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

Nightlife: There is always a party at Penn State, whether it be at a frat, a bar, or a house, no one is bored come the weekend at Penn State.

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4 College Junior

Academics: As an actuary, I have a lot of school work to do. However, our school is one of the best in the country for actuary, so I know I am receiving some of the best education for it. Penn State also helps a lot in getting an internship.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms that I lived in were pretty old and small. However many new dorms were just built in last year that are very nice. Freshmen year it is mandatory to live in dorms, so the atmosphere is great as there are many people your age surrounding you.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Penn State is in the middle of no where. It is great for college students because the entire town is only college students. However, I would never live there after I graduate.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus living is typically pretty expensive. The apartments are very nice, but it is hard to find a nice house.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life have some of the largest houses in the nation at Penn State. Their parties are great. There are hundreds of frats and sororities on campus so there are many to choose from.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are people of all different economic backgrounds. I am not to sure about political or religious beliefs. There is also a large diversity of sexual orientation.

2 College Junior

Weather: Penn State is so cold! This is absolutely horrible when you are walking to class, but it makes everyone on campus really appreciate the warm weather when it comes and take full advantage of it.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Almost everyone I know is involved in some sort of intramural sport. Our fan support and school spirit are like no other. There are nearly 100,000 people at every home football game. Our athletic facilities are all relatively new. In fact a new one is being built right now.

4 College Junior

Computers: During finals periods you should have your own computer as the massive amount of labs we have some how fill up. The wifi is great, it works over the entire campus at excellent speeds.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process was very simple in my experience. Every year I fill out the same couple of pages of paper work and send it in to my school. A week or so later they notify me of what I will be getting.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: we are the best for everything

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: a lot of international students

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: no trouble at any time

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: fun to party with them!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I heard its really nice!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: you can enjoy all the seasons!

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Never had trouble with going somewhere!

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always fun to drink with Penn Staters!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Really nice town, quiet, the atmosphere is great.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are amazing! They always take the time and make sure their students understand the material.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: You get the best of all four seasons! I love it! I'm naturally a west-coaster, and yes it may get cold. But it's a gorgeous white-wonderland in the winter, and spring is so beautiful. The leaves falling in the fall is breathtaking!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I feel completely safe at this campus! No matter what's going on around, the on-campus police are very friendly and always willing to walk you where you need to go! They are pretty strict on underage drinking, and drug use. Which only makes the school better!

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict about the things that matter like the honor code, plagiarizing and reckless drinking. They don't completely micromanage the students but its not completely relaxed either.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There isn't any real issue with availability of computers on campus since most students will use the labs at their respective college's. However, the printing quota is pretty weak and not realistic for student who have online readings.

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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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