University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4679 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Going out at night is an awesome way to make friends and have fun.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: My dorm is clean, private, and a short walk from both the Hub and my classes!

5 College Student

Transportation: The transportation here is amazing!!! The buses are clean and prompt.

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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.


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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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