University Park, PA
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Reviews 4621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've Never Wanted to Be Anywhere Else – As a student who started at a branch campus, I can say for a fact that All penn state campuses have something great to offer students. Academically, we have some of the brightest and most encouraging professors, as well as staff and people who genuinly care about you. What amazes me is how in a school so big I can still feel like an individual and not a number.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse – At Penn State you will have at least one friend or classmate from every corner of the world. To name a few, my closest friends are from hong kong, kosavo, and el salvador. I have met students from France, Germany, and Canada as well!

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4 College Junior

Computers: Wireless in the Dorms Would Be Great – We have wireless all over campus except for the dorms. WE still need an ethernet cable to hook up to the internet. this is the ONLY compliant about our schools computer systems. Everything else is wonderful and easily accessible. There are so many places to go to work that hardly ever one spot is crowded.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The eather changed every 5 hours. Sometimes it was rainy other hours it was sunny and then other times it was freezing

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are just fantastic and clean very enjoyable and livable

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn has amazing and vivid academics and professors

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Horrible parking and charge high prices to park. Almost a parking meter at every corner. Parking permit over priced. Not a good deal at all.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Night Life – I rarely go out. When I do its usually on campus where they have free movies and refreshments and a small fee for a dance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food Critic – Average food, however more variety would be most appreciated such as food from other cultures.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Dominate the Night Life – Fraternities are only huge for the parties on the weekends and during football season. They also hold the world's largest philanthropic effort with THON, the best dance marathon in the world held to support children with cancer. Greeks are important, but don't dominate excessively.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: School Spirit Is #1 – If there is one thing that Penn State can do more than any other school, its this - How to throw a party for the athletic teams! Between our 3-time consecutive NCAA Championship Women's Volleyball team and our White Out crowd supported Nittany Lion Football team, we have school spirit above the rest! IM sports are also incredibly popular, including a full tournament bracket for certain sports!

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Sports and Greek School – If your high school was not a highly sociable crowd, get ready for a huge change at Penn State! The sorority, fraternity, and sports scene at PSU is tremendous, and the guys and girls reflect that very idea. There is a huge variety of guys and girls, but most share one trait - they are very outgoing, fun loving people!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Activities – Penn State offers a lot of things to do on campus from free movies, comedians, bands,and clubs from athletic to video gaming

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are in very convenient locations. Accessing computer labs, food, etc. is very easy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I feel very safe at Penn State but it isn't because of police or safety services. I tend to trust the people that attend the school but reastically, I don't feel that it would be very difficult for a crime to be committed on or off campus. I just don't think it happens often.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: An Awesome School – My thoughts are that Penn State is one of the greatest school to attend. Even though I am a World Campus Online student, I still reap the benefits of those at the school. All you have to do is do your school work and you will be successful with your grades.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Many Choices! you have so many choices of places and types.. its really good.. and the ice cream doesnt hurt

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of Choices – I am a nutirition major, and i have lots of options to take that count toward my major.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: if you arent about fun and spirit, this isnt the place for you!

3 College Junior

Weather: Windy All the Time – there is wind every day, so remember to bring a coat even on a cool day outside

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus has become more strict over the last couple years in response the the school's party fame. However, the fraternities are getting much cleaner and respectable.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is a majority white campus, but with a decent amount of African and Asian ethnicities.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: All of the computers are easy to use and universal throughout the campus. The printers work for all of them and are accessed through student accounts. The speed is very good even when everyone is on at the same time. They are convenient and make doing homework anywhere a possibility.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Food is pretty simple here. We have fast food chains, Chinese restaurants and a few ethic restaurant. But all in all you can never go hungry here.

3 College Senior

Facilities: What Makes Us Special? Penn State has unique buildings, great social scenes, great parties, high academics, but most of all we have the largest stadium not only just in the US but in the whole continent of America. Now THAT's something.


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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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