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

Weather: the weather in state college is fairly average the summers dont get to warm and the winters get to about 20 degrees. the weather starts to chill down to the mid 50s in mid october and doesnt get back up to 50 till about march we get a decient amount of snow in the winter. the weather changes and fluxuates durring the year it can be in the 40s over night and my noon back up to 80 overall its a nice place

College Freshman

Scholarships: i dont really know much about the financial aid program here because i have never used it

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: you can get just about anything off campus. all of the places to eat within walking distance are very low cost and often offer student discounts, jimmy johns, five guys, are you hungry, babies, waffle shop are just a few of the great food offered in down town state college just a few minutes from campus by foot

3 College Freshman

Diversity: diversity on the campus is very spread out we are a giant mixing bowl here at penn state we have students from all around at our campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: the campus is very safe there are a lot of campus cops on campus willing to help students. when it gets dark on campus there are many street lamps lighting the way around so you rarely have to walk in the dark. there are many emergency phones located on campus lit with a blue light to let you know where they are if you need help.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: athletics isnt everything at penn state but then again we do have some amazing teams. the school spirit and the support we gain from the fans is tremendous. basically getting involved in the athletics program is easy and fun, participating in club sports is a lot of fun and a good way to make friends. going to sporting events is defiantly worth your time

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The night life for penn states campus is amazing, no matter where you go you can go have fun whether its a movie at the hub or drinking down town at the many bars and clubs theres always something to do any night of the week. if your underage you can spend your time in the commons hanging with friends or wander around downtown seeking an apartment party or joining in one of the many frat parties. the cata bus loops are always running so you can get back to your dorm late at night and dont have to worry about walking back to campus in the dark alone.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: greek life from what i have learned from my friends is very good at Penn State between them canning for THON and all the other events they do on campus. most of the non-greeks co-exist with the greeks and there is no real big conflict. there are frat houses located on and off campus within walking distance to the campus, for the ladies they have their own floors on dorms and have their on sweets/lounge on the first floor of the dorm that they live in. overall greek life makes Penn state a better campus.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: the cata buses used on Penn State campus makes getting around the campus very easy with the many free loops for students. there are many buses traveling on the loops so the wait is very minimal. overall the transportation system here is wonderful

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Quiet girls we don't even get to know them

1 College Junior

Facilities: No one socializes it's cliques

3 College Junior

Facilities: It's a pretty slow campus

1 College Junior

Academics: Penn state lehigh valley changed my major

4 College Junior

Academics: Teachers I have had make me want to stay but I can't just keep taking their classes.

College Junior

Greek Life: No Greek life just thug life

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1 College Junior

Majors: Can't finish biology at penn state lehigh valley

3 College Junior

Majors: There's some choices for a small campus but they have area they should expand and offer more

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: They hassle too much that's why I'm waiting to see if my transfer school accepted me

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: The availability of scholarships and loan money should be more students should have choices and plenty of assistance instead we are all scrambling

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Woulda rather more city life

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Don't really eat there compared to prices outside I rather go out

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Th ones that allow underage people are ok kinda fun but there aren't many

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: We can do some things and we can't do others.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have all the internships!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Everyone is helpful and they want to see you do well.

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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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