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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very important at Penn State. Most greeks look down on people who aren't affiliated with greek life. Fraternities have houses while sororities have floors in certain dorm buildings. If you're not associated with Greek life, you can most likely still attend parties or daylongs, unless you're a guy. However, if you don't want to go Greek, there's plenty of other options of what you can do.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: State College Is an Amazing College Experience – It's a college town dedicated to college students.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: No Where Better for Career Services – I haven't had an internship yet but there is no better place to find one then penn state. Don't listen to the idiots who tell you it is hard to find jobs and network at penn state because it is in the middle of nowhere. Penn State has been ranked number one by corporate recruiters two years in a row by the Wall Street Journal, its Smeal College of Business is ranked number one by recruiters in a business-school only ranking, and Penn State hosts the largest career fair in the country twice a year. I'd take the prospects of finding an internship and/or job at penn state over any city school any day.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Alcohol – Penn State is a big party school. Obviously, alcohol is everywhere. A fair amount of students smoke weed but not really anymore than would be anywhere else. I'm sure there are some hard drugs, particularly in the frats, but I've never seen them. It's also important to note that there are plenty of people who don't drink or smoke on campus as well. Penn State is so big that it has every type of person.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Penn State is about as safe as it gets. The only real danger would be for a girl alone late at night because there are a lot of drunk guys around. But that's anywhere really.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: What I Envisioned College to Be – Penn State is exactly what I expected college to be. The whole atmosphere, the campus pride, and everything makes Penn State the best place I could ever call home 9 months out of the year. Penn State embodies everything I wanted out of my college experience and more.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State has 4 gyms, a student center with various restaurants, and a pristine library with computers and printers on each floor in addition to the wide array of books to check out. There are multiple cafes around campus, some near class buildings and others near the library to keep you nourished all day throughout your classes and study time.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I Always Feel Safe – Penn State does a great job with blue light security stops and just the atmosphere about the campus that makes you feel safe no matter the time or place. Everyone is part of a big family at Penn State and everyone looks out for each other.

5 College Junior

Facilities: College of EMS Amazing – College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has great professors, classes, TAs, advisors, etc. Very dedicated to students.

3 College Junior

Weather: Clouds & Rain – More cloudy days than seattle - get a rain jacket & always have an umbrella, state college weather is a bit unpredictable

3 College Junior

Facilities: White Building Fitness Center – Fun classes, a lot of equipment, but you have to come at a random time of day for it not to be packed.

1 College Junior

Weather: I refuse to watch accuweather or any other weather channel for that matter. The weather in as unpredictable as a white-out blizzrd in Jamaica. Today, for ex, was frezzing cold in the morning (mittens were required (approx. 43 degrees), then early afternoon the clouds rolled in and it began to rain, finally late afternoon the sun was out with blue skies and temperature reaching almost 70 degress. Just always come prepared for either a blizzard and a sunny afternoon all in the same day.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Watch-Out Football! Yes, the American past-time in regard to sports has been closely aligned with football season, however' the Fencing team at my school is absolutely ridiculous, ridiculous in the sense of the amout of training and effort they put into each practice. The fencing team here is so strong that they have won National compeitions. GO FENCING!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many of the well kept apartments also seem to have a broad selection of accomodations and amenities. For instance, the apt that I am currently renting from has a spacious lawn and gardens around the premise (outside aesthetics/amenities) and within the complex their is coin laundry (which also has a convenience factor), air conditioner, large walk-in closets, and FREE parking, etc. (the list goes on and on). So the main TAKEAWAY: If you are looking for an apartment with a lot of convenient amenities at your disposal look no further than an apt. comlex that is well taken care of from the outward perspective.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: BEST SCHOOL – Everyone should come to Penn State. BEST school out there no doubt!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Too Bad – Recently the school has become "dry" meaning no one, not even over 21, can drink on campus. Just be smart and you won't get into any trouble.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Accepting – There is something for everyone. Whether you want to be involved in sports, clubs, or greek life there is something for everyone to do!

2 College Junior

Scholarships: It's a Pain – There is a lot of aid available, supposedly. But you will spend the rest of your life applying to scholarships if you want one unless you are in a a special program such as the honors college.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Lots of Gym Classes and Club Sports – There are tons of club sports and we have a bunch of gym classes such as Zumba. The only down side is gym memberships cost $100 for the school year and the equipment in some of the facilities is dirty because they don't provide adequate towels and cleaning solution or require people to wipe down most equipment after use.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of cute little shops downtown. As far as night life goes there are tons of bars, only 2 dance clubs but both are exceptional. The area is very safe. The food options are endless.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: We have 3 huge parking lots, giving the students very adequate parking. I believe a parking pass was either ten dollars or less, and it lasts for four years. A student will only get a ticket for parking in a teacher's spot.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: Commuter Campus Style – Considering Brandywine is a commuter campus, there is no night life around here.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking and being on campus especially at night. If I ever feel unsafe walking alone I know that I can call to be escorted to places on campus no matter the time.

1 College Senior

Weather: Its central Pennsylvania.. and that is the weather you get. Most of the year is pretty miserable but State College is beautiful in the spring/summer.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of White Students – Penn State is mainly white students, though there are special housing options for diversity groups. Find your niche.

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James Bunting
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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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