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

Health & Safety: i dont know about this being a long distance learner

5 College Sophomore

Academics: all my courses and professors are the best. Courses keep you interested and the professors are extremely helpful and interested in your work.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Excellent all the way around

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Very little tolerance which helps as a deterrent.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Visual help posters and positive peer pressure

4 College Junior

Computers: Great availability/access or wireless if you have your own

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Women, especially feel safe and secure

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Very easy system and great service providing answers to questions

5 College Junior

Majors: The Master of Finance program is AA+

4 College Junior

Academics: This is a great school to graduate from with a strong alumni patronage.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's in the north, so winters lasts into April at times...summers and fall are great!

4 College Junior

Transportation: I am a distance learner, so I don't know a whole lot about campus life.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am a distance learner, but know that sports are huge for Penn State.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My apartment is seriously only 499\month and it only takes 5 mins to get to campus by bus, free bus pass, free parking, a pool, a hot tub, quite(sometimes), its clean, a free gym, free tanning, free computer lab and a free game room. I absolutely love the freedom to do what I want and to have a spacious place to myself.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The officers have the right amount of strictness, if your acting an idiot and being a threat then they will do something about it. They walk around campus to keep it safe and they don't interfere with the parties unless theres a fight or some sort of threat. The parking is so strict, I parked in a parking lot that is available at 9, and I got there at 8:50, I had a ticket issued at 8:53. Though weekend parking is free everywhere, even downtown.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Our campus is made up of my minorities. It is normal to have a class that is made up mostly of minorities.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge variety of ethnic restaurants and late night restaurants.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Nightlife: There is never a dull night at Penn state. Everywhere you walk there are parties and everyone is out at the bars. You meet so many people outside your group and everyone is so nice even to people who don't go to Penn state. Even on a Monday night there are parties and people out at the bars. There is always something to do, I end up at least at 4 parties a night.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is very helpful with any issues. Most of the paperwork can be completed online.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It seems to have a pretty active nightlife. When I go out there's a few bars on campus that my friends go to.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is normal for this area. In the winter it can get below 0 and have a lot of snow but during the summer/spring it can be beautiful.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Majors: As a graduate student the process wasn't difficult.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: I am in the Agricultural Education, Teacher Preparation program and I love it. The faculty are wonderful and caring and they want you to be the best you can be. My fellow students are great and we become a very close-knit department.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: There is a greyhound bus terminal on campus and an airport located nearby.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a very big part of school culture and the sports facilities are top notch.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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