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

Transportation: loop system is the best

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Hate out of state fees

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People are fine with it

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: Love all the different seasons

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sometimes cannot diagnose certain illnesses

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are police escorts if you are walking home late

3 College Sophomore

Academics: People believe that psychology is easy and you are going to be jobless after you graduate.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not a big deals but the girls get really nice dorms

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Weather: You never know how the weather will be! Always carry an umbrella

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You'll see it but you aren't pressured to join in

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options but expensive

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: What ever you are looking for, Penn State has it

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: They should have a train station, we are such a big school, they could profit a lot from it

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: As long as you do the work and try, you will be able to get into the prisms of your choice.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are advisors that really help you choose you major and your professors are always available to guide you

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best option! It is very convenient to live in campus!

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you like to party and you find the right people, you'll have fun but if you font like to party they can get annoying because they make too much noise

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very expensive and you end up paying as much as in campus but it's you place and you can get your own room. Visit some privacy.

3 College Student

Weather: snow is sometimes a problem

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Computers: wifi everywhere and computers available

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Athletics: many clubs and teams to join

3 people found this useful Report
College Student

Drug Safety: not involved in this scene

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: about the same cost as a dorm and bus transportation available

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Majors: i'm on track with my program

4 College Student

Diversity: many international students and very diverse

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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