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

Weather: I always enjoy the weather on campus

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: the academics is top notch and excellent professors.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoy the campus life.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: the diversity is great on campus, lots of people from different walks of life.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I understand the rules are for the safety of the student

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: the athletics are quite good however the attendence very low from the student body.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I enjoy the closeness and variety dining area around campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the campus is well lit and I see campus police patrolling.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in the Greek life, however, it is very big and they make their presence know.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I would expect more variety in off campus facilites and more information and knowledge from the representative. In addition, further assistance foreign students.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life revolves around parties that's it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Diversity: You can find any riper of person on this campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Transportation: It's tough to get around since we are located in a rural community and not as much mass transit is offered.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bars do not allow underage students into bars.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus, there are people of many different ethnicities in all of my classes

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not very popular. and drinking isn't always encouraged

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a good number of minorities here, although most students are white kids from the East Coast.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletic facilities here are wonderful.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Weather: Winters here are brutal, and temperatures at the beginning of the academic year and in the summer are crazy hot. It's very humid. The best weather occurs in mid-September to early November, when it's neither too hot nor too cold outside. Unfortunately, that period of fantastic weather only lasts a short amount of time.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: PSU offers a wide variety of majors to choose from.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a business major, and my advisor has been consistent in helping me with course selections in order to make sure that I meet my prerequisites for entering my major by the time I reach my junior year.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: Lots of computer labs available.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: State College has a good selection of restaurants to choose from, although the choices are not as endless as the ones you find in big cities such as NY or SF. Overall, off-campus dining is great.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Although not located in a vibrant urban area, there's plenty to do in State College since it's a college town.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't live in dorms.

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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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