University Park, PA
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Reviews 4679 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have two types of buses available for long distance traveling, greyhound, and Megabus. These buses are very convenient, but this year their prices got much more expensive. Wen last year its was around $20 for a greyhound bus to NY it is now around $40. For the Megabus the tickets to NY were around $45 last year and now they're close to $80 dollars. Being an out of state student this is very inconvenient especially during the holidays when they increase the prices during the holidays.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Being that PSU's Lehigh Valley campus consists of one building only, they do an amazing job to include everything we desire. In this one building there is a library, cafeteria, rec center, book store, student center, and also an activities fair office.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: PSU LV is a branch campus of Penn State, meaning that all Lehigh valley students can also attend sporting events and activities at the main campus for the same discounted price. After two years at PSU LV you can be admitted to main campus automatically if you choose to.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I transferred to PSU LV after my sophomore year of college and it was a great choice. Their education program is excellent and I am please that I made the switch.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Penn State Lehigh Valley is located in Center Valley, Pa, where I have grown up. This campus is located next to the Promenade Shops which is one of the biggest shopping centers in the area. You can find high-end stores, high-quality restaurants, places to eat, a grocery store and an IMAX movie theatre at the promenade. This is a great bonus for PSU LV students.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health services center is convenient in location but it takes a while to get an appt and the actual waiting time in the building is slow.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: On a campus that boasts roughly 40,000 undergrads, there's people here from all walks of life. For the most part, everyone seems to be very accepting of each other.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While there definitely are people on campus who drink and smoke, if they're doing it in the halls or on campus, they're usually always caught. The policies on campus are very strict.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus really varies. I live in one of the nicer halls and I really like it here. My classes are all fairly close, my room is rather spacious, and it's overall a pretty nice place to live. However, there are other residence halls on campus that are not nearly as nice as mine is.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are tons of buses to get you all over campus. However, they often aren't on schedule (especially the loop services). My recommendation is that if your location is on campus, just walk. Nothing is as far away as you think it is.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really really love being a student at Penn State.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Central Pennsylvania weather is pretty wonky. One day it'll be 60 degrees out and the next day it'll be snowing.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Our campus has a ton of computer labs all over. No matter where you are on campus, a computer lab is close by. Getting a computer around exams or finals is pretty hard, but otherwise there's almost always an open computer or two if you need one. Having a laptop is preferred though because all of the buildings have wi-fi as well. So even if you can't get a computer, you can always take out your laptop and work.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown has a lot of dining options if you don't feel like eating on campus. Most of the places I've been to are really good. You could either hit up a chain restaurant or go to a locally owned place--there's a really nice balance between the two. And for the most part the prices are really reasonable.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Hands down, our football field is the best. Not only because it's one of the largest in the country, but because it's just an awesome place to be. On any given night of the week there's usually a varsity sport event going on--most of our teams are really good and the facilities are all pretty nice.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I've only gone out a few times this semester, but it's been a blast at each party. They were parties hosted by people I knew, so I wasn't a complete stranger there. And if people decided that they didn't want to drink, they weren't harassed or pressured into it--the others at the party were super respectful of that decision.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Since I live on-campus, I don't really know what the process is like when trying to find somewhere to live. There are many places around town that house students, but I don't know what the experience is like.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Trying to get aid as a middle-class student at a state school is tough. There isn't a ton of aid available to me.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've had friends that needed help from the campus police and they were unwilling to help them. The balconies on the apartments downtown are also really unsafe; someone falls from them nearly every weekend. Walking alone at night on campus isn't usually a big deal.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places, but they tend to be pricey for college students.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There's always something going on, from concerts to club activities.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are some pretty good places to hang out, there are three gyms on campus, a huge library.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: on campus transportation is great, but the cost to go off campus is a little high

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Penn State is a great school and I was really excited to go here. But I am considering transferring because the tuition is unnecessarily high.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone on campus is generally accepting of people from different backgrounds. Most international students tend to stick with others from their country, but no one outside of those groups bothers them or mistreats them.


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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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