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University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4268 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Junior

Weather: Penn State is so cold! This is absolutely horrible when you are walking to class, but it makes everyone on campus really appreciate the warm weather when it comes and take full advantage of it.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Almost everyone I know is involved in some sort of intramural sport. Our fan support and school spirit are like no other. There are nearly 100,000 people at every home football game. Our athletic facilities are all relatively new. In fact a new one is being built right now.

4 College Junior

Computers: During finals periods you should have your own computer as the massive amount of labs we have some how fill up. The wifi is great, it works over the entire campus at excellent speeds.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process was very simple in my experience. Every year I fill out the same couple of pages of paper work and send it in to my school. A week or so later they notify me of what I will be getting.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: we are the best for everything

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: a lot of international students

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: no trouble at any time

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: fun to party with them!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I heard its really nice!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: you can enjoy all the seasons!

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Never had trouble with going somewhere!

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always fun to drink with Penn Staters!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Really nice town, quiet, the atmosphere is great.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are amazing! They always take the time and make sure their students understand the material.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: You get the best of all four seasons! I love it! I'm naturally a west-coaster, and yes it may get cold. But it's a gorgeous white-wonderland in the winter, and spring is so beautiful. The leaves falling in the fall is breathtaking!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I feel completely safe at this campus! No matter what's going on around, the on-campus police are very friendly and always willing to walk you where you need to go! They are pretty strict on underage drinking, and drug use. Which only makes the school better!

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict about the things that matter like the honor code, plagiarizing and reckless drinking. They don't completely micromanage the students but its not completely relaxed either.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Computers: There isn't any real issue with availability of computers on campus since most students will use the labs at their respective college's. However, the printing quota is pretty weak and not realistic for student who have online readings.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: You have a ton of housing options on campus. The only selective option is Nittany Apartments because mostly athlete's get first dibs on them. However, all of the housing is great aesthetically. The dorms in South are kind of small in my opinion but its the general size of all of the dorms in the halls on campus.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greeks are in their own bubble. Most non-Greek's feel relatively indifferent about the Greek's on campus.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: You have a ton of transportation options at Penn State. All major buses come straight to State College from Megabus to Greyhound and many, many more. Most students are pretty friendly, especially if you hail from the same city or state and will gladly carpool with you. We also have CATA buses that run on and off campus for those that live off campus or those that would rather not take the 10 minute walk to class. There is also an airport off campus that is about 15 minutes, if that, away. Taxi's are also a viable transportation option for students without a car and they are not expensive, however don't expect NYC based prices. They charge based on proximity.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love the aesthetic of Penn State UPark. Mt. Nittany is right on the horizon no matter where you are in State College and the university truly takes pride in keeping the university as beautiful, clean and landscaped as possible. The townies are very friendly and accommodating but most of all, they take pride in the university as well.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is okay. There could be more culture than just chinese, indian and italian and mexican. There are a lot of different students in the pool of 40,000+ but that's not an issue of the university but of state college itself.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I transferred late so I completely rely on my financial aid. However, the university does offer a lot of resources for scholarship help and every college has its own individual pool of scholarships you can apply for.

2 College Junior

Weather: The winter's are harsh. I am from the Maryland/DC area and was not prepared at all for how bitter the cold can get. The weather is also very unpredictable and inconsistent in the winter months.

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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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