University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4218 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are everywhere over Penn State. Computer labs have both mac and pcs in them. They come with a variety of programs preinstalled, so there is no sense in spending hundreds of dollars for software when you can use Penn State's computers

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the college of IST, currently a SRA major. The college of IST is small for a large university and the advisors make you feel welcome. Penn State's curriculum has a wide range, so there are many chances to explore your options. My major requires an internship in order to graduate, so it comes with real world experience that prepares students for the future.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are some good places to eat a lot of chain restaurants but some other good ones too

College Sophomore

Scholarships: did not apply for financial aid

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Freshman do not have much choice to prefer which dorm in they would want to live in however upper grades do have their prefer choices which is definitely awsome and fair. Although freshman do not have much chocie dorms at pennstate are pretty well established therefore rooms are also in pretty much good condition

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4 College Senior

Transportation: shuttle bus service inside the campus operate every 10 minute which is good and its free however when using public transportation to go somewhere else, especially those living in houses and not apartments, need to pay money and every ride is $1.5 so its pretty costly. However if you do live in the apartments you will get bus card which would let you use the shuttles for free at limitted amount

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of getting into my Human Resource program was not very hard. Once I applied I had to send my transcripts and two letters of recommendation. In addition, I had to write an essay about the reasons why i choose this specific program.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many people from different backgrounds and cultures, very diverse setting.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Nice small campus with allot of available activities, none appeal to me though

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Generally the public transportation is efficient. The on campus service is accessible and convenient, but buses departing from State College could definitely be better. Fullington Trailways is the main bus company, but there have been many times in which my bus has broken down. Also they could offer more options of places to stop at. Megabus is the second widely used bus service and no complaints there. Megabus is megabus. They're always a little late for something, but the ride is generally a smooth and quick one.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I think that campus rules are fair and any punishment that follows from someone's violation of the rules if also fair. The entire on campus housing is dry, and obviously people still drink on campus in their rooms or apartments, but as long as no one is acting wild then there's really no way of getting caught. The rules are set in order to keep people safe. Penn State is known for being a party school so the push to restrict crazy, binge drinking on campus is logical. There are plenty of other things to do aside from drinking so I believe that the rules and following consequences of breaking the rules are necessary and not overbearing. Bottom line, it just comes down to being smart about how you act.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is a decent, diverse selection of restaurants in downtown State College which is right next to campus. I still have yet to eat everywhere downtown, which is why it is my goal before my senior year ends. The one place that I absolutely have to try is Heirwig's I hear they have delicious food. At the moment Kildaire's is my favorite for both food and their massive beer selection.

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5 College Senior

Parking: My parking permit was only $10 which is very reasonable, and I never have a problem finding parking. Everyone needs a car at the Lehigh Valley campus because there is no on-campus housing.

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1 College Senior

Scholarships: I got aid from the government however that didn't cover all of the costs of tuition. I asked my financial aid officer for help and she suggested I find scholarships online or go to a community college. As far as asking the financial aid office for help I wouldn't suggest it to anyone. I've had more success talking to other students in finding help to pay for school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computers labs are always available and accesible. There are around 4 around campus and one is always empty.

4 people found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not into greek life at all but there are plenty of parties or so I hear!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The faciltiies are awesome!! Being in a region wherre it is very cold, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep me occupied

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process wsa very simple. I jus applied and was accepted. No special forms or papers to write. My major is BIO and its fun and exciting

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Campus police are very diligent. They will ticket you if they catch you doing something against the rules. They patrol pretty regulary and have a presence at most events and outdoor venues/events

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I would rate dining a C. Same few places and are mostly fast food or chain. I like Ponderosa and Brunos because of theease and accesiblity. Fairly reasonably priced

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: very cold; winter snow; icy sleet

Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I have my own vehicle so I dont have any expericence with public transportation. The school offers shuttles to and from town thatI hear are failry convenient and run frequently and are inexpensive

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Although there are many restaurants around the campus, they are mostly fast food restaurants or very expensive local restaurants. They do not have much variety, especially for vegetarians and vegans. The cost of the fast food restaurants is reasonable, and we get great discounts for delivered food.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe during the day. At night there are campus police and the blue light, but there is not enough lighting everywhere on campus at night to make people feel safe, unless they're walking with other people.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are many fun activities on weekends, but not on the weekdays. Sometimes students need to relax when they are overwhelmed with classes.


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James Bunting
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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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