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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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Business Management – The Smeal College of Business is one of the top schools in the country. I am honored to be apart of such a great school. The advisors and professors have very open schedules which is an advantage when you need to talk about classes. The workload is not easy at all, but it is all possible to get through with good time management skills. The school building is fairly new because it was rebuilt a couple of years ago and it is never empty! It is one of the places that I will go on campus between classes, to study, or just to hang out. Smeal has many internship and networking opportunies and I have made alot of connections during my freshman year. I love my school.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Basically the easiest way to describe it, is yes... to basically everyone. Smart, pretty, funny, A's all around... and that was just from my FTCAP room

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Dedicated to Your Major – I chose Penn State because they are an engineering leader. You have to take general classes before you start your major. Those classes are large and can be difficult. BUT if you can stick through it all your major specific classes are small, and the professors are way more personal. Also, if you ever need help in your classes, choosing a major, or switching to another campus, anyone and everyone is willing to help you.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Mostly White People – This campus is mostly composed of white students. Although they have different ethnic groups, but it's not enough. Student usually wear casual clothing from brands like Holliter,Abercrombie and American Eagle.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – I live in a dorm in freshmen year,it was fun. Our dorm is not the newest but it was very convenient. It was close to the cafeteria and the other buildings.

4 College Junior

Academics: My first marketing professor was fascinating. She has her unique way to make Marketing more fun to learn. At our school, we can find lots of internship on the Penn State Lion Network. There are also job fairs around the year.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn state is very Passionate about its sports, from Football to Basketball to our 4 time national champ Volleyball team. Students come out to the sporting events but nothing quite tops the energy and feel of a football weekend at Penn State when we cram 110,000 people into the stadium the energy is electric!

4 College Junior

Academics: Can Study Just About Anything You Want. One of the reasons I came to Penn State was because of its size. Its a huge University and because of that, offers a lot of classes you wouldn't see anywhere else. There are hundreds of classes and for the most part, teachers are pretty helpful. The registration process can be a bit stressful, and the workload extreme at times, but then again, you did come to college to work didn't you?

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse to an Extent – Being as its in the middle of Pennsylvania, the campus is very white, and what other nationalities we do have tend to be predominantly Asian, Indian or Arabic. Still, from what I have seen, most students are very tolerant, accepting and enjoy whatever diversification there is on campus.

2 College Junior

Parking: to commute to school it is $90/yr to park in the commuter lots. Freshmen living in the dorms aren't allowed to have cars on campus. Off campus parking can be as much as $300/month or more during the semester. you don't need a car for campus or in town but if you want to shop at more diverse stores, you need a car or have to use the bus system. The burrow makes much of its money on ticketing and fines. And if you park where you aren't supposed to downtown, you are sure to get towed by one of the 6 or so towing companies. If you get towed on the wkend, you're screwed.. about $300 or more to get your car outta the tow yard.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: is out of control and people get hurt. tho they do good things like thon, it's just become an excuse to get s***-wasted and destroy the town I grew up in. Non-greeks still party and sometimes those parties are wild too but in general, there is less pressure for women to act a certain way, to slut it up. The greek complex still radically divides the genders, and provides a perfect atmosphere for un-savvy women to get used, abused, degraded. Mostly the greeks will provide cheap beer and liquor, and the jungle juices contain anything, even raw chicken!!!. It's better to find apartment parties: cleaner, safer, and you don't have to worry about catching an STD from the toilets.

4 College Junior

Academics: Comparative Literature Academia – The program is small and classes allow for discussion, a hidden gem in psu's huge campus. Workload is intensive and classes both in english and another language keep students jumping. Super rewarding but lots of hard work. CMLIT works well with another major and by virtue of completing the degree, one automatically earns minors in English and whatever language that one studies

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great School Spirit – The teachers are wonderful as are the classes. But the best thing about Penn State University Park is all the school and team spirit around campus. Even though the school is very large you still feel like you're involved with everyone there.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Life – You don't really get a lot of drugs here, everyone comes to Penn State to party. All the parties are full of Natty Light, which everyone gets completely wasted on, so drugs don't really come into play very often.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Super Safe – I have never felt unsafe on campus, even walking home after midnight. There are lighted streets everywhere and emergency phones on every block that immediately connect to police services.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The film professors are extremely knowledgeable on their subject and many have lots of experience working on films and analyzing. films. There is a television studio that even freshman can work in and there are always cameras available to take out. The Dean of Career Services is awesome and very helpful when getting internships.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some Area of School Housing Are Fair – Although the average temperature is cold here, people do not use air-conditioning for 3 seasons. Some area of school housing are not installed air conditioning, it is still a little hot in summer.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Insane Party School – As you know, Penn State is ranked Number 1 in U.S. Party School. Guys and Girls are crazy about the party. Lots of people go out on Friday Nights and drink beers

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Not Bad – Some professors are insanely good. A few professors may know a lot about the subject, however, they don't know how to teach

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Each student gets 100 sheets per semester, which can run out pretty quickly if you're a science major like me

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Biobehavioral Health – Serious dedication of teachers and many resources available and oportunities to grow

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's entirely subjective. The kids who do drugs typically stay together. Drugs are around, it's a personal choice of whether you want to do them or not.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always a party...underage or of age. Never fails to be a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to Penn State with hopes of pursuing a career in medicine and they have helped me to excell in that dream. The teachers are fantastic and the teaching assistants are always available for help. The atmosphere is filled with school spirit which makes the school even more enjoyable.

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4 College Student

Athletics: The athletics at Penn State are the best, are hardworking and open. At the University there are variety of workout areas. The gym is available to everyone and make sure everybody stays in good shape. The athletics are very strong.

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James Bunting
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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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