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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

Transportation: Buses run every ten minutes. Very good.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Plenty to do any night of the week.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is the best in the country at Penn State. Our business school is highly accredited and we have many opportunities. Job offerings after graduation is almost 100% and the facilities in the business building are extremely nice and it is very new.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very high and we have a high standard. Workload is different for every major but most study almost everyday at least. Mainly I have liked all my professors and it is my fourth semester.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold here but not too bad. If you bundle up you should be fine. Also we have busses that can take you certain places on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Most non-greeks do not like greeks. Greeks usually do not associate with people who are not greek.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a good number of cops. I do not like to walk alone off-campus. I feel safe mostly all the time, just not walking alone.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In business classes, most people are in greek life. A lot of people like going to the gym. Students dress very different, some girls wear heels while others gym attire.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: My major is the best in the country at my school. Our facilities are bigger and more in number. We have 5 on campus gyms that students can use.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have 5 gyms on campus. There on many things to do on campus while waiting for your next class. You can always find a place to grab coffee or sit and relax.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Since my school is very large, there are many options for nightlife. There's a fair amount of bars, but there is always a party going on. Some parties may be far so you can take a taxi.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Housing is expensive. There are many options; apartments, houses, and condos. Parking varies and not all rentals offer it.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have great school spirit and everyone is involved.

3 College Junior

Weather: The rain and snow can make for wet and unconformable conditions when walking to my .

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: Penn State uses the State College bus system, CATA , to transport students all around the Main Campus. At first it was hard to figure out the entire system but it is fairly convenient and is free, which is beneficial.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid process was fairly simple, however I register late and was not able to receive all of my aid to cover for the spring semester.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Computers: Penn State offers the most update and reliable computers throughout the campus. There are numerous computer labs for each school.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I am a commuting student and spend most of my time in classroom. Penn State University has a diverse, eccentric class body, which many students have their own style.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Whether you live on campus of commute, parking is one of the biggest hassles here. Busses don't run frequently enough from the commuter lots and are full. It is too far to walk out there especially at night when I feel that it is unsafe. Sometimes, the lots are full and I miss class because I can't find a parking space. Try to park downtown and pay, but they too, are full.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is a large school, so you can find almost any type of guy you are looking for. Greek life and THON dominate this campus though so a lot of what you see is preppy, stuck-up kind of guys. However, if you look around, you can find nice, smart guys that are serious about their studies and can be fun too.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Greek parties, private parties, dorm parties (yes they happen), bars / clubs abound. If you want to party any night at any time, you can find a place to go.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttle busses for commuters are often full with students that live on campus and are just too lazy to walk. It is a large campus, so I get it, but commuters shouldn't have to wait so long to get back to the commuter lots. They should implement commuter lot only shuttles if it continues to be a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My professors are caring and understanding for the most part. I am getting a good education and the library is good. I don't party so that scene doesn't bother me nor enrich my college experiences. The wide diversity of clubs and organizations is a plus. One downside is the high cost of attending.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very important. Almost everyone parties at least once a week or so it seems.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: This town revolves around the students so there is all kinds of housing available including recent new builds. One downside is high price.

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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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