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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 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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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is definitely a great experience. The rooms are a little small and some are far from classes but you get to meet and socialize with people and see what is it like.

2 College Junior

Diversity: there is some diversity but if you look at the stats at penn state majority is white

3 College Junior

Nightlife: nightlife at penn state is busy, every where and everybody are just busy. buses are loaded with people the downtown area is packed every where. there are also house parties everywhere, if you are not 21 and want to party have no worries because there is always a house party you can go to. Its not hard to have fun at PSU

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is never a dual moment at campus. There is always something going on that student government has their hands in. A friend of mine always goes to the bowling party and she really enjoyed the haunted house. I saw on the tables today about the Splash Lagoon trip. I love it there and I wish I could go, I've been wanting to take my boyfriend their for some time now but unfortunately I have plans already for that day. However there is always new fun activities poping up I am positive I will find something even more fun and exciting for us to do.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Penn State really makes the environment a relaxed place where students have many options to find a unique space that fits their needs. They take very good care of the building and grounds. There is one janitor I talk to often, he is very sweet and does a really good job. I love how modernized the campus is, the technology is updated to where it needs to be and runs so well. As weird as this is going to sound I love that the bathrooms are "green". The toilet having a lower flush button is such a smart idea for helping not waste so much water but still using it affectively.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Honestly I don't notice if there are any here. Everyone is nice and helpful. You can't really tell the difference between Greeks and non-greeks we all look at ourselves as being equal. We are all here to learn and make a better campus community for those around us and new students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining service depends on what hall you go to. Pollock and West are the best, East is okay, but South, while it has quality, has no variety in its buffet; anything specific must be gotten a la carte. I myself have never been to North dining. However, there are several convenient cafes around campus, and the hub has chains for students who need to get away from campus food.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I was between Penn State and Syracuse when selecting which communications program to enter into, and I couldn't be happier that I chose Penn State. The College of Communications was recently ranked number one in the entire country, ahead of Syracuse's well-known Newhouse program. As a broadcasting major, I can already be hands on with PSNtv, the club focused on producing a variety of shows, including the news program I take part in. Students can also take on internships even as a freshman. Penn State's College of Comm allows for its students to have the freedom to explore their major and get experience as soon as they're ready. This cannot be said for many other schools, including Newhouse. Add to that the esteemed Penn State academics, and one has the best education they could possibly get. I would recommend for anyone to enroll here.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I can't think of any program at Penn State that isn't considered to be among the top rated in its field. Because it's such a large university, PSU is able to get the best of the best, whether that be students or professors who are passionate about their work. Thus, the hard work pays off and allows for state of the art facilities and utilities. Anything that is for want is surely within reach. These are just some of the benefits of attending a large university with a recognized name.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Overpriced, dirty, terrible landlords - pretty much sums it up. State College is a really safe time so that's good. The public transportation could be better, but most places are pretty close to campus.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Terrible professors who don't give you the time of day. Prepare to be taught by TAs who typically don't speak English. If you need one-on-one attention this school is not for you. This semester all my classes are between 150-750 people.

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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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