University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4649 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Students are guided in the right direction.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I had a great freshman year experience in West halls! Unfortunately, the lottery system stinks.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: My family did not receive a dime.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't been, but I heard it's not the best.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The best program out there.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Parking: It's very easy for family and friends to visit and park (for free) on the weekends!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are easy to get. Usage is often.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Many computer labs on campus. The speed is decent and there is no maximum print limits

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Mnay wonderfuout going people with great clubs

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many options to choose from with a variety of prices. Most places deliver!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's okay the more money spent the better it is

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Great if you need it

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: Winter is pretty bad but you'll survive .

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's pretty strict but not too strict

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's cool join one if not its still okay and fun

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great locations very easy to find

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very safe nothing to worry about

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's okay easy to get around by bus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Just the usual Chinese ,fast food etc.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're under 21, the best night life seen is definitely back in frat land where the best and biggest parties with the most fun people take place. As for the over 21 seen, Gman is the place to be to have an epic time. All around, Penn State has the best party seen out of any college. When people come to visit they can't even describe what they have experienced.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in on campus housing has its ups and downs. If you're a freshman living in East Halls is the best place to live although the rooms are small, the buildings old and the food not being top notch. Living in the same vicinity as almost all the other freshman on campus is the best thing ever for incoming students. South halls is where I live which is newly renevated and what I see as the best place to live on campus. South halls is relatively close to classes and very close to down town state college. Plus redifer and pollock have two of the best dining commons on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: I just make sure that I took the time to speak with the appropriate office in regard to financial aid--they were there waiting to answer all my questions and give me the help I needed without hassle.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Athletics: Sports are a huge part of campus, and PSU has the greatest facilities for its players.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: The health and safety on this campus is great, but I am personally more comfortable walking in groups anywhere.


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James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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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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