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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Tons of great places to eat, especially in West & South Halls. The only reason I didn't give an A+ is that you are required to have a meal plan if you live in the dorms. I don't know how it is at other schools, but that gets pretty pricey.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm at the beginning of my program but so far it has been wonderful. I'm hoping to go on to a conflict resolution grad program. I think like anyone graduating college in this economy there is stress in finding a job in the field they study.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: CATA can take you pretty much any place you want to go... when they show up.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My application process was easy. I was in constant contact with my admissions rep and he was full of help and advice at every point. Now that I've started my classes my admissions rep has still been available for questions and has called multiple times to check on my progress.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: for one there is a area in finlay commons near the at the computer lab call the "educational gamming commons" where people come to just game for downtime.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I live off campusso the drg scee is brey noticabl to me but it depends o who you hag out with bcase yo can encounter it without kowing they are pretty strict about it in the dorms an at campus events.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I absolutely love my major as a Landscape Architect at Penn State. It is very design oriented and I recomment having some sort of art experiences before entering the major. Compared to others the major is very work intensive outside of class and is also very computer oriented. However there are not many books required for the classes there are a lot or useful readings. Also, the building for this program is amazing and very acomidating for a LArch or Arch major. The professors are wonderful and get to know you on a one on one basis instead of classes or 600 students you may be in a class or 30-40. They are likely to help you with resumes and recommendation laters. There are carreer fairs dedicated towards LA Firms and it always helps to have the Penn State Brand name right on your resume.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no where to park for free on campus unless it is after hours for example after 9pm and on weekends (excludes game days). You can buy permits for these areas, especially the lots by beaver stadium, however they can become pricey. Freshman are not permitted to have vehicles their first year. However, there is no real need for a vehicle. Everything is located on campus and there are buses that provide students with access to local shopping centers and malls. If you live off campus you may find more use for a car but there are shopping centers directly downtown located directly next to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: If there is something you want to do at Penn State there is a space, place, organization, or group that does it. There are many outdoor spaces to do recreational things as well as an overall beauty throughout the campus. There are several athletic facilities with decent equipment as well as different types of classes. The paterno library has anything you may need and there are also smaller libraries throughout the campus that pertain to specific colleges. Downtown is closesly located for anyone who wants to live off campus, meet friends, or hold a job. On campus there are also many places that offer jobs like the HUB which is a place to study, hangout with friends, buy school supplies, eat and see events going on. This is located in the center of campus and is easily accessed from anywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: You can always find an open computer somewhere with the program you need or with internet access. Occasionally the server is down or a license is up but it is generally resolved within the hour or by the next day. The IT pepole are always available during the day (using working on issues) and at night for 24 hours labs there is almost always someone working a desk or someone that you can call for major issues. Sometimes plotters or printers may be out of ink or paper but like I said the IT guys are pretty quick at handling it. Also, the entire campus has WIFI as well as many downtown places.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Classes are very very rarely canceled here. But on the bright side, the weather is normally pretty nice. I can get really cold in the winter, and it tends to rain some, but overall it isn't bad!

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Unless you want to pay an outrageous price, you have to park kind of far away, (Bryce Jordan Center) which is still about 200$. However the need for a car is minimal because buses can take you most anywhere you need to go. A car on campus can be nice if you live a reasonable distance from the University though. Freshman are not allowed to have cars on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have a lot of opportunities for internships. My professors are very helpful and want me to excel in everything I do. I also have an opportunity to study abroad!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major, the classes, and the professors. I'm always learning something from my peers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is not provided every year. also the freshman dorms are gross.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very Diverse for people who like ethnic foods, but they also have classic chain restaurants like Chipotle

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Penn State Harrisburg has many places that deliver! The Chinese food is awesome and Midtown Pizza has so many different menu items at great prices. Hardee's and Friendly's allow you to use lioncash! There are so many restaurants within driving distance. Like Chili's and Five guys, two of my favorite places!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although I live on campus I have friends off campus at Penn State Harrisburg. There are multiple off campus housing options. Pine Ford Village is about 2 miles from campus, there anyone can rent an apartment of any size. Nittany Village and Campus Heights are great off campus housing options. They are both within walking distance and are cheaper than on campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the South and I like it.They are clean and warm.The RAs are good and co-operative.South is close to downtown so that's freaking awesome.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are fast but old.Internet is pretty fast.I would say not bad for state college.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Penn State Harrisburg has a great atmosphere. It is located in Middletown, PA which is a small town though the proximity to activities in the area is excellent. The campus is 10 miles from Hershey Park and is within close driving distance to grocery stores, malls, restaurants and movie theaters.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: snow is a major issue, especially because classes never are cancelled due to weather. Be ready to walk in snow, rain, and even sweltering heat!! The weather does get nice, but it's usually only after a cold fall, and a frigid winter.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is incredible. Frats are always crazy and I know tons of people who love the bars and clubs. There is always something to do and somewhere to go. And since it is not far from campus or apartments you can get there free by school buses or walking, or in a cab for only a few dollars.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: University Park has a gorgeous campus with countless new buildings. The HUB, libraries, and business building are three that stick out to me. All are adapted for students comfort and faculties ease.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys here are pretty lame. Typical frat boys with their sperrys & polos. I'm sure the engineers/smarter guys are a lot more chill but most are dogs...

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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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