Should PSU Scandal Affect Decision?

<p>Now that we've had time to get over the initial reaction of the PSU scandal and let our own initial emotions settle, would you guys reconsider attending Penn State due to the scandal if you were cosidering going there? Do you feel it will still have long term effects? Do you think prospective students should seperate the scandal from the academics, and do you feel the academics will remain the same? Apparently there has been a 9% increase in corporate interest at the Spring career fair at PSU, so that's a good sign at least. </p>

<p>There are similar posts on the PSU forum, but those are obviously going to have some pro-PSU bias to them. I wanted to make a post on the general forum in order to get a wide variety of perspectives. Thanks in advance for your feedback!</p>

<p>No it shouldn't. It wouldn't affect college life in any way, so it should just be ignored. Plus, the scandal doesn't really relate to anything academically in PSU. It's still a good school.</p>

<p>I would say if going to PSU feels wrong then don't go. If the scandal doesn't bother you then I doubt it will change your experience there.</p>

<p>Penn State is one of the great universities in America with one of the most loyal alumni bases anywhere. It's much, much more than the criminal activities of a former employee and the irresponsible reactions of a handful of administrators. I wouldn't hesitate to go there if that was your original plan.</p>

<p>Absolutely, positively not. The upcoming trial will be ugly and very sad. But PSU will move on and eventually this too shall pass. Its a fine school. Big...but a fine school.</p>

<p>Not unless you plan to play football and have concerns about the program being sanctioned.</p>

<p>Thanks for the great feedback everyone.</p>

<p>Bump. Anyone else?</p>

<p>there are something like 45,000 students on that campus. not attending Penn State for that reason would be like not moving to a medium-sized town after hearing about a couple molestation cases - yes, they may affect town life, but unless you or someone you know is getting molested, you'll be fine. my friend just finished her first semester at penn state, and she said that even with all of that going on, it's still been the best 3 1/2 months of her life.</p>

<p>I think the main effect will be football recruiting and a slight downturn in giving for a year. People will not want to give money if they think it will be wasted defending administrators, etc. The University has said they have insurance to cover most types of lawsuits, so contributions will not be diverted for that purpose.</p>

<p>Academically, there should be no effect.</p>

<p>Anyone else?</p>

<p>The new president has vowed to clean up the mess and make Penn State's identity revolve less around football and more around academics (we'll have to wait and see whether his good intentions actually stick). So if you were planning to attend Penn State for the football frenzy you might find it somewhat reduced from what it has been in the past (a good thing IMO). Academically, Penn State should be as good as it ever was, perhaps even better going forward.</p>

<p>Any other thoughts?</p>