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

Campus Dining: I also do not eat on-campus much, but I do know there is a large variety of options. There are four dining halls and alot of restaurants around the college accept flex dollars as well.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I personally have never lived on campus, but many of my friends have and there weren't many complaints. I'd say it is pretty similar to any on-campus housing.

5 College Senior

Diversity: There are people from all over the world at Penn State. Every person that lives in my apartment has a different economic background, and it's been the best learning experience of my life. I could not emphasize the importance and acceptance of diversity on our campus enough.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Penn State athletics is huge, ESPECIALLY FOOTBALL. I have never in my life been a football fan, but it's tru;y impossible not to attend football games when you're at Penn State. The fan support for all athletic teams is great and the school spirit it out of this world. The professors work very well with athletes as well as far as classwork goes.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Again, because Penn State is so large, we have a huge diversity of people. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations that students can join in order to meet and interact with people just like them. As far as an overall generalization... there's no such thing at Penn State! Everyone is themselves, and that's what makes the culture so special.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Penn State's atmosphere is unlike any other. We are on, big Penn State family and I wish I would've spent all four years there. However, coming out of college it is hard to choose the best college, so transferring isn't as big of a nightmare as some people think it is.

4 College Senior

Academics: I was slightly unsure about my major going into it, but once I started to take the courses and met the professors, I fell in love with my studies. The internship opportunities I have received thus far is wonderful; everyone is so helpful and wants to see me succeed.

5 College Senior

Academics: All of my professors are so knowledgeable about the subjects they are teaching due to the many hours of research they perform. The workload is challenging, but acceptable. Because Penn State is such a big school, we have many popular study areas.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've lived off campus every year so far of my college life and I enjoy very much. I wasn't really big on experiencing any horror stories by living in a dorm. I share my apt with one other person and she's amazing. I would definitely encourage off campus living.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Penn State is a great school. The social scene is great, the teaching is top notch and the professors and staff are really there to help their students. Even though tuition is a little on the high side, I can't imagine going to school anywhere else.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off campus and I really do enjoy it. Minimal noise and a comfortable living space close to campus allows me to focus on my studies easier.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My financial aid has been a bit frustrating to fill out this summer for the upcoming school year. I get emails that I have errors in my Fafsa but my school has already started reviewing it and so I can't fix whatever errors there may be.

College Junior

Greek Life: The campus that I attend does not have Greek Life.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: So many choices you are bound to find one for you

5 College Freshman

Facilities: It's an incredible and perfect campus

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There will always be something to do

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pollock has the best food hands down

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You will always find people you like to be with

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you understand it is only to protect you its ok

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are hard to qualify for but all the work and struggle is worth it

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is a lot of work but in the end I will be successful so I don't mind it as much

4 College Freshman

Academics: So many different resources for you to look into

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's such a big school so there are a ton of different people from different backgrounds around

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The administrators are concerned and willing to work with you

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I have heard they are good but I live on campus

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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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