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

Campus Housing: Only freshman are guaranteed housing but the suites in north are very nice and special living options are fun.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is apparent but easy to avoid if you want no part.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown state college has many options at all times of the year.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are all types of restaurants sat a decent price within walking distance or bus ride from campus.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The academics are great and the student life is very welcoming and friendly.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: CATA buses are common at $1.50 a ride and can be crowded at times but they go all over state college.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Rainy days can be a pain when you have far to walk and ice is common in the winter.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: All paths are well lit at night and there are usually students everywhere so you are never really by yourself.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are lots of things to do and free movies showing on the weekend of popular movies.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are so many research opportunities in all fields of study.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Most people can get in but many people choose not to if they don't have good grades.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love the classes and the college of ag is fun to be a part of.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Most parking is by freshman dorms but freshman can't have a car on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: No one cares if you are in Greek life or not but a lot of people do it and have fun.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors can be hard to understand but you get used to it.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: There are so many opportunities in the college of ag.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: College keeps getting better and better!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: They are so much nicer than the people at other campuses.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have one scholarship since I can't get much financial aid.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food is food, it doesn't matter where/when/how much it costs. Food is delicious.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home. No off-campus housing for me.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's a relatively new building so everything is safe and healthy

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's not the best but it's not terrible.

College Sophomore

Transportation: I'm not familiar with the transportation options because I have my own car.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State has the best academics!

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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