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University Park, PA
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37,917
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Average
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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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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are amazing (well at least the ones that I've had). They are willing to help you, but only if you ask for the help.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What makes my school unique are the hundreds of clubs available at the campus. There's actually this club at my school that has a group of students who ride on bikes throughout the campus on Thursday saying "Happy Thursday" or if your not interested in that maybe you should try out the zombie club that goes around spraying each other with water.There's literally a club for everything. I mean it.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most people would rather eat off campus than on.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is breath taking. When ever people tell why they came to Penn State they usually talk about the phenomenal education or the just the look of the campus. It's the best I've seen so far.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's honestly never a dull moment. There's always something going on somewhere on campus and it's usually not hard to find. If your someone you would rather stay in a quiet area and get lost in a book, then the library also offers something to do. There are so many different spots and rooms to both explore and read in.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's harder to get aid when you are a freshman or sophomore. The college want's to make sure that you are actually going to stick to your major and stay at Penn State before you receive a huge amount of financial aid. But I was able to get a few scholarships from the school my freshman year. It only covered a very small portion of my tuition bill, but it still helped.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is very strict when it comes to drugs or alcohol especially when it deals with minors. I've heard stories about fresh-mans getting kicked out of the school because of it.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet because I'm just going into my sophomore year, but I am definitely planning on having one. I am currently a pre-med student here at Penn State so it's kind of a requirement. I have no concerns about getting an internship. The teachers do an awesome job at letting students know about possible internship and research opportunities.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Yes I would definitely do it all over again. At Penn State you truly get what you are paying for in terms of education. I have never been this challenged in life. Hardly any of my AP classes helped me out. But I would rather be challenged.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If you ever get scared walking by yourself at night you can either press a button on one of the light poles and an officer will come and escort you to your dorm or you can call them and they will still do the same thing. If your kind of embarrassed to be escorted by an officer then they will literally walk a pretty good distance behind you. The campus is really safe. There are always people outside (even at 3 am).

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: East Hall's dinning is manageable you just need to know what to get. Pollock and West are the best places to get food on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is both calming and welcoming. For the most part, people are friendly and willing to help. I wouldn't live here personally, but I would definitely recommend this school to anyone. Just visit the campus and you'll truly understand why so many people fall in love with the atmosphere of the campus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would choose my school over again. I am so happy here and so proud to be a Penn Stater.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town is based around Penn State which is awesome, but there isn't much to do besides hang out with friends. It's hard to keep parents entertained without taking them to a sporting event or something Penn State related.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's fairly expensive to live downtown, but there are a lot of options and it's definitely worth the freedom and proximity.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing isn't the best. Pollock has the best location, but living there as a freshman doesn't provide the same social opportunities as living in East. Eastview Terrace is great for upperclassmen, but it is farther from classes.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a very safe campus, but with so many people there are some you can't trust.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There is nothing like being at a football game in Beaver Stadium. I feel most connected with Penn State during football season. It is amazing.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Penn State is such a big school that there are so many different kinds of people. It is so easy to find someone you find attractive. It is more focused on hooking up than on dating.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict about things it needs to be strict about, but most of the time the police are there to make sure everyone is safe.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food isn't the best, but it isn't the worst either. I lived on campus for two years and I got sick of the lack of variety.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great options with a lot of diversity. I have had Thai food for the first time in college and we have many places that are open late at night too. My only complaint is that there is not very good Chinese food in the area.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I joined Greek Life through a service sorority, although it's different than a social sorority I prefer it because we get all the perks of being involved with greek life without all of the drama and cattiness.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Penn State has it's own zip code. It is a college town.

But if you travel right outside of our bubble you hit nothing. Literally nothing.

Just fields, and fields, and some cows.

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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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