University Park, PA
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$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 Freshman

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – This campus is stock full of security emergency boxes that can be used by anyone at anytime. During home games and homecoming, which is when I'd say the campus is most dangerous due mostly to outsiders, you'd find campus police virtually everywhere protecting students as well as giving citations for alcohol consumption.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Getting Aid from the School Can Be Annoying – Penn State's tuition, like that of most other universities in the united states, is ridiculous. On top of that, the school offers very little scholarships for incoming freshman. I was lucky enough to get a scholarship, but had I not I probably would not have gone to Penn State since tuition is high and the financial aid is garbage based on information from friends.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Cold and Snow – It can get pretty cold at University Park, but that doesn't stop the mass of girls wishing to party every weekend from wearing basically nothing in freezing weather. It snows every once in a while but often times never enough to cancel classes, and eve if it does, chances are that the heated walk ways on campus will prevent the snow from being too much of an issue.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Penn State's football team is part of the 'Big Ten' so you can only imagine the hype and craziness on campus during football season. The campus goes wild during home games, and on most nights following home games you know that there will be many parties and activities at University Park win or lose.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: They Were Nice at First. And then I switched my major (but stayed in the same college!) and my scholarships were taken away. My dad's been unemployed for the last year and I really need scholarship money.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is very must into cliques. You don't get a good mixing of students. Most people act like they already have friends and don't need new ones.

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1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you want hot guys don't come here. There are a total of 5 hot guys and most of the frat guys are pretty gross and extremely rude. Don't come here if you want a good education. If you want to party then this is definitely the school for you!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great School – The academics at Penn State University are widely ranged. It has a very strongly suited Psychology program in which I have been blessed to have many intelligent professors. What I love the most is how my professors are always there for me as a student. They are both helpful as teachers and advisors. The make my college experience a lot more manageable.

1 College Junior

Parking: Spots few and far between, expensive, and they will tow you any chance they get.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Choices – So many choices between restaurants, diners, breakfast places etc. Definitely don't have to worry about going hungry.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Everywhere but Connection Issues – Don't have to worry about access but connection is spotty at best.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Lots of Buses – Buses and taxis everywhere, crowded but widely accessible.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Make Sure You Do Your HW – A lot of place try to take advantage of college students. There are a few good places they are just few and far between.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Tops in the Country – If thats what you are going to college for there is no place better than Penn St.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: School is kind of a one sport wonder. Penn State uses football to exploit students and alums alike. The product is average, the coaching is terrible, and they make it like it's a privilege to attend the game.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Very safe, phones to call security to escort you where you need to go.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I am in the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. It is a great program with lots of perks for the students. We get to go to a lot of programs on campus for free, our own dining halls, early scheduling, and lots of money for studying abroad. Also, it is a great place to meet cool people.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I'm a guy so I don't really check out any of the guys on campus.
However, there are a ton of hot girls. Penn State seems not to allow fat girls on campus, which works out pretty well.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I really like the atmosphere of Penn State. It's a small town feel but there is everything you need. Great late-night food spots include DP Dough, Gumby's, Canyon Pizza, and College Pizza. Get Pokey Sticks at Gumby's and an End Zone with Ranch at DP Dough if you go. A great attraction is the annual summer Arts Fest.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Start Early – If you want to get an apartment at Penn State main campus you need to start looking a year in advance. If you wait to the last minute there is not much left to choose from. You want to start looking as soon as school starts.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Penn State York has multiple computers for the students to use, however most students do bring their own laptops to campus. The wifi works well in most place on campus so having your own computer is convenient.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: At Penn State you can be whomever you want to be. There are plenty of clubs, and sure to some people a few may look weird, but that's okay. We have a large variety of people. No one sticks out as a sore thumb here. The first week of school, almost everyone is in the same boat. Socially awkward trying to find that person they can go to for help. But then you realize everyone is/has gone through the same thing and you start just going out there and talking to people. A little generosity goes a long way.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat off campus. If you need something quick and easy, there is plenty of fast food such as Taco Bell, McDonald's, and Subway (if you want to eat healthier). If you want a sit-down restaurant there are places such as Are You Hungry... where whatever you are hungry for can be put in a sub! If you want pasta/pizza Rotelli's is the place for you. Are you Irish- Kildare's is for you. Whatever you are hungry for Penn State has it.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletic Centers – Overall Penn State has everything you could ask for. If you get a gym membership, lifting is an option or you can take all kinds of neat classes... such as Zumba, yoga, washboard abs, etc. Even if you don't get a gym membership there are plenty of ways to stay fit. Go for a run if you are into that. If not, there are tons of IM sports. For those more into watching athletics there are more than enough, Penn State has 29 varsity sports. Plus countless club sports if IM sports aren't competitive enough for you.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: i was new to the whole college experience. as a freshman,i noticed how different college actually is.everyone is so nice,people are always there to help,theres lots of clubs and things to do on and off campus.what makes my campus special is the variation of different people and cultures coming together.i wouldnt choose another college over penn state.


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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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