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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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4 College Freshman

Computers: Some dorms don't have wifi

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you're not being completely unreasonable/obnoxious, they are very lenient

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some great options, a little limited

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Always safe and I love our UHS

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Nightlife: You can be as social or unsocial as you want any day of the week.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: Great and a lot is free

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: They really try to prepare you

5 College Freshman

Majors: I adore my major and advisor

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of great places

4 College Freshman

Weather: Snows often and can get cold but a beautiful campus.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Majors: Not a lot of parking and what is available is far and expensive

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Need more taxi services for cold weather

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hard to get to with nothing nearby, but everything you need as a college student.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: NOt very strict across the board.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Weather: Raining, snowing, or ungodly hot. Take your pick.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Best parties. Amazing mansions. Cheap alcohol.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everyone drinks too much. Most RA's are chill and it is easy to have fun.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I havent really been exposed to the off campus housing process. I am a freshman and on campus housing is mandatory, so I haven't looked into off campus options. I don't really know anything about it, other than where some are and how close they are to campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you get sick of dining hall food, there are a bunch of options downtown. There are restaurants, fast food, and historic dining areas. There are so many options and most of them take Lions Cash which is very convenient

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major. Penn State has one of the top forensic science programs in the country. The program is awesome; the classes, the opportunities, the curricula, everything about it is amazing. I wouldn't want to be at any other school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I want to be an FBI agent after I graduate, and having a professor who is an agent is very convenient and helpful. This program is going to help me get a fantastic job after graduating and I am not concerned about not being able to find one.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Having alcohol in dorms is a very strict policy. Visitation isn't really enforced that much, and I haven't seen anyone get a ticket for parking without a parking pass yet.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Penn State has some of the best programs in the country. The professors are extraordinary; helpful, guiding, caring, etc. The workload is just like any college. The transition from high school to college is hard, but once you get used to it, it isn't impossible. It my be very challenging, but students wouldn't be here if they couldn't handle it.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many bus services that run constantly around campus. There is never a difficult time finding a bus. There is really no need for a car on campus since the bus system is so convenient and easy.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: State College is a college town. Everything you could ever need is right here. There is ice skating, bowling, laser tag, karaoke, and many more fun and exciting things to do. The atmosphere is very positive and everyone is caring towards others.

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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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