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

Nightlife: I am not 21 and do not attend the bars, but I do know where they are and the means some people take to get there.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Personally, I found some great off-campus housing. However, it is not that way for everyone. The apartments downtown are very expensive and not always of the best quality.

3 College Junior

Computers: During my freshman year, there was no wireless in the dorms so that was extremely convenient while trying to do work in the dorms with friends outside of my room. You need a personal printer because Penn State only allows 110 free pages of printing each semester.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. There aren't many crimes in the area, so that definitely helps

2 College Sophomore

Weather: No matter how much snow hits, the doors are always open. Nothing closes them down.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've been submitting info for months and more things keep rolling my way. The process is tedious.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Expensive for parking permit and the restrictive rules for parking.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The boy to girl ratio is so uneven but it managed to work and made a more stern environment.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many people from different background and very accepting to new cultures.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Penn State is a very healthy campus. There are many gyms that are almost always full. Sports are usually important to students when they have free time. Varsity sports are supported by the community and have a lot of fan support.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is diversity but not as much as would be expected in an urban college setting. Students are accepting of everyone and it's easy to get along with others in your major.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn State wasn't my first choice but now I wouldn't want to choose anything else. Students and professors are easy to get along with and there is something for everyone to do.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Unless there is a serious problem the area is a relaxed place for college students.

3 College Junior

Parking: There is parking along the streets downtown that are metered. There is parking enforcement that will ticket cars. Parking garages are also available and the prices are fair. They are within a ten minute walk to the other side of campus. On campus parking is almost not existent. Permits are available to park in football and basketball parking lots during the day.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a lot of dining options for students. The menu's vary and is good for students with a meal plan. Students without a meal plan will plan on spending a lot of money for Penn State dining options

5 College Junior

Academics: Environmental Engineering is perfect to me. It is only a small percentage of students and everyone shares the same classes. The workload and curriculum can be hard. It is an engineering program with a lot of math, science and physics. The Society of Environmental Systems Engineers updates its members on any available internships in the area.

5 College Junior

Academics: Penn State's main priority is academics. There are many options that can fit almost anyone. Registration is done online and is easy to do. Professors are generally nice and knowledgeable. Workload and curriculum depends on the chosen major. There are many libraries and study areas available for students including computer labs.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat downtown and on campus. The student building has an entire level just for dining and you're never more than a 5 minute walk from a place to eat. Most options are fairly cheep with a few higher end restaurants.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: State College has a bus system called the CATA bus that is very efficient. Most off campus apartments and rentals include it when moving in. The yearly fee is very fairly priced. There are also 4 free bus loops available for anyone traveling within the campus area. Taxi's are also available but will be more expensive to rely on than the bus system.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Almost every building I've used has a computer lab within it. Penn State also provides WiFi for students but it can be spotty in some building. There is a limit on how many pages you can print, but many majors offer labs with free printing. I live on campus so it is easier to take my own laptop and students living on campus can easily use computers on campus.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State was originally an agricultural school and has managed to keep the rural feel almost 200 years later. There is also a great downtown that has many dining, shopping and bar options. Facilities on campus range from old, original brick buildings to brand new buildings students like. Academics are definitely the main priority here. The academic programs are very broad and there's almost an option for everyone.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is great at Penn State. There are so many libraries and student centers available. There will even be knew green spaces added to building roof tops. Many students take health seriously and their are a lot of available gyms. Sports provide a lot of entertainment for students and there's always something to attend and watch.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: I am not able to attend the bar scene yet but it is a large part of weekend activities. There are many options for students and from what I know it is reasonably priced. Everything is located on a main strip downtown so it can easily be reached by students. Taxis and the buses provide easy transportation. Those that are underage can usually find parties to attend although many host will not provide to underage's.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I attended 2 years at a Penn State branch campus, Behrend. The Greek life their was small and very close. I joined a sorority there and it was a great decision. After transferring to main campus I went alum because University Park does not have a chapter of my sorority. The Greek life at Penn State University Park is much more diverse but seems to keep that close feeling between all Greek members. The Greeks are well known in Pennsylvania for their incredible fundraising for THON.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel that Penn State campus is a very secure place to live and spend time. There is little crime and I feel safe being alone. There's always other students looking out for each other along with emergency call buttons located throughout the 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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