University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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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.

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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.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit here is like none other. There is nothing like standing in Beaver Stadium with the whole student section chanting WE ARE, it gives you goose bumps. Athletics are a big part of the school and it wouldn't be the same without them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are just like any other dorm room. Although some rooms are bigger than others, they aren't state of the art dorm rooms. The atmosphere is always positive and welcoming. As far as the housing process, most likely you won't get what you requested.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are looking for a party, there is always one going on. If you aren't a part of the party life, there are tons of over things you can do, like late night at the HUB.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Of course every campus as drug use, but there is no peer pressure or anything present. If you don't want to do it, then you don't have to. No one really judges anyone. I don't really see a lot of drug use first hand, if you want to avoid it you can. As far as the policy enforcement, its pretty strict. If you get caught you're in trouble, no authority figure lets you get away with it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I mean.. what danger is it going to have if we don't even see people from outside world?

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: snow is annoying and we never cancel class due to inclement weather

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4 College Junior

Academics: I am okay with my program, It is hard, but it is how I can really distinguish myself from others. by hard I mean if you party every weekend you pretty much are getting C on average

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2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It is funny how Penn State check parking more frequently than underage drinking and drug use

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you need to go anywhere in town, just take the bus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone knows they're not supposed to drink, but it seems like everyone does.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is supposed to be alcohol-free, but that doesn't prevent students from drinking in their rooms.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There a lot of little restaurants, but there are also fast food/chain restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love the downtown atmosphere as long as you stay away from frat row.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you want an apartment for the next year, you have to sign your lease in October! How outrageous is that?!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State offers one of the best public school educations in the country.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: One day it rains. The next it's 75 and beautiful. Always changing.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are very few scholarships offered that I can apply for.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is always active here, but I don't participate in it.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: FOOTBALL. #1 reason some kids come to this school.


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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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