University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4635 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Eating on campus is okay but the price is so expensive. There's a somewhat okay variety of types of food but a lot of times the menu repeats itself.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is horrible. You usually won't find a spot on the side of the street and if you do you have to make sure your meter time doesn't run out. Apartment complexes make tenants pay an outrageous amount for parking. The university offers a lot a little cheaper than parking at your apartment but it's so far out that it's not worth the cost.

4 College Junior

Transportation: We have a lot of buses running to a lot of locations. A couple of them are even free and really nice when you just don't feel like walking all the way to the other side of campus. They are constantly running and get around town very quickly. Taxis are hard to get and somewhat pricey so not a lot of people go that route of transportation.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Penn State and i couldn't imagine going anywhere else. The school spirit for everything is incredible and so fun to be apart of.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are some recently built dorms that are nicer but of course so much more expensive. Some dorms are very old and aren't gross but aren't nice for what you are paying for. You do meet a lot of people in dorms, prolly just as many as you would in an apartment complex. Dorms are on campus so are somewhat convenient. The campus is huge, though, so dorms aren't that convenient all the time.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I like being in an apartment rather than a dorm because then there is the extra cost of having to get a meal plan. However, the apartments are ridiculously priced for the conditions they are in. The landlords just price them so high because they know students are desperate enough for a place to stay. They even have the nerve to raise prices each year. Availability isn't bad if you know to start looking early enough. The process of signing leases and putting down payments are annoying. Convenience is a huge pro. You are close to campus and shopping, restaurants and night life activities. PARKING IS HORRIBLE. The little parking your apartment does give to you is outrageously expensive.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I feel like there are a lot of choices to eat off campus. They are all downtown in walking distance. There's mexican, american, chinese, italian, even indian type restaurants. Cost isn't great but it's bearable. Student discounts are disappointing in that there really aren't any.

3 College Junior

Computers: For how big our school is I don't feel like we have enough computer labs and the labs we do have do not have enough computers. Our printing limits are unrealistic. We get so little prints for the amount of handouts and papers our professors expect us to print ourselves. It's ridiculous that we have a limit when we pay so much for tuition. Speed isn't as much an issue as reliability. Programs crash so much and they are vital for a lot of our school work.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid isn't that bad. It's the results that frustrate me. My parents work really hard and have good jobs. They have been very careful to set aside college funds for my sister and I. But paying for college is still very stressful for them. They don't have tons of money to throw around. But because they have good jobs and have average salaries, we don't get much financial aid. The aid we do get are all loans that I will have to pay back anyway. It feels like my parents are somewhat punished for working hard and having good careers because they really don't get much help.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics at Penn State is what first attracted me to the school and is still a huge reason I love it there. I grew up going to hope Penn State football games and I experienced the school spirit and how much Penn State athletics meant to the students, community, and fans. Most Penn State teams are very successful. The fans and student's school spirit is unbreakable.

4 College Junior

Majors: Being in the business program at Penn State is really beneficial. Penn State's business program is really well known so there are a lot of internship and job opportunities for students. The cirriculum isn't easy, but it's not impossible. You leave classes with a lot of knowlegde along with real life experiences. A majority of the business faculty are really helpful and want us all to succeed.

College Junior

Majors: I have not yet held an internship.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Living in State College and attending Penn State is a great environment to be a part of. On a weekend when there is a big sports game downtown is packed with anyone from students to senior citizens getting pumped for the big game. Downtown is full of shops with a wide variety of types of stores.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There's always something going on, whether it's going to a house party or going to the bars. I can't get into bars yet but a lot of my friends go and they seem like they always are going to a different bar and they always have a good time. Everywhere is in walking distance.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love PSU! WE ARE!!!!!!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Only strict when it comes down to the import stuff like drugs and underage drinking as well as the honor code.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure. I don't do drugs, I just know that a lot of students talk about it.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love eating at Pollock Commons especially.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State's well known for it's football so I'll keep it at that... WE ARE.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority and I hate all of Greek life at my school. They drink at every philanthropic event and I hate it. They don't care about anything except partying and sleeping around.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Took a while to get paperwork through and for some reason they didn't receive it the first time, but the second time was smoother.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet.

College Junior

Transportation: Penn State World Campus does not require transportation since it is online which makes it very convenient.

College Junior

Drug Safety: Going to an online school, the campus aspect of the school would not apply here.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I go to Penn State's World Campus, an online institution. I suppose in this case the security would be my family so it doesn't apply in this case.


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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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