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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Eastview Terrace at Penn State is a great place for upperclassmen who do not want a long walk to class. Two dining options are conveniently located on either side if the area. It also always a plus to have your own bathroom.

4 College Senior

Academics: I chose Penn State World Campus because I am a mother to three and a wife. I could not attend regular classes but, wanted a degree. The online classes and technology is excellent and makes it all worth it.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm very happy with my choice of a major, I feel like it's definitely a hot field to go into right now and I don't think I'll have any trouble finding work once I graduate seeing as there is a nurse shortage.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I do know that I need to apply right away my first semester in for the nursing program. I didnt realize it would be that fast and how they would assess my academic abilities before I even had anything to show for it but I suppose it will be fine.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Well I'm applying to the nursing major but I'm not in it yet so I really don't know. I have switched from another major and I felt that I got all the help I needed in it and the classes were extremely specific to my major but I just decided I wanted to do some thing else

5 College Freshman

Computers: The accessibility of computers at any Penn State campus is great! They have an abundance of computers and even people there to help if something goes wrong with your personal computer. I had to take my laptop in there a couple times and they always helped me get it straight. There was always a seat in the computer labs.

5 College Freshman

Majors: First off Penn State has many majors to offer, anyone can find a niche here. As far as internships go I can't say since I've yet to receive one but I'm hoping to enter the nursing major and I'm sure Penn State will make sure I get all the training I need.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I haven't received any financial aid that I know of yet since I am unable to login to my elion account but the process was easy!

2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I am originally from the McKeesport area, but in the past few years, violence in that area has sky rocketed. If you are looking for a safer place, try the surrounding areas that still are not far from the Greater Allegheny campus. Such as White Oak, Liberty Boro, Glassport, Dravosburg... I also see a Nittany Lion Shuttle in these areas every morning.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The free bus program that allows students safe effective travel throughout campus is awesome.

College Senior

Scholarships: Unknown never received a scholarship from Penn State before.

3 College Senior

Weather: If you commute from surrounding area going through the mountains in the snow is almost impossible.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Great players, great spirit. Definately a major part of the "Penn State Experience"

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options for eating just along College Ave which is practically on campus. Throughout State college there are many other dining options, all affordably priced for students and offering delivery.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Lots of computer labs, up to date equiptment, good process for keeping track of machines in order to replace them when they are old.

4 College Junior

Majors: It is challenging but I feel I am doing good. I enjoy learning and I am doing my best.

5 College Junior

Majors: For me it was not a problem. I had to start as a Provisional Student because I never took the SAT Test. I went to the Air Force right out of High School.

3 College Junior

Majors: I took 2 Semesters of Forensic Science and it was very interesting. I have seen my Professor on a few crime fighting shows too.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Penn State has the second largest Greek Community in the US. There is a sorority or fraternity on campus that every student would fit into if they desired to be involved in the Greek Community. The Greek community is very visible on campus and many Greek Organizations are seen as leading groups on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think that Penn State's campus security is great. On the evenings when students are walking around down town there is security present just to make sure it is a safe environment. If you aren't doing anything you shouldn't be you wont have any problems. During the weekdays security is a little but more transparent they are around to make sure every day things go smooth. I've always felt safe walking around campus alone and also have never been in a situation where security is to tight and restricts a normal atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: very challenging work, but soo many resources and people to help you qchive your goals.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation services Penn State Offers are: Bus Shuttle, Taxi, and convenient bike paths. However living here for one year I can say that the transportation isn't always reliable (with exception to the bike paths). During football game days several roads are shut down or redirecting traffic. If its a holiday weekend you can safely bet (especially in the evening) downtown will be congested with pedestrian traffic. One these occasions is where you'll have a harder time getting a cab.

The bus service is mostly reliable in that they will be at the bus stop promptly- however some of the buses which take students two to three miles from campus may find themselves stranded due to a full bus.

Lastly the police do not offer services such as a ride home home.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Penn State has a great variety of restaurants in the downtown and surrounding area. Everything form Chinese to Mexican to Hungarian is represented here.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Campus shuttles are Penn State are great. They take you to all points on campus and to downtown. It's a nice way to cut your walking time in half. However, living off campus and trying to catch the bus can be a pain. Depending on the amount of people taking the bus to campus at certain times can make the schedule a little wacky.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The opportunities are endless and you learn so much from that type of environment!

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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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