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Possibly the greatest schoolQuite BrightJournalism
Possibly the greatest school in the world. Big school setting, big school benefits and big school attitude. Get lost in the crowd, or stank out in a crowd of 40,000 plus. Your life and your college experience are in your hands. Don't "fumble" it ... and get used to the football talk!
5th Year Male -- Class 2001
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Useful Schoolwork: F
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I really enjoyed my experience at Penn State.Quite BrightPolitical Science
I really enjoyed my experience at Penn State. The campus is big and beautiful, and I had a real sense of community despite its large size. The library and computer facilities are first rate, and the residence halls are a good value for the money.

The key to success here is to get involved. There are lots of clubs and activities to choose from, and they cover any interest you can think of. The happiest students are those who get involved!

The professors are serious about their work, and most are more than willing to spend extra time with a student who needs extra help. This is true even in the large lecture classes! All you have to do is ask.

The campus and the surrounding town are a student's dream. Unlike some other schools, you really don't feel a division between the campus and the town. The only real issue is parking. Several developers built student apartment complexes that do not have sufficient parking. The town is mostly to blame for this, since they have an ordinance that allows developers to contribute to a fund to build parking garages in lieu of building parking for their high-rise buildings. Other than that, the town loves us!I would highly recommend this school to anyone.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Operation Assistant;
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Although the university has several official departments dedAveragePsychology
Although the university has several official departments dedicated to the promotion of racial/ethnic diversity and fair treatment of women and sexual minorities, they are largely uneffective. Furthermore, there is a clear blue-blood, white, upper class "penn state football rules" attitude which prevails in the personalities of a vast majority of the students here. Finally, the University Park campus is surrounded by vast, very rural areas with a huge amount of racist, backward thinking people. Not a fun place to be if you happen to be a racial minority, or Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered. If you belong to any of these oppressed groups, then I would seriously reconsider your decision to attend here.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2002
Campus Aesthetics: A, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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