University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of delicious options

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't trade Penn State for the world. There are certainly some issues that need to be addressed, but nothing beats the thrill you get when you walk that campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My dorm is in the Honors College, so I have more housing perks than most. The rooms there are quite spacious and there's a ton of places to study.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet. I've heard that it's easy to get one, though, because so many alumni look for fellow PSU students.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my program. I'm still unconcern about finding a job or what that job may look like, but I'm going to give myself some time before I start worrying too much. The class I'm taking in the fall is supposed to help me with these questions.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The administration has been known to quite clearly make its presence known when it comes to alcohol and State Patty's Day.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Rapes happen extremely frequently. I'm afraid to venture out after it gets dark and won't go anywhere unless accompanied by a friend.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live on-campus. However, I do know that the rent in State College can be pretty steep. A lot of people get places together in groups, so they can split the cost. Places range from shady apartment complexes to new, mini-student neighborhoods.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are so many kinds of people at PSU, that it's difficult to generalize them. There are certainly a lot of White, athletic, drinking guys, but there are tons of other people, too.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Since there are so many students, it's hard to get more than state aid.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do at Penn State Main. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We have a lot of international students, however most of them come from the same places (not very diverse), none of them really make an effort to integrate in with the others, and when others try to get them involved they pretty much refuse. so they claim it's diverse, but it's really not. The biggest diversities are sexual orientation, religion, and politics

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are a million and one possibilities. For a while, my freshman year, I even did a program where I could combine any two or three majors I wanted together to create a custom major. It's pretty awesome.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: My program doesn't get much attention and it's the same professors that teach multiple classes (which isn't entirely bad). They also lie and say that there are a million openings for communication majors when it really depends on your location

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of options, but most of the good, well-known ones are chains and fast food. However, most of them deliver on campus, most of them are open past midnight, and most of them offer discounts if you pay with your lioncash (student ID payment)

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Police are on duty 24/7 for sexual assaults, drinking in dorms, and drug use. My school is very well known for making poor social decisions and so they are very strict about these things as they should be.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There is a lot of student housing, especially for first year students. However, because there is so much housing and the campus is only roughly 1 mile big, the dorms themselves are quite small so they can fit as many as possible into the buildings. They also have shotty heating and there is no air conditioning for the summer.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is everywhere, however, in my opinion, I'm not sure that's a good thing. Greek life gets a lot of special treatment and it revolves around the party scene which does a lot of damage to the campus and the town.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: A lot of people are involved in IM sports and there have even been people who started their own clubs for various sports. Almost everything on campus revolves around the football, hockey, and basketball teams. My school is 99% known for its football

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: students could help each other in the campus. and room assistant is willing to help us solve problem.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: At Saturday and Sunday, most of the students enjoyed taking athletics.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I attended a meeting which named World in Conversation. when we talked about the ethnic, we discovered that most students in Penn State could accept other religions and races well.

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5 College Junior

Academics: lots of work but worth it

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: good food and philly is just 2hrs away

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4 College Junior

Facilities: pretty renovated and lots of historic places


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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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