A lot of these events are free for students, so utilize them!! -Greek life is a huge part of Penn State. The recruitment process starts in early September and this year Penn State boasted one of it's largest sorority recruitment numbers ever -Work out! There are three facilities on campus and once you purchase a membership ($60 for the semester, $110 for the year) you can use whichever gym you please. Each offers classes like Zumba and washboard abs for no extra charge

    Food and Dining

    There are dining halls in every dorm complex and serve a variety of food. They also supply nutritional information for each item so you know exactly what you're eating. I would reccommend eating in Pollock Dining Commons that is located in the South Residence Halls (About a 5-10 minute walk from East Halls) because they have the largest variety of food and in my opinion it is the most delicious!

    Dorm Life

    If you are a freshmen I would recommend living in East. This is where a majority of freshmen live and this is where you will meet everyone at first!

    Academic Rigor

    -You need to go to class! A lot of classes don't take attendance but in order to succeed I would highly recommend going. Teacher's are very helpful and give you a lot of help when you need it, so make sure to utilize their office hours, which is allotted time outside the classroom that you can go in and ask specific questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get involved in as many organizations as you can, this place is so big and it's difficult to make friends if you don't utilize the opportunities given to you -Be outgoing and friendly and most importantly show love for your school!

    In three sentences

    Penn State academics are incredible, and there are so many extra curricular activities to get involved in. Penn State is it's own little town, so if you want the true college experience come here and you'll find yourself bleeding blue in no time!

  • 11/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Every week there are movies showing in the HUB. The movies are fairly recent and there are multiple showings so it is easy to find a good time to go. Also, on Friday and Saturday nights, there is LateNight in the HUB where you can play games or do arts and crafts. Each of the commons also has activities such as ping pong, air hockey, etc. If you're in the mood for shopping, NIttany Mall, Target, Walmart, etc are a bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    There are different choices each day and there are even grab and go options. If you don't like a certain dining hall then there are multiple others to choose from. Occasionally they serve ethnic foods so you can experience what different cultures' foods are like.

    Dorm Life

    Living in North Halls gives you more freedom than living in the other halls. It is nice and quiet so you can stay in your room to study or you could even go to the meeting room at the end of the hall if you want to study as a larger group. The conditions of the rooms here are good and there is definitely plenty of space for things. There are not really any roommate problems and even if there are, you can easily choose to switch rooms through eLiving.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses here are challenging. You must be willing to put in the time and effort in order to succeed. Remember to keep track of important test dates. They may seem far away from each other but trust me, there will be a week somewhere in the semester where you have multiple exams so you want to be prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up. Sure there are a lot of activities that you could do, but if you overload yourself then you will start lacking academically. Always try to find a balance between fun and your studies. Also, be open. There are a lot of friendly people here from all around the world trying to make friends just like you. Sometimes a simple hello could get you off to a good start with someone. Lastly, actually attend class. You will be spending a good amount of money to come here so you have to make it all worth it. The professors are really knowledgeable so it is to your benefit to go to class and learn from them.

    In three sentences

    There really are endless possibilities here. Even though it is a big campus, there are definitely ways to find your own little niche where you feel like you belong. If you're looking to expand your horizons, then Penn State is definitely the place for you.

  • 10/09/2014

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    In three sentences

    I checked out the campus a year or two ago and was very impressed. The campus is absolutely beautiful and noting is too far away if you're walking or on a bike. Not to mention the library which is the coolest and practically has books on every topic!

  • 10/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do. Every sport is big here from football to hockey to basketball, so there is usually always a game going on during the weekends. If sports aren't your thing, PSU's party scene is insane. There is always multiple parties.

    Food and Dining

    As far as dining halls and on-campus meal options go, PSU is one of the best. Each residence hall has it's own dining hall and they always have a wide variety of options. That being said, it is still college food so sometimes it can be a little bit iffy. PSU does offer many restaurant options in the HUB.

    Dorm Life

    There are four areas of dorms (North, East, South, and West) and they range from really nice to older. Typically, freshman live in East. The East dorms are the least nice of the four, but you get to meet a lot of freshman so I would say it's definitely worth it. Many people move off campus after their sophomore year. It's important to know that only freshman are guaranteed housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here varies from class to class. Certain majors (such as engineering and business) are harder than others and require certain GPAs. Most of the general education classes are manageable. Being a freshman, I can honestly say that the transition from high school to PSU was hard but definitely manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit before committing (that goes for any school, not just PSU). Make sure you like cold weather and don't be afraid to ask questions on the tour.

    In three sentences

    I am a freshman at PSU, and even though I have only been here for a few months I can easily say that it is an amazing school. It has a huge, diverse population and offers more opportunities to get involved than you can imagine. Easily one of the best colleges in the United States.

  • 10/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of clubs and different events you can be part of.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, i would suggest going to pollock or west.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on how friendly you are and how outgoing you are, also having a great roommate makes everything better.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not too difficult and not too easy, they are right in the middle, but it mostly depends on your major.

    In three sentences

    WE ARE PENN STATE! It only takes a sentence to describe Penn State.

  • 09/27/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    I plan to go to this school but I don't know if the area around is a good environment can someone tell me if it is please?

  • 09/15/2014

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have heard that this school if known for the dorm partys

    Bang for the buck

    From my perspective this school is definitely on the more expensive side. But of course it is sided with an amassing academic experience.

    In three sentences

    I'm really hoping to get into this school. I have heard nothing but good comments about it. I plan on being in the architectural field and hear that the classes here are great.

  • 08/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Penn State is very safe. However, you will get the odd report of sexual harassment but that happens at every college around the world. Coming from the city and going to school in a smaller town, I feel safe walking around the campus at night to either get a late cup of coffee or to study at the library. There is also emergency telephones around the campus as well as campus security patrolling.

    Greek Life

    Penn State has one of the largest sorority and fraternity associations. Different groups have different focus interests whether it is raising money for Ronald McDonald House or having an interest in engineering.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, there is something for everyone. If you are into Harry Potter, you are in luck, there is a Quidditch Team for you. Club get even random as having a tea drinking club. There is so much especially at the fairs that they need more than one day to display everything that is there to be offered. Let's not forget about THON that raises money for the children and families that have been affected by cancer.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get involved with their school and want to receive an excellent education while doing so.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the squirrel whisperer, she literally is able to communicate with the squirrels on Penn State campus. Pretty cool right? She can dress them up in cute little costumes and post them on facebook. Another great thing is insomia cookies at Penn State, they delivery fresh warm cookies to you as late as 2 in the morning ! And lets not forget canyon pizza. Yeah the food isn't the best but hey, on a college budget a dollar a pizza slice sounds pretty good. Especially after going out and realizing that you are hungry when nothing is open. There is also the Nittany Lion shrine where you can take a picture with our mascot!

    Bang for the buck

    Being an international student, I am paying quite a bit more money that in-state students are. However, if I had the opportunity to pick the university I went to again, it would still be Penn State. The atmosphere here is lively and the student population is very diverse. The professors are very helpful as well as faculty members. For any international students, the department that takes care of international affairs is very helpful.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do in Penn State for fun! About 30 minutes away there is the Penn Cave where you can take a tour of an under ground cavern by a boat. Just remember to bring a sweater, it gets cold down there even in the summer. On the weekends, Penn State has Late Night at the HUB where different events are held such as crafts and you can watch a relatively-new released movie at the theatre there. The Clubs and associations network is huge at Penn State, there is always something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of food choices at Penn State. Every location of dorms have their own dining hall. There are buffets (yum!) that have so many choices of food to eat. The best part is if you are in a hurry but want to get some food you can get a to go box and fill it up with anything you like from the buffet. If you aren't feeling the all-you-can-eat style then there are regular dining options. For example, in Redifer Commons in south halls there is a place that serves bagels and coffee, Italian food, Chinese, Mexican, and so much more! Another great thing about Penn State is that you can check what is being served at the buffets as well as any dining location online before you even get there.

    Dorm Life

    There are different styles of dorm life depending on where you live on campus. There are special living options (SLOs) where people living in your house have a common interest as you such as honors college or engineering house. There are also different types of living arrangements such as standard double where you only have one roommate to supplemental where you have seven! Dorms are generally nice at Penn State, this is where you will meet many of your friends and you learn to be independent. However, be sure to give space to your roommates especially since you will be living with them. Hang out with other people or visit the library for a change.

    Academic Rigor

    Like anything, you get what you put in. Depending on what kind of class you are taking or if you are generally good at a specific topic, the difficulty varies. There are some classes that extremely difficult and you wonder if anyone else got at least a B and there are others where everyone basically passes with colorful rainbows. However, if you want to achieve something you have to work for it. Like most people would say: show up to lectures, take notes in class, do your homework and don't ever be shy to ask your professor a question. Chances are others are thinking the same thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students, try to get to know others on your floor in the dorms, you never know, the person living down the hall from you can be one of your closest friends for the rest of college. Explore the campus before class actually starts, it can sometimes become overwhelming when you need to find your class on a huge campus. Find a club to join that has an interest outside of your intended major, it sometimes a nice break to learn something new without the stress of it being graded.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a very diverse and great school to be at! School spirit here is alive especially at sport events and there is always something for everyone here. The faculty members are extremely helpful and friendly with a welcoming environment.

  • 07/09/2014

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    join as many extra curricular activities as possible! You won't always get along with your room mates so it's important to join clubs, greek life, etc.

    In three sentences

    Penn is a great school for people who like to get out and meet tons of college students from all over the country.

  • 06/29/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    Great Astrophysics program, good academic standing, and great pride. A perfect school!

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are on duty 24/7. There is a blue light system that turns on when it gets dark that allows you to page someone to walk you home if you do not feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has over 1,000 possible clubs to join! From a tap club, to a clown nose club, there is always something that will interest you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A great unusual tradition is the Mifflin Streak. To kick off finals week, seniors mostly run down Mifflin Road throwing all the notes they do not need anymore in the air to celebrate the end of the school year.

    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do for fun is to attend a sports game with your friends. The women's volleyball team and men's wrestling team were both recently Division I NCAA champions. The best sports game to watch at Penn State is a football game! The games are almost always sold out and filled with school spirit.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining at Penn State is delicious. The meals are very filling and tasty. Each residential area has its own dining hall. No matter where you are on campus, there is a dining hall in near sight. Dining halls are set up in an all-you-can-eat fashion so you are able to get as much food as you want.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun. The Resident Assistants organize so many activities for your floor to bond together. The dorms are all spacious so it is easy to get comfortable. There are laundry rooms on almost every floor and that is very convenient. The dorm life is a great opportunity to meet a lot of new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, the work is top notch, but there are tons of ways to stay on top of your work. From learning centers, to Lions Tutors, to office hours, Penn State makes sure its students are getting help with their education every step of the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State may be a big school, but you do not have to make it big. Join club and organizations to get to know people that enjoy the same things as you. Everyone is a big family down at Happy Valley, so you will always feel like you are at home.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is the best school ever! Everyone is one big happy family. With a great education program and amazing experience, Penn State cannot be beat!

  • 05/29/2014

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    In three sentences

    Absolutely beautiful, great academics, and a great social scene. People are kind and there's something for everyone. I'm looking forward to (hopefully) attending!!

  • 05/11/2014

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Nature lovers

    What to do for fun

    Hike Mount Nittany and the Berkey Creamery

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus that is particularly great for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Year round sports, agriculture majors, and Mount Nittany's great scenery makes any outdoor lover a perfect fit.

  • 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.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Penn State is famous for one of its largest traditions, THON. THON is a dance marathon that runs for three days and raises money for pediatric cancer research. The motto of THON is For the Kids. This means, during the entire duration of THON, we should never forget why we are actually dancing; we are dancing for the kids.

    What to do for fun

    Penn State offers a wide variety of fun activities to be a part of. Penn State offers gyms, courts and fields for various sports, and miles of grassy areas for playing any type of game with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Penn State offers a wide variety of foods for every kind of student. There are many different options for on-campus dining at Penn State. Many students are worried that there will not be varying food items at their school. This is not a problem for students at Penn State. There are clearly labeled vegetarian items, gluten free items, and ethnic foods that can make any Penn State student feel at home.

    Dorm Life

    A common misconception about college is that you will make a ton of friends within your first week there. This, I regret to inform new students, is not always the case. Although sometimes it is difficult to make friends, there is always one place that a lonely student can find companionship; his or her hall mates. At Penn State, a student will more than likely have 20-30 other students in his or her hall. These hall mates will become a sort of family to a student, and are a great way to find things to do when one is bored and looking for something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State classes are difficult, that is no lie. That being said, you will get out of classes what you put into them. Class attendance is a must. If a student is facing difficulties in a class, there are a multitude of opportunities for help. Take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you -- such as tutoring (both free and paid), study groups, and class reviews.

    Tips for prospective students

    With all of the opportunities that Penn State has to offer, it's up to YOU, as the new student, to take advantage of these opportunities. It's up to you to join the clubs and go to the meetings. Simply signing up for emails from a club does not qualify as joining a club.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is filled with a large array of opportunities that are appealing to its equally large and diverse student base. Penn State's opportunities extend beyond the classroom, with many extracurricular activities such as clubs, organizations, and internship opportunities. All of the opportunities that Penn State has to offer truly make Penn State a one-of-a-kind school that any student would be lucky to be a part of.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe walking around here. Just if your drinking, watch your stuff and sometimes guys feel like that have the right to touch you when their drunk. Stand your ground. Honestly though, this isn't exclusive to PSU, I've been to other colleges and experienced this and sexual harassment.

    Greek Life

    It is huge here. Not my type of lifestyle, but to each ones own. Plenty of students enjoy it here.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO SO many clubs, so little time.

    Great for these types of students

    -all types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -THON -State Patty's Day -The tailgating for football here is amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    -Not gonna lie, kind of pricey here. I'm here on loans and scholarships. I personally think its worth it for my program. But do your research on your program and its merits and whether its worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    -There are free movies at the HUB on weekends. They are movies that aren't on DVD yet, but are no longer in theaters. They pick pretty good movies too. Definitely recommend. Also there are movie theaters off campus that a bus or taxi can take you too. Cheap as well. -If under 21, lots of parties downtown. Just be careful in the frats. Watch your intake. I was lucky, but plenty of people I know got underages, or got hurt. -If over 21, the bars are freaking amazing here. So many choices and cheap deals. Don't bother with fakes. They basically never, ever work. I did know one person who used one and got it once, but it was taken away the next bar he went too. Depends on the bouncer whether they call the cops or not. -So many restaurants and eateries here. Check them all off your list. -Plenty of plays and performances to see for cheap with student discount -Join Clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Food was pretty awesome here. They have several dining halls, and within each are different options like the buffet, and other food joints like burger places, wraps, Asian, barbecue, crepes, mexican, italian... it's almost endless.

    Dorm Life

    It could be annoying at times (most people live in the dorms maybe 1-2 years, and then go to an apartment, which I did) but I recommend it at least once, especially for freshman. I am still great friends with my floormates from my freshman year. Freshman year by far was my favorite, and being in the dorms helped in that aspect. They are small, but with space savers like bed risers. there's more space than you think.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes I really enjoyed despite if they were hard. Pick classes that you would enjoy or are out of your comfort zone. I have taken some really random classes that weren't apart of my major and minor, and they are still some of my favorite classes. There are some easy As out there at PSU, but most require hard work. However, if you pick correctly, most of them you will enjoy despite the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Use rate my professors as a guide. However take it with a grain of salt. Some of my better professors had bad reviews. -Join every club you possibly can, there are some interesting ones here. -Get involved with THON at least once. You won't regret it. -Don't room with a friend from home. My freshman year, I looked for a roommate with similar interests on Facebook and other roommate finding sites. Found one who was nice, but I ended up becoming great friends with my other floormates and fellow freshman. One ended up becoming my roommate for the second semester. My sophomore year I lived with a best friend from home...Lets just say it didn't work out that well. Still friends, but living together was bad. Trust me, don't do it. Some of my closest and dearest friends I met through somewhat random housing. Keep your dorm room open, go out and socialize. Request to live in the East dorms (the freshman dorms). It's a once in a lifetime experience. -Take advantage of the advising here as well as the free lectures and stuff. I have gotten internships and scholarships just from meeting with advisers, as well as learning important future career preparation from the free discussions and lectures. Start looking ASAP for them. Four years go by faster than you think -Go to the creamery. The ice cream there is amazing. -Seriously though, take advantage of everything. Speaking as a senior now, the past four years flashed before my eyes, and I didn't do everything I wanted to do. I regret it deeply. -Go abroad! seriously. Go to an adviser your freshman year to plan it.

    In three sentences

    Some bad professors, but with some research, you will meet some of the best and most life-changing professors and people of your life. Great nightlife and a lot of stuff to do, whether under 21 or over. Huge campus, so always a chance to take cool classes and get involved in any type of club imaginable.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking in Mount Nittany,Skiing in Tussey mountain, Numerous varsity games happening through out the year. Racquet ball courts and squash courts and such facilities are available for students.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of choice from what i hear from my friends, completely worth the money going into meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Cannot comment on this since I'm commuting.

    Academic Rigor

    Absolute involvement is needed in all classes. Lot of access to help through professor's office hours and tutoring centers etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come check it out before you decide. Try not to get into East Halls dorms at any cost. Avoid this University if you don't like cold weather.

    In three sentences

    Great place to learn to feed yourself. Great places to go hiking and pretty much any kind of out-door activities.Good social life.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Happy Valley is often affectionately called the bubble because of it being in such a remote place. Since the university is literally nestled in the valley of the mountains in central Pennsylvania, it is mainly a student population and is very safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Penn Stater needs to get their picture taken at the Lion Shrine during their time here!

    What to do for fun

    There is literally something fun to do every single night on this campus! Go see a performance at Eisenhower Auditorium, a free concert sponsored by the Student Performing Arts in the Hub, or one of the varsity sports teams dominate on the court/field/mat. Participate in a Greek life philanthropy, start an Intramural sports team, or shop downtown and grab a bite to eat with friends at one of the many restaurants off campus. While Penn State is known for being a big party school, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun and meet people that don't involve alcohol.

    Food and Dining

    So. Many. Choices. The dining commons food is always really good and offers a wide variety of options, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. There are plenty of to-go stops as well that offer sandwiches, breakfast items, pizza, etc. In our central student center (the Hub), there's a few fast food chains including Panda Express, Burger King, Chick-fil-a, Sbarro, and Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    East Halls houses over 50% of the freshman class and is said to be a favorite memory of Penn State to many students. The 14 co-ed residence halls are all clustered in close proximity and have various common grounds (including volleyball and basketball courts, open grass fields, computer labs, food stands, and lounge rooms) for interactions. Resident Assistants (RAs) plan numerous events throughout the year to promote relationships between those on your floor/building.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State has a good reputation with academics for a reason--you will receive a great education during your time here. With a notable education comes a notable amount of school work, both inside and outside of the classroom. However, with efficient time management skills, there is plenty of time to be spent on activities other than academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    The greatest advice I received before choosing a college was that you can make a big school small, but you can't make a small school big. The idea of going to a big school is understandably intimidating for a lot of people (including myself!), but I can say from experience that going to a big school provides you with the opportunity to literally be exactly the person you are! The number one tip I can give is to put yourself out there by pursuing your interests when you're here and taking advantage of the numerous clubs, volunteer groups, sororities and fraternities (including service and business), sports teams, and more that exist here!

    In three sentences

    Penn State has provided me with a perfectly well balanced college experience. Not only have I been able to participate in numerous organizations, including Greek life and the largest student run philanthropy in the world, but I have also cheered on our national champion teams, developed personal relationships with my professors, and am about to become a part of the largest alumni group in the country. If you are looking for the most well-rounded college experience there is, Penn State offers it all in Happy Valley (it's called this for a reason! ;) )

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports are big at Penn State and they have many high scoring teams to watch all year with a group of friends. You can shop downtown and shop and get dinner and explore new things. Being a part of a club that interests you is also a lot of fun and helps you build meaningful friendships.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options to eat at on campus and many of them work with the dining plan you must buy as a freshmen. The downtown area is another place with many dining options and it is only a quick bus ride away. Between classes there are a few places to grab a quick sandwich or wrap so you can make it to class on time.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms in the East Halls are where most freshmen are housed. The dorms are nothing fancy at all and they are pretty cramped for space. However, the atmosphere in the East Halls is welcoming and easy to make friends in because only freshmen live there with the exclusion of the RA's.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State challenges the students with a rigorous academic plan. With the intensity of the classes, the students are well versed in their area of study and feel ready to take on new experiences with their major. There are many formal study groups, free tutors and helpful resources to aid in achieving high grades in classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research about the school to make sure they offer the major you want to pursue. Look into the living situation and look for a roommate on Facebook if it makes you feel more comfortable knowing somone because Penn State is a large university. Join clubs and be active and open to trying new things.

    In three sentences

    The academic program is outstanding and they have many options for majors and minors which opens you to a world of possibilities. The student life is also awesome because everyone acts like a family and there are tons of ways to get involved and build connections. Penn State provides a strong social atmosphere that helps you connect with people, help other and have fun.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe for the most part. However, there are still instances of people being attacked, etc, like anywhere else.

    Greek Life

    There is a high number of fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Always something to do or some club to join; from dance, to fencing, to African Student Association, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Graduate students who love small, quiet towns (if you live off campus, you can get this). On the other hand, living on or around campus, it's great for people who like to study hard and play hard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Penn Staters love their call: Caller: WE ARE... Response: PENN STATE Expect it!

    What to do for fun

    Penn State Uni has been on the list at least twice for the top party school in the nation. There are always parties going on. There are also a lot of clubs and student organizations to get involved with. You can find almost anything.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. However, the good thing is you can go to any dinning hall (at least that's how it was when I was there) and some have better food than others. It's also nice to have variety. But watch-out for Freshman 15, it's real.

    Dorm Life

    There is enough involvement for you to get to know the people in your dorm and maintain whatever relationships you would like. You determine what you want it to be.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging enough for college level. For the most part, the professors know their stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's good to explore, but understand your priorities. It is very easy to get distracted because there can be so much to get involved with. Choose what is necessary and what you can handle in terms of out-of-class activities. And don't forget to study and do well in your school work. PSU is too expensive for you to have to take a class more than once.

    In three sentences

    PSU is a great school with great football spirit. It is definitely in a nice college town. Everything is surrounded around the school; small town, big school. It makes transportation really easy in and out of campus. You can find almost everything you need because it's a rich school; various clubs, student groups, and different activities to get involved with.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    THON

    What to do for fun

    THON

    Tips for prospective students

    Join THON

    In three sentences

    I love this campus. I am proud to be a Penn State student. THON is like nothing I've never seen before.

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Its great for people who are into greek life and don't mind being trapped in the middle of nowhere

    What to do for fun

    If you're into greek life you'll pretty much always have something to do. If you're not then you might find that Penn State is pretty boring

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright it could be way better for the amount we pay for tuition

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't great,especially the freshman dorms. They're really tiny. But on the brighter side you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of friends there

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't too bad just make sure you don't fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State is not for everyone be sure you really want to go there before you commit. The academics are good but the social life kinda sucks. Campus is literally in the middle of nowhere.

    In three sentences

    The education is pretty good. The town sucks.Its really expensive.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very active

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or an org for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Literally anybody can feel at home here (unless you like a very small campus with just a few students, that is). If you think you're a nerd or weird, you will see someone even nerdier everyday. If you think you're God's gift to humanity, you will meet someone who makes you feel like you need to step up your game. Essentially, this school has every kind of person there is. No need to worry about fitting in.

    Bang for the buck

    As far a pubic schools go, I haven't really compared it to much, but it seems a little pricey. Although, for the amount of opportunity you have once you get here it is totally worth it - if you plan on taking advantage of those opportunities, that is. If you want to get involved in research and plan to learn and do all that you can, Penn State is definitely worth it. A Penn State degree is highly sought after for employment recruiters so that is a definite plus. However, if you just want to get your piece of paper and be done with it, go to a smaller, less expensive school. Scholarships are seriously lacking here. If you work hard and earn a good GPA, your chances are higher, but even then, you won't get much help from the University.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, tons of sporting events, major concerts (Macklemore, Jay-Z, country, christian, etc) Ice shows, tons of speakers giving inspirational and academic talks. THON, volunteering, running (everybody seems to run around here...) and lots of parties.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown, which is right next to campus, has a great selection of restaurants. Ethnic food, comfort food, you name it, they've got it. On campus could be a little better. Theres a few Au Bon Pains, a couple proudly brewed Starbucks and one real Starbucks, and quite a few chain restaurants in the Hub. I haven't eaten at the dining halls because I don't live on campus or have a meal plan, but there are a few of those as well. The food situation is pretty good overall.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus and the options are pretty great for that. Toftrees, The Cottages, Vairo Village, Ashworth Woods, Copper Beech, The Grove, and more are all great and really nice places off campus. There are apartment buildings down town and big old houses that are separated into apartments as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is challenging, but doable. You definitely need self discipline and good time management skills to make good grades. A lot of the professors are also researchers so getting involved in research is competitive, but a definite possibility for anyone who really wants it. You don't have to be a grad student to be a research assistant or teaching assistant, or even conduct your own research. The classes are great and there are a lot of difficult classes, but also a lot of fun and easy classes to balance them out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Volunteer, play a sport, develop your leadership skills. Work hard to get a good GPA and learn how to think critically, not just regurgitate facts. Many classes require a solid and thorough understanding of what is being taught, not just a basic recitation of the highlights. Sports are huge so if that's your thing, this is a great place for you. If not, you'll probably love it anyway. Personally, I'm not athletic, I came here for the academics and I have not been let down. Show that you can challenge yourself and overcome and that you care about more than just yourself (by getting involved).

    In three sentences

    Unlimited Opportunities to experience and get involved in anything you might be interested in doing or learning about (research, clubs and organizations, study abroad, etc.). Beautiful campus to walk around and explore. Academics are challenging and engaging.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun there are a lot of options. Not as much as you would expect in a city campus, but definitely more than enough. Downtown campus you can go shopping and spend quality time hanging out with your friends. Aside from that there are various on campus beautiful sights, such as the Lion monument, arboretum, and of course the party aspect. Although Penn State is known for its partying, the parties are much more than just drinking and having fun. There are many parties out there that are more like get together and others where planning for THON occurs. Since THON is a year round event planning, often times committees will get together and go canning or have mini house parties in which they not only get work done, but they also have a little fun.

    Food and Dining

    I typically don't eat out due to religious reasons, but there are a variety of options on campus. If one ever feels to eat something new or just want a change once in a while, then there are plenty of options out there. There are also various on campus cafes in which you can get a variety of drinks and sandwiches that you prefer.

    Dorm Life

    Very awesome. You meet a lot of new friends and most of the friends you create in your dorms are the ones you stick to through out your college years. Not only that but the dorms are very well maintained, in that they are cleaned very often. Housing is easily available to students based on there needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is for sure a key component for this university. Asking a lot of questions and going to office hours helps me keep on track. It is very easy to go off track with the social life here and all the events going on, but you have to stay on top of it. Also maintaining a good academic balance is important because it helps you get involved with research opportunities and other positions such as teaching assistants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your academics, but also get involved in all types of clubs and events. Definitely get involved in THON, the best philanthropic student run event that has helped many children and families in need.

    In three sentences

    Best University I have ever attended! Everyone here from professors, to staff, to students are very friendly and always willing to help. Best part of it all, it serves to the community by helping raise money for pediatric cancer.

  • 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.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of safety measures in place here, they're all explained any time you take a tour.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 student run orgs and clubs. That's a huge variety.

    Great for these types of students

    -Science, Technical, Engineering, and Mathematics majors -Those heavily interested in Greek life -Business majors -Agricultural Science majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Its a requirement to get a picture taken at the lion shrine your first year, over on the west side of campus. You should also go to the College Diner and get some grilled stickys, its the only way to go.

    Bang for the buck

    All this considered, $28k/year in-state isn't too bad for a top-notch education you get, along with all the extra benefits, networking, and resources that State provides.

    What to do for fun

    Like I said above, there's a huge social scene, clubs and orgs, and endless events.

    Food and Dining

    If you know where to go, for East Halls thats Roxy's and Fresh Express, the food is absolutely phenomenal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a bit small, but livable. Honestly with a full class load, a job, club involvement, and a social life you won't spend much time in your dorm. If you have to, it's not bad.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is really, really tough if you choose the right courses and college. As a science major, I've found nothing but good, challenging classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    -The social scene is optional here, there's plenty to do. -Don't take cake classes, there's a lot of opportunity here so don't waste it. -Get involved in clubs and orgs and support THON -Even if you aren't a sports fan, try to go to a hockey and football game your first year. -After thanksgiving break, send home the summer clothes and keep your winter clothes on hand until finals week.

    In three sentences

    There's always something to do in State College. Penn State's professors are very good at what they do and rarely teach opinion. Be prepared to dress for the cold for the majority of the school year.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's SOOOOOO many clubs and you can always start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!!

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid kinda sucks if you're middle class but isn't that how it is at every school?

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun. There's an ice skating rink on campus, bike trails, a ski resort, and a mountain that's great for hiking. There are also LOTS of parties and bars. There are always different concerts and events and plus you can always just stay in with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is so much better than people expect. There are a lot of selections to choose from: Chinese, salads, subs, american, etc. There's never a reason to feel like you're not eating good food. There's even places that serve kosher foods and a healthly/vegeterain dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old and small, but they are all definitely liveable. Plus, most people end up getting really close to the people on their floor or in their building.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I am an engineering major and the classses are quite challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Be open and get involved early 2) Remember that your academics always come first 3) Penn State Football is nothing like anything else you've ever experienced so make sure you make it out to a few games before you graduate. 4) Live in East Halls your freshman year

    In three sentences

    Penn State has been the time of my life so far. There are so many different ways to get involved on campus and lots of awesome people to meet. Besides the weather being terrible during the winter, I would suggest Penn State to anyone who is looking for a large university to attend.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun, especially if you involved in clubs or groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind and not with the ideas everyone has told you.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school and there are many opportunities for everyone here. Even though it is so large you can make a big school small but not the other way around. You meet so many amazing people from students to professors.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe walking to and from campus at any hour of the day or night. This is a large school surrounded by a tight-knit community. Campus police and the local police are ever vigilant.

    Greek Life

    I do not have experience with this aspect of PSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs and organizations to join in addition to athletic clubs/teams and Greek organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Students of all types, with varied interests fit in here, but those who are more introverted may find the size and amount of people a little daunting

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many rituals and traditions associated with PSU football. On home game days, the campus becomes a tent city of friendly people tailgating. Every spare inch of athletic field is taken up with fans who welcome strangers into their tents for a burger.

    Bang for the buck

    I do not think there is any other school I would have adapted to so perfectly. Already as a freshman, I have research opportunities and clubs associated with my major to enhance my education.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! There are sports events to attend, clubs and organizations to get involved in, shopping and dining out, going into town. You should never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety and places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    RA's are really supportive, and lots of events are planned to encourage friendships and networking.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult, but there are lots of opportunities for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get involved as soon as you unpack. Go to the activities fair and find one or more of the hundreds of clubs/ organizations that would be a good fit for you. 2. Be a good time manager. No one will tell you to study. Manage your time and be sure to PREPARE for your classes. 3. Acquire patience. It is a huge change living with strangers and sharing one floor bathroom.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE everything about Penn State! The academics, facilities, clubs and organizations and campus are exceptional. I can totally see why people never leave Happy Valley.

  • 01/09/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    Call boxes are everywhere !

    In three sentences

    There are many opportunities that I have seen and learned about at my visits to Penn State. The environment is lively and beautiful. The first time I went on a visit to Penn State I just fell in love with everything !

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of police presence and student security. State college is also in the top 5 safest cities in the US. We hardly have anything of not occur, but when it does, the faces of possible suspects, and notifications are posted all over the school.

    Greek Life

    Great Greek life, I am not involved in it but there are many to choose from, and my friends who are involved tell me that they have lots of fun, and good networking.

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost everything, one star is missing because, some of the clubs have a high fee, and some aren't offered (MMA)

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types, but probably best for committed, and cold resistant students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of, aside from Greek traditions, which I know nothing about.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a very expensive school (especially if you pay out of state), but it does offer so much in all areas.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much do! Really great party school, parties start on Thursday night and end on Sunday. There are an amazing amount of clubs and sports, as well as games (PS3, XBOX, pool, air hockey, table tennis etc.) and movie screenings. A lot of top artists perform at the school and there's almost always some type of sport to watch. You won't be disappointed.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options, very healthy, allergy aware, nice specials, and good tasting food. Food is also pretty cheap ($3 for breakfast buffet, $ 3.50 lunch buffet and $4. 40 dinner buffet). The food is really great, and the dining halls are really nice. Only complaint is that they close too early at night (7:30-8)

    Dorm Life

    Some of the oldest and largest housing complexes in the country. Dorm life is great, the RA's are awesome (so far) and the dorms themselves are very nice. There are a cornucopia of housing options, and opportunities to change your current assignment, so you can find what you want very easily. Choosing a dorm is very easy as well, and every commons area has a housing department that is always helpful. Haven't had any bad experiences (aside from my filthy roommate) yet.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous so far, I have just finished my first year and have had to up my game a lot. Compared to my sisters' schools (UW and CUNY) the material seems to be more advanced, so make good use of study time!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the geography of the school, learn how to use online tools (angel, webmail, elion), and please, please make sure you get some warm clothes! It's a big school, so there are plenty of opportunities to make friends with the type of people that you like, but you have to find them first, so be proactive, get involved and don't be shy. The course work can be quite rigorous, but there is so much help offered through free tutoring on campus, the instructors and TA's are really on top of their game (they have to be rated every semester, so they are really attentive), and study groups will do wonders, so make sure to take advantage of all areas of help.

    In three sentences

    An excellent school in terms of diversity, infrastructure, opportunity, scholarship, fun, tradition, extra curricular activities, and teaching efficacy. Penn state is like a miniature New York City, because no matter what you are interested in, you can find it at this school almost 100% of the time. Although the different ethnic groups do tend to stick to their own, people are very friendly, and if you are willing to be outgoing, you will find that people are very open and friendly, despite sticking to what they know.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you want is available here. Any type of sport, video games, or hobby exists somewhere on this campus.

    Food and Dining

    The hours for the food are more than reasonable and I think the food is very good. I just wish there were more cheap options for food to be kept in the dorm, considering it costs so much.

    Dorm Life

    After party nights, the bathrooms can be really gross, and people are inconsiderate, but Penn State does what it can to provide quality living conditions.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what you make of it. If you pick a lot of easy classes and not too much credits, you can breeze through. If you want to get the most out of the hefty amount of money you spend here, then you can really get challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're still undecided about what you want, Penn State can still provide a good amount of options to help you narrow your decision down.

    In three sentences

    It does not matter who you are or what you are interested in, there's a place for you at Penn State. Many people tend to stick to a certain group after a few months, but there is one for everybody.

  • 12/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Enormous greek life community

    Clubs and Activities

    Many organizations to join. From UPUA (student government) to the Quidditch team.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is definitely worth going to, if you're a in state student absolutely give it your consideration.

    What to do for fun

    To much to list

    Food and Dining

    Depending where you go. For example, Pollock and Waring Dining Halls are the best. Findlay (in East halls where most freshmen stay) is below average on most days.

    Dorm Life

    Standard, no too good, not too bad

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a clubs and organizations you are interested in, otherwise you will find yourselves with so much time with nothing to do. TALK TO YOUR PROFESSORS, it is always a good thing to know your professor for many reasons like help out of class or recommendation letters. Get involved with THON, it is a large part of Penn State's organizations, and it helps kids with cancer!

    In three sentences

    Academics at Penn State are great, most professors and TA's are willing to help out of class. Student life is wonderful, with many activities and events to go to throughout the year. Last but not least, the sports teams are top notch from Football to Women's Volleyball, Penn State is elite.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs, intramural sports, volunteer activities. The downtown is within walking distance with many stores, restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent. There are many various choices to eat on campus and within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    I have stayed on campus my feshman year and made life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn state has an excellent reputation in biomedical veterinary medicine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Schedule on campus tour. Speak with current students.

    In three sentences

    Penn State balances studies with student experience that has enriched my life. Penn State has excellent academic programs. Penn state has various organizations and activities on campus to become involved in.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    World campus student.

    Dorm Life

    World campus student.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work is challenging, intense, and requires time and energy. However, the feeling of accomplishment combined with the new-found knowledge is extremely rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any individual seeking a recognized degree, either for professional advancement or graduate school aspirations, Penn State World Campus provides the academic setting for those in need of quality distant learning.

    In three sentences

    The Penn State World Campus has offered me the opportunity to achieve a world-class education, research experience, and involvement in club activities which would would not have been possible in the past. Penn State has combined the quality of it's education with today's technology, allowing students like myself to earn a degree from a well-known respected institution, regardless of our place of residence.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities. You can play sports, film, group activities, canning, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is not bad at all. There are a lot of options and can be delicious. However, the line may be pretty long.

    Dorm Life

    The bathrooms do get dirty somethings but the staff does an excellent job of cleaning up. Also, your dorm neighbors are usually very kind.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of professors are caring and professional but there some that are rude and do not care about students. They are also bad at teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not second guess into coming to this school. It is a lot of fun, however, it is college so it will be hard.

    In three sentences

    There are a lot of activities. There are a lot of students. It is a lot of fun on campus.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there's a lot do do around the campus. there's the night life of down town state college. there's the sporting events and football games. theres also greek life lost of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    great very good just dont spend those meal point at the hub or you will go broke

    Dorm Life

    very good

    Academic Rigor

    an over all amazing school

    Tips for prospective students

    come here WE ARE PENN STATE!!!!

    In three sentences

    Penn state campus is very green and amazing to look at. the campus has many libraries for students to use. there is a lot to do on and around the campus for students.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No one will harm you, your biggest threat is alcohol.

    Greek Life

    Arrogant, but giving,

    Clubs and Activities

    They have about a thousand clubs. Everyone can get involved and no one is alone. Especially THON, look it up if you don;t already know. THON is all about community and giving back, the whole school is involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Everything fits everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    State Patty's day, Halloweekend, Blue and White weekend, Club McDonalds. THON THON THON, largest student run philanthropist organization in the world!

    Bang for the buck

    Worth of penny, arm and leg. But trust me, you'll be selling your soul by the time you graduate; PSU costs a hefty penny.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the ragers that you can find daily at Penn State, the plethora of movies, concerts, arts and crafts, dance studios and activities on campus make for a fun time always. I've been to so many different events because of Penn State and I'm truly grateful.

    Food and Dining

    It's really good, but you will get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    We do our own thing really, but I loved my roommates freshman year, they were awesome! They're some of my closest friends now.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging yet interesting. I'm not going to lie, some classes are extremely difficult, especially when entering your major, but GE's are a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    The hardest part about this school is not doing well, it's paying for it. So if you want to go here, make sure you have your financial information prepared. The worst thing that could happen is that you fall in love with the school like we all do and somewhere down the path of your college career you can't pay for it.

    In three sentences

    It's one of the best places to go to college. They make it extremely difficult not to succeed. Go here because WE ARE.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of food places to choose from

    Academic Rigor

    There are plenty of major and things to choose from. There are also plenty of academic things to do.

  • 12/06/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    The food wasn't anything too special, just your average pasta dishes and the occasional pizza platter. Their chicken salad was however very good.

    In three sentences

    The University Park campus was beautiful! The website's pictures don't do it justice. The tour guides were well informed and real upbeat. Aside from a lack of real diversity among the student population and the not so warm temperature, this school is perfect.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Courses are worth the buck.

    What to do for fun

    Online or not... Lion FOOTBALL !!

    Tips for prospective students

    *Taking online courses If you are interested in online courses via PSU World... register as soon as you can because the classes are incredible, the staff is outstanding, but the courses fill up FAST !

    In three sentences

    *Taking courses online. Incredible faculty. Tremendous Lion spirit. I feel included as though I actually reside on campus.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Penn State is in the middle of nowhere. There's nothing scary happening here because Penn State is in the middle of nowhere. You're safe walking around whether it's 10am or 3am.

    Greek Life

    It seems like the only thing there is your first year at Penn State. Everyone is rushing or at least trying to make connections with people within Greek Life. The reality is that Greek Life caters to a certain type of person and usually that person is a freshman trying to get as much free alcohol as possible. Otherwise, Greek Life is a great thing to get into if that's what you want to do. It creates lasting bonds with the people within your chapter, but be careful of which you choose. It'll be something you literally have to live with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs that you can join, so no matter who you are you'll be able to find your place at PSU.

    Great for these types of students

    PSU is great for students that are very into jock culture. You don't have to be a fan of football, but you have to be up for things like tailgating and partying. If you don't it's not a problem, but most students do start the weekend early.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Willard building is both unusual and somewhat of a tradition. At Willard, there is the Willard Preacher. He is just a guy that comes to Penn State to stand outside of the building and talk about God to students. He's there every day and talks for hours without end. Think of it as a religious filibuster. People engage in conversation, debate with him daily, and some people just sit outside to listen to him speak. The other reason that Willard is somewhat of a tradition is that almost every single student at Penn State has had a class there. I've had my share.

    Bang for the buck

    PSU is one of the more expensive state schools, but for a reason. They offer way more services for students than other schools academically, but also outside of academics. If you're able to come up with the extra money, it's definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    For fun most people go out to parties. PSU is a big party school, so that's not surprising. Freshman usually attempt to get into fraternities, while upperclassmen tend to go to apartment parties. This type of going out usually starts on Thursday and ends on Sunday. Other than going out, there are a lot of things to do on campus for those that choose not to party. Most kids come up with their own movie nights or going to HUB Late Night. Regardless, there isn't any pressure to choose one way or another.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons are where most people get their food, but because of this they are always full of people and the food is sometimes slow getting on your plate. The other dining options are just as good though. When you're not eating at the Dining Commons, there are other places around campus where you can eat. In the HUB, there are chains like Panda Express and Burger King, which should be eaten in moderation but add to the variety. Besides chains, there are also small made-to-order places near East and Pollock Halls where food is made right in front of you in a Wawa/Sheetz style way.

    Dorm Life

    Every Hall is different, but most halls form a bond with each other that last. Most floors get together to go out, or just hang out with people on the floor. I know my floor has specific events just for us so that we can all get together to have some fun. Additionally, the rooms are comfortable and come with a microwave and mini fridge.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on what kind of major you are attempting to pursue. Majors with more of the STEM concentrations all have more rigorous classes, but as a whole, no matter what area you go into every class is demanding. But remember that talking to upperclassmen or even people within your major can be the most helpful when deciding on what classes to take. They are the next best thing apart from sites like ratemyprofesser.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you've never studied before in your life, like many of the students here, don't take this lightly. Start off early to develop your study skills, and don't be afraid to ask for help from your professors and peers. PSU has great resources that are for free and you should take advantage of them as much as you can.

    In three sentences

    PSU is a great school with many programs that give students nearly infinite opportunities to explore and decide on a major by offering things like Career Services. Setting aside the academics, PSU also has a large part of the student body that participates in THON, a fundraiser for the Four Diamonds Foundation. Overall, PSU is a great school for those who want to have a solid undergraduate degree, have numerous opportunities to help people in and outside of their community, and do all of that while still having fun.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a safe campus even at night. If you ever feel unsafe, however, there are different safety numbers you can call to make you feel safer. There is a night walk number you can call to get a security officer to walk you to your destination, there is a campus police number, and there are plenty of campus blue buttons you can press to get immediate help if you feel threatened.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like sports, this is the campus for you. Penn State sports are a big part of the community. The atmosphere at any Penn State sporting event is like no other.You, along with your fellow teacher, students, and the members of State College as well as other Penn State alumni, all come together to enjoy a similar thing, Penn State sports.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is expensive yes, but you are receiving a top of the pile education. Penn State is ranked 49th in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14. This ranking is considered to be in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. This ranking was chosen in October of 2013. Along with that, make your money worth it. By getting involved you truly make every penny you pay worth while. Use all the resources and facilities available to you. You are paying for it all so you mind as well use it!

    What to do for fun

    There are free movies and concerts for students at Penn State to go to. All you have to do to attend these events is show your Penn State photo ID. On top of this there will always be the opportunity to hang out with friends! Keep posted to Penn State's upcoming events and you will be sure to find something that interests you.

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than you think college food would be. If you are not crazy about the dining commons, there is a quick service food counter to buy subs, wraps, smoothies, chicken strips, and so many other foods. If none of this catches your fancy, Penn State has many places such as Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and Panda Express on campus. A five minute walk to downtown adds even more dining places to your list. You cannot go hungry at Penn State, there will always be something in your interests. On top of that, no one can be the Creamery. This is the best ice cream in town made with locally grown products.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot relate to the dorm life because I commute to school.

    Academic Rigor

    This school will push you but in a good way. If you want any easy way through college, this is not the college for you. If you are willing to work to get a very well-rounded and beneficial education, come to Penn State!

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip would be to get involved! It is important to get involved in anything you can at Penn State so that you can get everything you can out of your education. People will not come to you to get involved, you need to go to them. I would recommend going to the involvement fairs and researching different clubs and organizations to get into. There are plenty to choose from!

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is a great school! There are so many opportunities from study abroad to fantastic and life changing internships. Come to Penn State University and experience a strongly-knit community that provides fantastic education.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games are an experience not to be missed.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something to do! Every weekend there are free movies, activities, and crafts around campus. There are also over 1000 clubs and student organization, not including Greek life. Then there's several gyms, pools, and rec areas to chill at by yourself or with friends. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

    Food and Dining

    Compared to other dining halls, the food is really good and there is always a variety, including food for people with allergies or specific diets.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, the dorms are awesome! There is one area that's just freshman but doesn't have the nicest dorms, while some areas, while not near all the freshman, have really nice rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college, classes will be hard no matter where you go or what you major in. Just be prepared to study and do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to research different majors. Just because you feel safe choosing one or another, doesn't mean that that's the major for you. There are so many options, so go out and look for the one that you like best!

    In three sentences

    Great environment, full of friendly and helpful professors, TAs, and advisers. There is always something to do on campus, and everyone can find something they love to do - there are so many options! The number and variety of majors available is astounding, and it is usually easy to switch if you find something you never knew existed or just want to go a different path.

  • 10/29/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    I am sure there are plenty of outdoors activities

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the scholarships page so you dont miss any deadlines

    In three sentences

    Everything seems good so far. Application went smooth. Pre-program coursework was easy. Ready to get started.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 student clubs and organizations at UP campus. Harry Potter club, clown nose club, Habitat for Humanity... we have it all!

    Bang for the buck

    I would pay twice the tuition to go here. The experience is worth the money. You meet lifelong friends, get a priceless education, have a degree that employers recruits for, and so much more.

    What to do for fun

    The options are endless. Whether you choose to party or not, there is something for everyone to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are options for everyone. Penn State is very accommodating to people with special diets. The food is great but remember to choose healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are good for the first two years. It's convenient to live on campus. The best dorm is West because of the location and food. Most freshmen are placed in East, though.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is about finding a balance between academics and social life. Gen Eds here are not easy As and they shouldn't be because you're paying for an education. You are challenged here but it makes you a better student and person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit all your potential colleges and wait until you find the one that feels like home. Wherever that is, go there and love it.

    In three sentences

    Penn State UP is unlike any other school in the country. It has something for everyone's interests. The school spirit we have here is undeniable.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    They have diverse programs and many opportunities. If you work hard and put in the hours you can succeed. However it's very easy to get distracted and not focus so just focus.

    In three sentences

    Its fun. Its exciting. Its challenging.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, clubs and trips to the surrounding cities are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is limitless. They serve the best food and have anything you could possibly imagine. Combined with the local restaurants scattered around the campus in the city of state campus there is plenty to eat and see.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are sometimes a little loud but if you manage your time wisely the sound isnt too much of a negative factor. There are a lot of alternative places to study such as the library and the numerous college buildings location around the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic choices are incredibly varied because of the wide range of degrees the college offers. Not to mention a Penn State degree is very valuable in landing a career today.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on getting a high GPA and learn to manage your time wisely because there will be hard work ahead of you.

    In three sentences

    A fantastic educational system that offers a plethora of opportunities whether it be undergraduate or graduate studies. The campus life is incredible and the sporting events are awesome. Definitely a college to look into because of the benefits of attending.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VERY SAFE!

    Clubs and Activities

    AWESOME VARIETY

    What to do for fun

    Im involved in a couple of clubs and there are a lot of events to go to there is never a dull moment. You just have to jump out there and live

    Food and Dining

    Food is GREAT! I have the option to cook or buy food and both are great I enjoy when Im in a hurry to grab a quick snack and there are so many options to it is never easy to choose.

    Dorm Life

    I dont stay in a dorm but everyone has the option to stay on and off campus. I chose off campus and either way there is always freedom with restrictions. Living here is better than living at home is the best way to sum things up.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very competitive here. EVERYONE is a leader, so you HAVE to go ABOVE AND BEYOND to stay above the hell and high water. We also are honorable students. so we cherish and abide by the honor code because it is important to us.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easy to get overwhelmed but be patience and things will brighten and your experience here will surely be appreciated throughout the years and you probably would be very sad to leave.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is a great school. It has many activities and its easy for you to get involve and they create leaders. This institute didn't start off as my number one choice but I wouldn't change being here...WE ARE!

  • 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.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    State Patty's Day. BEWARE! Everyone gets drunk and wears green

    What to do for fun

    Most people I'd say just go out and drink or party but if thats not your thing then you can go too many events that a normally held all around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a coat! Some boots too STUDY STUDY STUDY FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS Do not get distracted by the people or thins around you. theres a time for fun later.

    In three sentences

    If your not a crazed party goer then this school's social life is not for you. If you would like a great education then Penn State is the right place. Penn State is a very good school and has a lot to offer.

  • 10/05/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL

    Food and Dining

    Good food selection at various spots around campus

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really nice with beautiful dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Great acedemics

    In three sentences

    This is the best campus I have visited. And you can't go wrong with going to see Penn State football every Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 80 of 429

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is a dance marathon that goes on for 46 hours every year to raise money for pediatric cancer. It's a blast!

    What to do for fun

    Stay up till one o'clock in the morning and get insomnia cookies, they're the bomb! Also go to frats, but be responsible! Get involved in the clubs and you'll never get bored.

    Food and Dining

    Not a lot of variety at North Halls, but Pollock has everything!

    Dorm Life

    I have a double in North Halls, so it's pretty nice over here. I only have to share a bathroom with three other girls and I have air conditioning!

    Academic Rigor

    You will have to work hard everyday here, it's not like high school. I learned that the hard way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many clubs you can join, along with sororities. You gotta make friends somehow!

    In three sentences

    Penn State allows you to have a great sense of community here, with block parties and so many clubs you cannot feel lonely! Penn State offers so many resources to you, like free tutoring and World in Conversation. The library ranked over Princeton and Cornell's so we're definitely excited about that!

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    lots of it. but not worth your time

    Clubs and Activities

    unlimited

    Great for these types of students

    almost all students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    canyon pizza at 2am when you are drunk

    Bang for the buck

    its college. it will always be expensive

    What to do for fun

    party, football, on campus activities

    Food and Dining

    plenty of great food on and off campus

    Dorm Life

    live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent. Go to your professors office hours, it means a lot. and stay in contact with your adviser

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that academics should always come before partying

    In three sentences

    An awesome college to attend. The academics are great, and the atmosphere is excellent. The night life is just as good, but not too overwhelming that you fall behind on school work.

  • 09/20/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Security can only do so much for a big campus, but they are a great team....just use common sense - don't walk alone in a secluded place, walk with a friend if its past hours, and if you can stay in after 11 pm do this to be cautious!

    Greek Life

    I don't know if there is one....

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything....you name it, they most likely will have it!

    Great for these types of students

    International students are so welcomed and even desired here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is an annual tradition for students to get involved in raising money for cancer patients.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is well known and accredited throughout the nation and around the world, and for good reason too.

    What to do for fun

    A list of items -- bowling, theaters, hiking mountains, and much more

    Food and Dining

    So many great restaurants nearby, and the food plan is great too!

    Dorm Life

    My brother went there, and he said the dorms are average size, and they are nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    you don't really need a car, because you can just walk or ride a bike/bus to nearby attractions :)

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a beautiful campus with convenient restaurants nearby. The campus is set up for ease of access to grocery stores, shopping centers, and local attractions. It is a party school, so just keep that in mind.

  • 09/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus but the dining options and food are supposedly decent.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm but I hear the dorms are acceptable and meet student needs.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough and a lot of time is spent studying. Memorizing facts is not enough to earn a good grade; students must truly understand the concepts they are learning and illustrate this through their work. Submitted assignments must be thoughtful, descriptive, and well-written. Professors expect that work is completed on or, ideally, ahead of time and students are expected to actively participate in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself! It's a given that when applying for any college one must maintain some professionalism, but Pennsylvania State University cares about their students and who they are as individuals. Every professor, advisor, and representative of this school that I have spoken with is extremely nice and helpful. Don't be afraid to ask questions or seek help. Try to take honors and advanced courses in high school and keep up your grades - this is important to admissions. Don't be intimidated if you are considering taking some of their online classes. In fact, I recommend that you take at least one. You may have to spend more time studying and learning the material but online learning is a very unique, fulfilling experience. Not only will it allow you to have more freedom with your schedule, but an online class will help you develop your self-discipline, technology, communication, and time management skills.

    In three sentences

    I cannot say enough good things about this school. The professors are accomplished and encouraging, the academics are rigorous and illuminating, and my classmates are intelligent and warm individuals. Although I currently attend this school virtually (through World Campus), most of my professors and many of my classmates attend physical campuses and I have no doubt these would live up to the high standards I expect of Pennsylvania State University.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go to sporting events, and attend other things happening on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and learn how to manage your time.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is the best school you could go to. There's tons of majors and hundreds of clubs to choose from, so you're going to find people and classes that match up with you. Everyone is friendly and the school spirit here is unbelievable.

  • 09/02/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    I am not sure completely but I heard it's great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and spacious and can be a lot of fun on weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics is very high.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. I can't wait until I am old enough to apply. My uncle went here and he loved his experience and I know I will too.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you want to do, you can (as long as it's legal!).

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of great places to eat, and there's a lot of healthy options available outside of pizza and french fries.

    Dorm Life

    People are pretty friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but not unbearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, work hard. And buy plenty of snacks for your late night cravings!

    In three sentences

    It's a huge school, and partying is common but you are in charge of your decisions. Outside of partying there's also plenty of clubs and organizations to get involved in, so you can always find something to do.

  • 08/31/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    There seem to be an endless amount of clubs and activities to be a part of. I think you have to try to be bored at Penn State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you ask about the specific program for the major you're interested in. I got a great, detailed description about the major I am interested in, and it pulled me in even more than before.

    In three sentences

    Definitely a top notch school. I've only visited the University Park campus during their Spend a Summer Day programs, but I have full intentions of visiting while classes are in full swing in the fall. It's one of my top picks for schools.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt safe in State College. No problems to report.

    Greek Life

    Didn't participate so can't really weigh in on this subject.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not yet, will check this out in the Fall.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students will be happy here. There's something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love walking around and near Old Main. It's really peaceful here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely not cheap - unless you can find some funding.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with my friends on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food was fine - it just got a bit repetitive. We frequented Chipoltle and other favorites in town.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoyed my first dorm and look forward to Fall with one of my best friends from home as we both settle into college life. (Except for the heat this summer!)

    Academic Rigor

    I worked really hard in the intense LEAP program this summer and it was very rigorous. The classes moved really quickly and were very stringent, but I felt I could keep up with a lot of hard work and determination.

    Tips for prospective students

    PSU has gorgeous, tranquil settings. The campus looks like a college should in your mind's eye. I loved my summer classes and enjoyed the opportunity to get settled in before the crazy fall to come.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is a great place to be! I love the academic environment and beautiful location in central Pennsylvania. My summer spent here was the best and I would recommend to anyone interested in a wide range of options!

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    EVERYTHING that you could ever want to do.

    Great for these types of students

    LGBTQ Independent learners Adult learners

    Bang for the buck

    Considering the range of things that I want to do, Penn State is a pretty nice deal. No other school around offers the range and quality of courses. Being low-income, I do have to work full-time but the struggle now will be worth the reputable degree later.

    What to do for fun

    State College is in the middle of nowhere, however the small town itself has a good deal of things to do. On campus there are movies, plays, sporting events and concerts as well as cultural festivals which occur almost weekly. The town has some great independent coffee shops, a few record stores, bars, hookah lounges and a lot of free community activities.

    Food and Dining

    Considering that I have a wheat-intolerance and I'm a vegan, the food options were actually pretty open. There is a great deal of freedom of food choice on campus, so it's hard to get bored.

    Dorm Life

    Whenever I lived on campus I strongly disliked the dorm life, I often felt alone and that I couldn't speak about the same topics as the other students.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're serious about your grades, be prepared to work. Many people that say PSU is easy is because they don't go the extra mile to achieve or take internships. Just be prepared for a full academic schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be independent. People say that big universities are intimidating because there are no helpful resources, but all that you have to do is take the initiative to find those resources. As a low-income student, I felt alienated from many of the other students and even from some of the faculty. Most of my friends (all of whom are low-income and/or minority students) have had a similar experience.

    In three sentences

    Depending upon how dedicated one is, Penn State can be the best option for education. However, whenever it comes to diversity, the university is relatively lack luster; whether it be skin color, cultural, or even economic background, the university is rather homogeneous. Even within the surrounding town of State College, one must dig to find even an ounce of culture.

  • 08/17/2013

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to start early. Apply early, accept your acceptance early, and start looking about your financials early. Apply to scholarships and for loans as early as possible. You can never have too much scholarships and they will really help. Make sure to visit the campus, it's beautiful and you will fall in love.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. It has a beautiful campus and you will never get bored. There are a lot of students and they are very friendly and always willing to help... its great!

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 91 of 429

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    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.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    find a study spot... try business building or IST

    Bang for the buck

    i'm paying out of state because i love penn state.

    What to do for fun

    find a study space for yourself. jk... clubs and orgs. do stuff all the time depending on what you're looking for

    Food and Dining

    Nothing special, but with two au bon pain's opening, that may be a welcome addition. go off to irvings for a great smoothie.

    Dorm Life

    Hope for compassionate people, and help clean up if someone's in shambles, because it could be you. Make a effort in the first two weeks to know people on a first name basis to avoid awkwardness later in the year. Otherwise, buildings are pretty standard for dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging yes, but that's what college is for. There are hard days and easy days, so try to spend your time wisely. Make the effort to know one professor really well a semester in case you need recommendations for grad. school down the line.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you love the campus. Try not to live in East if you have a choice. Get involved in about three clubs/activities, which will give you a good sense of the social scene and different kinds of people.

    In three sentences

    Committed to Academics. Loyal alumni and students who love their school. Crazy for parties and sports.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THON is a tradition to help raise money for kids with pediatric cancer. Each year we go canning to help raise money and each campus does different activities to get the students involved. Our goal for each coming year is to break last years record so we would raise the most that year, as of this year we have did so, we raised 12.3 million dollars in Feb and I am more then happy to say I stood in the freezing cold weather to help these children. Its one of the best feelings in the world. FTK. (for the kids)

    In three sentences

    Honestly, Penn State has been one of the most outstanding experiences I have ever had in my life, with THON to the white out football games. Also everyone you meet is so nice and willing to be friends because we all want to be there. Most importantly I never thought learning could be so interesting but how the teachers teach and the good curriculum Penn State offers I was showed otherwise and even my grades can prove it.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everyone is friendly and the environment allows you to feel comfortable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The location alone is a city. Football is known at PennState!

    What to do for fun

    I barely have time for fun due to my subject of study.

    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of places to eat at but it adds up in costs.

    Dorm Life

    You meet a lot of nice people but not enough room to breath.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a computer science major, which allows me to feel comfortable at this school knowing that it is ranked for this major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on studying more than partying. Make sure to visit the campus and where your classes are located before the school year starts. Try to eat more at your dorm than outside because it's expensive.

    In three sentences

    A city life environment. It's my second home. It's really expensive but the degree is worth it.

  • 07/29/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Heard there is good food and dining.

    Dorm Life

    Sounds like a good dorm and social life.

    Academic Rigor

    Good academics.

    In three sentences

    I think it sounds like a great school. Social life wise and academic wise. A school definitely worth visiting.

  • 07/20/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    I heard that it's a pretty good school.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 97 of 429

    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.

  • 07/18/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Apply, you will be surprised when you do get in.

    In three sentences

    It attracts prospective students. It is a risk and hopefully, a worthy one to take. It has promises and i hope to see many opportunities in my grasp.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hub Activities, movies and dining.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an excellent school. The people are friendly. The academics are challenging but manageable.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Literally anything!

    Food and Dining

    ENDLESS places to eat! All kinds of food!

    Dorm Life

    No experience with dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging when you get into the higher level courses in your major, but that's how it is suppose to be! And almost all professors are very willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research! Find what majors interest you and learn more about them as we'll as the professors that teach the courses. It makes a huge difference!

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great school. No matter what your interests, you are sure to find a major perfect for you. It has a great, friendly atmosphere.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    PSU gets a bad wrap for being expensive. You won't be able to put a price on the experiences you'll have.

    What to do for fun

    As a student at PSU, you'll never have to worry about looking for something to do. There's a very active Greek Life on campus, the athletic events are great, there's always parties downtown. The problem isn't how to have fun, it's managing your time between having fun and doing school work.

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining commons with different styles of food. By having more than one place to eat, you could always mix it up and it doesn't feel like you're eating the same thing over and over again. If you ever find yourself looking for a break from the campus food, there are tons of restaurants downtown minutes away from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life as a freshman at Penn State is awesome. The rooms themselves are average but the atmosphere of thousands of students starting their college life in the same area makes it exciting. You'll make your closest friends freshman years in East Halls. As far as after freshman year, you have the option to live off-campus or select from the several housing options offered by PSU.

    Academic Rigor

    There are all kinds of resources to help students with classes. Although bigger schools have a reputation for having huge lectures, this isn't always the case. Depending on your major, a majority of your classes could be in classrooms of 30-40 people. There are recitations taught by teaching assistants that give students a chance to get extra help 1-on-1. Classes can be hard, but a degree from PSU is what many recruiters look for.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advice I was told when looking at colleges was you can't make a small school big, but you can always make a big school small. Basically, even though there are over 40,000 students on campus, there's so many ways to feel at home. The advantages that come with a big school can't be duplicated at a smaller school (the electric sports atmosphere, the thousands of clubs/activities, etc.) I graduated from a high school class of 84 and never had a doubt.

    In three sentences

    I am absolutely confident that I made the best decision of my life when choosing Penn State. There are great academic programs, tons of ways to get involved with the community, and there's never a dull moment in State College. Penn State has everything you could ask for in a college.

  • 07/08/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Penn State is at the top of my college list right now. Penn State seems like a very well rounded school.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 103 of 429

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 07/02/2013

    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.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year Penn State has this even called Thon and it's a great thing they put together. The students that attend the school get involved in raising money for hospital bills of cancer patients. In 2013 they raised roughly 13 million.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State's tuition is on the higher end of tuition costs.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can join a sports club or any kind of club that you're interested in. There's almost a thousand clubs campus wide so you have a lot to choose from and you're bound to find something to you like.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is great on campus and there's four different places to choose from and countless options at each individual dining commons.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great and even though you have to share a room the first year it's a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging at times but if you stay on top of your work you will prosper.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to become involved with the community to get the full Penn State experience

    In three sentences

    Penn State university is a great school and lives up to all the hype. There is constantly something to do and ways for you to become connected with tons of people. There's no reason for anyone to become unsuccessful attending a university as great as Penn State.

  • 06/19/2013

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

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    Great for these types of students

    self motivated

    What to do for fun

    sports

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early

    In three sentences

    Go Penn. Great Business School. Urban Location.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on or off of campus

    Greek Life

    the options are endless

    Clubs and Activities

    the options are endless

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, fun, motivated, focused

    What to do for fun

    There are 100 million things to do for fun at Penn State! the number of clubs are seriously never ending. If there isnt a club for what you want, make it! Football weekends are amazing and I absolutely encourage everyone be involved in THON in one way or another.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually really good! I just got bored of it sometimes

    Dorm Life

    I lived in honors housing so it was really really quiet, which isnt for everyone. The rooms were a good size though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overload! Its easy to get drawn into everything with so many options. Try to choose the activities that mean the most to you and remember that academics should always come first but that having a good college experience is just as important.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great setting for not just football but academics and philanthropy as well! I love that I go to a big school but still have quite a few small classes.

  • 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.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of different clubs and organizations on campus and you should always check out ones that are interesting to you. If you don't find one, start one! If you enjoy anything outdoor related, you can easily find fun outdoor activities such as snowboarding or hiking. Of course a major pastime in Penn State is drinking and partying, and party animals won't be disappointed.

    Food and Dining

    With vast amount of dining halls along with many other restaurants within walking distance of a short bus ride away, finding good food is never a problem

    Dorm Life

    If your used to having your own quiet cozy little bedroom then the dorms will definitely put you out of your comfort zone. However, after moving out of your freshman dorm after your first year, there are many comfortable dorms to live in which have more of an apartment style vibe to them as opposed to the jungle of freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Students who want to attend Smeal college will find that they have to keep their GPA up. There are students who treat their studies very seriously but it not uncommon to find students with GPAs above 3.0 who have a lot of free time on their hands.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you schedule your classes on time! Having a senior student hold classes for you can make sure you schedule all the classes you want and help you create a comfortable schedule. Also remember that your academic adviser is there to help you! Try to meet with him/her every few months to discuss your academic progress.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has some amazing professors who are very passionate about the subjects they teach. What a lot of students don't realize is that there are many very helpful services the school provides such as career counseling that many students don't take advantage of. As long as you don't mind the cold winters, the town is also a very cozy and comfortable place to live in.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Best decision I made.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus the first year, but move off after freshman year. Join Greek Life!

    In three sentences

    Penn State was my number one choice and as soon as I was accepted, I took admittance. This school has absolutely everything you can imagine. The school pride is really what hooked me.

  • 06/16/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    There aren't as many blue lights as you'd expect in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    There are literally clubs for every kind of person. And nothing beats going to sports events.

    Food and Dining

    Just telling you right now, Findlay Commons has the best food hands down.

    Dorm Life

    There's always something going on in dorms and it's really easy to meet new people and make good friends with people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on how much you plan on studying and how many classes you plan on taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in town for a few days and walk around campus. You might think it's really big, but once you get the hang of things, it's super easy to get around.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a huge family. You'll know it as soon as you step foot on campus that you belong there. The vibe there is amazing.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 112 of 429

    Categories Comments
    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.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    MEET PEOPLE JOIN ORGS SHOP PLAY SPORTS ENJOY DOWNTOWN HELP SHOW SCHOOL PRIDE!

    Tips for prospective students

    BE OPEN TO EVERYONE, EVEN IF THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU! DO YOUR BEST TO SUCCEED! SHOW SCHOOL SPIRIT!!!!!

    In three sentences

    PSU is a great school all around. The academics are good! The athletes great!

  • 06/11/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    I'm an accepted student but have not lived up there yet.

    Food and Dining

    I spent one night at Penn State and the meals were fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    My roommate and I are the best of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    All i do is study.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be get involved with as many activities that you can.

    In three sentences

    In visiting the college, I found that all the students love it there. It seems like a very open and diverse community. I can not wait to stay up there.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 115 of 429

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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.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police on hand

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of clubs and activities so much that they push really hard for people to join.

    Bang for the buck

    no comment

    What to do for fun

    always something to do. SGA has cool things planned.

    Food and Dining

    food is expensive and its small portions for the amount you pay

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. commuter campus

    Academic Rigor

    very fair

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick your major first time around and don't change it.

    In three sentences

    Big. Clean. Wonderful class sizes.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus cops are accessible and visible.

    Great for these types of students

    study groups, tutors

    Bang for the buck

    buy quick foods for your room. buy used books or even rent them.

    What to do for fun

    trips, movies, eat, hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Caferia dining was good they had some great selections. Also other restaurants were not too far off campus and that's a plus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was fine. I liked have suite mates, 2 dorm rooms and a bathroom in the middle. I had 1 room mate, but 3 suite mates who the 4 of us shared the bathroom. I liked that the rooms had microwaves and refrigerators too.

    Academic Rigor

    Try your best to do your own work. If there is anything you do not understand ask your Professor let them know that you are interested in getting a good grade. Concentrate on one semester at a time. Get a journal to write out your assignments weekly.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can start out at one campus and transfer to another. The campuses are very well kept. They have many majors to choose from just choose a major that will suit you. Make sure you have a relationship with your advisor. They are there to help you.

    In three sentences

    I lived on campus, commuted and now attend online without losing any credits. They have a friendly, helpful staff who goes out their way to help you. I love that you can transfer from one of their campuses to another.

  • 06/07/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Extracurricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    Really healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    People in there are so attentive.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State University have strong regulations with classes.

  • 06/06/2013

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Especially for an out of state student, PSU is one of the most expensive state schools in the country. However, the education you will receive will be top notch and will help you stand out when applying for a job.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options look to be very extensive with dining halls, restaurants, and various national chains.

    Dorm Life

    The university has a certain feel to it that makes you feel like you are visiting family. I assume this family feel transfers over to dorm life, which will allow you to form close bonds with students there.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics look to push any student to achieve their best.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is on of the more beautiful campuses I have visited. Everything is very clean and well kept.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Knowing when to go out is key (you can't choose to go for a stroll at two in the morning alone during State Patty's, for instance). I've seen notices about harassment and such, but personally haven't had an incident and feel very safe here.

    Greek Life

    I'm not associated with any sororities, but I've learned about the process of making one and it's a hassle (takes around 4 years to be officially recognized I think).

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned before, won't let you down.

    Great for these types of students

    Easy-going, friendly, fun-loving, social, engaged, and by all means enthusiastic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's always the McElwain streak, which is...well...a group of people running a mile or two quite naked down McElwain street, then stopping at Redifer for dinner. There's also, of course, infamous State Patty's day, which is as crazy as it's made out to be. Thirsty Thursdays are the renowned party days. As for locations, the stacks can be kind of chilling, especially after hearing about the stabbing incident from the 60's.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't regret coming here, but of course it's a bit pricey. You have to pay for what seem to be unnecessary things (for instance, the gym, which no other college requires a membership). Then again, students get free tickets to many events, like music concerts and comedy shows.

    What to do for fun

    Like I mentioned before, Penn State has an amazing variety of student organizations, and I would highly recommend joining those people find interesting. There are free concerts every once in a while (I got to see Jack Johnson and the Maine, two of my favorites, and this is only my first year). Also, there's always late night at the HUB, where they show movies that haven't come out yet on DVD. If all else fails, go for a walk and tan -- this campus was made for chilling out on grass.

    Food and Dining

    There are always different options...if you want stir fry, there's East, amazing cookies and taco bar, there's West, and, if you accidentally missed dinner because of work-overload, Redifer doesn't close until 1am.

    Dorm Life

    Again, depends on where you're living. The honors housing isn't nearly as nice as those you find at North or buildings like McElwain.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on whether or not you're taking honors classes as well as how good of an impression you set on your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your meal points as much as you can. Don't do what I did: Eat refrigerated food from home as to save money -- you don't get the leftover cash back. Also, join as many extracurricular activities as you can. Otherwise, life on campus won't be nearly as fulfilling. Finally, get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous and always has something to offer. The staff and professors are very kind and helpful, and will never make you feel inadequate when you ask questions. The only negative thing I can think of is the terrible manure-smell of the mulch they use come springtime, but I don't think that it's that big of a deal.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there is a health center on campus and the campus police are pretty strict so yeah its safe.

    Greek Life

    one of the best in the country but I am not involved

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    rich white students. party animals athletic students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    people scream: WE ARE all of the time on campus. Also, THON is a major tradition as well as State Patty's day.

    Bang for the buck

    this school is not the cheapest, but the alumni association makes it worth the while. its not a state school but its partnered. if money is your primary concern, then I wouldn't consider this the top priority.

    What to do for fun

    that depends on the person. but, you can go to awesome parties, join clubs, or just meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    the food here is not the best. but, sometimes the dining is unique. downtown has much more to offer.

    Dorm Life

    this is a con for some. Dorm life is loud and sometimes disturbing. there are fire drills throughout the year and if you are not into partying or things like that, then you will be annoyed by dorm life. students stumble into the dorm hallways at like 3 in the morning drunk and all.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging no doubt about it. studying is a must for the more difficult subjects

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are looking for a school with great academic resources, then this is a school to consider. the library is huge and has great faculty members. but, if you are looking for a diverse school then, this isn't the place for you because there is hardly any diversity at this university.

    In three sentences

    in three sentences, Penn State is large. Penn State is prideful. Lastly, Penn State dances for the kids.

  • 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.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Willard Preacher, guarding the lion, THON, football tailgating, Boombox guy, the Mifflin Streak

    What to do for fun

    Explore campus, go out and meet people, explore state college, go to the seminars.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed. With 10,000 freshmen I understand that you think you will be eaten up by what is here. Get involved and stay active, go to sports games, get involved in THON, talk to everyone- everyone here has something to offer you.

    In three sentences

    This place is not just about football or State Patty's Day or the parties here, nor are we about the negative media that the news likes to spew. We are a family of academics, a family of athletes and overall well balanced people. We are a family of students who has raised over 100 million dollars for pediatric cancer research and patient care and we push the boundaries to change the world.

  • 05/20/2013

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    Bang for the buck

    It's all worth it, especially if you are going for one of their world renown majors like engineering.

    What to do for fun

    A few miles out there is a great hiking site. Watching the gmaes are great as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat and on hot days it's nice to cool off with an ice cream.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet everybody on your floor, plus more. Don't be afraid to branch to other dorms though.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough but rewarding classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being undecided ins't a bad thing. Going to Penn State is great for the undecided.

    In three sentences

    Penn state allows everybody to do what they want. It's a great school to go to if you're undecided for their wide array of majors. Not to mention, Penn State is beautiful with many things to do.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    You won't regret it if you join.

    What to do for fun

    There's lots of things

    Food and Dining

    Anything you want at almost any hour.

    Dorm Life

    It's a blast, you'll look back in a few years and wonder how you survived.

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready for some application.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work first, have fun later.

    In three sentences

    It is the best experience of my life.

  • 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.

  • 05/17/2013

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    Bang for the buck

    The school's tuition itself isn't outrageous. but plan on paying A LOT for off campus housing.

    What to do for fun

    Partying is never a bad idea.

    Food and Dining

    On-campus dining is pretty decent, lots of restaurants nearby accept lioncash.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms can be fun, but this completely depends on the attitude of your resident assistant. Dorms are dorms. Best practice: stay on their good side.

    Academic Rigor

    Professor's are all pretty rigorous, and take things pretty seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find housing early, don't count on on-campus or university housing being available. plan on signing a lease ideally the fall before the fall that you'd like to attend.

    In three sentences

    Penn State university is a very large school, the students seem to take their education seriously. They do however still find time to have fun.

  • 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.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, play volleyball, basketball, tennis, visit the arboretum. The possibilities are pretty much endless as there are clubs for almost any activity that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I don't know, since I commute I always pack my own lunch. I had one breakfast in one of the dining commons which was quite good, but overall I can pack a lunch for cheaper than eating on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know, I am a commuter student and live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes I have taken have been very good, and a few of them have made me work hard to get an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with an academic adviser early and often to help you get the most out of your college time. There are so many different class options that it is very helpful to spend time working through options with an adviser.

    In three sentences

    The teachers and staff in the College of Agricultural Science are very friendly, competent, and professional. PSU has many opportunities to get involved in community service or extracurricular activities. I feel PSU provides a very high quality education.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe as long as you can control yourself, but do not expect to be saved if you are always passed out drunk!

    Greek Life

    They will always have their parties...

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, some are even weird and unimaginable.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn state is definitely worth it if you are paying in state tuition, but the out of state tuition is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything.

    Food and Dining

    Great food choices everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great if you like partying, but many of the dorms are small. My friend who lives in one of the dorms has a room the size of a closet. And that is not an exaggeration.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many great professors but sometimes the programs can depend on the director.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be at a small campus, do not come here. It is very active and is almost never quiet!

    In three sentences

    There is always something to do at the university, people are always doing something and there are so many clubs. The campus is beautiful and very big. The food choices are amazing!

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security guards walking around campus during the day but no so much at night. As long as you're not by yourself in a dark corner campus doesn't ever seem unsafe at all.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Penn State is HUGE. With 19 sororities and 44 fraternities, a significant percentage of the population is greek. Fratland is crazy on the weekends; there is always something going on. Not only is Greek Life great for the party scene but they are really into philanthropic work as well, especially when it comes to fundraising for PSU's IFC/Panhellenic Dance MaraTHON.

    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State literally has thousands of clubs, sports teams, and other extracurricular activities to take part in. The chances of their not being a club that you're interested in is slim to none.

    Great for these types of students

    Penn State is great for any type of student really, it all just depends on finding your niche once you get there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the coolest spots on campus is the Arboretum. When it's nice out a lot of students like to study there since it's outside and the scenery is breathtaking. It's a great alternative to being stuck inside the library when it's a beautiful day.

    Bang for the buck

    While Penn State is one of the most expensive public universities in the country, it is definitely worth your money. With thousands of Penn State Alumni in the world, it's hard not to get a job as a Penn State Grad. So, even though four years at PSU hurts your wallet, the career opportunities after graduation certainly make up for it.

    What to do for fun

    Penn State has no shortage of fun things to do. Between the countless sporting events, concerts and parties it's hard to actually become bored at PSU. A lot of students also enjoy hiking Mt. Nittany and the athletic facilities are always open for those that enjoy working out.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food can either be really, really good or absolutely terrible. There's an iPhone app for Penn State that tells you what each dining hall is serving every night which makes it useful in deciding whether the walk to the commons is actually worth it or not. You eventually learn what's good and what isn't but regardless, the freshman 15 isn't a problem at PSU considering they put laxatives in their food.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms at PSU are less than impressive. The rooms are small, dark, and EXTREMELY dusty. No matter how many times a week you clean there is always a layer of dust on everything. The one perk of living in the freshman dorms are that only freshman live there so you make friends very quickly and settle into a friend group more easily than you would living elsewhere.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at PSU definitely depends on one's major. As an Advertising major, I would say the level of difficulty of my classes is a 3.5 on a 5 point scale. But, for some of my friends that are engineering majors, the difficulty level is a 7 on a 5 point scale. No matter how easy the class, studying is always important. College is a lot different from high school in that it's not as easy to get away with studying for 10 minutes before an exam. College exams require at least a week of study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although Penn State is a huge school, it does not seem that way. As a student that graduated with only 65 kids in her senior class, I can honestly say that although there are close to 50,000 undergrads on Penn State's campus, it does not feel that way at all. So, if you're a student concerned that Penn State is too big for you, don't be. One other tip for prospective students is to be prepared for the cold. Walking to class in 20 degree weather is not fun so make sure you come prepared otherwise you will freeze before you even make it to class.

    In three sentences

    The first time I visited Penn State University Park I fell in love and knew that it was the only school for me. Penn State is everything anyone could want in a university. It's excellent academics, beautiful campus, and never ending networking opportunities make attending Penn State an offer you can't refuse.

  • 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.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    extensive: from the Black, White, Asian, Latino, Indian, they're all here

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to count....there is something for everybody TRUST ME.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL TYPES!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lion Shrine, Blue & White Weekend, State Patty's Day, Homecoming, The Hub, The Den, PSU sub shop (best wings ever honey chipotle) and there are hundreds of others.

    Bang for the buck

    PSU is a very expensive school but they provide quality education. We still hold number one in Wall Street recruits and in addition I have witnessed that a PSU degree really gives you a boost to get the job/career of your dreams.

    What to do for fun

    Trust me there is too much too do at Penn State so you will find something! ;)

    Food and Dining

    From 2009-2013 the food and dining has gotten a lot better!! If your a freshman living in East Halls you have to eat the BIG O's pizza!! If you live in Pollock their dining commons are great and The Mix is a great place to get all sorts of wraps. The Hub is the main student center where so many events are held. It is also the main area to get chik-fil-a or burger king or chinese and starbucks. There are alos so many places downtown to eat great meals.

    Dorm Life

    I give PSU dorm life 3/5 because I loved it but hated it at the same time. The winters were always too cold and the summers too hot. However, I did meet great people in the dorms who are now my close friends in my senior year.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is a tough academic school especially in the science and engineering courses. When adding classes make sure you go to rate my professor.com to get a preview of you future class and/or teacher. The main campus is a lot hard and runs at a faster pace then the common wealth campuses so be prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you and your parents have all your finances together and set before coming to this school. I did not and it put me out for a couple of semesters. I am still graduating on time but it is only by the grace of God. There are over 130 clubs and organizations at PSU so make sure you do not only join one. Sign up for the Blue and White student alumni society, go to football, volley, gymnastics, etc games and meets. Have fun BUT put your education first!

    In three sentences

    Penn State is one big family. As an African American student it was a little hard adjusting to a predominately white school but everything turned out just fine. I have found great friends here and had so many memorable experiences at Penn State. I love my Alma Mater and will miss it when I graduate. WE ARE!

  • 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.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Three levels of security: Auxiliary Police, University Park Police, and State College Police. There is a number you can call 24/7 and a policeman will immediately come to you. There are also blue light boxes all over campus. If you press the button, police are there within 3 minutes. Penn State is the second safest college town in the country, statistically. The highest reported crime is bicycle seat theft.

    Greek Life

    Penn State is 12% Greek. Out of 44,000 people, that adds up. There are over 50 fraternities and over 30 sororities. Frats have houses off campus, and sororities live in the dorms and have their own floors (Pennsylvania law prohibits sorority houses, because they would be considered a brothel)

    Clubs and Activities

    THON. However, Penn State boasts over 1,200 clubs and organizations, including the Hi, my name is Bob club, and the Happy Thursday club, who ride around on their bikes every Thursday and scream happy Thursday at everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Absolutely everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to count.

    Bang for the buck

    BEST SCHOOL EVER.

    What to do for fun

    Going downtown on the weekends, bars if you're over 21, activities in the HUB on weekends, hanging out with friends in your dorm, playing frisbee on Old Main lawn

    Food and Dining

    So. Much. Food. And it all happens to be delicious. There are so many options and your meal points work wherever there is a place to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms may be old, but they have character and everyone has a great time living in them.

    Academic Rigor

    Not going to lie, Penn State classes are difficult. However, they are designed to be manageable if YOU put the effort into them. If you don't put the effort in, expect your grade to completely reflect that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, especially in THON. THON will be the best four weekends of your life, so don't miss out on a second of it.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has an atmosphere like no other. Every student feels at home and never wants to leave. Couldn't have made a better choice.

  • 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.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for everyone, including a clown nose club to brighten peoples days.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going to the bell tower tour.

    What to do for fun

    I usually go to the hub or downtown for a good day. The hub has late night and just an all around great atmosphere.

    Food and Dining

    Food is always great and there is a commons close to wherever you are located.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not too bad but I did have a few spiders every now and then.

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty hard here, but as long as you study you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved for this is the way I made all of my friends. Not only do you meet people, but you also find a hobby.

    In three sentences

    We Are....A Family! So Pennstate is amazing for you will always be accepted and find a person that is there for you. It is very easy to find something that you will like here.

  • 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.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing. Not in one or plan to join but its cool to see how they all get invlves.So many to choose from and so many are involved. Step shows are also fun to watch.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs to choose from, You even have to limit yourself. I felt like there was always an activity going on. I was a transfer student and coming to Penn State was a huge experience because there was always one activity to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nittany shrine, Creamery, Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver Stadium, Blue and white weekend, State Patty's day, homecoming, Touch Of Africa (biggest cultural show at Penn State), etc

    Bang for the buck

    Good school that is involved in a lot of community service. THON is a big one. So many free services provided to students. Comfortable and friendly environment and best equipment and facilities.

    What to do for fun

    The list goes on and on. there are lots free events on campus. Free movie viewings, comedy shows, drag shoes, pageants, fashion shows etc. This is also a party school, so there's something going on almost every week. There just has to be a balance

    Food and Dining

    Great Food. Delicious food. Lots of food commons spread across campus and it's also affordable. Even the convenience of having some fast food services ant reach along with Starbucks for all you coffee lovers

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life as a transfer was great. Pollock halls is in the center of the whole campus and is very convenient. The commons also served one of the best food. In general, lots of activities and very comfortable dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    lots of expectations. keeps you on your toes

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead, especially when it comes to paying, housing, and intended major. Join a club, easiest and fastest way to make friends

    In three sentences

    Penn state is an amazing school filled with so much life and character. It's dedicated in providing a good education. It's also dedicated in providing alot of opportunities needed for growth

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have ample funding and savings set up before coming here, it is a little pricey but they degree is totally worth it.

    In three sentences

    I love my current major and the teachers that I've encountered so far. Staff is very respectable and the financial aid services are spectacular. I wouldn't chose any other school to be a part of.

  • 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!

  • 04/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am in a sorority as a freshman and I couldn't recommend it more. I love being part of a group of girls who are similar yet different in so many ways. It has helped me to find a place for myself within a large setting of the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students can find a place at Penn State. You have the ability to work hard and play hard, all within the structure of a well-founded school. You make college what you want it to be at Penn State.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State has eveything to offer: A beautiful huge campus, a college town atmosphere, greek life, dorm life, amazing athletic teams, all add up to the total college experience.

    What to do for fun

    I suggest trying sorority and fraternity life. This has been an amazing experience for me and I think everyone can find a place for themselves. I have become very active in my sorority and it has helped me meet new people and experience new things.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are plentiful and offer a variety of choices. There are options for every type of eater, including picky ones! I have enjoyed all my meals at the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are full of life, diversity and companionship. I have met many of my closest friends in my dorm. The accomodations are ample and provide all the room I need.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Penn State are what you make of them. If you choose to work hard, study, and focus on your goals, then you will do well. The school provides all the tools, you just need to know how to use and access them.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school has so much to offer. From every major imaginable, to the multitude of social experiences to the beautiful campus- this school is incredible. I highly recommend this school to any prospective student!

    In three sentences

    Penn State offers me the ability to learn, meet new people, and focus on my own individual goals. I have made an incredibly fast adjustment to the warm and welcoming surroundings of the beautiful campus. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing school!

  • 04/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If someone yells WE ARE, you better yell PENN STATE right back while on campass.

    What to do for fun

    Finding things to do for fun here isn't the problem, the problem is trying to study instead of doing them.

    Food and Dining

    Great food here. You need to try the ice cream!!

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm here, but from what I heard I'm glad I don't. Kind of small rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a chemistry major right now, and free time isn't in my vocabulary. Between undergraduate research, part time jobs, and studying I find school here very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades right off the bat. It is a hard transition from high school, or atleast was for me, but if you put in the time than anything is possible.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. When you see other students on campass, everyone is nice to everyone. The advising is a little cumby, but if you have an idea of what you want to do than your in the clear.

  • 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.

  • 04/14/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    High ratings for safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again, only looking in as a prospective student. By the sounds of it, they have just about every club you can think of. And if they don't, you can make a club yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    GREAT AG SCHOOL. Especially comparing to New York State. It offers many degree options, opportunities for research, etc. It is a place where you can get a lot of hands on experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey, but there is so much opportunity at this college. I am comparing this college to Cornell University, and Penn State seems to offer just as much as Cornell for less money. This college has a great reputation for their excellence.

    What to do for fun

    There are many opportunities at this college. They offer many clubs, places to hang out with friends, a movie theater, and also even concerts. They seem to have something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    I ate at the Campus's ice cream shop, and their sandwiches and ice cream are AMAZING.

    Dorm Life

    Penn State seems to have many options for Dorm life, and the students seem very nice and mature. Again, this is just a visitor's standpoint.

    Academic Rigor

    Again, I myself am looking into going here. I feel that the classes are going to be harder than your typical college, but definitely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, and schedule to talk with some of the professors associated with the area of study you are thinking about getting into. They give a lot of information and tips on what to do. And, if you cannot afford all 4 years at University Park, look into 2+2 programs with their other campuses. As far as I can tell credits transfer easily.

    In three sentences

    As a current high school student, I found the campus visit very helpful in figuring out not only where I could go, but what I could do at Penn State. The professors are great people, and they are currently helping me in figuring out what I can do to get myself to Penn State. You can easily find yourself a home there!

  • 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.

  • 04/05/2013

    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.

  • 04/02/2013

    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.

  • 03/31/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    It seems like there is always something fun and interesting to do at the University Park Campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of dining options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are on the smaller side.

    Academic Rigor

    Schreyers Honors College appears to be extremely rigorous as far as academics go.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you research this school extensively in considering which campus you would like to attend.

    In three sentences

    The University Park Campus is beautiful! I fell in love with it the first time I visited. I'm excited to apply and I hope to be accepted!

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Science, Business

    What to do for fun

    Find some activity or organization that interests you and become involved in it, it is a great way to make this large campus small and create close, lasting friendships.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn your studying habits quickly as they will be essential to surviving your first year of college.

    In three sentences

    Attending Penn State is one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. There is something here for everyone and there is a large sense of belonging here. I am completely satisfied with my college decision because I attend this school.

  • 03/23/2013

    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

    Online/ Military students.

    Bang for the buck

    Military pricing has made Penn State highly affordable.

    What to do for fun

    NA, I do not live in the area.

    Food and Dining

    NA, I am not an on campus student.

    Dorm Life

    NA, I am not an on campus student.

    Academic Rigor

    Great thus far!

    Tips for prospective students

    Like anything, get things done ahead of schedule! Almost everything is going to take a little bit longer than you think it will.

    In three sentences

    Thus far, all advisors and staff have been incredibly helpful. Additionally, I appreciate the degree path I've chosen there, as it's not one that is widely available. I've been very impressed with Penn State and look forward to continuing my education there.

  • 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!

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very safe. There is 24 hour security.

    What to do for fun

    The HUB always has activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. There is a lot to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    It is pretty fun.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to stay focused if you want to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and know what you want.

    In three sentences

    It is a grest school that lives up to its academic ability. Everyone cares about how you do in your classes. The professors are caring.

  • 03/15/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    The Campus is a beautiful place for running, biking, playing tennis, or frisbee with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria food provided variety and the desset options were awesome: soft serve icecream and any topping you like (with alarge slice fcake on the side). But nothing compares to Penn State' Creamery (I would recommend Death by Chocolate).

    Dorm Life

    The size of the dorm was good and my room had a window that let in warm sunlight, but the showers were freezing both times I visited with PJAS. This might have just been a one time deal, though.

    In three sentences

    I've had the opportunity to visit Penn State Main Campus twice through the PJAS science fair. This was so helpful to me in deciding whether Penn State would be a good fit: science fair students had the opportunity to live in the dorms for a few nights, take a tour around campus, and eat the most DELICIOUS ice cream at the Creamery. In addition, Juniors get the chance to win a scholarship to one of Penn State's colleges!

  • 03/13/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Join as many clubs and associations as possible. Penn State has a variety of opportunities for extracurricular activities and community involvement.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't had the opportunity to try it myself, but the students I spoke to seemed satisfied with the food.

    Dorm Life

    I myself haven't experienced the dorm life first hand, but the facilities appeared to be clean and top quality.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic requirements may be abundant and difficult, but the effort is worth it's weight in gold. An education from Penn State will take you wherever you wish to go in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    My greatest recommendation for prospective students is to not be afraid to ask questions. The staff, from admissions to financial aid, are there to help guide you through the process and are truly the most helpful I've ever encountered.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a beautiful campus with an abundance of resources for current and new students. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful beyond necessity. The school as a whole has more than met my expectations.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Since it is a large campus you will want to get involved in activities early on so that you can meet people.

    In three sentences

    Weather is typical for central PA so you need to prepare. Classes are large but engaging.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very huge!

    Great for these types of students

    Social but smart.

    What to do for fun

    Go out, join a sports team, join a club, watch a performance, watch a free movie on the weekend, go to a football game, hike Mt. Nittany!

    Academic Rigor

    Really rigorous classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open!

    In three sentences

    Its a great school with challenging courses and lots of options. There is a great social scene, and the people are very friendly. Downtown is cool too!

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have blue light security phones everywhere on campus. There are always police driving around. And the campus police offer an escort service if you don't feel safe walking somewhere.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fantastic. I am in a greek organization and it was one of the best decisions in my college life so far.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anyone who comes to Penn State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The lion shrine is a popular place to visit.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is expensive, especially for out of state students. It can be hard to get a good financial aid package. But overall, I would not want to go anywhere else for college.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun. Many clubs to join, greek organizations, sports, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons offer fantastic food. I highly reccommend west hall cookies.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms re better than others. In East, its a prison cell. In west or north, you have better dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be challenging, but thats what makes us better students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and do not get behind in classes.

    In three sentences

    The best University you could ask for. Great classes and professors. Great friends and extra curricular activities.

  • 02/13/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    I love this schools tradition and academics. My family loves this school and so do I and am excited about being a part of this school

  • 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.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe around campus

    Food and Dining

    Penn State has really good food and i love their ice cream bar.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were decent and it was a great opportunity to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were not too hard because the professors will help you but you need to ask for help and be willing to put the time into studying.

    In three sentences

    I was at Penn State for the summer and I loved it! This has been one of the top campuses I've ever visited. Everyone here is so nice and friendly.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt like I wasn't safe on campus. It's a super safe school.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY CLUBS! If you can't find something you like then you're free to start your own club.

    Bang for the buck

    Great school! Great Price

    What to do for fun

    Downtown State College is a cute little town with lots of stuff to do! There's always alternatives here to the party scene! With over 40,000 students attending main campus, you can always find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing!! IT's all homemade and it shows. There are so many options, you can find ANYTHING you are looking for to eat at PSU.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, but you get used to it!

    Academic Rigor

    It's fairly difficult, but most professors want to help you succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you plan your schedule out far in advance. It's a huge school with a lot of classes, but also a lot of students! You need to make sure you're going into your college career with a game plan!

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a great academic university with so much to offer outside the academic world. The leadership opportunities are endless. Anyone is anybody can shine at happy valley!

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are three dorms, West Hall, South Hall and North Hall, South hall is for the freshmans just to make friends, I think,. Well each hal is assigned A resident assitant more than one. and there are always on duty. There are 3 campus police. each student is assigned an I.D and key so they can enter the building. an I.D is to be worn around the neck for safety. This is a quiet area so it's very rare If you see anything exciting happening around here.

    Greek Life

    Being as though this campus is a 2yr campus only University park feature the big sororities, but that doesn't stop this campus from creating clubs of our own.

    Clubs and Activities

    PSU hazleton has spanish club and speaking spanish is not a need. There is club anime, the filmclub, the psu food service club, heart and soul dance club, cheerleaders ofcourse, there are sororites, and so much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Freshman serves community service, this campus does not force any one to do what they don't want. But they highly motivate student to get invovled as soon as possible. and the clubs are always open for the students that are shy and may want to join later.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This campus has Bingo Night! I mean who doesn't enjoy bingo especially when its so many prizes to win. This campus does raffle tickets for a yearly suppy of cereal, now that unusual to me.!

    Bang for the buck

    We at PSU Hazleton like to involve everyone in everything that we have. The bus fair is free to all psu students, There is a local mall and shopping center to those who may need to grab some thing's. There are over 10 location's to grab something to eat, and chat with friends.

    What to do for fun

    It's do much going on here, there are pool parties, dorm parties, performances and game night's for student's to get a chance to win prizes of all kinds. Meet and greet's and lot's of group for students to join and get active.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is great and cheap to those students who live on campus. They offer 4 meal plans, 1 being the lowest at $620. The student's use there I.D to pay for there food. So having your I.D is very important, especially if you want your on campus discount. There is a pasta station, Icecream station, the grill and the grab and go'd for those who are in a hurry to get to class. and great bevergaes, from juice, tea, coffee, soda, hot chocolate and so much more.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is fun, but if your any one like me and wanna focus on your school work requesting a single is best. Unless you have a really awesome roomate that is work ready like you are. There is normally 2 people to a room, a double, the three ofcourse is called a triple. But being in a room with so many people that you just met isn't always good. But there is no need to worry. PSU Hazleton has a survey call roommate agreement. The roommate's are to complete this agreement, just to know the do's an don't's.

    Academic Rigor

    The class are small, 1 Teacher to 30 Students, 40 being the max. Each student is offered one on one attention incase he or she is struggling in the class. The teachers here are nice as long as you do your work. There is a on caampus library that is open everyday except Saturday, Incase you just wanna sleep in. There is always help and tutoring is always available.

    Tips for prospective students

    If student's plan on living on campus, have a goal because it is very easy to get distracted.

    In three sentences

    Pennsylvania State University is a fun and safe environment. I am currently at PSU hazleton. The people here are nice, and there are always activities to sttend. I plan on graduating here with my degree in business.

  • 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.

  • 01/23/2013

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    In three sentences

    I feel it is a great campus with a lot to do. The sports teams, and the school activities are a fun way to take your mind off the stress of school. The classes seem to be challenging, yet have a place for almost any major that is increasing rapidly in demand.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Plenty to eat. Huge varieties of food all around.

    Dorm Life

    Expensive, try to find an apartment,

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent teachers who are willing to help and students commited to studying.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are some dark sidewalks on different parts of campus but as long as you avoid those dark areas and stay in the parts where it's well-lit and well-trafficked, you'll be safe. I've never experienced an unsafe moment throughout the past four years of attending this campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is recognized here; people who are a part of it where their letters proudly each and everyday.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports range from varsity to club teams to intramural teams so they fit anyone's ranges of dedication. There are clubs here that no one knew even existed and if there's one that you want that's not here, students can start a club of their own.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students who love big schools with a small, homey feeling.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every time you walk downtown near Allen Street, you have to rub the pig's nose down the alley next to the Tavern for good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    Attending Penn State has got to be one of my greatest decisions. I've become a more mature adult with enough knowledge to land me the internship of my dream before graduation. I have made friends through my classes, through my studios, through roommates, through my job, and through friends of friends. Everyone is so friendly here that it's so easy to have more friends than you can even count and that's what makes it easy to leave home after every break, and take the five hour drive back to campus with a smile on my face.

    What to do for fun

    At Penn State there's something fun to do for everyone, whether you are here for the sports life, the Greek life, the party life, the academic life, or just to get away from home. The great thing about being at such a large university is that there is always something going on! With the amount of varsity teams we host, there is a sporting event to watch almost every night of the week. If you want to go shopping or just go for a walk, downtown provides all of that at your convenience. The HUB offers activities, arts and crafts, and movies on the weekends if one would rather hang out over going out; and of course, the nightlife is large enough to fit everyone's interests.

    Food and Dining

    Some dining halls might not always have the best food on one day, but will the next. Food and dining at Penn State is all about finding the best food on the best days, i.e. West Halls has the greatest, fresh cookies and East Halls has great wing nights.

    Dorm Life

    Students living in the dorms are encouraged to keep their doors open to further strengthen that community living. Activities and dinners are planned throughout the year which helps you befriend your classmates and neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough but it's part of the competition and it provides students with the most knowledge regarding their potential careers. Students have the confidence to enter the professional life and enter interviews because of their experience at Penn State. Classes are difficult but not impossible; there's plenty of help from your professors during office hours, classmates, and free tutors throughout campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus with your family to gain their opinions about the campus as well as seeing it for yourself, it's important to have your family's support and chances are, they're going to fall in love with the campus just as much as you do. Spend time outside of the classroom and outside of your dorm; keep your door, your heart, and your mind open to new and exciting opportunities!

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is a large school that strives to be a welcoming community. We welcome rival schools at sporting events, and prospective students on campus tours through the traditional, WE ARE!...PENN STATE! shout. Out of a total of about 60,000 students, I have either made new friends in my classrooms or walked into a classroom thinking I didn't know anyone in there and turned out that I knew a couple. Penn State is my home away from home.

  • 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!

  • 01/09/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Hopefully, there is great food at the university and around campus. It would be nice to possibly leave the campus to get a bite to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Hopefully, you will have awesome dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    From researching the school site, it seems as if the college has a great academic rigorousness. I'm very excited to possibly go there.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is one of my top selections for school. I'm a little excited and worried for the cold weather as I'm living in Louisiana and the winter is nothing probably compared to Pennsylvania. :)

  • 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.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are intramural sports. Plenty of frats/sororities. football weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great! not only is the dorm food great there are many off campus restaurants that are excellent.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn state is a prestigious school and the academics are wonderful. The teachers want you to work hard because they know of your potential

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and organizations. It's always great to get involved and meet new people on campus.

    In three sentences

    Best school. Great academics and tons of activities always going on.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs on campus that everyone can find a club that fits them. There are frats to go to, apartment parties and other social events if you're into partying. Just don't be shy and make friends. There's never a dull moment in Happy Valley!

    Food and Dining

    Pollock dining halls are the best on campus but West is good too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very small if you choose to live in East Halls with all the freshman. I recommend living in Pollock Halls. Sure its not all the freshman but you meet a lot of upperclassman too. And its waling distance to downtown

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely difficult depending on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on a high GPA and extracurriculars

    In three sentences

    Overall, the academics, social life, and atmosphere has exceed my expectations!

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is an expensive state school, but that shouldn't stop students from applying there. Penn State has excellent academics, and is still voted number one by Corporate Recruiters. You will get your money's worth here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a countless number of activities and places students can pursue at Penn State University Park. The fun never stops.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Penn State is like any other University. There are many dining options available, but most students tend to like Pollock and Waring Commons the most. Penn State has their own creamery, and the ice cream is delicious. Don't miss out on the creamery.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms nestled on campus at Penn State. Some dorms are nice to live in, however most are party cities. If you want a more relaxed way of living, choose West, North, or Eastview Terrace Halls. For the party goers out there, East, South, or Pollock Halls are for you. The dorms are well maintained, however some students turn that around. Please be aware of some of the challenges of student life in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State is known to many students and graduates to serve as quite a challenge when it comes to the rigors of school. The University Park campus is much harder than the branch campuses throughout the state. Professors are trained as experts in their fields of study, and will stop at nothing to make sure students actually learn what they are taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a good G.P.A. and S.A.T. score if you want to attend University Park your Freshman year. If you do make it to U.P., please be aware that the academics are much harder than the academics of a branch campus, mainly due to the fact that you are just a number at U.P. If you find college hard at times, take advantage of the many resources available to you, and never give up.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is overall a very good school. Most of the professors are very clear and helpful when giving a lecture, and are experts in their particular areas of research. I recommend Penn State to any High School graduate looking for a good education.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am involved

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life Intramural Sports

    Great for these types of students

    Like a large student population

    What to do for fun

    Club Sports Greek Life Shop downtown

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to somewhere you see yourself staying at for 4 yeas straight. Know that it is okay to change your major multiple times.

    In three sentences

    Inspiring Cooperative Engaging

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    State College is a town built around the college and, as such, does not have very many shady areas if it all. The campus is safe and the campus police are readily available when needed. Though, there have been an alarming number of sexual assault cases reported as of late.

    Greek Life

    It's pretty big at Penn State but definitely not dominating.

    Clubs and Activities

    While there are a plenitude of clubs it seems many students are not particularly interested in getting involved which can lead to a lackluster showing for many clubs. THON does however attract a lot of student involvement.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone. It's such a large school that everyone should be able to find their niche. Diversity in general does lack, however.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an arboretum on the far north of campus worth checking out. Also, the ice cream from the on-campus creamery is fairly good.

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State does provide a decent education but it's one of the most expensive public universities based on in-state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Penn State isn't named one of the biggest party schools in the nation for no reason. Downtown is the way to go for many on weekends. But for those looking for something else to do, the HUB-Robensen center on campus, on many occasions, hosts well-reputed musical acts for free and screens different movies each weekend. Arts and crafts are usually on as well. In addition, many sporting events are free to watch.

    Food and Dining

    Penn State on-campus dining is rather good (except for the cost but I guess there's no choice for Freshmen). Dining halls are conveniently located for the most part and there is a good amount of variety, even for vegans and vegetarians. While it can eventually get bland and boring, it's to be expected after eating in the same dining hall for while. Thankfully, there are plenty of restaurants downtown.

    Dorm Life

    There are five residential areas on campus (East Halls, South Halls, Pollock Halls, West Halls, and North Halls). Each one has a different feel. Living in East is the freshman experience; equipped with the smallest dorms and the farthest from classes/downtown, it's not as pleasant but you're trudging through it with other freshmen. West, with its own courtyard gives an ivy-league type collegiate vibe. North, South, and Pollock have no notable characteristics but have adequate amenities. While most will have to use communal bathrooms, they're generally kept clean. A bunch of different housing options like quads, triples, doubles, and singles, suite-style, etc. are available and assignments are given out using a lottery system. A huge proportion of students opt for off-campus housing at some point or another though.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a large state school so there is a wide variety in the motivation of different students. However, for the most part, people are motivated and want to do well in classes. Rigor depends on the number of credits one decides to take and the specific courses chosen but, with proper time management, completing assignments should not be an issue. Tests will generally require adequate preparation as to be expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State is a huge school and the size can be overwhelming but not if you can find your niche. Activities like joining a THON committee or any number of student organizations can get you there. Also, be sure to understand your priorities. It can be easy to cave into social pressure so stay on top of work.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a large school with tons of school spirit. While situated in the middle of nowhere, the town, State College, and the on-campus SPA provide more than enough opportunities for students to have an enjoyable time when not working. Things like THON, a year-long effort to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer, and the exciting football games serve to strengthen the student community and keep alumni loyal to the Nittany Lions for a lifetime.

  • 12/26/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    this school sounds good. Their nursing program is great. i'm excited to visit!

  • 12/26/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    I am really interested in this college- hopefully I can tour the campus soon!

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    While there are literally hundreds of clubs and activities on campus, the ONE that stands out in my mind is THON. When you see the board on Sunday, after three days of activities centering not only on the hundreds of student dancers but on the lives of cancer victims and survivors, and their families, that have been impacted by the efforts of thousands of students and hundreds of thousands of contributors, the emotion is overwhelming. An experience that goes beyond words.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to work hard and reap the rewards and benefits of a first-class education.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent education and growing experience for the $$$.

    What to do for fun

    Whether it's tossing a lacrosse ball around outside your dorm to joining an IM sports team, Penn State offers hundreds of clubs that are fun to be involved with.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Commons always have a large variety of food and provide a comfortable, social atmosphere to hang out with friends, relax for your studies, and eat some food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to meet people and while they might not be the nicest way to live freshman and possibly sophomore year, it's an experience you will never forget and the friendships you make there can last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very tough but if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can succeed. The professors are always there and while they may be intimidating at first, they are there to help you learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the involvement fair in your first semester and get involved in one or maybe two clubs in order to build some friendships. THON is a great way to get involved and with 15,000 students involved, you'll gain a lot of friends.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has great faculty to who are willing to help you learn and succeed. It also has a beautiful campus with a ton of green space to be outside and enjoy nature. There is great diversity within the students who go there as well as the types of classes/majors you have to select from -- you'll never find something you want to study that isn't offered.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 12/21/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do; there also many events that happen everyday, so you will not be bored here!

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice: Get involved in extracurricular activities that you enjoy, take leadership positions if possible, get good grades and challenge yourself throughout high school.

    In three sentences

    When I visited Penn State University at the University Park campus, I really loved it a lot. I enjoyed the students and they had so much school spirit! I believe that anyone who applies and go here will enjoy it so much.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 12/10/2012

    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.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 12/05/2012

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

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    Dorm Life

    There's already many other students there and seems very organized.

    Academic Rigor

    It sounds like there's many choices in what to major in and many classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go around and talk/meet new people around the campus!

    In three sentences

    It seems very open to everyone! It sounds like there's many clubs and activities. I will definitely be looking at this school!

  • 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.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VERY safe in my opinion... walking anywhere at night can be a little scary, but it's really not that bad

    Greek Life

    I'm not in it.. but not a huge fan- your choice though!

    Clubs and Activities

    BWS!

    Great for these types of students

    People who like big schools Don't mind a little noise Like to go out and make the most of what they're given- not sure how everyone wouldn't fit this though

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    LOTS.... but you'll love them all!

    What to do for fun

    Walk downtown- shopping & food Go to Penn State football games and other sporting events Get involved with THON and other orgs. to keep up with social life outside friends Go out

    Food and Dining

    food and dining is good on campus, but switch up your meals or you'll get bored fast- and downtown state college has TONS of choices that you'll LOVE

    Dorm Life

    again depends on your floor and what you make out of it- could definitely be worse though!

    Academic Rigor

    depends on class.. some are easier than others

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get involved- especially with THON! -Talk to people in class/on your floors- and although that may not be easy/work there are other ways of meeting people -When people say don't room with your best friend, thats a lie- I have been living with my roommate for two years now and we are closer then before we started

    In three sentences

    I LOVE Penn State and am so glad I didn't go to another school. There is SO much to do, and there are so many people theres no way you won't make friends. Other than the weather at times, I have nothing to complain about about this WONDERFUL school!

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are expensive

    What to do for fun

    You can workout, see free movies, go to plays, eat, do arts and crafts, go to concerts.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food and there are five cafeterias so you can really vary up your meals.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love my dorm. But, it depends which dorm you are in.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get overwhelmed when you hear that there are 45,000 people on campus.

    In three sentences

    Attending Penn State is the best decision I have made so far. Students have tons of freedom and opportunities to excel both in and out of the classrooms. Professors and counselors are always available to talk.

  • 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.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to learn!

    Bang for the buck

    As a non-traditional student, I feel supportive and successful. I also feel like the quality of education is top of the game. I know my degree will be respected.

    What to do for fun

    Be sure to register with the Alumni - Blue and White Society. There is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough but fair. The professors really want the students to understand the material and are more than willing to spend time answering questions. The school has a good grasp on work/life balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work closely with your counselor to map out your classes early on. It really helps to have a road map and keeps the goal of graduation in sight!

    In three sentences

    I am proud to be a student at Penn State. The professors and admistrative staff really care and want the students to succeed. Students are very diverse and supportive of one another.

  • 11/13/2012

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

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    Food and Dining

    Best ice cream i have ever tasted. I think they said cow to cone in 72 hours, or something along those lines. But it is fantastic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that this school does not superscore your standardized tests, so you have to be sure to do well on a single try.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus. It has everything, and is located in a cool, entirely college town. The architecture building, which is what I am looking at going into, is relatively new, and is really cool.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    OLDER STUDENTS, TRANSFER STUDENTS, GRADUATING SENIORS. ALL ARE WELCOME.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET TO KNOW THE PENN STATE WEBSITE WELL. THE ANGEL WEBSITE AND ELION ARE VERY INFORMATIVE.

    In three sentences

    PENN STATE HAS A TERRIFFIC FACULTY THAT IS ALWAYS EAGER TO HELP. THEY HAVE A GREAT ABUNDANCE OF RESOURCES TO HELP WITH STUDYING AND RESEARCH , AND IT IS ALWAYS A FRIENDLY WARM ENVIRONMENT.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    They're loud and judgmental.

    Great for these types of students

    There are so many people here; you'll find friends.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs. Just join a couple and there will be events all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    Not all the classes here are a breeze, like I thought they would be. There are all types of resources that students can obtain, but the majority of it depends on how hard the students wants to work. All the workload and classes are pretty straightforward.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe walking around the campus during the day and night.

    Dorm Life

    I have a room alone for my junior year and I love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically you're being challenged without being overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school to attend for academics and you gain the discipline you need in life working with the professors. Food is good and great sports college.

    In three sentences

    Great school to attend for academics and you gain the discipline you need in life working with the professors.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus! They literally have everything from Food and Poultry science club, to Pokemon lovers and even International student organizations.

    Food and Dining

    The food and Dining here could be better. Overall I'd say the dining experience is average but there are a few great places to eat. One of the biggest downfalls is how expensive some of the meals can be, especially if you don't have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    This is my first semester living in dorms and my first experience living with four other girls, I can say that it is definitely an experience to have. You may not get along with your roommates all the time but you learn to coexist with people you wouldn't normally live with, which helps you become a more open minded person.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on attending Penn State be prepared to work your butt off. A lot of the classes are fast paced and require a lot of extra study hours outside the classroom to succeed. Stay focused.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an admirable institution. We are trained and prepared for the real world here. And the Penn State name will follow us throughout the rest of our lives.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has its own police and since the city was built around the college, the city police watch the university pretty closely too. Also, the university is kinda located in the middle of nowhere, so nothing bad ever happens.

    Greek Life

    There is an abundance of Greek life. Greek life is a big part of college for some people and you can get involved pretty easily

    Clubs and Activities

    I previously touched on this, but There are so many clubs and activities, But there are countless clubs ranging from common ones to strange ones. And if you have a new idea, you can have your own club up and running in a matter of weeks.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for a student that wants to get involved in college. There are so many opportunities that it's almost impossible to not take advantage of.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's not really anything more unusual than any other campus. Theres a couple of cool building to check out, the Millennium Science Complex, the Pattee/Paterno Library, the Life Sciences Building, the IST building. Plus, I believe Beaver Stadium is the 5th largest stadium in the world or something. Oh, and on game days, State College becomes the third largest city in PA

    Bang for the buck

    Bottom line, it's not cheap. But compared to other colleges, it isn't horrendous. Plus, they offer many scholarships to help balance it out.

    What to do for fun

    You want to do it, there's probably a club for it. If not, make one. There are clubs ranging from religious clubs, to Quidditch, to sailing, to a big diversity in greek life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty awesome. There's sushi, pizza, Starbucks, Chinese, buffet, and more. There's a cafe in almost all major buildings. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because it's not cheap!

    Dorm Life

    I don't have first hand experience with this as I live off campus. However, most of my friends live on campus and they are all satisfied with their housing situations. Penn State puts a lot of money into their buildings

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State ranks top 25 in a lot of their majors and for good reason. They don't play around, but it provides you with a wealth of information as well as boundless resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to start at a branch campus and transfer to main campus after a year or two. It's what I did and it helps the transition to college. Also, don't go into your first year with the Let's Party attitude. The courses are nothing to joke about.

    In three sentences

    Penn State University is amazing. The academics are top notch, the sports and activities are numerous, and the school spirit is outrageously bountiful. What more do you want?

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's Safe.

    Bang for the buck

    I love the school, and I know it's well known with good job opportunities. It's a big school, so be prepared to feel as if you're in a huge institutionalized system. However, it's a lot of fun.

    What to do for fun

    Snowboard

    Food and Dining

    Good

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard, but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Not an easy school, if you party a lot, know that you need to study too.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school. It is well known, and it has an alumni network. It's also a good school to get a real good college experience.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Pick up a book!

    Food and Dining

    Can't judge.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms so I cannot say.

    Academic Rigor

    PSU is an known for their firmly on their stand to providing and ensure students with the highest quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not understand something, always ask. There is nothing to be scared and you will only benefit because you better understand and will be able to move forward. Next, make sure to use your time efficiently. Not using your time effectively could result in falling behind and feeling overwhelmed. Nextly, wear your school colors proudly! PSU is one of the most well respected institutes for the quality education they have to offer. In addition, this prestigious school has the Best online degree program of any colleges out there.

    In three sentences

    FACT: PSU is one of the most well respected institutions for higher learning. All members of the administration staff are helpful and look out for your best interest. Being a part of the PSU Panther community is an honor and a privilege.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    THON i advise everyone who wants to attend PSU or who don't attend to join THON. It is the best thing that can happen in your college career.

    What to do for fun

    I am in THON, one of my favorite things at PSU. I am also a part of student government. On campus always have fun events that goes on everyday for students to take a break from the books.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, at all the campuses. Plenty of places to go eat and dine at.

    Dorm Life

    Its fun you get to meet a lot of different people. Just about everyone is nice and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Balancing classes. Making time to studying for different classes. Working and attending school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to college with an open mind and have fun. Don't be afraid to try or do anything different.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for all types of students. The campus is big, but they have plenty of branch campuses for those who like small campuses. This school never gives up on you no matter what.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    As mentioned before, the town offers a lot of options for just about anybody. Whatever you enjoy in your spare time, there's probably a club for it, if not, you could probably make one. There are a lot of intramural sports for students to play as well. Between these and the numerous events, facilities, and places to go, if one looks around, they'll find that they have little time to actually be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The various dining commons around campus all serve some pretty delicious food with a decent day to day selection. Even East which is probably considered the worst has special meals planned, and occasionally a chef would serve things like T-bone steak and king crab, in addition to other mini restaurants. The meal plan prices are pretty cheap, and if the commons aren't up to your liking, the town probably has the best variety of food in this part of the state.

    Dorm Life

    This really depends on your location and the people who are around you. East Halls are probably the worst of the on campus housing options, being far away from classes and cramped. This is countered by the fact that a lot of freshmen are placed here, making a good place to make new friends who are in the same boat as you. Barring South Halls, the other dorm options have overall better living conditions and less freshmen getting into trouble.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your field of study and instructors, the difficulty and effectiveness of the class can vary greatly, as is to be expected. Speaking from experience however, a good number of the faculty within various science and engineering departments are quite prestigious, and are more than capable of giving you a very strong education. You'll probably need to be ready to devote a lot of time to your studies if you are planning to go into these.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most out of your time here, there's a lot you can miss out on if you don't go out seize the opportunities. If you go out of your comfort zone and try new things, you can end up with some amazing memories of your time here. Also, while doing other things is key to a great college experience, don't slack off on your work, it really is important. Keep at it and communicate with your professors.

    In three sentences

    Overall, Penn State is a very nice school, it holds a good balance between academia and interesting social opportunities. Some of the faculty are amazing at their jobs, and can certainly help you succeed within your field and more. There are also endless events, clubs, programs, and potential friends to be made, giving near anybody the ability to find their own place within the campus.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    auxiliary police constantly inspect the security system of the doors that allow student into residential areas. Safety is a big priority on campus.

    Greek Life

    I haven't experienced being a part of Greek life yet but from the outside looking they seem to be very involved on campus. They have numerous information sessions and programs tackling hard society topics affecting students today.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone here. If the club doesn't exist, you can create it. There's no limits on what you can achieve here at Penn State. There's always something going on or something you can get involved in.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a bunch of ways to save money on and off campus. To maximize your meal points try to eat at the commons often, it will definitely save you money. Late night at the HUB is also a cheap way to eat at the fast food restaurants.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much you can become a part of on campus and off. There' intramural, clubs sports music groups etc. You can attend football games but make sure you buy your season tickets in June! Don't leave Penn State without seeing a volleyball game either.

    Food and Dining

    There's a large variety of places to eat you'll be overwhelmed once you get on campus. I've been here for a while and still haven't eaten at them all. The cookies at west are amazing, Pollock commons is a must to experience and you can't come to Penn State and not get some ice cream from the creamery.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and surprising all at the same time. You are given so much freedom here to engage in all types of activities. I live on a coed building and we have no curfew, your given so much freedom its amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State makes sure you get the grade you deserve. The courses you choose to take will challenge you and enhance your education tremendously. You have no choice but to succeed here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your interested in attending Penn State don't hesitate to apply. Visit the campus and you'll fall in love immediately. If you want to receive a top notch education and become part of the enormous Penn State family this is definitely the place for you.

    In three sentences

    Pennsylvania State University has everything any student can possibly need or want in a university. I am beyond satisfied with my education so far and college life. I give Penn State five stars.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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

  • 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.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 208 of 429

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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.

  • 10/01/2012

    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!

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am actually surprised by how safe it is here.

    What to do for fun

    There are places in the downtown area, which is all withing walking distance of the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your studying. Never fall behind, because you want to put off something.

    In three sentences

    A great university. Has a wide variety of classes. After you study hard there are a lot of options around the area for you to go to and party hard.

  • 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.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    read

    Dorm Life

    I live at home

    Academic Rigor

    takes time

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your time and research the school to ensure a perfect match in your education

    In three sentences

    Best online learning.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As an auxiliary police officer, I can tell you that Penn State is a very safe campus. There are emergency phones within sight of you anywhere you stand, as well as a service where you can call to be escorted home by one of my fellow auxiliary officers. Only students who live in a specific dorm can access it, and there are nightly patrols all over campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything you could want to be a part of, you can. Academic clubs, sports clubs, drawing clubs, Pokemon clubs, clubs based on your nationality, clubs based on your faith. They are all available to you. Every year there is an involvement fair, so it's not even hard to find these clubs. They are all laid out for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Students willing to have fun, and students who may be on the shy side. It's easy to become more outgoing and more relaxed here, as the environment means you'll have a lot of time to interact with others.

    Bang for the buck

    Like every school, it costs money to live and study here. What you may not get at other campuses is a beautifully landscaped campus, great dorms, great food, a downtown that is just steps away from campus, and a great atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun? There are over 900 clubs at Penn State, as well as opportunities to join a fraternity or sorority (if you're into that). I personally have done fencing, caving, archery, bible study, and a nursing club, which takes up almost every night and is where I've met a vast majority of my friends here.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty amazing. There are always specialty options, like steak or a roast, etc, along with the normal variety of foods. It's cheap and delicious and totally worth it.

    Dorm Life

    I live in North Halls, a four-person suite that includes a bathroom, two bedrooms, and a small living room. My roommates both my freshman and sophomore years have been fantastic, and my RA is always ready to help and is planning activities for us on a weekly basis.

    Academic Rigor

    Naturally, this also depends on your major. As a nursing major, my classes will become more hands-on as my four years progress, meaning that I will have little in the way of homework. Some majors, like ones heavily based in math or science, will have a heavier work load, but it is not unmanageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed by the size. The campus is not as big as it seems, and while there are a lot of people, it is easy to make Penn State feel like home. Like any college experience, the work load may get pretty large, but high school and college are much different. You will have plenty of time to get everything done, without a problem.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an amazing school. Even though the student population is very large (almost 40,000), there is a sense of community here that you would only think to find at smaller schools. There are hundreds of opportunities to make friends, whether it be in a sport, club, or Penn State sponsored event.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Penn State gets all kinds of weather allowing for all kinds of activities. In winter there is skiing, sledding, and epic snowball fights between dorms. In the summer there is swimming, tennis, and of course ultimate Frisbee.

    Food and Dining

    With 5 dining commons and other multiple food options on campus, Penn State offers variety that can please even the most particular eaters. If that is not enough there is a number of restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    There are multiple dorms that can fit with almost any personality. Some dorms are quiet and mild while others always have something interesting happening.

    Academic Rigor

    Students of varying levels can learn here at Penn State. There are many top programs and a lot of excellent tutoring resources to help anyone trying to be a part of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the clubs on campus and try to find something interesting. Do not be afraid to try something new.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is a large community full of opportunity. It is constantly growing and changing. Here students can follow multiple paths and make significant connections.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not a lot unfortunately. Unless you're a party-er.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your focus, go to class, just be smart.

    In three sentences

    It's big and the environment is football and party-oriented. Maybe not the best for those who want to really focus. Lots of opportunities for extracurricular activities though.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Running

    Food and Dining

    Super

    Dorm Life

    Average

    Academic Rigor

    Good

    Tips for prospective students

    Good

    In three sentences

    Good facility Good staff Good student

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops are around frequently, you feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved in something

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The creamery for coffee.

    Bang for the buck

    Canyon pizza and grillers. One dollar happiness.

    What to do for fun

    Drink!!!!

    Food and Dining

    East food is horrible and Polluck is the best, it's worth the walk.

    Dorm Life

    Supplemental sucks. Other than that the dorms aren't bad.

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty hard so far, not easy to just get by.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its as big as you think, probably bigger. Get ready to walk.

    In three sentences

    So far it is okay. The school is over-hyped however. It gets better as time goes on.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check postings and your PSU email, there are usually events going on.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't have a dorm so i have no idea how dorm life is.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses here can be hard, especially if you have a class with a hundred other people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions, advisors are there for a reason. They've been very helpful and informative.

    In three sentences

    University Park is a great place to attend! Campus is huge but within a week, you'll get the hang of it.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    there is always something going on

    Great for these types of students

    Undecided and students that are serious about studying

    What to do for fun

    what fun? no time for fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Don't get caught up in the party scene

    In three sentences

    This is a good school, although the work load is quite heavy and intense (depending upon your field of study)

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A lot of club meetings that turn into club parties. Ride my bicycle. Just enjoy my freedom and independence.

    Food and Dining

    I go to Walmart to get my food. I only get snacks from the school. Its less expensive if you buy your own food to cook.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. I love it. I have great roommates. I even learned how to cook.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a little hard for a freshman. You need to ask a lot of questions. Make sure the freshman office faculty knows you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention to everything. It gets a little overwhelming, but overall its great. Join any club you would like.

    In three sentences

    I give this college an 8 so far. A lot of programs and clubs for freshmans. I do not feel lost and everyone down to the professors are very helpful.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is activity one can do on this campus. They have activity during common hour one can attend to.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm room. I go to Penn State Brandy wine, who don't have dorms yet. So for me I compute back and fourth everyday. It is not bad but make sure you leave early enough to get to class.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is pretty well organized. When talking to my adviser about different course one should take and having a plan is the best one could do with their academic careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is that one should get involved. If all you do it go to classes and not participated in anything than your college experience will not be exciting.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has a great advising and career services office. It also has a great student life programs/office. At Penn State they are always nice to you and wants to learn everything possible.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops and people available everywhere if you need help

    Greek Life

    RUSH week is awesome

    Clubs and Activities

    There's literally a club for everything!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers

    Bang for the buck

    Experience is defiantly worth the money

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, bars, house parties, pool halls, swimming pools, sports

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to eat on college ave and all around campus, huge variety

    Dorm Life

    Off campus is awesome, getting to and from campus is a 20 minute bus ride.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load isnt too difficult but you'll always be busy doing something or studying with just enough down time to hang out

    Tips for prospective students

    Great place to go to join a university family. Great to get you on the path for your career.

    In three sentences

    Lot of activities Easy to get involved Great opportunities

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ones even don't need to close the door before getting bed.

    Greek Life

    Many fraternity locates on downtown.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tens of thousands of students, so the clubs are also various.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ice cream from Food Science Department is a must-eat meal.

    Bang for the buck

    Football game, definitely. But these days they become a little lousy.

    What to do for fun

    Undergraduates likes to go to pubs or movie theater on the weekend. Graduates drives to a picnic on adjacent lakes. On long holidays, they also drives to cities such as Pittsburgh, New York, Washington DC, Baltimore, ..etc. BTW, there are so many fields for sports.

    Food and Dining

    Choices are limited because it is a small town.

    Dorm Life

    It's in high class, but with a little expensive. BTW, it's too small for someone.

    Academic Rigor

    Education and Engineering, especially in subjects related to material science, are strong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact with faculties directly, even without any prominent CV or experience.

    In three sentences

    The warm state college offers cozy atmosphere to study in Education, Science, and Engineering. Due to comprehensive colleges PSU provides, one's insight can be ignited by closely communicated with students here. International students are especially welcomed.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Most students travel in packs, which is a very good idea. The police does travel through the school at night and if there is an emergency, they have phones located around campus to call the police for help.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are extremely fun. If you would like to continue your faith in school, there are several clubs to join, so make sure to go to the involvement fairs at the beginning of the first week of school. They have humans vs. zombies, student publications, engineering clubs that build satellites, science clubs that make liquid nitrogen ice cream and so much more.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is pretty much for anyone that wants to join a giant community that considers each other family and high school spirit and pride.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive for out-of-state students, but the university is great with career resources and finding jobs and internships for its students.

    What to do for fun

    You can definitely go downtown and grab a bite to eat, but I would recommend joining clubs and getting involved. The Swing Dance club is super fun, and if you're into drawing/writing or humour, PHROTH, the school's first comic newspaper, would be a good fit for you.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on the dining hall that you visit, (I recommend Pollock or West) the quality of the food will vary. But unless you are getting greasy food, the food quality is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms come with a lot of things such as refrigerators, microwaves and it has heating. Make sure to bring a fan for hot days. Make friends with people on your floor (they encourage you to) and you'll have fun :)

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very engaging and depending on your major, can be difficult. Everyone says time management is key and they are right. My first semester didn't go well and everything felt like it was out of hand (I got a 2.7 GPA). Then I bought a mini calendar and put all my important dates on it (tests, assignments, reminders to study 3-4 days before tests-assuming I paid very good attention to the material). The second semester I received a 3.7 GPA and overall have around a 3.3. Time management is key!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that your first semester doesn't get to you if you don't do well. It happens to several college students, including me. Believe in yourself and take a second shot at what you are pursuing and hopefully everything will fall into place.

    In three sentences

    This school is amazing! The spirit is tremendously high and the people are unbelievably sweet. The courses may be tough, but they are completely worth your time and money.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I live on campus at Penn State Berks. The campus is very safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun. As soon as you get settled in, grab a campus activity calander! It will keep you posted on all of your campuses events and news.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a great varierty of food. I have never been disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    Housing and Food Services are a bit slow and unreliable when fixing broken equipment. The dorms overall are very comfortable and welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    Majority of the curriculum is not challenging. It mostly depends on how your professor teaches the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be extremely prepared for an incompetent staff and pay your tuition before the end of the semester!

    In three sentences

    Penn state has been a very unorganized institution in my opinion. The staff is unreliable and highly incompetent. I do not plan to finish my degree at Penn State, because of the sloppy faculty and staff.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    As with all places, some dining locations are better than others; however, it sure beats having to make yourself ramen noodles and mac and cheese every night! There are tons of fresh and healthy options, as well as your expected comfort foods. With so many places to choose from, you can always get what you want to eat.

    Dorm Life

    This year is my fourth year living on campus, and there's a reason I keep choosing to come back. The student body is an amazing group of people to live with, and it's so nice to be right on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State was ranked one of the top 50 universities in the WORLD! We have amazing academics, professors, classes, and research available here.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has been an amazing place to call my home for the past four years, and I know it will be for you, too! PSU has great academics, fantastic research opportunities, talented athletics, and an even better student population. You won't regret Penn State if you choose it; choose to bleed blue and white!

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State provides each and every student so many opportunities to get involved on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Penn State is delicious and very clean.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Penn State is amazing. It is very clean and a nice place to live it. A dorm here at Penn State is a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that Penn State challenges each of their students to work to the best of their ability and achieve the high grades they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students is to get involved! There are so many different groups, associations, and organizations to be a part of and they will help you become more acclimated with the campus and even give you the opportunity to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    I believe that Penn State is an amazing college to attend. They provide you with the opportunity to meet so many people and to get involved in so many different groups, associations, and organizations. They also work to the best of their ability to provide each and every student with an excellent education.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Paaaaaarty!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    There are always parties to go to.

    Academic Rigor

    Science majors are tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    The East Halls has the freshman experience but Pollock dorms are closer to campus and you wont have to take the bus every morning with everyone else.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is an all around great school. The amount of spirit is incredible and there is always something to do. However, the whole Penn State scandal has everything a little bit mixed up.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I only recently joined the French club. I work two jobs and go to school full-time, so I have no time for extracurricular activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Philanthropic, outgoing, athletic, studious; Penn State is for all!

    Bang for the buck

    Let's be honest, you're paying for the Penn State name on your degree, which will definitely help you find a career. However, there are some great professors here who genuinely care, but will treat you as an adult, so please leave the high school games in high school.

    What to do for fun

    National parks are close by, there is shopping, many restaurants/bars; typical college pursuits.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but the lines are long everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors have very high standards, but rightfully so. You're here to learn, so keep focused on that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class! Study! Socialize and kick back once the first two are done.

    In three sentences

    The campus itself makes going to class very enjoyable due to its beauty and wonderful landscaping. Most of the professors are very good, but you'll encounter a challenge or two with a few of them. Despite our recent drama, I am proud to be a part of this student body as WE chart Penn State's future.

  • 08/15/2012

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

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    Clubs and Activities

    Penn State has a lot of clubs and activities a person can join. Even if you're an online student, you can join things.

    Great for these types of students

    *Students who actually want to work on getting their education *Students who like feeling like a part of the school *Students who need a lot of help at the beginning

    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is a very well known university, and for the education they provide and as much attention as they pay to you individually, I would say it's definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with the fresh meat and make some new friends. There are some luncheons and the like that the university hosts, so you can meet your peers.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms to choose from, and Penn State staff are very friendly, so dorm life would be fun.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not really a laid-back school, at least not with the courses I'm taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a wonderful university to go to. I have an easy time getting in contact with my guidance counselor and she replies to all my e-mail very well and very quickly. If you need anything, they're there for you.

    In three sentences

    Easy to contact departments in the university. It's friendly, caring, and extremely helpful. I feel like family there.

  • 08/13/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    The University is very helpful in anything that you need. They make sure everything is the way it needs to be going. I hope my experience there is everything that i want it to be.

  • 08/10/2012

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Penn State is not the cheapest alternative. It is one of the more expensive public/state institutions. Penn state students do well in the job market.

    What to do for fun

    There are mountain sports and outdoor activities all around the campus area. It's a great place to meet a very diverse mix of people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early to get the best course selections. Make sure you have very good funding. Have an open mind.

    In three sentences

    Penn State has a beautiful campus. The selection of majors is huge at Penn State. The entire community seems to provide support for the University and students.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is never not anything to do at school. Between campus-held events and dorm hall shenanigans, there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    Food depends on where you go. Some places on campus have the most scrumptious food, others are a bit mediocre. Don't be afraid to ask around where the best chow is.

    Dorm Life

    While most schools offer the option of a dorm buddy profile search, Penn State chooses a random assignment for the dorms, and really pushes for its students to be friends with all kinds of people. The school does, however, provide the opportunity to switch dorms if need be.

    Academic Rigor

    PSU offers a variety of courses, ranging from the sciences, to history, education, and more. The university offers the best classes and the best professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State has so many academic and social opportunities, both on and off campus. Just remember to study hard and be yourself, and you will go beyond far.

    In three sentences

    Penn State is by far the most upbeat, influential, and welcoming university than any other I've seen. The students are tolerant, the professors are knowledgeable and motivating, and campus life is out of this world. We are Penn State!

  • 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.

  • 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 for any reason a student didn't, campus police and 'walkers' would meet him/her anywhere around campus and walk him/her safely back to his/her dorm.

    Greek Life

    About 12% of students are involved in Greek Life, but on such a large campus, that's a pretty large number of students; students involved in Greek Life are also highly involved in UPUA (student government), other clubs and orgs, and, of course, THON.

    Food and Dining

    Some dining halls are nicer than others, but they all serve the same food, and have a wide variety of options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms provide an awesome opportunity to meet your Penn State family; floormates eat together, study together, go to class together, go out together, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    The quality of education is higher than most public and private colleges across the nation can offer; student schedules can be as rigorous or as relaxed as students make them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Penn State has lots of clubs and organizations, so join something, it makes the campus feel much smaller.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 07/29/2012

    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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    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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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.

  • 07/25/2012

    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.

  • 07/25/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 07/23/2012

    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.

  • 07/23/2012

    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 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.

  • 07/22/2012

    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

  • 07/22/2012

    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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    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.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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

  • 07/20/2012

    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    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.

  • 07/17/2012

    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!

  • 07/16/2012

    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.

  • 07/15/2012

    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!

  • 07/15/2012

    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!

  • 07/15/2012

    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.

  • 07/11/2012

    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.