University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4696 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have any difficulties when applying. The application was very easy. If you visit one of the campuses, you get your application fee waved. My tip is to apply early! Do not wait until the deadline. You want to be sure you get everything in on time without having to stress.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I didn't live in East Halls where most freshman live so I think I have a bit of a different experience than others. My dorm was closer to downtown and to classes so I never had to walk far for anything. I was also steps from two dining halls. Housing is guaranteed for all freshmen, but no one else. After that, it is a lottery system and it's not the greatest. I decided to live off campus after my freshman year so I don't have much experience with it. Staff was always friendly and helpful with requests and facilities were always kept clean. I was very close with a lot of the girls on my floor, I even met my best friends there so the social atmosphere was great for me. My RA was really great and approachable. They also arrange for floor and building events sometimes to get everyone to know each other. On the ground floor of the dorms, they have study room and game rooms which i used all the time.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are some of the most devoted and passionate fans you will find. We have so much ride in our school for both academics and athletics. one of my favorite things about Penn State athletics is football games. Cheering on our team with thousands of other students in the countries best student section is an experience I can't quite explain to those who haven't experienced it. It is very clear as soon as you get to campus that there is a ton of school pride. "We Are.." chants can be heard during ever tour and everywhere you turn, students are dressed in Penn State gear.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are available all over campus. The wireless is almost always reliable and fast. Printing is convenient if you are on campus and can't use your own. Just log into your account and print whatever you need from any computer lab or standing computer station on campus. You have a omit on how many free sheets you have, but I have never run out.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Happy Valley is gorgeous in the fall and spring, but winter can be brutal.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a wide range of ways to have a great time at Penn State, weather you drink or not.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are not easily available and I received no financial aid.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gyms are very nice but crowd up easily.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are definitely a lot of great options but because there are so many students, spots fill up very quickly.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I definitely always feel safe on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a wide variety of options. Especially to satisfy late night cravings.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: While getting into my major may be somewhat difficult, it is worth it. It motivates students to work hard and deserve the major they are in.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love the faculty. There are os many research and intern opportunities available to me.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While there are drugs present, the school is a very safe environment.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are challenging and have a huge variety of major options.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are readily available to all. However, it is a disadvantage that freshman living in East do not have wireless.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have noticed a lot of diversity. There are a wide rages of race, age, religious backgrounds, and opportunities available for all.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The university is normally strict on the items that need attention.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Since it is such a big school it is really hard, if not impossible to get school scholarships. Applying for outside scholarships are the best way to get money.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: So many options with amazing programs. Great education and opportunities.

2 people found this useful Report

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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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