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

Campus Housing: The dorms are tiny but thats expected with on campus college housing, but the experience is amazing and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse campus! You can find students on campus from lots of different countries and states!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: The advisors are super helpful in advising you on what major is right for you! There are so many different, interesting and unique majors to choose from that you probably didn't even know existed!

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The network Penn State has is amazing and helps so many students get jobs after they graduate! We have one of the biggest career fairs in the NorthEast!

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely big here, it's hard to get into frat parties if you aren't in a frat or sorority or don't know someone who is, they are very selective of who they let into their parties. Definitely the biggest thing to do on campus on the weekends for underaged students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Got really sick this semester and had to go to the health services a lot, I had a really nice doctor who saw me every time and was great!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options. You can easily get anything you would like. There are also occasional discounts and coupons for students.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are such a large part of Penn State. As well as the varsity teams, the athletic facilities are great to use as well. There is so much school spirit here that you can't get anywhere else.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Scholarships: My parents fill out the FAFSA form to receive financial aid but I don't receive much. I don't really know much about the process.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: It was a somewhat smooth process but in the long run I got the money I needed.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have never personally seen people using drugs on campus, however I do know they are used.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Athletics: Although our basketball is not the best, everything else trumps the big ten and nation wide!!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: our school dished out 1/4 million dollars to close the bars on our drinking holiday St Pattys day. It tries to work well with the community and allow to students to have fun and release some stress at the same time.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Penn State is party school, everyone knows that but most students balance that pretty well with a respect for our school and community on the weekends

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: the CATA bus service runs all the time and is extremely helpful in getting around a big campus

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: Frat houses are off campus mostly and the sorority dorms are pretty nice. Most people are indifferent about the greeks and i have no interest in that lifestyle

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: At Penn State you can not declare your major until you are a sophomore in your second semester. The requirements and entrance to major requirements are pretty tough but that is why penn state is such a great school.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: I love my school. It is much different from other universities because there is a feeling of family in our programs from other students to the professors. We have certain classes that could be revamped but overall it is a great crim program

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a very safe campus in my opinion and I have never really felt threaten. The Health services are pretty good and the University Ambulance service works well to help out in emergency situations better than most colleges

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: It's a very open LGBT campus and very diverse. It allows a lot of different unique opportunities to meet so many people from different areas around the globe

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: I always enjoy the weather on campus

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: the academics is top notch and excellent professors.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoy the campus life.

1 person found this useful Report
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

1 person 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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