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

5 College Junior

Academics: I have never felt more like I have ever been in the right position than now in this major. I love learning from my professors. I could be involved in this subject all day! Workload is nothing you can't handle, and internships are readily available at all times.

5 College Junior

Academics: All of my professors are top notch. I love learning from all of them! They are inspiring and fascinating.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Once the new-school feeling wears off, you have to keep looking for new things to make it exciting. This isn't hard to do at Penn State considering its size and the amount of clubs and activities available to students.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: No complaints in this department! Especially the boy's water polo team! dang

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Penn State is not incredibly diverse on campus however the majority of all students (except for those few) are very accepting of each individual's personal beliefs and heritage. A good portion of the student body is international, primarily from Asian nations, but from what I have seen and experienced there are no challenges in regards to student diversity. Everyone at Penn State, is there for one reason and that is to receive a world class education and the student body has a whole respects those who come from a variety of backgrounds to receive the same education.

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2 College Junior

Parking: At Penn State the parking authorities are rather strict on when and where students park, with 40,000 students on campus parking can become an issue, but there isn't a need for a car on campus. All classrooms are within a 20-25 minute walk and there is transportation that runs throughout campus and downtown. What is all nice is that downtown is right across the street (College Ave) and here you can find anything you need including: restaurants and plenty of stores to shop. Parking can be tough, but with everything you need being within walking distance it is not much of a problem.

5 College Junior

Majors: As a PGA Golf Management major we are required to complete 3 3-month internships and 1 6-month internships before graduation. The responsibilities we take on during these internships vary based on the facility we are at and the level we are at in the program (for example, a Level 1 freshman will spent most of their time helping the outside services where they will clean carts and clubs when golfers come off the course, whereas a Level 3 junior will spent most of their time in the golf shop). We work anywhere from 35 to 60 hours a week during these internships and the pay varies based on the area of the country one is interning in.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: As with any big university drugs and alcohol are going to be around, primarily alcohol. However, with a student body of over 40,000 there are plenty of students who do not partake in these activities. There is no pressure for students to bring drink, but Greek Life (fraternity & sorority orgs) are a big part of the school.

2 College Junior

Weather: Penn State is known for its unpredictable and typically bad weather amongst its students; rain is frequent and snow can be expected anytime from November to April. However, that being said students can take advantage of the snowy and cold weather by going skiing, snowboarding or tubing on the local mountains in the area.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: In terms of campus strictness I feel that although Penn State is strict particularly when it comes to serious offenses including: academic dishonesty, underage drinking and drug use. However, where Penn State is really strict is parking so students should make sure they know the areas of campus where they can park legally so they can avoid being ticketed.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at school so far has been absolutely incredible! From what I've seen and from students I've met most students seem to have been die hard Penn Staters from a young age, I however do not fall into this category. I came to Penn State because it was the best school that offered my major and had the best program in place. Looking back on my 2 1/2 years at the school I can honestly say they have been the best of my life! I have friends and experiences now that I wouldn't trade for anything in this world and Penn State has school spirit that is one of the best in the nation! WE ARE....PENN STATE!

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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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