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

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3 College Junior

Academics: The professors seem to care about you and your academics. The curriculum seems varied and interesting. The workload is as expected, but this is all from a graduate student point of view.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a really good mix of traditional, comfort food (a few chain restaurants) and local restaurants each with their unique menu. Costs are pretty affordable depending on where you go.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you respect the school, and others, they'll respect you!

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1 College Freshman

Weather: It's HORIBBLE!!!!!!!! Only during the winter, make sure you bundle up.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's college, a lot of people go crazy once they get a taste of freedom, but you have the option to use drugs or not. Nobody will force you to do anything

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you behave accordingly, you won't have to worry about security. Police drive around during the night, and stop students.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses run every ten minutes. Very good.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Plenty to do any night of the week.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is the best in the country at Penn State. Our business school is highly accredited and we have many opportunities. Job offerings after graduation is almost 100% and the facilities in the business building are extremely nice and it is very new.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very high and we have a high standard. Workload is different for every major but most study almost everyday at least. Mainly I have liked all my professors and it is my fourth semester.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold here but not too bad. If you bundle up you should be fine. Also we have busses that can take you certain places on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Most non-greeks do not like greeks. Greeks usually do not associate with people who are not greek.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a good number of cops. I do not like to walk alone off-campus. I feel safe mostly all the time, just not walking alone.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In business classes, most people are in greek life. A lot of people like going to the gym. Students dress very different, some girls wear heels while others gym attire.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: My major is the best in the country at my school. Our facilities are bigger and more in number. We have 5 on campus gyms that students can use.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have 5 gyms on campus. There on many things to do on campus while waiting for your next class. You can always find a place to grab coffee or sit and relax.

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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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