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

Computers: The library computer labs fill up quickly at times and it is hard to find a place to print papers. It is very difficult to connect to the wireless network the first time.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The cold keeps most people inside, but the night life still happens. The warm weather creates more of a social experience on campus.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: There are very few options for graduate students in our field to receive financial aid.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: The variety of cars available for people over 21 are great. However, a cover is usually charged on mostly every night which puts a damper on the amount of bar hopping that happens.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics is a big deal to most undergraduates. Students become very involved for football season and hockey season this year.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The selection varies depending on how close you want to live on campus. The closer to campus the higher the prices and the less parking available.

3 College Junior

Academics: I think the professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. The registration process is kind of confusing, but the workload is managable.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: there are many little dining restaurants that are ethnic cuisine and small quaint shops. The delivery services here are very fast and nice.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The cost is going to raise next year which is a bummer, however, the bus is very helpful in getting around to the campus and other areas of the town.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: campus housing are in nice clean buildings placed around the campus strategically

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The fraternity houses are beautiful and make me want to join if I could

4 College Junior

Majors: I would choose this major again and it will take me to the goals I want

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3 College Junior

Majors: Grad school is a tough time for school. It is very busy but prepares you for the real world

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We live right next a high criminal rate city; therefore, we sometimes get notifications about problems going on in the nearby community.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Because it is such a small campus, we do not have that many people living in the dorms. It is a good thing, because it means less pranks/charges. However, it can get a little boring seeing the same people every day.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: For a small campus like Penn State Greater Allegheny, the University policies are slightly more lenient. However, they are still strict with alcohol or drug violations.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only problem I really have with transportation is going or coming from Pittsburgh. There is no real transportation other than friends with cars or taxis.

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2 College Student

Scholarships: The financial aid for the majority of colleges is very difficult. Penn State doesn't give too many financial aid options.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: The cost is on the pricy side but the dorms aren't that bad. The worst place to live especially for Freshmen is in East halls. The rest West, North, South, and Pollock are all equally good.

3 College Student

Transportation: The Catabus is very convenient. There are 4 links that are free. The only bad thing is that they stop at 2 in the morning and this is inconvenient especially on weekends.

3 College Student

Nightlife: The majority of the nightlife is in the frats until you turn 21 when you can go to the bars.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The downtown area is extremely close to campus. There are a lot of apartments available but they are tend to be very expensive.

4 College Student

Majors: The program is very difficult, but it definitely pays off in the end. They do a great job of preparing you for future jobs.

2 College Student

Majors: To officially enter my major you have to take 6 prerequisites and earn a C or higher in the classes. In the spring semester of your sophomore year you apply to enter the major after taking those 6 classes, and have to have higher than a 3.0 GPA.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: The campus overall is pretty safe. It is an open campus, so there is always the possibility of strangers coming on campus.

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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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