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Cairn University - Langhorne

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I am from New York, and I knewQuite Bright
I am from New York, and I knew that PSU (State College) would be rural, but I didn't know that it would be THIS rural. There are literally cows and tractors on campus (near the law school and Beaver Stadium). Also, when I visited, I heard people reference "downtown," so I assumed that there was a town, and it was up Atherton Street, on the other side of the hill. It turns out that there is no town and the only thing on the other side of the hill is a bank, 3 grocery stores, a Target, a Wal-Mart, a Denny's, a Eat N' Park, an Applebee?s, a Ruby Tuesdays, a Red Lobster, a couple gas stations, and a trailer park.

Also, PSU academics are very, very overrated. It is almost the definition of a degree factory. The school is only rated well because PSU students have low standards. PSU strives for mediocrity and it achieves its goal with astonishing success. PSU/PSU students write-off PSU's academic short-comings as being ok, because it is a public school. Apparently, there is a prevailing theory that somehow my future employer is going to excuse my deficiencies because I didn't go to a private college.

PSU's admin staff is comparable to the DMV.
Finally, PSU is very, very homogeneous. PSU is something like 83% white and almost all of those kids are from the suburbs and the overwhelming majority are from PA (as can be expected from a state school). There are occasional strong undertones of racism amongst the student body. For instance, last year the school radio had an advertisement that compared then President Graham Spanier to Adolf Hitler (in a good way). I have also witnesses several anti-Catholic outbursts, but if I start naming every racist thing that I've witnesses, this message will get very long very fast, so you will just have to take my word for it.

In short, if you like rural environments, want a job where "close enough" is good enough, have had good experiences at the DMV, are white, from the suburbs, and are mildly racist, then PSU is great for you. Otherwise, you may want to look at another school.P.S. If you are into sports, the basketball team is very, very bad, the football team is average, the wrestling team is very good, and the lax team is horrible.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2014
Friendliness: A+, Education Quality: F
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Here's the deal with PBU.BrightReligion/Religious
Here's the deal with PBU...
The faculty is awesome and very open. They legitimately care about you as a person (especially Prof. Allen). As someone who has been to 3 different universities I must say this is the highlight of the school.

As far as the education is concerned however, it's basically a glorified Sunday school. I had classes where I was taught the world was 10,000 years old and dinosaurs were only recently extinct in the past 100 years (yes I'm being serious). I was also shown pictures of fossils that had "dinosaur flesh" on them and was taught that there could be no such things as extraterrestrial life because the bible said so. If this type of stuff is something you would be interested in paying 10 grand for then by all means do it, but you can't fool me twice.

If you get an opportunity to live in the Penn Dell dorms - DON'T DO IT. PBU bought an old apartment complex which they made into dorms (which basically means you share an apartment with 4 other people). The area it's in is very dirty and isn't safe (there was recently an armed robbery - I'm writing this as of 2010).

PBU also feels the need to have a curfew (bedtime). You have to go to their chapel everyday, and if you skip they eventually charge you $10 per missed service (and the dude who used to teach it got fired for cheating on his wife - go figure. I should demand my money back). You will not be allowed to be alone with a member of the opposite sex and there are no parties at PBU. Most of the students are home schooled or live in a complete bubble and have no true understanding of the world or how it works. Most of these students are completely wrapped up in their closed minded views of God (which are all surprisingly different) and bicker about it with each other often. Some of the students are in some special program where they are mentally handicapped but still go to classes and do well (again, go figure).If your religion comes before your education, PBU is a great place. If you're the type of person who doesn't mind being preached at everyday by almost everyone you meet, then PBU is a great place. However, if you want to study a science and not get laughed at by everybody with a real education then don't go here.

1st Year Male -- Class 2000
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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The music school was pretty strong when IMusic - Performance
The music school was pretty strong when I began attending, but it changed a great deal while I was a student. Some of the purist elitism went with some of the professors, but I am mostly grateful for my music education. It's the Bible studies that leave a bad taste in my mouth. The student population was almost all cynical and confused, if not viewing the world through a small box. It took years of 'therapy' to unlearn the lessons I learned at PBU. The dispensational approach to the Bible is basically Baptist in its approach, despite the "interdenominational" banner touted by the school. People from reformed theology backgrounds were looked down upon as misguided, to say the least, even though they seemed to have a better sense of the Bible applying to all of life. I learned more what not to do/think than anything.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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