University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4239 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There when you need it, but very far from those who don't live in the freshman dorms

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I love my apartment, which is surrounded by houses, which shows there is plenty of variety

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I lucked out with decent priced parking by my apartment, however in the middle of downtown permits can be ridiculous

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very varied, but as many pizza parlors as a college student could dream for

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: From what I know, not much is given, and when it is, it is for extreme cases

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows A LOT, rains when it isn't snowy, and is generally cold except during late spring/early fall.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Its a huge part of night life, having 50+ frats and 16 sororities, and that is only the social greeks. You definitely don't have to be in one to feel included though.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Very lenient, if you aren't doing anything stupid or super illegal you won't be called out

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority is certainly white, however, there is a very large international base, with Chinese being a large group

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It is definitely nice that you don't have to sign guests into residence halls like you do at other schools, and most of the RAs are easy to get along with

College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really use the athletic facilities, so no comment

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid office is always packed. phone calls take forever

5 College Freshman

Computers: All the computers are fast and easy to use. Extra large monitors are a plus also.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For the most part it's like it's not even illegal.

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College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I cannot really say about the local atmosphere because I do not really go off campus. However, this campus is isolated in ordered to go to a city you would have to drive couple hours.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are so many students that I cannot really judge nor do I judge people.

3 College Junior

Weather: If it snows, we still have to go to class. There usually are no classes that are canceled from weather.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I do not know any Greek students so I cannot have a say on this topic.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: I do not know about underage nightlife but I have heard that there are lots of parties around the area so all you have to do is walk since the downtown is near the campus.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is decent. It is not bad but it is not that great. It is hard to get a housing because there are so many students but the school are building new dorms.

4 College Junior

Majors: I like it because it is what I have always wanted to do. I do enjoy some aspects of it. The other I do not enjoy is that it is very difficult but nothing in life is easy.

College Junior

Majors: I did not have an internship yet. I am trying to get one for the summer.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Facilities are very nice, however, they can be over crowded. When it comes to football, the students enjoy going to the games and have a high school spirit.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors in my major are really professional. They know their subjects and teach very well. My program, however, is very difficult and there are constant work to do.

3 College Junior

Academics: Some of the professors I encountered are very rude and unprofessional. They do not care about students and do not teach very well. The work load is hefty. There are times when you have homework, exams, quizzes, and projects due in one day.

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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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