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Penn State was the greatest four years of my life. It's where I met my closest friends, built relationships with mentors, gained valuable job experience and grew into the person I am today. The big school culture certainly isn't for everyone, but I welcomed the chance and the challenge of defining myself in an environment of endless opportunities. Penn State does a great job of setting you up for success in the real world, if you take advantage of it.
I went to Penn State Harrisburg campus, mostly to save money by living at home. The education was great for such a small school and affordable. I haven't been back in years, but I've heard they've added a lot of new buildings, dorms, etc. I would recommend for anyone who is in the Harrisburg area and looking for something local.
Great experience, make sure to utilize it all (internships, scholarships, etc...) Try to work a couple hours a week to help offset the costs. Student loans can bury you.
I liked the size of the campus (Shenango) because it allowed for smaller class sizes - the professors got to know you as a person, you weren't just a number. Scheduling of classes was easier (at times depending on which ones were being offered that semester) because there were less amount of students vying for the same class.
I wish I had spent time pursuing internships or positions to gain work experience. This is generally encouraged in other departments, but not much in liberal arts. It should be encouraged across the board. I graduated without a good idea of the type of job I wanted.
Love it and all the opportunities that have been presented to me
The nursing program at Penn State (main campus) was relatively small when I attended (a little over 100 students or so). The diversity of the clinical experiences was much more limited due to the location of Penn State (as compared to say, a big city). However, living in State College as an undergraduate student can really be a priceless experience in and of itself. Also of note, is that I ended up not having to live in Hershey for a year (won a "lottery" to not have to go) and was able complete my BSN while living in State College all 4 years.
I loved my experience at Penn State, it was a big enough school that it offered innumerable opportunities (clubs, sports, classes) but not so big that you never recognized people on campus. There is an incredible pride in the school and I am so glad I am an alum.
I loved my experience at Penn state. I knew I wanted to go to a big school and Penn state had everything I could want from a school.
I loved college. Penn State had every option I could want, and it was big enough to find your niche. It is particularly good if you want to go into engineering.