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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 Sophomore

Facilities: Penn State takes great pride in their facilities. They are state of the art and extremely helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Penn State keeps it safe.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: I hate the snow and state college is so cold, but regardless we still go out and have fun.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no where to park and they give you tickets like crazy.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's really difficult to get scholarships when everyone needs them and there aren't that many available. So much more is needed to actually receive one.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I hate snow and it snows from late October through early March. Poor life choice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I love the library. It is one of the best libraries in the nation and I spend most of my study time there.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: There are a mix of new and old buildings but the campus is always doing construction projects to continually improve the campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I usually take buses home; there are plenty and I don't live too far.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I don't have a car up here because of parking costs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places and I would rather eat off campus. It is just expensive

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived off campus since sophomore year because there is not enough housing on campus. I wish I had still lived on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are a moderate amount of options but not really vegan/veg options. Unless you want a salad.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are seemingly lots of computer labs on campus but during finals everyone uses them and there are not enough.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Lots of different majors to choose from and all of the professors are somewhat important in their respective fields.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I feel like most of the professors are helpful and inspiring. My peers are motivated and I am excited to get my degree.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are a fair amount of bars but not many clubs. Also there are almost no underage nights or gay bars.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It went okay but it could have gone smoother. There are many rules and the process is confusing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There's a wide variety of girls and boys on campus; almost every "type" is represented.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: My school is huge on athletics; especially football. It creates a feeling of community on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: My school is known as somewhat of a "party school" but it does not affect the serious students. The police are somewhat lenient on underage drinking.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: On-campus housing is only guaranteed for freshman year, so many students prefer to live off campus. There are a huge variety of apartments and housing near campus, and most students have a good experience with living off campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't think Penn State is very strict with its policies. Alcohol is not allowed in the dorms, no matter what your age, but many students get away with it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are a lot of options to eat on campus, and overall I don't think the quality is that bad. Of course, some dining halls are better than others. East dining commons are considered the worst, and West is famous for its cookies. The price isn't that bad if you have a meal plan, but for off-campus students it is very costly to eat on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a very common problem at Penn State. A majority of students drink, no matter what the age, and it is not difficult to get alcohol if you are underage. Drugs are not as common, and I have never had any problems with peer pressure or encounters with drugs.

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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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