Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: sometimes need to wait for bus in out of way places on campus...i.e., radio station

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: greek life important on campus but non greeks get along with greeks

College Junior

Parking: I take all of my classes online, so I don't have to worry about parking!

4 College Freshman

Computers: Usually you can get a computer if it's not finals week. Printing pages given are usually sufficient, and, if your computer can connect, the network is pretty fast.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: A ton of drinking; you can't walk anywhere on a Friday or Saturday without running into drunks, people going clubbing, and a ton of shouting.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: This winter was bad, but normally not as terrible. So much rain. Get rain boots. Nice days are fantastic, though, and not that rare.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feel safer walking around campus than almost anywhere else, police have the walk system that's really nice

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No pressure to do it, more alcohol abuse than drugs

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You get what you pay for - it has a great education system. The campus gets a little boring since it's such a small town, but it makes up for a lot in what the school offers

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Happy that it's pro-everyone, although not all students share that belief.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a HUGE part of Penn State!

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Can be pricey and sometimes difficult to find.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Absolutely love the charming environment

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Housing is way to overpriced. It is fairly nice, but it is not worth how much it costs in my opinion. This is why many people move off campus after freshman year.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I mostly drove to and from school by car either from my parents or from my friends parents. It's a pretty long drive, but it's not too bad.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Focus more on keeping the campus and less time making the students feel like criminals

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school and I love our school pride!!!

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: It's what you make it

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4 College Junior

Academics: If you have a great advisor that cares then your experience will be a great one and the same goes for your profesors

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Need more taxi's in the area

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3 College Junior

Majors: Better organization but overall great experience

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Freedom and your own room with a kitchen.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: No one is peer pressured into taking drugs

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People need to be more sociable

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Could be more healthy options

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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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