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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2 College Senior

Parking: You aren't allowed to park on campus almost at all. Each lot has a special colored pass, and if you are in the wrong lot, then you get a minimum $40 fine. PSU even fines it's own vehicles...

5 College Senior

Facilities: If you can't find friends at PSU, then you aren't trying. There is something for every one. Our campus is beautiful, and we have places and things to do for everybody.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Facilities: PSU keeps building new buildings, but they don't keep up the maintenance on the old one all the time. It's a little ridiculous.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Weather: It's Pennsylvania... It's hot in the summer, really cold in the winter. We have like 2-3 weeks of fall, then it's cold and miserable for 3 1/2 months, and then schools over...

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options! And there are so many places open late just for us college kids!

4 College Senior

Computers: We have plenty of computer labs, especially if you know where to find them! I know plenty of people who go into certain buildings on a regular basis and they don't know that there is a computer lab in it. Each student is also given 100 free print credits. after you use your 100 sheets, it's $0.05 a sheet! That is ridiculous. Get a printer for your dorm/aprtment. It's so much better.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Very few students use our Campus Shuttle. The most popular for of transportation is public transit, or CATA buses. There are 4 campus routes that go to every corner of campus ,and part of downtown. Though, there are no stops in the middle of campus. Only on the outside.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As long as your'e not breaking a law, PSU is pretty lenient. The safety people are there if you need them, and they will walk you home if you need an escort to make sure your safe. They check all of the dorms all of the time. PSU is very strict on it's alcohol policy, as it is a completely DRY campus. Absolutely no tolerance for underage, or even regular drinking.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I receive a faculty discount, because my dad works for the University. At the beginning of my college career, I had to keep verifying my tax records which was a pain, but the last few years has been very smooth. The only exception has been when PA doesn't pass it's yearly budget on time, and my summer financial aid gets postpones. It can be a really hassel when you were counting on the money to buy books and to, you know... live!

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are various places and venues to eat at on campus. Everybody has their favorite place, and there is usually something for everyone. I know that if you have a special dietary need, you just call ahead, and the chefs will make you something special that you can eat!

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am only a freshman but have heard good things about internship experiences. Penn State has a big network

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: I would like to be a Child Life Specialist when I graduate. Because I am only a freshman I haven't experienced too many courses related to my major yet.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am paying for my own tuition because I have a single parent who makes a small amount of money - with these stipulations I wish I would have been able to receive more.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Although i don't have a car on campus this year, I have friends that do and they pay so much for them.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are always a lot of options to go to parties - clubs and organizations always hold socials/events that members can bring friends to.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Thankfully I have a friend who lives around me and always offers me a ride home, which is how most students get home.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally I am not interested in Greek Life, but i know it is a fairly popular option.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have been to a few places downtown, but most are over priced.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, I have been living in a dorm and have had a positive over all experience so far.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: In my specific residence hall, there is a really great dining hall that always offers a variety of foods.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Although I have my own laptop and printer in my room, I have heard that the computer labs are helpful to those that don't.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Because of the proximity to the mountains, the weather is frigid and too cold for me.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is so into partying, sometime it gets too repetitive.


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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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