Penn State is more than a University; it is a family. Penn State grads can be found nearly everywhere in the world, and because of the deep school spirit, usually treat other PSU grads with immediate respect.
Penn State thrives on football and school spirit. Joe Paterno is one of the most successful coaches in college history, and is one of the nicest guys in the world. He is as much a part of Penn State as Old Main is. The saying at Penn State is that the only one who can replace Joe Pa is God. He is a hero here, and is easily the most respected man in the State College area.
Currently Penn State's University Park campus has a reputation for being an incredible party school. This is true. There are tons of parties every weekend. If you can't find a party you enjoy, then you aren't looking hard enough. It is important to note that Thursday is the beginning of the (partying) weekend at Penn State.
If you don't like to party, there is still a lot to do. There are always activities on campus, and enough people that you can always find someone with similar interests. You don't have to party to enjoy yourself at Penn State, but it does help.
As so many people have mentioned before, the food here is great. Penn State also has some of the best ice cream you will ever have, and a lot of good restaurants are scattered throughout downtown.
The people at Penn State are very divided. Many people are rude, stuck up, and ignorant. The majority of people are not like this, though. Unfortunately you don't notice the nice people, because the ignorant ones stand out and give you the wrong impression.
The girls at Penn State are sluts. There are a ton of hot girls, but at least half dress like it's the 80s. If you can get by the spandex under the skirt look, then you should be ok here. Almost all girls sleep around with way too many guys, and dress the part too.
The guys at Penn State are overly horny pigs. Because of Penn State's party reputation, all of the immature guys at PSU are twice as bad as they should be. There are plenty of good guys at PSU, but they are very shy.
It's important to realize that saying a Penn State degree is useless is just ignorant. Just because a Lib Arts major from PSU gets a poor job doesn't mean PSU sucks; it actually means that Lib Arts majors are useless. Penn State is a well respected school. Don't listen to stupid people who claim a PSU degree is useless. Their only proof is immaturely writing how bad PSU sucks.
We Are... Penn State!