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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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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: You can always find something to eat. However, some days are definitely better than others. You must try cookies from West!! Plus if you can't find something you like, there's always creamery ice cream in all of the dining halls.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It is a huge school and they do work with you for scholarships but you have to do the work.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: They have buses that run everywhere and they cost about $1.50 a trip. They run to the store and all around campus

4 College Freshman

Computers: You have 50 free printing pages a semester. They have a fee that covers all computer problems that you just take your laptop to them and they fix it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The town of state college has a very close relationship with the school and the police are everywhere

3 College Freshman

Parking: No parking during the week permit are required for all parking on campus no free parking

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For freshman housing is easy and then it is off campus for most upper classman

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of housing all expensive but with the right research housing can become affordable.

3 College Freshman

Weather: I am from west coast and I have to say that it is very cold up here. It snows from november and the weather is constantly cold. It rains a lot during October so be prepared. Get some waterproof shoes!!

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus does not really interfere in students' doings and the RA's are very lenient. The noise level rises during the weekend but no one takes action to control it. There are rules that no one follows. But the drinking on campus is very strict. Penn State is a dry campus and everyone seems to be strict on that matter.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't many restaurants off campus. There is a food court at the mall, which is not so close to the campus. It is usually fast food restaurants that you can find anywhere else.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe on Penn State's University Park campus. There are phones to call when you want to be escorted somewhere. The security is also pretty tight about underage drinking.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State can be fun. Fraternities are allowed to have there own houses. Sororities live on dorms. I am a non-Greek but the club I'm involved in has socials with fraternities. I think it is an easy way to make friends. Greek or non-greek, everyone comes together during THON.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I think student life at Penn State is awesome because I think there is something there for everyone. There are 838 student organizations to choose from (including greek life, music/arts, international, politics, honor societies). There is a variety of places to eat and stay on and off campus. There are plenty of places available for students to study. There are movie nights at the HUB for free if you show your student ID. There is ALWAYS something going on.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are 838 student organizations in University Park (main campus). It ranges from sports, greek life to music/arts, politics, multicultural to honor societies.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus buses are cheap which is great, but they are always crowded. Also, the $1.50 charge for each way on the buses to Target and other places seems like a lot, especially for a ride that takes three times as long as a normal car ride.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Penn State are phenomenal. Penn State offers a wide variety of classes and most of the professors are really good. They all have office hours that you can go to for any questions you might have. Despite what some people might think, not all of the classes at Penn State are huge. Once you get past your General Education classes, the classes are mostly all small.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am an Engineering major and Penn State is probably one of the best schools to go to for this major. PSU has an extraordinary alumni network which will provide so many people that I can network with to help me get a job in my major. Also, PSU provides unique hands-on experience for Engineers. In addition, a large amount of employers recruit new employees directly from Penn State.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: At PSU, there is a large amount of diversity. There are people from all over the world. I believe that the campus is about 50/50. Half of the students are white and the other half of the students are some other nationality. As a whole, the campus is very accepting and welcome to diversity.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The student life on campus is great. There is always something to do and there are thousands of organizations on campus that you can join. If there isn't already an organization that you would like to join, then you can create your own! One of my favorite events to participate in, as a student, are the home football games. They create such a sense of pride and joy in our university and they unite all of the students as "one team."

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are plenty of housing options on Penn State's campus and the housing process for living on campus in very easy. Freshmen are guaranteed on campus housing, but everyone else has to enter a lottery in order to get on campus housing. The dorms are not too bad. Mine has plenty of space for me and my roommate. Pretty much every dorm except for East Halls, is a good option. The social atmosphere is hit or miss. Some places it's good, others it's not.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a large variety of off-campus dining options near my school. From my dorm, they are also within a short walking distance. Some of the places can be on the more expensive end, but my school also gives out a lot of great coupons to use at most of the dining places. One of my favorite places is The Waffle Shop, which is relatively cheap and has a great breakfast.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: My school's Women in Engineering Program has and will provide me with many opportunities. This program will allow me to network with hundreds of other students and alumni. It will also allow me to network with hundreds of employers which will hopefully help me get a job right out of college.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The police patrol day and night, but protection gets higher at night time because of the partying. Because the bars and clubs are strict it kind of gives the police an easy job, but there are still those people that slip through the cracks and police enforcement is used. I feel safe on campus always seeing a patrol car everywhere I turn.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The labs are pretty good, they have both Macs and PC's, whichever you're more comfortable with.

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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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