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

Academics: The are a lot of classes to choose from and many of teachers are very helpful. The registration process is very easy to understand.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's okay. Some of the buildings are old.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Nightlife: its not the best but not the worst or the club scenes in which you see now a days.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Weather: when its cold outside its hard to go to class and be ontime

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Transportation: Its very easy to use the campus shuttle and the public transportation if need be.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office was not helpful at all. I had plainly figure everything out on my own.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: Study and be prepared to be independent.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the beginning stages of my degree. Right now intro to everything it's to early for internships yet.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For the A's mount of money you pay to live on campus it is very out dated.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never seen a c as nous policemen patrolling the campus. Sometimes I just don't feel safe walking back to my room.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many restaurants downtown to pick from if you are tired of campus dining.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: WE ARE ...PENN STATE...SCHOOL SPIRIT IS SO STRONG HERE.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus is free although you paying for it with tuition. So I guess no that's not free either but it's easy and safe.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very little peer pressure to drink or do drugs

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have never really felt unsafe on campus, but as with every school, there will be a crime here and there. You can sign up to get text alerts and e-mails about those kind of things though.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There a lot of computer labs available on campus and as a student, you have access to the wireless internet. You get a set number of pages to print things each semester, but I have never run out and I print a lot. You could probably get by without a laptop, but it more convenient to have one.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I absolutely loved Penn State. One of the best decisions I have ever made was to come here for school. The professors are great and the atmosphere is fun. We have Thon and a ton of other things to get involved in. If I could do it all over again, I would pick Penn State everytime

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are so many options on campus. There's the HUB with a ton of food places in it. There is a lot of variety.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options to eat off-campus right outside the university and there are a ton of options. Most of the places are a reasonable price. My suggestion is Canyon Pizza. They are open all night.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: As an engineering major, the workload is extremely intense and most of my classes are "weed-out" classes. I often feel overwhelmed.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger on campus and there is available police force.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I have never had an internship.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I am happy with the coerces in my major that are directly related to my field. However, I am in several large general classes that are discouraging. I am considering changing my major.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options here are great. The cost is normal. There are many different places to eat on campus and convenient. There is a big variety for dining on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I think that the local atmosphere here is great. There is always something for everyone to do whether it is going out to eat, sports event, mall, bowling, and so many more things to do. You never will get bored here. Safety is not an issue here. Most of the local attitudes towards students here are pretty good and most people are nice.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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