University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4218 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love eating at Pollock Commons especially.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State's well known for it's football so I'll keep it at that... WE ARE.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority and I hate all of Greek life at my school. They drink at every philanthropic event and I hate it. They don't care about anything except partying and sleeping around.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Took a while to get paperwork through and for some reason they didn't receive it the first time, but the second time was smoother.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet.

College Junior

Transportation: Penn State World Campus does not require transportation since it is online which makes it very convenient.

College Junior

Drug Safety: Going to an online school, the campus aspect of the school would not apply here.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I go to Penn State's World Campus, an online institution. I suppose in this case the security would be my family so it doesn't apply in this case.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process at Penn State World Campus is very smooth and easily navigable. The aid department is available on normal business hours for students who need help or have any questions. They get back to the students very quickly during the week, usually the longest you have to wait to hear a reply is a day. I recommend that students don't email the aid department unless their questions are about federal aid. Questions about scholarships are best answered directly over the phone.

3 College Senior

Academics: Is a good place to play sport

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus is a good strictness

3 College Senior

Diversity: Lot of diversity but not good enough

4 College Senior

Majors: My major is very interesting

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Study in the library was fun

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food there is average

5 College Senior

Facilities: Great life and family like campus

4 College Senior

Athletics: The football game is great

2 College Senior

Weather: very bad weather lot of rain

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I dont go out much so I dont really know.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great place feel like family

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Party everywhere and start on wednesday

4 College Senior

Transportation: is was great on time

4 College Junior

Parking: Permit costs are a little steep, but parking spots and fines are manageable.

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Social life is great at Penn State

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are so many options and different types of on-campus dining, you really can't get bored. Especially for breakfast.

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James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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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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