Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Visitation in dorms is very very lenient. You are able to have any one you want over. However, if caught with alcohol or drugs in the dorm there can be very serious consequences.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many options, but food often becomes repetitive making one get sick of eating it all the time. The best dining hall is in West commons.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is very safe, clean and fun. You are able to meet so many people while living on campus. There are also study rooms in every dorm available to students.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never live off campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very big. With over 19 sororities and 50 frats its bound to not join Greek life. Sororities all have a floor in dorm for their sorority to live in while frats all have houses or apartments.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants to choose from. You have expensive restaurants to affordable ones. So if you would like to go out for a nice breakfast, lunch, or dinner you can.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are all different types of people that attend Penn State. You can find a variety of different cultures, religions and personalities.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes range from 400 people to about 25. No matter the number of students, professors are always willing to help out their students with questions and provide them with answers.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is a very great school. The alumni network is very very large. Almost all find jobs right out of college.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not done an internship but plan on doing many in the future. I need to do many internships in order to prepare me for PA school.

College Sophomore

Majors: I was accepted into my program with my acceptance to the school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is one of the top majors at my school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are always willing to help you. There is free tutoring, many study places and a huge library.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always a place to do your work, hangout and relax.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very big on school spirit.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: My point of view is from being involved in a sorority. The sororities and fraternities do alot of public service work and make the student more well rounded. Being a sorority made me feel like I fit in and it does enhance the social atmosphere. The sororities have dedicated floors in the dorms and most are housed in the newer buildings.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms here are not anything special and very loud because of the nightlife.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I really enjoy this school. I have unconventional goals for college, and Penn State is diverse enough that I can find what I need to be satisfied.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There is great variety in the classes available, but it is very easy to get good grades with minimal effort in many courses, even in upper level or Honors classes.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Help is available however you need it, and there is much variety in resources and possible course subjects.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It was a struggle working with the school to get aid, but I got a large percent of my tuition taken care of, so I can't complain.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I don't care about sports in the slightest, but everyone else here does and the facilities are great.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had lots of help from my advisor. It was a simple matter of a little bit of paperwork and a couple of minutes to switch into the Sociology major.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I love this program. There are lots of cool classes and supportive people.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of things to do, however they tend to be on the overpriced side and the public transportation could be improved.

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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Despite common reservations about the location and climate, most Penn State students are fiercely loyal to their alma mater. Penn State boasts one of the largest alumni populations in the United States; graduates are proud of their degrees, and employers recognize the University’s name immediately. Although the campus is located in a very rural area, school is technologically up-to-date and on the cutting-edge of current research.

Aside from academics, PSU is also known for its social scene, especially in relation to sports and parties. Nittany Lion football—home of the 2008 Big Ten Champions—is a national draw and a point of pride for both the University and the town of State College. For anyone interested in playing or watching varsity sports, PSU is a top choice. Penn State has also been ranked highly by many polls and “party school” surveys as one of the top party schools in the nation. While it certainly isn’t the wildest town, these rankings are definitely accurate. The small-town setting and large-school atmosphere makes for little else in the way of entertainment, so it can be hard to avoid encountering the party scene during your time as a student. Still, the mix of work and leisure seems to work well for most of the student body, and academic standards at Penn State remain relatively high. It’s easy to spend four years at Penn State as an ever-serious student, focused completely on whatever you choose to study. With so many opportunities to relax nearby, balance and moderation are some of the best skills to learn from your four years in college.

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