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University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I wish that sororities were allowed to have houses off campus just like the frats are. They are concentrated in a specific part of campus and in that region, they flock like geese to the dining halls at peak meal periods. It makes non-greeks look like the minority.

3 College Junior

Facilities: In the Middle of Nowhere – For being in the middle of nowhere, the downtown plays up to the younger students who want to party. It is great for the younger students who are just hitting school, but not made for anyone reentering the college atmosphere after working for a few years.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: All the Food You Want – You can get food any time any where. I think that most restaurants are on the lionmenus website that offers options all day long with multiple payment options and variety.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lost in City Translation – If you want to party, yes State College is a town for that, but if you want to just hang out there are few places to go. I do not believe that they consider some students do not need to drink in order to have fun. However, there are plenty of agricultural sites and mountains to explore.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Girls, Girls, Girls – For anyone looking to find a girl to hang out with, be friends with or have a relationship, this school has all of the above.
Highly recommend Penn State girls

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Numerous Choices, Convenient Locations, Decent Food. I am choosing to take a meal plan this year after not being on one last year due to the convenience, choices and selections offered. I especially like custom made omelets that you can order for breakfast. The only problem is waking up early to get them. If you don't want a huge meal and just want a quick snack or take out, there are plenty of places to go.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe Campus – School provides good security and keeps students informed of any problems. There is security at night and special effort is made to keep out of way areas lighted and accessible to security phones, if needed. Students seem to look out for one another also.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's Very Different – I'm from NYC so coming here was more of an experience than informative. Penn State has a lot of amenities that makes this school unique and fun

3 College Senior

Parking: Good Luck – Not only do they designate parking but there aren't much parking here. Granted, there are places where visitors can park for $1 an hour and parking is free on the weekends, but to get a permit its $80 a semester which is really unreasonable. $15 for a ticket...

3 College Senior

Athletics: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!!! If there's any sport that's important here is the football team. They are the pride of Penn State. They have other sports like baseball, volleyball basketball and soccer. But Football is it.

5 College Junior

Weather: Snow removal is what Penn State lives for. Don't ever expect a day off of class

3 College Junior

Nightlife: College Ave and Beaver are about it, but with 50,000 students it's hard to not have a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Wide Range of Clubs/Societies – At Penn State, you can find a club or society for almost any interest you might have. Clubs range from specific interests like Anthropology, Astronomy and Harry Potter to service oragnizations like Circle K.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Getting Dorms Can Be Tricky – It's easy to get a dorm as a freshman, but if you're planning on staying on campus as a sophomore, be prepared to be put into supplemental housing. Supplemental rooms have between 4 and 8 occupants. If you don't want to risk life be a party 24/7, opt for an apartment after freshman year. Take it from someone who has 7 roommates...

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Library Is Incredible – Patee/Paterno Library is enormous. It has books on all subjects, including books in foreign langugages. It has a media library where students can rent DVDs and CDs also. It's super helpful when you have a big project to do.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Campus Police – My contact with campus police has always been positive.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: No Idea – I am not in a fraternity so I have no idea what is like to be in one. After the death of Joe Dado last year, Greek life took a huge hit. You can attend a party, have a great time, and never have to do anything about it. Greek life at penn state is entirely up to you, you are not judged if you join or don't join.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Can't Be Beat – PSU does it right when it comes to sports. Football is incredible from fans to team. Basketball needs work but attending a game in the Bryce Jordan Center is second to none. Women's Volleyball are three time NCAA champions in a row...you really can't beat that. 100+ wins in a row. Men's and Women's fencing is equally talented. Swimming, Tennis, and Baseball are also very respectable. You cannot forget Wrestling either as we have the Greatest Wrestler ever, Cael Sanderson, as the head coach. Gymnastics are also very entertaining and talented.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Easy to Find – I think with some initiative one can easily find a suitable apartment. The closer you are, the more expensive it will be and vice versa. However, living a mile off campus puts things into perspective. It's nice to get away from everyone but it also takes a while to get to campus.

1 College Senior

Parking: The parking is rediculous. Do not think that just because your going to park for 15 minutes without a pass that you won't get a ticket because you will. On top of the strictness there is always minimal parking and if you consider getting an on campus parking pass plan on dishing out a couple hundred dollars per semester

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: A New Beginning – Penn State University Park campus is very diverse. It is a melting pot of culture and friendship. It gives you an "at home" feel.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities at Penn State can vary. There are a lot of old building that are beautiful but need some upgrading but then there are brand new state of the art buildings with everything you need. The gyms, libraries and student center are all relatively new and are kept in great condition. There is a place for everyone and everything. The campus is huge so it must conform to fit everyone's needs.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Penn State, though always enforcing safety, allows each student the ability to find his/her own way. Not overly strict about drinking, Penn State allows one to make a decision for him/herself. It's all about making the right choices like an adult! It's a learning/growing experience that most schools don't offer.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Local Joints Become Favorites – There are a number of unique, local joints downtown that people favorites after one visit. Prices are usually fair, and the quality is above par.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Walking on Penn State's campus or through downtown gives one a clear sense of Penn State Pride. Both students and locals are clearly happy to be there, and the school provides a huge yet tight-knit community feeling.

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James Bunting
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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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