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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Get on Apartment Searching Early! If you plan on living off-campus and want to live close to the school, make sure you start searching early (i.e. September the year before you live off-campus). You have to remember that you're competing with around 28,000 students, and if you want to be close to campus, for a low price, apply EARLY. There is a housing fair in October that the school hosts, but I began my search on my own. You have to put yourself out there and research if you want an apartment.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sorority Girl – Greek life here creates a whole new social atmosphere. The percentage of Greeks isn't very high, but all Greeks are involved in tons of things around campus. It really helps to make friends and meet tons of people. Frat parties are awesome

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: SO many options for food. There's several dining halls and if you get sick of the dining hall food, downtown is full of restaurants

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very hard to transfer into the program if you have not applied directly in. The work load is definitely a lot but it is a top-rated nursing program. Faculty is helpful.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Decent experience, too bad I might not be able to go back because of sky high tuition rates and no scholarships. I'm not rich so there goes my future.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Loops and Links – The red and blue loops run around the border of the campus. Links run mid campus. Decent transportation, some bus drivers are rude.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Very high tuition, never ending construction, little to no scholarships available to lower classmen, bad reputation, hard to get internships now. school generally will piss you off.

5 College Senior

Weather: It's SO COLD! The weather is really cold in the winter and gross. It gets really windy and the classrooms are too hot... so it's always a hassel putting on layers just to take them all off inside.

Fall and Spring and Summer's are relatively nice.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol Peer Pressure – Alcohol is definitely visibly everywhere at/near school. Drugs are usually kept pretty quiet but there are still people doing it.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Same Looks, Different People – Everyone seems to dress the same a school.
I feel like people don't have an individual style at Penn State.
No flair for fashion.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe, Informative, Clean – Campus crime is reported in the school newspaper so everyone is aware.

Any security issues are brought up immediately and students are informed through text.

You can request a walker, when walking on school grounds late at night.

I feel really safe.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are 70 cops for over 40,000 students. They cannot afford to be strict.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Late Night – Late night at Penn State is awesome. Everything is open till at least 2 AM.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs – When you can find a computer open, they are very convenient.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People at the School – There are a variety of people, from athletes to those focused strictly on studies.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is better than Disney world.... seriously though its awesome.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is a wide range of parties to attend. You could go to frats (if you have the right ratio of girls to guys or know a frat brother), or you could just go to one of the seemingly million apartment parties downtown. There are also a lot of bars. Penn State isn't called a party school for nothing....

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: State College is a very nice town, with a lot of good places to eat and shop. Everything is located just off campus or just a short bus ride away. There are performances in the State College Theater and enough shopping to keep you busy for an entire week. There is also the All Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium. If you are an adventure seeker, you can even climb Mt. Nittany or any of the other hiking trails located right off campus. Overall it is a great atmosphere with a lot to do and see.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The amount of diversity in campus is great. As a minority attending psu feels great. Theres so many, it became common to seeing none white everywhere and feeling comfortable.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe at Night – There has not been a day that i havent felt safe walking around campus or on any transportation source on campus. Its not scary at all either.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Having Trouble in Class – As evrybody knows classes are not always easy. They are not comapred to high school either, but we have enough or more resources in our hands to use at our own advantage. Meaning there is no way a student cannot get help to overpass an obstacle they might have in class.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nearly Impossible to Be Bored – Nightlife at Penn State is full of activities. The campus offers many activities as part of their "Late Night" events at the HUB. These can include featured performances, movies, games, etc. Best part is that all of this is free!

There are also a ton of parties that happen up here. These can range from huge frat parties to small, more intimate apartment parties with a few good friends. Many of the fraternities will host something almost every weekend and you don't have to be a brother to attend (just pay a small cover fee and/or BYOB). If you do decide to drink underage, police around here are not ridiculously strict on the issue. Parties are more likely to be stopped due to noise violations and everyone else can just leave provided you don't act up inappropriately. The risk is yours to take, but there are plenty of opportunities to ensure you have enjoyable nights.

4 College Freshman

Academics: School of Music Is Fantastic! The professors in the School of Music are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They are very passionate about what they do and it shows in their work. You learn a lot in every class, and its knowledge that you will actually use in the field.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy to Get Around – The CATA buses are definitely your best best. There are two loops that go between campus and downtime and two "links" that go across campus that are free to use. These run until about 2:30 AM, so you can safely get back home if you've had a little too much to drink. There are many other buses available at $1.50 a ride with options available such as a card that is good for the semester. If you can't get a bus, there are many taxi services that can take care of you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Stick to North or West – If you have the opportunity, stay in North Halls. Although it may be more secluded, it is the most quiet of all the dorms on campus and gives you a better environment to focus on studying. The dorms there are also suite style, so you get a small living room, a bathroom with shower, and two bedrooms that you either share with one person or have to yourself. They also have carpeting and Heat/AC.

If you can't get in North, try West. Its in the middle of campus and is rather equidistant to most buildings. They may be your typical dorms, but they have the best dining hall on campus.

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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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