University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very cheap options with nice rooms and lots of ameneties

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Haven't really eaten off campus, so I can't really contribute there

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid at Penn has been a lot easier than at most other schools

College Freshman

Majors: I'm going to start my first internship this summer, but it seems very promising and I'm excited.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Program faculty are very supportive and despite the large student body, you receive lots of personal attention from your advisers.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty great. Lots of options, including academic frats and sororities.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are always available and they almost always work. Rarely had any trouble with them.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many options, never will go bored eating at the same place.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I like that there pour student population is very homogenous. It makes me feel more comfortable.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Megabus, Fullington, and Greyhound all can take me to Philly.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was lucky enough to be placed in a brand new building this year and had an awesome experience. Other residence areas on campus, however are old, not spacious, and need work.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on downtown. There are a wide array of restaurants, clothing shops, and attractions.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think Penn State offers a good balance of strictness among its students.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are little to no scholarship opportunities here. Having the largest alumni association in world, you would think they would be putting more money into academic scholarship funds, rather than elsewhere.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe. If someone does feel unsafe, we offer escorting services, text alerts, police, and blue light systems.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It varies and can never make up its mind. It is very nice in the fall and spring, however the winter and snow are terrible. It could be worse though.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are many ways to get in involved in athletics, even if you are not on the D1 team. We offer club and IM sports that are fun for everyone. Our facilities are top-ranked.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is extremely expensive, especially when you have to share a room with another person. Parking at these apartments in expensive, as well.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Best in the country so many options.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is the biggest and most noticeable thing at school.

4 College Junior

Athletics: They re did some of the gyms on campus and they look great.

2 College Junior

Parking: Not many options to park and most of the time you need to pay.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I like the convenience of living on campus but the buildings are old and small.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't any issues with accepting people the diversity population isnt that huge though.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs but it is definitely easier to have your own computer.


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James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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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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