University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4679 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The city is very university oriented. State college does have unique attractions around the area. There are caves, a wildlife park and good hiking trails.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I have only been here a short time and have not experienced the party life yet. Throughout the summer the bars on the weekend have a good crowd and are fun.

4 College Junior

Academics: I have just entered this major so I can not really speak to all the aspects listed above. So far the work load is fair and average and the classes have been challenging but are classes you can do well in.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am a veteran and Penn State offers a lot of groups and help for veterans which I truly appreciate. I enjoy their adult learners program and center. I feel very comfortable there and I like the fact I can interact with others in the same situation.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful, new, and modern. The one thing I don't like like is students must pay a membership fee to use the campus exercise facilities. As much as tuition is this should be included. The classrooms and study area are new and up to par.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: the housing system is pretty good

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: the classes are pretty educative and fun

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: i think this school would help me achieve my goal

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I havent really attended any greek events

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: there is great diversity on campus

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student life on campus is pretty fun

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: its safe to say it makes us feel safe

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: the housing system is pretty awesome

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: the guys and girls are really friendly

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is an average meal plan that fits the students

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I never really applied for any financial aid at this school

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school policies are pretty good to maintain a conducive environment for learning

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I was indifferent to the courses as it did not present me the challenge I always wanted

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not interned at any place yet but am looking forward to the opportunity to do so in the future.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is very little to no financial aid offered at this University which is somewhat problematic for many out of state students.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are many sports celebrated at Penn State. Students love to cheer on their team and all sorts of student organizations participate in club sports and intramurals.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although there is some diversity, the campus is still mostly white and tends to follow very American customs.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are so many options of places and people to party with whether it be a bar or club if you are over 21 or an apartment or a classic frat party.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a great deal of apartments both very close to the school or a short bus ride away and also a large spectrum of price points to choose from.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It truly depends on what part of campus you choose to live on. The newer dorms are all very nice though all of the dorms seem to be quite tiny.


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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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