University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4679 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.....

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I dont do drugs....a few people here and there ask me if I smoke. But i dont lol.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The prices are pretty high for the working college student at about 500 per roommate. You also have to apply and have your money ready by the end of october if you want something close to campus

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are almost fast food and china restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Engineering majors are awesome at Penn State!!!!
However, the business majors are not as good as the other colleges.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: There are always things going on at penn state! Sometimes it can help to know people who live on and off campus if you would like to find a party. Most of the time it is easy to find something to do though. There are a lot of great clubs and bars. A lot of fraternities will charge a cover and allow anyone in.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a good amount of student aid but had to take loans for the most part. Would've liked to have been able to receive more scholarship/grant money however. All around, the financial aid representatives were very helpful and friendly.
When trying to call the student aid office during the summer, I sometimes had to wait on hold with a student aid rep for at least an hour, which was an inconvenience at times.

5 College Junior

Transportation: I Have used the buses at school a good amount the time. The free loops around campus are especially nice and cover a good part of the campus. The loops run late into the night as well so they are very useful for from one side of campus to the other

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I never used it but others around me trust it so its fair to say its working and no one is complaining

4 College Senior

Computers: There are a lot of labs on campus, but it is difficult to find open labs. Most are reserved throughout the day for classes. It can be hard to accomplish work if you need a computer for more than a half hour or so at a time. Also, could be more Mac labs around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life at Penn State is fairly large, making up over 15% of all students. The fraternities have nice mansions near downtown State College, however, the sororities have only one floor in the dorms in which only some of them live. They have a suite with a living area and a kitchen, but other than that they are forced to reside on campus if they are all living together. The Greeks tend to be more involved in other campus activities, as well as make up the majority of students in the business school. They also run a large part of THON, which is a 46-hour dance marathon that raises money for children with pediatric cancer. They do a great job raising money for that, as well as other community service events. The Greeks are also more into partying, however, they focus on academics a lot too. Overall, the Greeks can be annoying with their self-entitlements, but they do a lot for the community and University.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather at Penn State is somewhat rough. The initial weeks in the fall are warm, similar to the end of summer. The temperature tends to drop quickly in the fall semester, and the sun usually stays behind the clouds as well. The winters are miserable as the snowfall and amount of ice on the ground is slightly dangerous and makes it hard to want to attend class. The beginning of the spring semester is fair, however, tends to be exactly like the end of the fall semester in regards to the snow and low temperatures. The springtime at Penn State is beautiful, although it gets warm very close to the end of school. The campus is illuminated in the spring sun and everyone comes out to be active, making it a wonderful place to be.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are extraordinary. In downtown State College there is a plethora of restaurants, fast-food, and convenient places to eat. The great variety includes many multicultural and healthy options, as well as the classic American food we are used to. Costs vary on the type of food in which the restaurant sells. There are many cheap, fair, and high priced places, even though in general eating off campus tends to be more expensive. Even on the outskirts of town are many restaurants and food choices for those who live farther away from campus. This is why the off-campus food options deserves an A+.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The buffet options across campus are very big with a great selection of food varying in healthy and organic, in addition to classic American and multicultural cuisine. The facilities are always clean, as well as the people working there. Unlike a lot of universities, the dining options at Penn State never get old. With the numerous commons available, and most of them being close together, it is easy to only eat on campus as opposed to eating in downtown State College. The "minus" part of this A simply comes from the quality of food. The majority of the dining halls have good or better quality in terms of the taste and preparing of the food. However, a few facilities lack the "A" quality that the other halls have.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The workout facilities have something for everyone

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is hardly any crime on campus, but some theft does occur. There is a health center on campus which is convenient, but you usually have to wait a long time to see a doctor.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are excellent. There is a variety of classes and the teachers are very helpful. The only bad thing is the class sizes are quite large and it may be tough to find a decent seat in a lecture.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm engineering and it is a lot of work. Not much of a social life, but the program is excellent and there are many options such as internships and career fairs.


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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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