University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4635 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is very little to no financial aid offered at this University which is somewhat problematic for many out of state students.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are many sports celebrated at Penn State. Students love to cheer on their team and all sorts of student organizations participate in club sports and intramurals.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although there is some diversity, the campus is still mostly white and tends to follow very American customs.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are so many options of places and people to party with whether it be a bar or club if you are over 21 or an apartment or a classic frat party.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a great deal of apartments both very close to the school or a short bus ride away and also a large spectrum of price points to choose from.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It truly depends on what part of campus you choose to live on. The newer dorms are all very nice though all of the dorms seem to be quite tiny.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The typical student goes out regularly on weekends but also works extremely hard during finals, exams and the week.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are so many places for students to study, exercise, eat or meet with friends. During finals there are endless places to study and if you look hard enough you are sure to find one.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are many opportunities to find internships and connect through online portals and at the career fairs and I believe I will be able to find one.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I must fulfill the required prerequisite classes as well as have a competitive GPA to earn automatic acceptance into my major but otherwise I can apply and also have an opportunity to complete my major as well.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most professors are nice and helpful but there are a few that are absolutely horrendous.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a great deal of recruiters that come to campus to look at students for prospective jobs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus and downtown police are too strict with underage drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The prices are average and so is the food.

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!

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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


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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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