Classes are somewhat of a challenge and most are at least interesting, many quite useful. The professors know their shit. Competent administration (otherwise, eveything would fall apart at a place this big). A bit pricey, but it's every bit as good as a high-end private school in most respects. Free busses.
Most of the students here are either obnoxious or annoying, so unless you're either of those, don't plan on having any friends your first semester. Most of the girls are superficial cunts, so unless you like Britney Spears clones, don't plan on having a girlfriend the first semester either. Then again, there are plenty of ugly tennis-skirt-wearing girls here... There are some decent parties but not the best (due to the obnoxious people and the horrible music); although I will say that for some reason all the food you get around here is awesome, including creamery ice cream. It may be $2.15 per cone, but dammit, it's worth it. The two bars worth mentioning are the Crowbar, where they have renowned metal shows (I'm gonna see the Haunted monday!), and the Brewery, a hole in the wall with awesome drink specials and supports local musicians trying to get a start. As far as I know, the other 25,000 bars suck ass. (Yeah, at first it's neat to be in a town with "nightlife", but then you realize it's just pathetic and annoying, especially when you're trying to get through the traffic downtown.) Mike's music has an awesome selection of good music, not mallcore stuff. Parking situation is horrendus. Prepare to walk and ride the (free) bus a lot, at least around campus anyway.
Yeah, there's football games here. Basically, it turns the entire town into a traffic jam. Yay. Incedently, I walk directly past Joe Paterno's house every day and I've seen him twice in two years. So no, he doesn't walk around campus all the time.
Interesting architecture. Check out the library, Old Main, and Sparks, which has cool gargoyles and sculptures, and the names of famous people carved right into the facáde of the building. Also there's the IST building, which is built right over a four lane highway.
"We cannot rank Penn State University against other schools in the party category because we feel it is unfair to rank professionals against amateurs" -Playboy
WE ARE PENN STATE!
You totally go James Gonion on them.
Carll: Yeah, i was Penn Stated in the shower.
Kent: Ahh Shit man, im sorry to hear that.
Carll: My anus still bleeds daily.