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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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5 College Freshman

Computers: It's very convenience to print materials in this campus. There's also a lot of computer lab.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking in campus can be filled up really quick. So you better get in campus early.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurant down town so I think it is convenience for off campus students. The cost is also reasonable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pollock Commons is great. There is always a lot of variety to choose from as well a healthy options. West Dining Commons also has a lot of variety as well as good food. North doesn't have a much variety but they also have good quality food, and great cookies! Redifer is convenient if you want carry out.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't feel unsafe at Penn State, however I am cautious to lock my door at night and keep my things hidden. If you are into partying, be sure you keep it on the low, if you get caught you could be in for a rude awakening.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants around the Penn State campus. Many of them offer great discounts for students, and if not they be sure to put coupons everywhere you look so that you can get a deal no matter what. I love D.P. Dough which has the largest selection of calzones I have ever seen. Even with all of the discounts around, there are still many such as the Tavern, which are still very costly.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local area is super safe and very fun, even if you don't party! There's a lot of places to go downtown and eat and shop and hangout. There's also a nearby mall to go to and a theater. State College may seem like it's in the middle of nowhere, but it's actually a bustling town surrounding the beautiful campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on which dorm you live in can vary your experience. I lived in East which isn't really that bad. As a freshman, you are surrounded by freshmen, so you never feel really alone. The rooms are kind of tiny, but housing really keeps up with keeping the place neat. East also kind of stinks because it is so far from everything. East is literally "Siberia" as many put it. It's far from downtown. Far from class. But as a freshman, its very fun to live in.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are usually pretty strict about everything within the dorms. If you're caught smoking or drinking in the dorms, there are serious repercussions after your first offense. As long as you are not loud and obnoxious, you should have no problems with the dorms. As for downtown, they are not very strict at all with apartments or houses.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cata will pretty much get you anywhere you need to go around campus and downtown; however, it can get backed up, so you will have two of the same bus, one after another. Also, around winter or when it rains, the buses are packed.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants off campus are very convenient because their quick and very inexpensive.

College Sophomore

Diversity: Because I am an online student therefore my campus is my home.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The campus I attend in all online so therefore doesn't affect me.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It is not fully convenient for all students. Specially for the first year students.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking at my school is alright, everyone has space, but it's not huge or anything

5 College Junior

Facilities: There is plenty to do with many clubs to join - I actually found myself in 2 officer positions for 2 clubs and love it. There is plenty offered for if a night in without the usual college partying is needed with plenty of school spirit all over campus.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: We experience every kind of weather in every season.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are no good restaurants close to the university. There are some in the city.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything is amazing! I love our museum ! i think that its really pretty and we have our own Starbucks right on campus and one down town and i think thats pretty cool.

4 College Freshman

Academics: They offer so many different types of classes that allows every student to be able to try new and interesting things that they might want to major in. Classes or okay and the professors are usually really nice and really good at explaining things.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It can get really really cold and tends to snow a lot in the winter. Spring and Falls are beautiful though

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received sufficient aid and was relatively easy to get

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a huge drug scene but drinking is very prevelant

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State is huge! While I'm not in it for reasons out of my control (I would've if I could've), I have plenty of friends who are and they're great people. Some can be a little stuck up, but most of them are good and there's always a party to go to as long as your ratios good (tons of girls per guy) or you know someone inside.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Penn State has a wide variety of off-campus dining options and tons of options when you're looking for something late at night and on the weekends. When it comes to quality, it's really nothing special. Some of the restaurants, The Corner Room, for example, that everyone makes a good deal about...really aren't that great!
What is comes down to is the great drunk food you can get late at night, because let's face it, Penn State is one of the best party school in the country. I'd give drunk food an A+ rating, if that was a category.

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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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