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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Average
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation is very accessible and easy to track.
Local buses go through campuses and to local apartment complexes that are free, they also have kept up with technology advancements and have a "CATA APP" for the iphone and droid which allow you to see when the next bus will get to your stop. They are also very helpful with finding buses to go long distances like home and such. Also have a number you can call at anytime if you feel uncomfortable to walk home alone and someone will escort you to your dorm.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Best. Place. Ever. So easy to balance studying and partying here. This is the happiest valley of all, and the best place to spend your time. Never a dull moment, and you'll be wishing you were here all the time once you graduate.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Something for Everyone – If you're a partier, you're golden. Under 21s can go to the frats or apt parties, guys--have a lot of girls with you to get into the frats. Over 21s, there are at least 12 bars on College Ave to choose from. Not a partier? That's okay too--check out late night HUB for movies, activities, etc!

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Best Time of My Life – State College is a great town. Lots to do if you want to have fun. Big party school, but I've never felt safer in my life. Penn State is a big family that watches out for each other.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team up here runs the town. The football games are incredible. But other sports are also very good. 4 straight national championships for the womens volleyball is unprecedented and their games are also very exciting to go to. Fencing has won many national championships and the wrestling team with head coach Cael Sanderson won a national championship for the first time this year in a while. The basketball team was good this year, making the NCAA tournament for the first time in a while.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State is difficult but not too difficult. You normally have professors who care. Good selection of classes and majors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food served in the dining halls tastes good and is of pretty decent quality, however there isn't a great variety. By the end of the year you'll probably feel like you've eaten the same thing too many times. However the variety of food places downtown is something to indulge in and not get tired of.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Greek life is a great part of Penn State with 52 fraternity houses and about 20% of the students involved in Greek life. As a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, I have had a great social life as well as able to study for my academics.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For the drug use, I have never heard of that when I live in on campus, and even though now I live off campus, I just heard only one time about drug. For the alcohol use, mostly every people who goes to party, they would drink at least one glass of beer. The students who live on campuses are not allow to drink alcohol in the dorm, and some students who are underage and live off campus, they would ask the adults to buy beer, then they have party in the apartments.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: At the weekend, there are a lot of people dress up nice to wait at the bus stop to go to the party. Some parties are very diverse, such as some are just for Asian,some for white people, some for Latinos, and some for African American. No matter in what kinds of parties, there is one thing is necessary---beers. People drink beers and dance at the party.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Penn Sate Computer Lab – The computer labs in Penn State is not far away from your dorms, it takes just 3 or 4 minutes walk. If you don't live in campus, you can still use the computers in the computer lab, it is very convenience for every students, even though some students do not have computers.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had a great amount of experiences here and i love it.

3 College Student

Facilities: i go to school online but the teachers are very helpful and the students also help and the advisors are helpful too

1 College Student

Scholarships: The school does not take into account that just because I am married with double income, the money is reserved for mortgage, clothing, food and needs of my autistic son. I really don't have spare money for college yet the University doesn't even look at that. It is extremely frustrating.

5 College Student

Facilities: Provides wonderful support for Kids with Cancer. Great student participation.

1 College Student

Parking: Permit Costs – Prices keep going up but I see no improvements of the lots.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in state college changes every day. One day it will be beautiful and sunny and hot enough for shorts and the next it will snow. There is no consistency during the spring. During the winter it is even worse, the question is how much will it snow today. Some days it snows so much that anyone walking has snow trapsing halfway up their shin.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: Dining Commons on Campus – Whenever i go to the dining commons for lunch i recieve the same main meal every time. There are other choices to the popcorn chicken or burger with veges and or curly fries but they are the same everyday also. The pizza is always the same choices, plain, pepperoni or white. The salad bar or pasta bar is always the same. If there were other choices or they changed it up some days it would make it more enjoyable to go. I only go now on days when i feel like eating popcorn chicken or a burger.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus and local transportation is amazing. The bus system, CATA, can really get you anywhere. There are four buses that are always free on campus, and two of them take you downtown as well. The other buses cost $1.50 each way to go farther off-campus, and that can add up. I hear bus passes are pretty affordable though.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live on-campus, the only need for a car is if you go home often. Off-campus students can still get by without a car. Most students who drive to school don't park in convenient areas - some park in the Beaver Stadium lots, which are a ten minute walk to the closest classroom buildings and about a half hour to the farthest.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: "A drinking school with a football problem" is printed on a shirt you can buy downtown. Alcohol is very prevalent here, especially off-campus. If you're really stupid, you will drink in the dorms and you will probably get caught. Otherwise, if you're off-campus, the police generally won't bother you unless you're blatantly drunk or obnoxious.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: All Sorts of Places. There are plenty of resturants around Penn State. If you dont feel like spending too much there are fast-food resturants you can go to. If you feel like having a nicer type of meal there are sit-down resturants that are very nice. The Penn State discount is avalible at alot of the food places around campus as well.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Safe for Sure. I feel that it is very safe. I never feel at risk of being in danger. I feel very comfortable on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Decent, but Terrible Landlord – The apartments themselves are not so bad, but i and many others have had terrible experiences with the landlord of the property.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not to Much to Do – New Kensington is a very small town. Other than heading over to the Pittsburgh Mills mall, there is not too much to do. the Apartments are very close to campus and becuase of this, most people just hang around campus.

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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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