University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You can use Lioncash at all the downtown restaurants which makes it really convenient to eat out of the dining halls.
You can take a bus to restaurants that are even farther off campus but there is so much variety close by, it is all in walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All sports at Penn State are huge! Football is all anyone ever talks about during the fall. I, myself, am part of the Crew team. Although, it is only a club sport, we all take it very seriously and we travel to many states competing in multiple regattas throughout the year. Penn State also has a huge selection of sports. Any sport you can think of, chances are it is available at our campus.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If a student is obviously intoxicated, they can usually walk right past an officer without getting into trouble however if you are caught with alcohol in the dorms, then you automatically receive an underage as well as your roommate even if they had nothing to do with it. Being loud and obnoxious will also get you into some serious trouble especially during quiet hours because you are probably disturbing the studying of the other students in your hall.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Penn State is not that big, it just depends on who you are with and where you are. If you choose to go to a frat house, then you will be surrounded by alcohol but if you decide to go to the HUB for a Friday night, there will be nothing in sight. As for other drugs, I haven't seen very much at all, alcohol is much more popular.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of variety and a fair range of costs. It is really up to you to find what you are looking for.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computer labs are every where and available at almost all hours.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It can be pretty cold and long walks to class. Do not expect classes to be canceled.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Alumni provide a vary vast range of scholarships. Even in the wake of recent scandal record amounts of donated money have been witnessed at the school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: They have fairly decent housing available. Most of it consist of freshman and sophomores. Apartments on campus are available for upper class man.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Penn State's campus is big, but the campus is one big square and you can get anywhere in about 15 minutes. There are many busses that take you to different parts of campus. The HUB is the main student center where there are restaurants and various tables where thousands of students go before and between classes. The gyms are state of the art but require a gym membership. The library is huge but can get very packed during finals and midterm weeks.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Penn State has some of the most gorgeous women. Coming from Los Angeles, that is definitely saying a great deal. There are all types of women: from smart and geeky to the model and beach type.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The differences with Penn State New Kensington are pretty large compared to the larger campuses, although I am going to be experiencing what it is like at Main campus later. Penn State New Kensington has many professors that can help you individually, since it is a small campus. Also, you can go to tutors, which are usually not busy.

3 College Freshman

Weather: At Penn State New Kensington, the weather is not that severe, and the college rarely closes.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am currently residing at Penn State New Kensington, which has poor housing conditions, due to the apartments not being updated at all, but I can not blame the college, since the apartments are not owned by Penn State New Kensington.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Some of them are pretty slow, but they have been updated with the most recent software.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I hold a premajor status in Bioengineering. As a first year student, I'm not taking many major-specific classes. The first 4 semesters are usually filled with general education classes that are very hard, and sort of "weed out" students who do not want to put time into them. Most upperclassmen I've talked to say they only started liking their scheduled classes during their senior year.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene is much more evident off-campus than on-campus. There isn't much pressure to do anything, but it is there to do if you choose to do so.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus living is pretty average. Its great in that you are close to your classes (meaning less travel time) but the socially it isn't the greatest and competition to get housing after your first year is very high.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Penn State has a great campus life, and I feel right at home here. The athletic centers are terrific, which you would expect from an a school with Penn State's athletic reputation. The HUB is the center of campus life. It's a very modern hangout place. Inside, there's places to eat, art galleries, study areas, and plenty of lounge space. It's always filled with people, and it's the perfect place to hang out. Of course there's plenty of space, and it's a roomy campus, so there's lots of things to explore nearby and especially in College Park. The athletic events are always a huge deal around campus, and there are tons of different clubs and organizations you can join based on your interests.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It snows a lot here during the winter, and gets very cold. As this is such a huge campus, it does definitely affect going to classes. As so many students live on campus, classes hardly ever get cancelled, which makes it aggravating to have to walk all around campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at Penn State are top notch. First off, we have Beaver Stadium, which is one of the largest athletic stadiums in the country. Nothing beats going to a Nittany Lion football game in that sort of atmosphere. Also, we have a large campus full of great athletic fields and complexes. The social scene revolves partly around the HUB, which is the center of the Penn State campus. It's a great place to hang out, meet new people, and have fun. Campus life is extremely exciting at a school like Penn State, and there's never a shortage of fun here.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Penn State has a very diverse campus with people of all different types of ethnicity, religion, and economic backgrounds. You'll meet all different types of people on campus, and it isn't hard to integrate into campus life, because it's a very inviting environment for all sorts of people. There are various clubs and organizations for different political and religious beliefs, and it's really easy to fit in no matter what your interests are. Penn State is a very accepting and non-judgmental environment, making it a comfortable home for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Main campus rarely shuts down for weather. If you live on campus, weather shouldn't be a problem. Maintenance is usually ahead of the game on clearing snow and putting down salt. If you commute, however, you might find it difficult getting to campus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: After filling out the fafsa, call the financial aid office and your academic college. Let them know you want scholarships. They'll put you on lists and apply any scholarships that apply to you.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Theres alot of buses that will take you anywhere you want for $1.50.....


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James Bunting
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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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