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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 Housing: some of the dorms can be a little bigger like pollock and pennypacker

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses running all the time but on some days they may get backed up and you may have minimal time between classes to wait for them

4 College Freshman

Computers: there are mac computers and dell computers they are very fast and very accessible

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are great dining options off campus but near by. Not just restaurants that can be found everywhere. There are cafes, sandwich shops, and many other great places to try.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do around campus. Places to shop, eat, and hang out. Anything that you need you can find in the area. There are rare occasions with racial issues but the good overshadows the bad in those cases.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather changes a lot. It flip flops between decent and cold weather. It makes it hard to dress appropriately.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls on campus seem well maintained and dress well.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The fin aid is good however when it somes to scholarships you really have to dig deep. Do your research

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Unfortuneately I am not in greek life but I do know they have a great presence when it comes to THON and fundraising for it

3 College Senior

Transportation: The public bus system is very good. They are consantly reinventing the way a passenger can travel. From busses to cars to vans, the transportation at PSU is very good. Additionally the bus schedule and capacity and very flexible and take into consideration rush hours. The fare is also a reasonable price.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I can say with 100 percent certainty that on-campus dining options at Penn State, main campus, are amazing. Penn State literally has five different dining commons: North, South, East, West, and Pollock. Each dining commons belongs to their respective residence areas, however, students from any residence area can dine at whichever commons they choose. Having five different dining halls to choose from means that you can never get bored! Each commons also has many fresh and healthy options to choose from, in case you are worried about the dreaded Freshman 15! There are also a number of convienience stores on campus at which you can purchase snacks, drinks, frozen foods, pre-made salads and sandwiches, and much more.

5 College Junior

Weather: I am currently a junior at Penn State and classes have only been cancelled once during my time here and that was for Hurricane Sandy. The main campus, University Park, rarely closes due to inclement weather. Penn State's branch campuses, however, do usually have a few classes cancelled every year. Typically in State College, (where University Park is located) the weather is always random but never really severe enough to cancel class, which I guess can either be seen as a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's true. Most people at Penn State are white. They definitely make up the majority. However, while whites do make up the majority, there is also a sizable international student body, which adds to the diversity on campus. While there are international students here from many countries around the world, the are many students here from Aisa, especially China and Korea. The diversity level at Penn State now is not bad but it would be wonderful to see even more diversity in the future.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Most people already know that Penn State has many amazing varsity sports programs, but what they don't know is that Penn State also has tons of amazing club and IM sports as well. While these programs may not be very well known by the public, they are well-supported by the university. Most club and IM sports are provided with on-campus facilities and even receive funding every year from the university. I personally am a member of the club gymnastics team and we are lucky enough to be able to work out in the same gym as the varsity team (which is of course an amazing facility)! Whether you are a varsity athlete or not, anyone who loves sports can find something to be involved with at Penn State.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Told me every thing I needed to know on how to pay it off

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As always, RESPECT EACH OTHER, Harassment of any sort is zero tolarence. (Expelable)

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's like a huge city in a small town. There are so many people the same age of you. Plus, the downtown shops and restaraunts are awesome and so cute.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great places just on college avenue! Some do tend to be more expensive, but there are more affordable places like Happy Valley Freez. Also, they have the typical college staples: Chipotle, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Dunkin Donuts to name a few.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman I was nervous to live in Pollock because everyone says it's so quiet. This is not true. Pollock is so much nicer and in such a better location than East. Plus, I have made great, fun friends on my floor!!

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

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
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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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