University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4218 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Student

Majors: I did not run into any problems with applying to Penn state. Just waiting for the acceptance was the long part.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Good Mix – At Penn State, at least at University Park, there is a great deal of diversity. I have met students from all over the United States and all over the world. Sure, the university is still predominantly white, but there are plenty of other ethnicities around as well.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Even though there have been crimes on campus there is not one time I have not felt unsafe were I could not walk back to the dorm by myself. I know that every floor of the dorms have meetings to go over safety regulations and at night if I come back to my dorm late I notice security going around checking the doors to all the dorm buildings.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Since I'm entering my second year I haven't parked on campus because I was not aloud to have a car yet; however, I have friends that do and they always complain about some of the parking. They like the fact that they can park so close to the dorm they stay in, but they don't like how much they have to pay for it. There is also an option for parking that is further away that you have to take a bus to get there. I wouldn't mind to take a bus to a location to pay less, but I don't like the fact that I have to go so far for my vehicle.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Always Fills Me up – All the dining halls are buffet style. For the meal plan I can get all the food I want and be and full so that I am not worrying about eating while I am studying, but not just the dining areas, there are plenty of other places to eat on campus that are very good. All the places campus can fill me up, but unlike fast food places I don't feel greasy and gross when I'm finished eating. Even though the food is great for the money I pay are two places on campus that don't give discounts to students, so I couldn't give them a perfect score.

4 College Junior

Majors: Top Notch School – Curriculum is awesome, and I have enjoyed the many opportunities to explore various aspects of my degree.

4 College Junior

Majors: Criminal Justice – I've not once regretted my decision about my program, and plan to enter into the government sector upon completion. My only concern, which has nothing to do with the school or program, is my age.

4 College Junior

Majors: Advisor Help – I'm planning to complete an internship and I've got an adviser that is always willing to lend a hand in helping us to obtain them.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Love It! Penn State is an amazing school who's reputation graduating top notch students is unsurpassed. I love the online courses that I'm able to take and the flexibility it allows me as a returning adult. I would choose Penn State over and over again.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Returning Adult – The process was a bit more difficult than I originally thought, but I've been out of school for many years and I realize that things change. The most important criteria for my selection of colleges is the reputation they have in the job market, along with the availability of many courses to take relevant to my degree.

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Walking around Penn State in the evening you would see many students drinking. The drug scene did not seem too overwhelming. If you saw someone taking drugs it would mainly be smoking. Drinking is definitely present at Penn State

3 College Junior

Majors: Biology Love – I love learning about everything we have thus far in Biology class. I am not pleased with some of the Chemistry courses. I do not see a problem finding a job in the Biology field, but I feel that it is quite absurd that we have to take just as much Chemistry as Biology courses. I thought I was a Biology major the last time I checked?

4 College Junior

Majors: Awesome Experience – Overall I would say that I had a wonderful experience at Penn State so far. The Professors that enjoy teaching their subject definitely go above and beyond. The workload can be overwhelming at first, but I know it will pay off in the end.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small Town – University park is a lovely area. The town is small and quaint, without much noise, traffic or congestion. However, the state college area doesnt offer as many attractions or nightlife activities as some other more urban schools. Most students are limited to campus parties or a few downtown bars, but the atmosphere is not too small to feel bored.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rainy Fall – I was looking forward to a breezy, beautiful fall; but instead autumn in state college is more rainy and grey than anticipated. Although we do have some nice days, state college is frequently wet and chilly in the fall and spring.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I Love My Major – I absolutely love my major! I am working towards earning my master's degree in speech-language pathology. My dream is to work with children someday! The professors are great and very knowledgeable in this field! They inspire me and make me want to pursue my dream of becoming a speech pathologist! The job opportunities for this field after I graduate look very favorable!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is expensive, inconvenient, and hard to come by! Parking will probably be an issue, and getting to class can bemore difficult. Some people live several miles away from the school and have to take a bus every day, and sometimes several times a day just to get from their apartments to school and back to the apartment!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Labs – The computer labs are up-to-date and efficient at Penn State. However, some labs get very over crowded with people due to the capacity of students in need of their use. The internet speed could be improved, and it would be great if there could be wireless connection in the dorm rooms.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State has a great variety of academics! The professors are very learned in their fields of study. Students need to pay attention in class though so that they understand the material because it may be difficult to arrange a student/professor meeting due to the sizes of some classes. Some popular study areas at Penn State include the Business and Engineering programs.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Penn State is known to be one of the largest party schools in the nation. Sadly enough, this doesn't give our school the greatest reputation. I have had friends tell me their roommates or other friends were caught using illegal substances on campus such as alcohol and drugs, specifically weed. I really believe stricter policies should be implied and sought after so that Penn State can be a safer place.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Penn State!! And I will always be a Nittany Lion fan forever! I enjoy attending this university because it has so much to offer! I love the classes I am enrolled in, the campus is beautiful and easy to navigate, and I joined several different clubs and made countless new friends! I take my studies seriously and pay close attention to the excellent teachers and staff!! Penn State has countless oportunities; one must be willing to find them!

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: One thing that is great about my school is that when you apply for FAFSA they automatically enroll you in any and all of the scholarships and grants that you are eligeable for and that makes it super easy and nice. This takes a lot of pressure off of the students and allows us to focus on our workload and other valuable items. I also was surprised to receive in the mail two grants in the past two years from the school that really helped out with my finances.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Its Ok – Maybe because I am a college student, but I tend to get sick of the food after a while. It's great in the beginning but they serve the same type of food everyday.

4 College Junior

Computers: Pretty Good – The computers are very up to date. There is an option of of windows or apple depending on your preference. There is a computer lab within 5mins no matter where you are on campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: When I began 3 years ago I had no idea where to start. The school really works as a team and guides you through every step of the process. I began registration with one of their career counselors and quickly found out that I could just as easily speak to any one of them and they were all on the same page and all worked as a team for the students to have the best experience and help possible. I was able to begin with ease and certainty.


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James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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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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