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

Campus Housing: I loved living on campus

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are people, and I like these people.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Parking: Sure there are plenty of spots. But it's so expensive, like $80 a month of an uncovered, half spot.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The pricing is ridiculous , and you have to find housing a whole year in advance. It's a blood bath.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I wish I still had a meal plan!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: we do not have housing on campus

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: campus closes at 9 PM

4 College Freshman

Computers: computers on campus are working in good condition

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is great everyone gets along

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school, and after all the experiences I have had, I can't imagine myself anywhere else

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most buildings are old, but have been renovated, which shows that they are constantly keeping buildings up to standard.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gyms are everywhere, and most of the residence hall areas have great location on campus

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They certainly switch it up in the commons, from asian, to surf and turf, but often, many students will go for a quick bite at the sub shops or pizza stands

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of my classes are in the state-of-the-art IST building, and most of the classes I take are group oriented, which aims to prepare me for team work later in my career

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are very varied and challenging, many professors are super helpful and friendly

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There when you need it, but very far from those who don't live in the freshman dorms

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I love my apartment, which is surrounded by houses, which shows there is plenty of variety

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I lucked out with decent priced parking by my apartment, however in the middle of downtown permits can be ridiculous

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very varied, but as many pizza parlors as a college student could dream for

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: From what I know, not much is given, and when it is, it is for extreme cases

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows A LOT, rains when it isn't snowy, and is generally cold except during late spring/early fall.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Its a huge part of night life, having 50+ frats and 16 sororities, and that is only the social greeks. You definitely don't have to be in one to feel included though.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Very lenient, if you aren't doing anything stupid or super illegal you won't be called out

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority is certainly white, however, there is a very large international base, with Chinese being a large group

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It is definitely nice that you don't have to sign guests into residence halls like you do at other schools, and most of the RAs are easy to get along with

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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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