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

Scholarships: The financial aid process at Penn State World Campus is very smooth and easily navigable. The aid department is available on normal business hours for students who need help or have any questions. They get back to the students very quickly during the week, usually the longest you have to wait to hear a reply is a day. I recommend that students don't email the aid department unless their questions are about federal aid. Questions about scholarships are best answered directly over the phone.

3 College Senior

Academics: Is a good place to play sport

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus is a good strictness

3 College Senior

Diversity: Lot of diversity but not good enough

4 College Senior

Majors: My major is very interesting

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Study in the library was fun

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food there is average

5 College Senior

Facilities: Great life and family like campus

4 College Senior

Athletics: The football game is great

2 College Senior

Weather: very bad weather lot of rain

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I dont go out much so I dont really know.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great place feel like family

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Party everywhere and start on wednesday

4 College Senior

Transportation: is was great on time

4 College Junior

Parking: Permit costs are a little steep, but parking spots and fines are manageable.

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Social life is great at Penn State

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are so many options and different types of on-campus dining, you really can't get bored. Especially for breakfast.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I would like more scholarship opportunities.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It is a very college town atmosphere. The town supports the college and the college students support downtown. There are tons of activities to do in State College. Between hitting the shops downtown, climbing Mount Nittany, or snowboarding down Mt. Tussey, there are tons of outdoor and indoor things to do.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not a greek, however I love going to greek parties and greek charity events. They do a great job fundraising for THON and are usually very nice and accommodating.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of international students, especially of the Asian origin. They do not really integrate into the Penn State culture and they prefer to just go around in groups by themselves. It is almost as if they isolate themselves. Other than them though, I feel like the rest of penn state is very accepting of diversity. Also, religion and sexual orientation are very accepted

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is really not prevalent. If you don't want to do something, nobody is calling you out on it. Its more of a "here, let me offer you this" and if you don't like it that's fine!

5 College Junior

Nightlife: The parties are always awesome. Once you meet the right people, you can expand from frat houses to apartment parties. Then once you are 21, bar life is even better! Transportation is great! The blue and white loops run well into the evening hours

3 College Junior

Weather: It's State College. What do you expect when you live in a valley?

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is a thing at Penn State, but there isn't a lot of it. Penn State does a great job at providing escorts and police services.

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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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