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University Park, PA
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37,917
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Average
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – There are a ton of options for off-campus housing at PSU- apartments, houses, townhouses, co-ops! The costs vary as well but are relatively the same prices as living on-campus. Many housing choices extremely close to campus so no car is needed.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Downtown – There is so much variety downtown, and things cost about what I would expect in a college town. Some stuff is overpriced, but there are plenty of good deals. One of my favorite restaurants is Baby's, and they have a half-price milk shake night, as well as a $3 sliders night.

5 College Junior

Majors: No Trouble at All – To officially become a Psych major, you must take a specific handful of classes, as well as have a 2.0 GPA. The vast majority of people should be able to get in easily.

4 College Junior

Majors: As a Psych B.S. I find that I have a lot of choices in the classes I take, as well as competent professors. I have only had one professor that I haven't enjoyed in my field, and that class was easy so I didn't mind. I'm using my major option (Neuroscience) as a stepping stone to medical school, and could not be happier with my choice.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Huge Variet – There are a plethora of restaurants to eat at off campus in State College. Another great part about these restaurants is that they deliver and you can order your meal online using lionmenus.com. There are always great discounts and several options for each cuisine.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: CATA Buses Are About as Reliable as a '56 Pinto – The CATA buses are never on time and the ones that run off campus only come every 20 minutes, and usually more around every 30 minutes. The only ones you can count on are the Express buses, but they don't run on the weekends.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You're Always Safe, Just Don't Be Stupid. Most kids who get robbed on campus (or off) are the ones that leave their doors or windows unlocked. Seriously guys? You won't get raped (unless you're really drunk and in a dark alley), and no one will mug you. It's pretty safe all around, and really, there's nothing to worry about.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Is Everywhere... Except the Dorms. The computer labs are plentiful and there are tons of computers. They are pretty fast and you can do a lot of stuff on them because they're pre-loaded with the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) and some of them are equipped for video recording. You get 200 free prints every semester, but they don't roll over :( There's wireless all over campus EXCEPT in the dorms. They're talking about putting it in, but it'll be at least 5 years before it happens. The speeds are consistently fast, and if you're wired in you'll get about 2 MB down. I'd definitely recommend getting a laptop for portability. You can get wireless anywhere, so you might as well take advantage of it!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Where You Want to Be! PSU offers at least one every type (Italian, Mexican, Indian, Asian, American and etc...) of restaurant and always a discount through LionMenu.com or other avenues.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: West Hall Is Where It's at – I started in North Halls my freshman year, and moved out by the end of the first semester. I switched into West Halls, which is somewhat central to campus. Nothing is too far away. The dining halls are excellent, the rooms are big, and there are even single rooms available. The buildings and the quad are gorgeous. Nothing beats sitting out in West quad on a sunny afternoon. Eat the cookies in the dining hall! They are amazing.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Great Experience – Unlike other colleges where a college is placed in a town; here the town is placed near the college. All the revenue is directly or indirectly ran through PSU which shows in how they cater to the students. They always have activities and artist showcasing concerts. Everything you need is in a walking distance (no car needed). Restaurants, bars or whatever you need is a block way.

4 College Student

Majors: I did not run into any problems with applying to Penn state. Just waiting for the acceptance was the long part.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Good Mix – At Penn State, at least at University Park, there is a great deal of diversity. I have met students from all over the United States and all over the world. Sure, the university is still predominantly white, but there are plenty of other ethnicities around as well.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Even though there have been crimes on campus there is not one time I have not felt unsafe were I could not walk back to the dorm by myself. I know that every floor of the dorms have meetings to go over safety regulations and at night if I come back to my dorm late I notice security going around checking the doors to all the dorm buildings.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Since I'm entering my second year I haven't parked on campus because I was not aloud to have a car yet; however, I have friends that do and they always complain about some of the parking. They like the fact that they can park so close to the dorm they stay in, but they don't like how much they have to pay for it. There is also an option for parking that is further away that you have to take a bus to get there. I wouldn't mind to take a bus to a location to pay less, but I don't like the fact that I have to go so far for my vehicle.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Always Fills Me up – All the dining halls are buffet style. For the meal plan I can get all the food I want and be and full so that I am not worrying about eating while I am studying, but not just the dining areas, there are plenty of other places to eat on campus that are very good. All the places campus can fill me up, but unlike fast food places I don't feel greasy and gross when I'm finished eating. Even though the food is great for the money I pay are two places on campus that don't give discounts to students, so I couldn't give them a perfect score.

4 College Junior

Majors: Top Notch School – Curriculum is awesome, and I have enjoyed the many opportunities to explore various aspects of my degree.

4 College Junior

Majors: Criminal Justice – I've not once regretted my decision about my program, and plan to enter into the government sector upon completion. My only concern, which has nothing to do with the school or program, is my age.

4 College Junior

Majors: Advisor Help – I'm planning to complete an internship and I've got an adviser that is always willing to lend a hand in helping us to obtain them.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Love It! Penn State is an amazing school who's reputation graduating top notch students is unsurpassed. I love the online courses that I'm able to take and the flexibility it allows me as a returning adult. I would choose Penn State over and over again.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Returning Adult – The process was a bit more difficult than I originally thought, but I've been out of school for many years and I realize that things change. The most important criteria for my selection of colleges is the reputation they have in the job market, along with the availability of many courses to take relevant to my degree.

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Walking around Penn State in the evening you would see many students drinking. The drug scene did not seem too overwhelming. If you saw someone taking drugs it would mainly be smoking. Drinking is definitely present at Penn State

3 College Junior

Majors: Biology Love – I love learning about everything we have thus far in Biology class. I am not pleased with some of the Chemistry courses. I do not see a problem finding a job in the Biology field, but I feel that it is quite absurd that we have to take just as much Chemistry as Biology courses. I thought I was a Biology major the last time I checked?

4 College Junior

Majors: Awesome Experience – Overall I would say that I had a wonderful experience at Penn State so far. The Professors that enjoy teaching their subject definitely go above and beyond. The workload can be overwhelming at first, but I know it will pay off in the end.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small Town – University park is a lovely area. The town is small and quaint, without much noise, traffic or congestion. However, the state college area doesnt offer as many attractions or nightlife activities as some other more urban schools. Most students are limited to campus parties or a few downtown bars, but the atmosphere is not too small to feel bored.

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
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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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