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

Campus Housing: Some of the older buildings need renovated.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Only if you have above a 3.0 GPA

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can be obnoxious to non-Greeks.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not enough local late night, delivery mostly.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is good, only the occasional crime.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing varies in quality by location.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Penn State campus police are extremely strict.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Penn State is very strict about alcohol and drugs.

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5 College Senior

Computers: Penn State has computer labs all over campus.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Loans are easy to acquire.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: The Penn State student body is extremely diverse.

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3 College Senior

Majors: I wish I had better advising coming into my major.

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3 College Senior

Majors: The most important criteria is GPA.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus fluctuates based on the dorms.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus is very secure, I have never felt unsafe.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is rather large at Penn State.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: There are plenty of buses to take to campus, which run frequently.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is so much to do in State College. It is better for the over 21 crowd. There are plenty of bars and night clubs. For underage people, they have some activities on campus, but it more fun once you are 21.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I absolutely loved the psychology program and my experience with it! The teachers are great and there is a variety of classes to choose from. The workload can be tough at times, but it depends on how good you are at that particular area in psychology.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Internships vary. You have flexibility to do yours at home or in State College. You typically have to commit a lot of time to them and some are paid, some aren't. I strongly recommend doing an internship. You gain real world experience that you could never gain in a classroom.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Overall, the weather is okay. It snows in the winter and it is hot in the summer. Typical central PA weather. The campus rarely shuts down due to weather.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Overall, the professors are great. They are knowledgeable and willing to help. Depending on the class, the workload can be tough, other times it can be easy.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Freshmen can't have cars their first year because of the amount of students that drive. It is actually better to not have a car because the price is outrageous and parking is limited. You can get around anywhere you need to go in town with it.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year. The dorms are a good experience for anyone to have because you meet a lot of people and you all have something in common right away.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Penn State has a good number of attractive people. The amount of single and people in relationships varies, but you will meet a lot of great people.

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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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