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

Local Atmosphere: What's most apparent is the school pride. Whether residents attend penn state, state high, or simply live in State College, everyone loves Penn State and its programs. People are pretty friendly and enjoy being in a big small town.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone moves off campus after their first year and everyone looks for different aspects for housing which makes finding a place pretty easy as long as your roommates can come to compromises. The cheaper places are further from campus and most of the really nice places are far from campus. Most people stay within a five mile radius from campus. Variety includes distance, expenses included, furnished or not, and availability of parking.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People are typically really attractive at school. They are athletic and very social. People love to attend the games and parties but also have really high hopes of doing well in school. Everyone is pretty competitive when it comes to getting good grades and making a title for themselves on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For being an out-of state student, living on campus for the first year was great experience and it definitely allowed me to meet many new people and assimilate to life on my own. However the dorms were pretty old and didn't have air conditioning.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I believe the campus is pretty diverse and for the most part, people are very accepting of one another though it is apparent that the school is more than 75% white.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Possibly the most present are the academic policies concerning cheating. It's the most prevalent as we have to take online modules about academic dishonesty and learn what happens if you are caught. There is a zero tolerance policy about dishonesty, as well as keeping alcohol out of the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Someone for everybody. And we generally have a nice looking student body.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some places on campus are definitely better than others, but besides East most of the dorms are pretty big and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While Penn State is fairly accepting the majority of people are white.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The shopping and food downtown is great. There is a great selection.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Penn State! It has the best of everything and there is always something to do or people to meet.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few good places, but its a lot of the same pizza shops over and over. You can find a nice place, but it will be kind of expensive.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are tons of parks and natural beauty in the general area around the school. It is a beautiful place to sightsee, visit and explore.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There is housing available, but it is not very convenient to get to the school - there is not a lot that is very close, you'd need a car to get to class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its pretty nice to live on campus its very convenient

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We see it as a way for people to make friends who usually don't have any friends so I don't see it as a positive thing its people who think they are above others and better than everyone else so I don't stand for that.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Going Greek was the best decision I've ever made

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's alright you have a lot of options though all around campus

5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn state football. There's not much to say other than that because the atmosphere is inexplicable because of how awesome it is

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's not the worst but definitely not the best. Your academic life gets easier with dorms because of close proximity to everything and dining halls but off campus housing is great too and really teaches you time management plus it opens up your social opportunities.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not very diverse. Some African Americans but not too many. A lot of Asian students from other countries though

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Typical hookup culture you'd expect in college but there really is someone for everyone if that's what you're looking for. Best advice I could give would be don't judge people that are in different organizations than you because they may be some of the best people you never meet because you never gave them the chance. Always be open to different atmospheres as well such as frats and apartment parties. You never know which one will be a night you never forget.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. So many opportunities to meet new people and to succeed we're given to me and I have no doubt that going to Penn State has made me a better person

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: No one really cares about how they look honestly. Most guys and girls wear sweats and Nike shoes to class (especially during the beginning of the year). It's only rarely that you will see people dressed up for 8 am classes (kudos to them).

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being in a pre-med major is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. I'm not saying that to scare anyone; I'm just stating the truth. It's very intense. A lot of people I know have either changed their majors in an attempt to find an easier route to medical school or have changed their majors because the classes are just too hard.

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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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