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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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I double major, and it's all about what you want to get out of it. I put in a lot of work into both my majors, and take high level, honors courses to challenge myself. Because I challenge myself so I spend more time and resources on my majors than the average college student. I usually read and write a lot, I work with statistics a lot, and have to think about it's real world application constantly. Overall, however I love both my majors, the faculty and the work is interesting, and there are so many opportunities for amazing experiences.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I like the night life at Penn State, it has something for everyone. There are free concerts, free movies, crafts, parties, dances, special guests, awesome food, etc. There is a lot going on constantly, you just have to keep your eyes open for the opportunities!

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: It's hard to sum up what sets Penn State apart because there is so much; the student body, the spirit, the faculty, the campus, the night life, the athletics. To me though the community is the main thing that sets Penn State apart, it's not like other universities. We have such a massive campus, but you feel like you're at home, with friends everywhere and a sense of comfort, despite constantly being surrounded by 40K others.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The people in the aid offices work very hard to help students, but due to the sheer volume of people who attend the university it can still make it difficult to get all the help you need. They try really hard though and are very educated. My tips would be to take advantage of campus jobs and to stay on track with keeping a budget - keeping the book balanced is imperative.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Penn State's campus is amazing. It is large, and open and beautiful. The new buildings are fantastic, the HUB is easy to navigate and wonderful, and old buildings are constantly being brought up to date. There is so much to do on campus, it's so easy to get involved and enjoy your time there. The residence halls are functional and fun, the dinning commons serve good food that changes to keep things interesting, and the community as a whole is just amazing.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a very large Greek life and it is always there for parties but it is not something the majority joins. There is no pressure to join because you can enjoy what they have to offer without being a member but if you are looking to be in a frat or sorority there are many options and opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is nice in the beginning of the semester and end. We almost never have snow days but there is a lot of snow. Rain is what you could expect for the majority of your days. Make sure you purchase rain boots and a good umbrella.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think the police force is very fair here at state college. If you are acting out of order or being extremely loud or disruptive you will be caught and punished. If you are being responsible and looking out for each other then you will be fine.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: With Penn State being so large and diverse there is a little bit of every type of guy or girl here. There are the jocks, the geeks, the country or city boys, the art type, musical, anything you could want you will be able to find. As a girl, I would say the same goes for the girls. Everyone is different and it is very easy to find your group or explore a new one.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown State College is filled with amazing restaurants and dining. It has a diverse amount of types and styles of food and everybody has there favorite spot. Everything is easily accessible because everything is within walking distant and if you do not like to walk there is always a bus running. My personal favorite is the Deli. I love everything from the food to the paintings on the building. It is a great place with a wide variety of food at a reasonable price.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to Penn State for a Communications Degree and have loved it thus far. I have had inspiring and passionate professors who are there to help and guide me with anything I may need. I have had classes with great discussion and course work that really helped me to understand what I am doing and what my future career will hold.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am at Penn State University Park, and thus far I have been very satisfied with my education. I feel my major of Broadcast Journalism in the Communications College, is very good but lacking in a few areas. I have had passionate professors who have inspired me and given me a fair workload, interesting and compelling courses and opportunities to join organizations in my field. I feel it is lacking with its hands on experience and internship availability for this field.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: nightlife is very good - bar scene is always crowded

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school does not offer off campus housing, but will assist you with finding off campus housing.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: We have several computers and the service is good and open all the time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The safe is not that great and the health center is not very good

5 College Junior

Majors: As an adult student transferring in with a Associates Degree and a 4.0 GPA, I was readily accepted after completing a standard admissions application.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Student involvement in sports is very high. Intramural sports are very popular among the students. School spirit is at an all time high with the recent scandal that shook the school. Students are committed to Penn State despite the scandal. I believe that shows great pride and courage among the students.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: There are a wide variety of majors. They are very accepting of all students who have different views on majors and minors. Even the division of undergraduate studies is as popular as the others.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There was a large variety of restaurants available to choose from

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Penn State has a variety of different majors and professors to teach them. It is a great school if you are not sure what you want to do because there is a little bit of everything. Penn State is also a highly accredited school and the name is known throughout the world.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: the campus is beautiful in the Fall and Spring, however being Pennsylvania, it does get cold and snowy in the winter time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen dormitories are okay. They are a little small but housing kept it clean.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of parking options around and on campus, though finding out how to get access can be a pain sometimes and it gets pretty crazy when regular classes start.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather at Penn State only affects classes when it snows heavily. Classes can be canceled with heavy snowfall and perhaps if a extremely intense thunderstorm were to pop up. Other than that the weather doesn't effect to much besides what you should wear.

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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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