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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 Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus and will be living off campus again next semester, but I will say to incoming students to please do your research and listen to the ratings you see. A lot of the nonsense I have dealt with at my current apartment could have been avoided had I chosen another apartment to live in and done the proper research and calls on availability.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn State has premier athletic facilities. From the Beaver Stadium, the BJC, the Rec the Pegula Ice Arena and the intramural building currently being remodeled. The university takes pride in providing the best aesthetic and resources for its students.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is truly no "drug scene" per se at Penn State. There are people who freely participate in whatever they wish to but no judgement is passed down if you do not drink or do drugs.

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5 College Junior

Majors: The major was one of the biggest selling points of my decision to transfer to Penn State.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy about the program. My advisor is helping me with my transition into sports law. Having the background and education in media studies and certain functions of journalism helps.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not a huge fan, but have seen some pretty great parties.

4 College Junior

Academics: Easy to get assistance with classes and scheduling.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The hockey team is awesome.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Shuttle schedule can be bad during football season.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Not that much political diversity, otherwise good.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Wireless connection can be shoddy at times.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The winters can be ridiculously cold. Beware.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The mall is pretty good.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the older buildings need renovated.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Only if you have above a 3.0 GPA

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can be obnoxious to non-Greeks.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not enough local late night, delivery mostly.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is good, only the occasional crime.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing varies in quality by location.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Penn State campus police are extremely strict.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Penn State is very strict about alcohol and drugs.

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5 College Senior

Computers: Penn State has computer labs all over campus.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Loans are easy to acquire.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: The Penn State student body is extremely diverse.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I wish I had better advising coming into my major.

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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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