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

Guys & Girls: Everyone is outgoing and involved. The best way to meet people is to join clubs.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows every day from thanksgiving until march. But once winter is over, the weather is amazing.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Prior to freshmen year, every student has to go through a drug and alcohol awareness activity.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you do not have a good friend in a frat, the chances of a male getting into a party is slim.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The aid received is not as large as anticipated, but still helped.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is plenty of variety that you can have something different every night.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always something to do at night off campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is not a moment during my day where I feel unsafe.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some off campus housing is very nice but you are also going to pay for it. You can always find an affordable place if necessary.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Being a dry campus, alcohol usage is strongly enforced.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are very small and old but all of the other sections of dorms are very nice and spacious.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Penn State offers a free form of transportation throughout campus and even off campus. The Cata buses stop pretty much everywhere throughout campus and even had a user friendly iphone and android app which allows you to track the location of the buses.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: For most of the year it is cold, rainy or snowy. Sometimes it is all three. As long as you dress appropriately it doesn't have too much of an effect.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The CATA system at Penn State is almost always reliable.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel incredibly safe on campus and I am comfortable enough to walk around at night by myself and not be scared for my safety.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally will be living on campus for 3 years because it is typically cheaper than most apartments and they keep it very clean.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have a very hard time getting any financial aid.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek life, but most of the campus is. I think there are some advantages, but are mostly just used for parties and free alcohol.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have never had to deal with the police, but I know they keep a decent eye on drug use and underage drinking.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is a Big Ten school so of course we have some of the best gyms in the country as well as the most involved varsity sports. Everyone really comes together over sports and it adds a big part to the sense of community around campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am too young to go to the bars and they are very strict. Most of the parties around campus are at frats, which can be dirty and crowded. State Patty's Day used to be a crazy and really fun holiday, but over the years it has become very strict and now it is barely a holiday.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: In most of my classes I have a very large variety of everything from international students, ethnicity, religion and gender.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are websites that allow students to search for various other housing options that are off campus. For the main part though, if you want to live off campus, but still be close enough to get to classes on time, you are going to have to pay a lot for any kind of decent quality and you have to find and purchase these places fast because they go quickly.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I very rarely see drug use around campus. Hard narcotics are even more rare to see unless you go off of campus, and even then it is rare. Peer pressure is definitely visible in the college environment in various things, partying being one of them. As far as enforcement, the RAs do a very good job enforcing the rules and holding students accountable.

1 person found this useful Report
College Student

Weather: Classes are in my living room.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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