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The ‘Best Penn State Place’ Bracket: The Elite Eight

You voted, and the second round of Onward State’s official “Best Penn State Place” bracket is already over. Following a few upsets, we’re moving on to even more carnage as eight contenders now face off for spots in the semifinals.

Eight of Penn State’s favorite places — dorms, dining halls, campus landmarks, and more — still remain in our bracket. Each will compete head to head until you, our readers, definitively prove which Penn State location ranks supreme.

Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. It’s up to you to decide which Penn State places move on to the Final Four of our annual bracket.

Scroll below for a brief breakdown of the remaining matchups.


The Thomas Building, our bracket’s top seed, unsurprisingly topped Sparks by garnering 74.7% of the vote. Willard, meanwhile, stunned Forum and moved on with a decisive 64.1% win over one of Penn State’s most infamous lecture halls.

Athletics & Recreation

In this region, both of the higher seeds lived to see another day in our bracket. Beaver Stadium walloped Rec Hall with an 85.6% win, while the Berkey Creamery iced out Pegula Ice Arena, a fellow frozen friend, with a 65.1% victory. Now, fans at home will need to decide between a Penn Stater’s two favorite things: Creamery ice cream and football.

Dorms & Commons

Sorry, breakfast buffet lovers. The HUB took down Pollock Commons with relative ease after pulling in 88.3% of this week’s votes. Down on south campus, Redifer Commons edged out renovated dorms with a close 55.6% win. All of this sets up a highly anticipated showdown between two of Penn State students’ favorite places to spend time on campus.

Campus Classics

Don’t kid yourself. You never thought Old Main would lose, and you’re a fool if you picked against it. This week, Penn State’s beloved landmark crushed Eisenhower Auditorium with a 92.9% win. Just up Pattee Mall, Penn State’s Pattee and Paterno libraries combined to top Hintz Family Alumni Center with a 75.1% victory.

So, what are you waiting for? Cast your votes today to send your favorite Penn State places to the Final Four of our bracket. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 27.

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About the Author

Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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