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

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options but it can be hard to find a place if you don't look right away, especially if you have a budget.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is there is you want it and there is always something to do.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many options all in walking distance.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are busses to pretty much everywhere but they can cost a lot of money and sell out to popular areas (Philadelphia). Knowing people who live on campus who live near you with cars are the best way to get home.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Wonderful opportunities with great leaders and staff.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Its awesome. You know you are getting a great education.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The only thing is the printing. Only 110 pages a semester is a lot less than you think.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, good food. Typical downtown style and convenience

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm sure its the exact same at every college you go to

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown is really good. If you like that stuff, it's easy to find and affordable.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: PSU dosen't give out much money. Maximum of about $6000, which doesn't even begin to put a dent in the actual cost.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority. There is a stereotype about the guys and girls in Greek, but no one will actually treat you differently because of it.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus, so I don't know a lot about the quality.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It snows. Like all the time. And when it doesn't snow, it rains. The summer is nice, though.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: PSU makes a great effort to strike up diversity. They spend a lot of time making sure they have a lot of different types of people.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am staying on campus for the added convenience.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everybody seems to just get along and work with each other.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Most buses are free, but the ones that go to the mall/Walmart are only 1.50

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Staff work very hard to keep this place safe.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Up to date with the newest software and many people who can help you figure things out.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The individual colleges give scholarships as well.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great professors and TA's who want to help you succeed.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Second best job placement in the University.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The University has been trying to crack down on alcohol in the dorms and what have you, but I'd say that it is reasonably strict. It really depends on where you live, who your RA is and that type of thing. Class attendance is pretty lenient, except for foreign language classes where you only have 3 unexcused absences allowed before they start to affect your grade. Of course this type of thing would also depend on the professor.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are some really nice off-campus housing options but the process is pretty tricky since there is such high demand. West campus is best in terms of location, availability, and procedure, but the popular down town and frat-row spots are a hassle to get in to.

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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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