Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Sophomore

Majors: I have already discussed this and I do not go to school on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's been a hassle to get my financial aid squared away and I'm still working on it. Part of it, though, is due to the federal process itself.

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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't attend school on campus, so I don't know what to drug scene is like.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't know much about their strictness as I do not go to school on campus, but I know what they require of online students and it's fairly standard. No plagiarism, don't share your passwords, no cheating, etc.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not attend school on campus or near the campus, so I do not know what any of this is like.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live near or on campus and don't attend school on the campus. I am getting my degree online.

College Sophomore

Diversity: I don't attend school on campus, so I don't know what the diversity is like.

College Sophomore

Computers: I do not attend school on campus, so I'm unaware of what the computers are like.

College Sophomore

Academics: I don't know well enough, but I enjoy the curriculum that I've been given for my major. I think the class load is very manageable while being intellectually stimulating. Also, I feel that the school has provided me a good base for whatever goals I wish to achieve upon graduation.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: As I attend Penn State through their online option, I don't know what the night life is like around their main campus. I would assume it's fairly decent, though, being a well known college town.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I live off campus, and not even close to my campus. I attend Penn State through their word campus option, or online for those who are not familiar. Thus, I do not have a review that would be accurate or unbiased for the location that I'm currently in.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The CATA buses run all the time and are very helpful to get around the big campus but everything is mostly walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a very large alcohol scene but enforcement is strict getting an underage is very easy so students drinking under age must be very careful because they are very strict and will give you a ticket.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit is amazing and we have amazing athletic facilities.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Until you turn 21 there are apartment, frat or house parties to go to and then one you are of age, there is a big bar scene.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid isn't very good for out of state students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are tiny but thats expected with on campus college housing, but the experience is amazing and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse campus! You can find students on campus from lots of different countries and states!

5 College Freshman

Majors: The advisors are super helpful in advising you on what major is right for you! There are so many different, interesting and unique majors to choose from that you probably didn't even know existed!

5 College Freshman

Majors: The network Penn State has is amazing and helps so many students get jobs after they graduate! We have one of the biggest career fairs in the NorthEast!

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely big here, it's hard to get into frat parties if you aren't in a frat or sorority or don't know someone who is, they are very selective of who they let into their parties. Definitely the biggest thing to do on campus on the weekends for underaged students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Got really sick this semester and had to go to the health services a lot, I had a really nice doctor who saw me every time and was great!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options. You can easily get anything you would like. There are also occasional discounts and coupons for students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are such a large part of Penn State. As well as the varsity teams, the athletic facilities are great to use as well. There is so much school spirit here that you can't get anywhere else.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Scholarships: My parents fill out the FAFSA form to receive financial aid but I don't receive much. I don't really know much about the process.

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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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