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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Average
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3 College Senior

Transportation: The buses are on time for the most part but sometimes they can be as early as five minutes which is a problem when they don't wait for the appropriate time. And most drivers are not courteous enough to wait for people, even as they are chasing the bus down the sidewalk to multiple stops and the driver still does not wait at any of them.
They can also be late which is annoying when people are in a time crunch.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety First – there seems to be an obsession with the safety of out students here on campus. because of this I feel fine walking home after a long night in the Library or after a show. there are security guards places around campus and the Health center is right in the middle. easily accessible to all students from all over campus.

5 College Junior

Athletics: In the last year the Penn State Athletics Department has been hit hard by the media. The world began to look down on us for other people's mistakes. I am proud to be part of this community of sports because nothing can let us down. We may have lost a lot but we will fight on. We Are.... Rising Again!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are computers everywhere on campus. There shouldn't be any complaints about not finding a computer. Each commons has a computer lab, or a computer lab right in front of it (in the case of south commons). I have never had a problem with finding a computer, even during finals week--it wasn't too hard. The only problem I would say is that there is a limited of 110 sheets for printing, and there have been times when printers were jammed.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Options Are Endless. There are countless majors to choose from and the Penn State advisers figure out a way for one to test the water in all majors. This allows for one to really feel confident with the major they have decided to pursue because they have the ability to see what they like, but also what they do not.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not What I Would Have Hoped for – The financial aid process was relatively easy but I did not receive funds sufficient enough for my financial standing. I still need money for books and dorm supplies.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Ability to Explore Business. The Smeal College of Business allows all basic courses of each individual business major to be taken before declaring for a business major. This allows for all aspects to be tested before one embarks on the immense decision of declaring. I am set to declare for my junior year and my experiences have gone very well so far.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I live ten minutes away from Penn State, so I feel confident when I say that Penn State is the local atmosphere. The school employs most of the local residents, the businesses have formed because of the school's existence, honestly, if there was no Penn State, there would be no State College on the map.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's Normal – I've visited other schools, and Penn State is pretty comparable. The buildings aren't brand new, they're old, but almost charming. The dorms aren't spotless, but they're not filthy, either. It all depends on your RA when it comes to how many rules you'll have to follow. (My RA was never around.) The meal plan is kind of a rip off, but the food is wonderful at Penn State; the options are limitless, and if you're a vegetarian or lactose intolerant, you'll be more than fine. The on -campus apartments are given to upper-class athletes mainly, and so they are fairly difficult to acquire in the lottery based system. East View Terrace and North Halls are also nice housing for upperclassmen, but they're super expensive.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've Never Seen One – I, nor my family, has a lot of money, and I have yet to have heard of a scholarship that I could apply for at Penn State that was not federal.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Eh..It's Alright (The Bloop) – The Cata buses are pretty consistent with class times, and the new App for the Iphone makes it easy to catch the Blue Loop, Red Loop, and Green Loop on campus. Unfortunately, though, the buses don't run passed 2 a.m. in the morning, so that makes it difficult when you're going out, especially as a freshman living in East Halls. In addition, it's always an obstacle when you try to take the bus from campus to a location outside of downtown State College, like the mall, the movie theatrer, or even Tj Maxx or Texas Roadhouse; you always have to get on and off at least two buses.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The World in One Area. There's everything from Vietnamese restaurants to BBQ joints, diners, and italian. If you want it, PSU has it.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Not to Shabby – The amount of prints allowed per student are low but, if you bring your owon printer and laptop you are good to go.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – There are so many dining options to choose from at Penn State, it's hard to get bored. Sometimes the staff can be very slow, but overall the food at Penn State is really good.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have never felt unsafe while at Penn State. I feel completely comfortable walking by myself on campus, even at night. I have heard stories about bad things happening to other people, but as long as you're smart (keep your doors locked, don't walk around by yourself if you've been drinking, etc) you should be totally fine.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Learn Alot – PSU is a very tough school, which makes getting an A much more rewarding.

5 College Senior

Facilities: World Campus – I attend Penn State online. We are Penn State. The World Campus goes out of their way to make us feel connected. I am proud to be a Nittany Lion!

4 College Junior

Majors: Psychology/Women's Studies – I came to Penn State with psychology as my goal and now I have added Women's Studies to the agenda. I fell in love with both and I wouldn't change a thing. I always wanted to be a clinical psychologist, but my my immerse options at Penn State, I recently discovered social psychology and now I'm re-evaluating. The concerns I have with finding a job in my fields are out of my control such as the horrible job market. Penn State has prepared me well and I'm confident in that fact.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Psychology/Women's Studies – I am a double major in Psychology and Women's Studies and both programs are amazing in the classroom and with internship abilities. The only drawback are the general requirements with psychology with is solely my opinion. I don't like in bachelors of arts having to take a foreign language requirement, but that's me.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Best – I feel like Penn State offers the best academics anywhere. I can't imagine going to another college and getting the same academic experience. The professors are always available and willing to help so take advantage of it!! The curriculum is challenging but very worth it at the end of the day and when you get your degree. The registration process is now really easy with the new and updated elion.psu.edu, you can register for all of your classes at once. It's a lot better than what it used to be trust me. As for study options, the campus is in the palm of your hands, from empty classrooms to free tutoring offered, every opportunity is there for the taking.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety Is First – I always have concerns of what could happen because I read the school newspaper and read of things happening on campus like rape or a couple of cases of guys getting jumped. But I feel like these cases are extremely rare and I have yet to be proven wrong. I feel very safe at Penn State.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Girls Vs Guys – all around guys are average at this school . however most girls are above and i'm speaking from the female perspective because rarely do you see a hot guy.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: the police aren't intense about busting people for drinking but then again academically it is incredible strict don't commit any type of plagiarism or you will receive some sort of reprimand

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Amenities Not Included – it is way too pricey. it is expensive and the landlords are horrible. an efficiency apartment is 650 and above just to be close to campus. with nothing included

2 College Sophomore

Weather: This year it rained a lot on campus. Every week there was about one or two rainy days. However when it isn't raining, the weather in State College is very pleasant. Also when it gets cold enough the rain becomes snows, but class is rarely ever cancelled because the sidewalks have hot water pipes running underneath them.

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James Bunting
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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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