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

Greek Life: Not a big deals but the girls get really nice dorms

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Weather: You never know how the weather will be! Always carry an umbrella

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You'll see it but you aren't pressured to join in

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options but expensive

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: What ever you are looking for, Penn State has it

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: They should have a train station, we are such a big school, they could profit a lot from it

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: As long as you do the work and try, you will be able to get into the prisms of your choice.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are advisors that really help you choose you major and your professors are always available to guide you

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best option! It is very convenient to live in campus!

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you like to party and you find the right people, you'll have fun but if you font like to party they can get annoying because they make too much noise

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very expensive and you end up paying as much as in campus but it's you place and you can get your own room. Visit some privacy.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Weather: snow is sometimes a problem

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Computers: wifi everywhere and computers available

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Athletics: many clubs and teams to join

4 people found this useful Report
College Student

Drug Safety: not involved in this scene

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: about the same cost as a dorm and bus transportation available

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Majors: i'm on track with my program

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Diversity: many international students and very diverse

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think there is a lot of availability of housing off campus with a lot of variety. However, I think that they are pricey if you live near campus. If you move away you definitely get more for your money.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think there is a lot of use of weed. Other than that I don't think there are many hard drugs taken by students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are a really good way to get around. Or a taxi if your desperate. It would be nice to have more access to having your car here though, to go places more easily or go home.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think that the diversity is great on this campus. Coming from a small town, I wasn't exposed to much, so it is nice to experience diversity now.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't think anything is too unfair, all of the rules are pretty normal.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: They are very good for the most part. There are many computer labs available and lots of options to print. The only complaints I have are that extra prints cost a lot of money and some printers provided by the school are slow.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams have amazing athletic ability and nation-wide recognition. This brings the Penn State community together and our school spirit makes this school that much more fun.

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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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