Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are very helpful and engaging an always are offering office hours. The class styles and size range from 20 people to a 500 person lecture! You can dress comfy to class (sweatshirt and sweatpants) or even wear a skirt and heels and you won't be judged!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is basically a community; i have many friends in a bunch of sororities and frats and we all hang out.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Penn State food... enough said.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: They provide a list of scholarships and deadlines, but I often do not qualify for the scholarships. About a year ago I was awarded two small scholarships. Since then I have not qualified for a scholarship since then.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Get off campus housing early

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best to live on campus during freshman year

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Like any typical school

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are many events held

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You learn to socialize and make friends

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think there is a variety of races

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My medical program is a very rigorous course load

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: courses are hard. some teachers are approachable and helpful

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It really helps with internships and research

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: the value is so great

5 College Junior

Majors: wide variety to choose from

5 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is involved ! It's a big part of the school life

3 College Freshman

Academics: I have enjoyed my professors and the workload has not been too difficult as of yet.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: The registration prices for a new student is confusing - and there is not a lot of assist from staff. You do need to get most of your questions answered from other students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Average room sizes - the cost is comparable to other schools, but is expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Common grounds is a lifesaver but is expensive. The food choices get really old quickly. It is very difficult to eat healthy

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: very good made college experience enjoyable

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: lots of jobs can be found after school

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: lots of places to go

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: cost of living to much

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Nightlife: I don't do these types of things

1 person found this useful Report
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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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