University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: When it comes to off campus housing, you are essentially on your own.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: I choose to not partake in drugs or alcohol, and am not treated any differently by my friends who do. I can still socialize and have a good time without it.

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4 College Student

Computers: The school is very up to date on technology, and makes it very easy and cost efficient for students to make use of it.

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3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The administration is strict when it comes to the well-being and safety of the students.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I am am out of state student, and I didn't get any aid from the school, only a few thousand dollars a year fromy program. It isn't enough, and a scholarship would be greatly appreciated by my family.

4 College Student

Academics: My major, musical theatre, is in the top five in the country. It is very selective. The reason that I chose it is that I know I will be an academically well-rounded individual by the time I graduate.

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4 College Student

Diversity: The great thing about college is getting to meet people from all walls of life- it really is my favorite thing.

College Student

Greek Life: The rigor of my major doesn't allow for much time to participate in Greek life, therefore I don't know much about it.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't notice any illegal activity.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: State College is more expensive because it is a college town.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus, I can't say.

5 College Junior

Athletics: PSU relies on the income of it's variety sports.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of young people, lots of places to meet people.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Applying for loans is never fun.

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5 College Junior

Academics: PSU is an elite university.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is one location during normal business hours to park. On the up-side, there are free Cata bus lines that drive through campus.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Penn State is known for it academics. Courses can be tough.

5 College Junior

Majors: Penn State Kinesiology is one of the top programs in the nation. I wouldn't expect it to be anything less than challenging.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tons of bars, great night life, lots of places to eat.

5 College Junior

Computers: It is the first university I have attended, but UCLA is hard to top, so PSU comes in second.

3 College Junior

Computers: You'll have access to macs and pcs almost any lab on campus. Labs are conveniently located in each dorm area and in most class room buildings.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Like any college campus, or any adult environment for that matter, drugs and alcohol are very accessible. It is up to you to use your better judgment! Many people drink and drunken antics are very visible, but it is also worth noting that it is very possible to drink responsibly. Peer pressure isn't bad as long as you make the right friends!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are various types of dorms for varied costs and convenience. Some dorms are very spacious and clean, but will cost you more.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have personally never had an issue with Campus administration. Dorms are patrolled by security guards and RAs at night to ensure that no one is committing a misconduct, but otherwise there is not much other regulation. Our downtown police are much stricter though, and they will enforce noise violations and party violations on behalf of the apartment realtors/landowners quite frequently.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local community of State College and Centre County is very welcoming and open to the student body. The Penn State community interacts with the local township regularly, and it's a wonderful place to be a student. The farmer's market that comes out downtown during the warm season is one local attraction that you don't want to miss.


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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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