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

Campus Housing: I am in the honors college so my dorm situation is better than average, but life is good in other residence halls too.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The cold days just make warm days in Happy Valley even more beautiful.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt uncomfortable or unsafe while here.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The party culture here is like one big family trying to have a good time.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug of choice is definitely alcohol. The students here work hard during the week and let loose during playtime.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I would not trade my college town experience for anything.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I like to go dance at frat parties but there's no pressure to join Greek life if you don't want to.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: I'll be even happier when we get WiFi everywhere in the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is sensible, practical, and effective.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I still am trying to work on scholarships

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: penn state is known for football. period

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I want to join a sorority next semester

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: lots of snow all winter

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes at the branch campuses aren't all that great

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Penn State is the best party school in the US

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: the cata bus is great but I don't think there is a train to philly

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Plenty of diversity, its a big school

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't too intense. People just like their weed and alcohol for parties

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is cold and rainy in the winter but beautiful in the fall and spring.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Penn state is pretty safe all around

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: You can major in so much at penn state. The possibilities are endless and you will be receiving a fantastic education.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I don't really know much about it but I did just fine not being a part of it. My roommate was in a sorority and I got along with her perfectly fine.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different choices when it comes of off campus housing. You can live downtown in the heart of the action or you can chose to be a bit farther away but still have access to bussing so that getting to campus isn't difficult. There are options for everyone here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are many things to do at Penn state on the weekends. It's such a big school that you can generally find a party almost every night of the week. Also when you are 21 there is a great bar scene. I wouldn't get a fake here though because they scan ids outside of almost every bar.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: In the dorms it depends on the RA that you get. If you have a strict RA you will need to be a bit more cautious. Otherwise if you are smart about the things you do you'll be fine.

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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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