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The Best and Worst Places to Propose at Penn State

Whether the couple got its start through some meaningful eye-contact in English 15, a drunken introduction at a frat party, or a friend of a friend who is cousins with a guy you knew from high school, many successful relationships have their beginnings at Penn State. It only makes sense that a large number of these happy couples choose to take the next step in their relationship at the birth place of it, so some Onward State staff members decided to take a good look at some of the best and worst places to pop the question at Penn State.

The Best Places to Propose: This list is obviously subjective and each person has his or her own favorite place in Penn State, so it leaves many locations out be it because I didn’t know they existed (or because the Arboretum was too far of a walk before it got dark).

1.) The Hintz Family Alumni Center Gazebo


This picturesque gazebo could elicit a yes from even the most unhappy girlfriend.

2.) The Duck Pond


Because nothing says “will you marry me?” like the serenity of the duck pond.

3.) The Lion Shrine


It’s like they renovated it specifically for proposals.

4.) The Pattee and Paterno Libraries


Since she would be a fool to say no outside such a collection of knowledge.

5.) Old Main


Everyone loves the Penn State administration. Why not do it outside of their office?

6.) The Place Where the Couple Met


For Caleb and I, this happened to be the UPUA office, where our love of student government blossomed into something so much more.

The Worst Places to Propose: Once again, this list is obviously subjective, and each person has his or her own least favorite place in Penn State, so it leaves many places out be it because I don’t know where you got that underage or because I happen to find beauty in that statue of the pigs.

1.) McDonald’s Picnic Tables


The two iconic, golden arches will serve as a metaphorical gateway into an auspicious life together. Love is even in the slogan of this internationally recognized franchise. Not to mention, gourmet meals off the dollar menu are available for purchase around the clock. (They even take Lioncash!!).

2.) Canyon’s Benches


Puke, piss, and now proposals, these benches have been through it all.

3.) McLanahan’s Lion Shrine


Because the other one is basic.

4.) The Basement of a Frat Castle


Experiences inside frat basements have definitely been the highlights of my college career thus far. It just makes sense to continue the trend.

5.) Simmons Hall Laundry Room


You’ll be off to a fresh and clean start.

6.) Ironing Board Beneath Pipe


Tried to domesticate you ;).

7.) The Meridian Elevator


Proposals shouldn’t occur in a place that’s too “ratchet”. At the top tier of State College real estate, The Meridian is probably the classiest set of apartment buildings downtown. The Retreat is just trying way too hard.


Regardless of where the proposal happens, the important thing is that you’ll be spending the rest of your life with the person you love and that people will probably start applauding for you, so you’ll feel really special.

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