University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 4200 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

{{ error }}
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms at Penn State are average. There is a wide variety of freshmen dorms to choose from but the majority of them are congregated in the farthest corner of campus, making the trek to and from classes a huge hassle. The dorms, as a whole, are okay. They don't have air conditioning which is a burden, specially in August through October, when the cold weather still has not kicked in and you have to study in your dorm. I will definitely try to steer clear from freshmen dorms my sophomore year and attempt to get a dorm in a more centralized area.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did receive financial aid but it was not enough to cover a large part of my tuition. I went to the financial aid office several times and made multiple calls to receive more information about what loans to apply for but I never got clear answers. It felt like every person I spoke to gave me a different answer and I could never get a clear response on what steps to take. I suggest trying to speak to one financial aid representative each time or having a personal financial aid officer if your college allows it.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: If you cheat, you will regret it. If you get caught more than twice with alcohol and your underage, they'll suspend you, or kick you out of the dorms so you have nowhere to live. Just be smart, and youll be fine.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Penn State is known for being a bit of a party school. Alcohol is definitely visible. As for drugs, thats less visible. You might see some, but it's not as frequent and there's not really pressure to try them.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You have to start looking for housing off campus early. If you wait until second semester, chances are youll get stuck in a place that's more expensive than its worth. Live close to campus because its convenient and not at the housing that's further away. Parkings doable, its just expensive to get a parking pass and safety is pretty good. I've never had a problem and my friends haven't either

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: So Much to Do – Penn state has a bunch of on campus activities as well as outside activities for every student

5 College Junior

Computers: Penn State has great resources and excellent upgrades on technology around campus

5 College Student

Athletics: Nothing better than a football Saturday in Happy Valley, bowl ban or not, the support and intensity is unmatched. White outs, gameday chants, and the student section are unbelievable. Other teams get huge audiences as well because students love to come out for something to do, and to unleash the PSU pride. Besides football, Penn State boasts ranked soccer teams and lacrosse team, a volleyball powerhouse, and a NCAA National Championship wrestling team.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Atmosphere Is Incredible – Nothing beats State College, PA in terms of atmosphere. An absolutley beautiful campus surrounded by people who live and breate Penn State. Saturday football games are unlike any other, you need to see it for yourself. There's something to do for literally everyone.

3 College Student

Diversity: Better Than My Highschool – At my highschool we were 98% white, and it's great to see the world open up a bit and meet new people at such a large place

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I Don't Live Off Campus, but – the houses vary depending on where You want to live, some spots are really decent (kind reminds me of my hometown, Erie PA) It depends on the location or neighborhood

College Freshman

Parking: Parking varies depending where you park, parking near dorms is like parking in your garage, but some parking spots have limitations depending on the color of the parking sign, (for example: yellow means reserved parking for staff)

2 College Freshman

Computers: windows computers are alright, (except the neglected updates like java and flash for example) But the macs are SUPET SLOW, I takes me 5 min to log on.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Being in the middle of no where has its advantages and disadvantages. The cost for one, in some places is a little crazy, while others are reasonable. Living on-campus the convenience of down town is being able to go out and not finding a way back off campus. Some places to check out would be Indigo, one of the good clubs and Bar Blue they have good discounts.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is a very clean environment, if there is anything broken it gets fixed quickly even by the next day. Construction is quick and usually takes place over the summer. People are helpful for the most part and very nice to strangers. Feel very comfortable walking home by myself even at the wee hours in the morning. People steal bikes like its nothing though so buy a lock. You hear of one or two thefts but not enough to lock your door every night. Police are there to help and prevent aggression and they ignore the drinking.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Transportation: The buses are on time for the most part but sometimes they can be as early as five minutes which is a problem when they don't wait for the appropriate time. And most drivers are not courteous enough to wait for people, even as they are chasing the bus down the sidewalk to multiple stops and the driver still does not wait at any of them.
They can also be late which is annoying when people are in a time crunch.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety First – there seems to be an obsession with the safety of out students here on campus. because of this I feel fine walking home after a long night in the Library or after a show. there are security guards places around campus and the Health center is right in the middle. easily accessible to all students from all over campus.

5 College Junior

Athletics: In the last year the Penn State Athletics Department has been hit hard by the media. The world began to look down on us for other people's mistakes. I am proud to be part of this community of sports because nothing can let us down. We may have lost a lot but we will fight on. We Are.... Rising Again!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are computers everywhere on campus. There shouldn't be any complaints about not finding a computer. Each commons has a computer lab, or a computer lab right in front of it (in the case of south commons). I have never had a problem with finding a computer, even during finals week--it wasn't too hard. The only problem I would say is that there is a limited of 110 sheets for printing, and there have been times when printers were jammed.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Options Are Endless. There are countless majors to choose from and the Penn State advisers figure out a way for one to test the water in all majors. This allows for one to really feel confident with the major they have decided to pursue because they have the ability to see what they like, but also what they do not.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not What I Would Have Hoped for – The financial aid process was relatively easy but I did not receive funds sufficient enough for my financial standing. I still need money for books and dorm supplies.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Ability to Explore Business. The Smeal College of Business allows all basic courses of each individual business major to be taken before declaring for a business major. This allows for all aspects to be tested before one embarks on the immense decision of declaring. I am set to declare for my junior year and my experiences have gone very well so far.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I live ten minutes away from Penn State, so I feel confident when I say that Penn State is the local atmosphere. The school employs most of the local residents, the businesses have formed because of the school's existence, honestly, if there was no Penn State, there would be no State College on the map.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's Normal – I've visited other schools, and Penn State is pretty comparable. The buildings aren't brand new, they're old, but almost charming. The dorms aren't spotless, but they're not filthy, either. It all depends on your RA when it comes to how many rules you'll have to follow. (My RA was never around.) The meal plan is kind of a rip off, but the food is wonderful at Penn State; the options are limitless, and if you're a vegetarian or lactose intolerant, you'll be more than fine. The on -campus apartments are given to upper-class athletes mainly, and so they are fairly difficult to acquire in the lottery based system. East View Terrace and North Halls are also nice housing for upperclassmen, but they're super expensive.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've Never Seen One – I, nor my family, has a lot of money, and I have yet to have heard of a scholarship that I could apply for at Penn State that was not federal.

1 person found this useful Report

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

Photos More photos . . .

Pattee Library and Mall
Pattee Library and Mall

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
View all previous student authors

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.

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At Penn State

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!