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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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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.

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4 College Sophomore

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

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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.

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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.

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College Student

Weather: Classes are in my living room.

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3 College Student

Computers: The stuff I've delt with works well.

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College Student

Campus Strictness: I have never had to deal with them.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: Penn State Staff is extremely helpful.

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College Student

Guys & Girls: I don't live near a campus.

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The town I live in is a Military town near the beaches on North Carolina.

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College Student

Drug Safety: Don't live near a campus.

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College Student

Parking: I am taking online classes.

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College Student

Academics: Have not started classes yet.

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3 College Student

Diversity: I talk to other Penn State online students, from other cities, states, and countries.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very cheap options with nice rooms and lots of ameneties

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Haven't really eaten off campus, so I can't really contribute there

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid at Penn has been a lot easier than at most other schools

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College Freshman

Majors: I'm going to start my first internship this summer, but it seems very promising and I'm excited.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Program faculty are very supportive and despite the large student body, you receive lots of personal attention from your advisers.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty great. Lots of options, including academic frats and sororities.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are always available and they almost always work. Rarely had any trouble with them.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many options, never will go bored eating at the same place.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I like that there pour student population is very homogenous. It makes me feel more comfortable.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Megabus, Fullington, and Greyhound all can take me to Philly.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was lucky enough to be placed in a brand new building this year and had an awesome experience. Other residence areas on campus, however are old, not spacious, and need work.

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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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