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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Average
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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The hours are pretty convenient and there are many options due to the fact that there are 4 main dining halls and at least a dozen different eateries spread across campus. South halls has a late night where they serve both breakfast and dinner foods which is a great experience for those coming home late or pulling all nighters. Kocher and vegetarian/vegan options are offered as well as a lot of healthy food which most people tend to neglect #freshmanfifteen.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Penn State has a great bar life, however, the prices could be a little lower. Yes happy hours and specials can be great but bars here don't hesitate to raise prices to the roof during special events, furthermore most bars charge 3-5 dollar covers even during the evening time. One thing I do like about State College bars though, is that there is literally a bar for every type of mood/person out there.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn state pretty much takes the cake when it comes to sports. We have the best wrestling team and one of the best football teams evert. IM sports is pretty fun and you can pretty much find an IM version of every sport conceivable on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Same as before, off campus housing is usually more expensive the closer you are to campus. One thing worth mentioning however, is that parking absolutely sucks downtown. It literally costs an arm, a leg and a firstborn to park your car within 2 blocks of campus for the semester. The school sometimes publishes ads for off campus housing but you have to actually get out of your way if you want to fins something good.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing can vary alot. If you live in the freshman dorms then the space factor is pretty bad but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. Apartments are a little on the expensive side near campus, but you do get many perks such as being able to throw parties if you register them. Alternatively, if you're willing to live a few miles away from campus prices plummet but at the cost of living in the middle of nowhere.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a great deal of options on and around campus. In the commons a great deal of different foods are served and the restaurants around campus seem to offer an array of prices and types of food.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State is awesome. Over 20% of the student population gets involved in it and it is very active in philanthropy events such as THON. Many of the chapters have mansions where many brothers live and throw parties.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a great deal of diversity, however, the student population disperses itself into many different "cliques". People of similar ethnicity tend to group together and the same could be said for sexual orientation.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big at our school. We have a ton of frats and a lot of sororities too. While sororities get their own floor in the dorms they don't get houses like the frats do.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The best parties I like to go to are at frats. They're always a good time and give everyone a chance to cut loose for the weekend.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is amazing. There's always free events and concerts going on and so many other things to do.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a Pre Med major is a ton of work and you really have to apply yourself to all your hard science classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are pretty good. We have great classes and depending on your major your workload will vary.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends where you live on campus. Freshmen year you'll probably live in East which are the worst dorms, but they get so much as you move on.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat literally right next to campus you just have to walk downtown and you can get pretty much anything you want. Many places also deliver, so you don't even have to leave your dorm.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Everyone that comes to visit says we have pretty good food and there are so many options you'll never feel like you're eating the same thing all the time.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is so much diversity on campus. You'll meet and see all different kinds of people just walking around in one day.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty friendly, especially the freshmen. Everyone dresses kind of the same though it's a little scary because everyone looks alike.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everyone knows where State College is and it's always a great atmosphere there. There's so much to do from going downtown to football games to the local shopping centers.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Even though it is a large campus I am usually walking around with people and most of the time there are other people also outside.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many different courses offered you can really take any class you can imagine. The professors vary, but so fr most of mine have been pretty helpful. Class size also varies. I've been in a class with 16 people and a lecture hall with 300+ people.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is great here. They are always willing to give back and give you any advice that you need.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a planning on declaring my major as Pre-Med at the end of Sophomore year and it's a pretty easy major to get into. I only need to maintain around a 2.5 GPA and take around 4 classes that I need to earn a C or better in.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Being a future Pre-Med major is a lot of work because it is a lot of hard science classes that I really have to put time and effort into, but it will be worth it.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I live off campus so I'm unsure about policies in the dorms. I know parking enforcement is strict on campus. The honor code is enforced strictly in all my classes and taken very seriously.

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James Bunting
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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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